When ‘No’ isn’t an answer

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The Ceres Well in the danish city of Aarhus.
Commonly known as “The Pigs Well”.
Donated to Aarhus in 1941 by Ceres which was the local brewery.
The sculpture was created by Mogens Bøggild.
Except from winter so it’s a fountain – and very well visited in the middle of the city.

Ever since I was quite small I have been crazy about this sculpture.and actually still is.
Every time when we visited Aarhus, so my mother was towed along to these piglets.
One time when I was about 3 years old, my mother met a friend there.
While ‘the girls’ talked, so I took the opportunity to bathe in the fountain.
I was told that it was forbidden territory for small naughty boys.

The worth visiting Thursday’s Special themes created by Paula
The inspiring theme this week “Forbidding

Headless inspiring

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Inside parisian Louvre, a sculpture reminds me of english Rudyard Kipling.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”

*If, a father’s advice to his son*
written by Rudyard Kipling – english born in India, journalist, story writer and poet.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907

Lack of inspiration


This summer, a few months ago, in the french city of Le Havre.
A sculpture in one of the city park areas near the town hall.
No one had been inspired for sunbathing beside the sculpture there on the lawn.

Perhaps some were a little bit disappointed about that, don’t know.

The worth visting Ailsa and her weekly challenge, this week challenge “Inspiration

Walk on by

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The roof of the international railway station in London, St Pancras.
Of course, viewed from the inside.- perhaps a creative functional decoration in itself.

The entire railway station is fascinating, but more about this on next monday walk.

The weekly photo challenge “Ornate

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Wonder if this brave englishman-sculpture is worrying about the roof.?

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Sir John Betjeman (lived 1906-84), an english poet, writer, and broadcaster
who described himself in Who’s Who as a “poet and hack”.
He was “Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom” from 1972 until his death.
The sculpture is the work of the artist Martin Jennings.

Betjeman was a passionate defender of old victorian architecture,
honoured with this statue in recognition of his impressive work,
to save this old building after it was threatened with demolition.
A renovation that was completed in 2007 if I remember correctly.