Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Sad Trout and The Vallee Blanche



This is the access to the Vallee Blanche it's a massive area the lifts go all the way to the top of themountain peak on the right side of the photo.


The other photo is of a fish tank in a restaurant window it had several sad looking trout in it. Their fins were worn and they looked in poor condition. I'm not an animal libber and I love fishing but I can't see the point of doing this to a creature.

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Evening after Le Tour (Strange French Custom)



The top two photos are of a strange ceremony I came across outside the catholic church in Chamonix. There were a number of children and adults dressed in clown and animal outfits along with a rather strange band of musicians. They had erected a large Wicker Man which they danced around and after some time they then set fire to the Wicker Man. This caused much joy and laughter.

Afterwards I retired the Cafe Le Terrasse for a cold beer and a steak sandwich. It was one of the pubs where one felt comfortable and met pleasant company. Another fine day.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Third Day - Skiing at Le Tour

The road to Le Tour

About the middle of the south side of the ski area you can see Chamonix in the valley in the distance

The back of Le Tour some beautiful tree skiing

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Second Day of Skiing at Chamonix

These are a couple of photos taken at Le Brevent/Le Flegere. The previous day I spent at LesHouches, home of the Kandahar downhill course. The first and second days had lots of fresh powder with perfect weather. You can see from the photo I managed to do a face plant.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Chamonix 9am early March

Chamonix early March after a metre of snow. This is near the town square at 9am about minus 10c. It is a fantastic place. Beautiful with some of the worlds best skiing on the doorstep. I must go back one day.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

View from the hotel balcony in Chamonix

Phillip Adams Double Thinker

I have long known that there is something very wrong with the left and much of the australian media. Have a look at this, http://www.brookesnews.com/061004adams.html it's all old news but it's put together well and exposes Phillip Adams for what he is. Christopher Hitchens is mentioned favourably, he is in many ways the heir to George Orwell, warts and all. One of Hitchens warts is his support for the antiwar movement during the Vietnam war. I have sent him several letters and emails asking him if he has ever reconsidered his role and support for the antwar movement. Never had a reply.

Monday, April 10, 2006

A Most Wonderful Day

I had a most wonderful day wandering around the Acropolis in the morning and the Agora in the afternoon. I wonder what will be left of our civilisation and buildings after 2500 years. If the muslims win probably not much. Actually I shouldn't say if they win, I should say if we let them destroy what has taken so long to achieve and replace it with the ravings of a mad desert dweller.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Women in Grey at the Acropolis

I spent a wonderful day wandering around the Acropolis and the Agora more on that later. What caught my attention was this group of I think japanese tourists. All women they had exactly the same outfits on in the same colour. Grey shoes, pants, jackets and hats. Is this common or is it unusual for these sorts of tour groups?