London’s Red

Do you know that different cities are connected with different colours?
Paris is blue, Berlin green, New York yellow and London is red.

Wisst ihr was? Städten können bestimmte Farben zugeordnet werden: Paris Blau, Berlin Grün, New York Gelb und London Rot.

Hamleys in St Pancreas

Unfortunately, we had to go to the German Embassy in London as our dear Master needed a new passport. What a hassle! None of us wanted to go to London. There are too many people abound and actually, it’s better to avoid cities in times of Corona and to stay at home. But what must be must be. So we went despite all reservations in a fortunately empty train von King’s Lynn to London.

Leider mussten wir zur deutschen Botschaft nach London fahren, da Masterchen einen neuen Pass brauchte. Was für ein Aufwand. Masterchen und auch wir wollten gar nicht nach London, da dort zu viele Menschen herumwimmeln und man in Corona-Zeiten Städte meiden und lieber zu Hause bleiben sollte. Dennoch, was sein muss, muss sein. So fuhren wir trotz aller Vorbehalte mit unserer lieben Dina und Masterchen im zum Glück leeren Zug von King’s Lynn nach London.

We had to make the best of it. Visiting galleries and museums in times was not possible in times of Corona. Only visiting the passport office is too dreary, isn’t it? Dina decided to take her new Fujifilm X-T4 camera to practise some street photography, an unusual kind of photography for her. She decided to go for the in-camera partial red colour filter to emphasize London’s red. We Bookfayries were sceptical as combining shades of grey with red is not very witty. Photographers love red most of all prismatic colours since Cartier-Bresson. Why is that? Are photographers quite childish? All children all over the world love red most of all colours until they are around fours years old.

Irgendwie mussten wir uns den Aufenthalt in London kurzweilig gestalten. Passamt allein ist doch zu öde. So beschloss Dina, dass sie eine ihrer Kameras mitnimmt, um, für sie ungewohnt, sich in Street Fotografie zu üben mit dem Ziel Bilder desaturierter Farben mit Londons Rot aufzunehmen. Eigentlich finden wir Buchfeen, dass Grautöne mit Rot nicht gerade das Originellste in der Fotografie sind. Schon seit Cartiere-Bresson lieben Fotografen von allen prismatischen Farben am meisten Rot. Warum eigentlich? Sind Fotografen besonders kindlich? Denn alle Kinder weltweit ziehen bis etwa zu ihrem vierten Lebensjahr Rot allen anderen Farben vor.

Like all other colours, red is ambivalent. We learned in our fairy school it is the colour of love and war. It’s the colour of blood as well. Concerning blood, our Master told us that some days ago Pantone created the colour `Period Red´ as the colour of the year. It’s the colour of the blood of menstruation which people thought it would have magical powers in the olden times and this choice is honouring women now.

Rot ist wie alle Farben ambivalent. Wir lernten in der Feenschule, dass es die Farbe der Liebe wie auch die des Krieges ist. Es ist ferner die Farbe des Blutes. Apropos Blut, Masterchen erzählte uns gerade, dass Pantone `Period Red´ als Farbe des Jahres in sein Farbschema aufnahm, eben die Farbe des Menstruationsblutes, dem man früher magische Kräfte zusprach und mit dessen Farbe man heute Frauen ehrt.

You will hardly believe it, we really enjoyed our London trip. We stayed away from shops except for window watching but we couldn’t resist bookshops. We saw a mini-demonstration. We only see at home such a lot of people when a rare bird landed in our marshes. We ate sandwiches in St. James’s Park and watched the eccentric styling of the passers-by. Then Dina noticed the royal pelicans.

One of the royal pelicans in St. James’s Park

Ihr glaubt es kaum, es hat uns richtig gut in London gefallen. Die meisten Geschäfte mieden wir, außer dass wir ihre Auslagen betrachteten, aber Buchhandlungen konnten wir nicht widerstehen.Dina konnte viele rote Busse, Telefonhäuschen und Werbeschilder fotografieren, wir sahen sogar eine Mini-Demonstration. So viele Leute auf einem Haufen wie wir bei uns zu Hause nur sehen, wenn ein seltener Vogel sich in unseren Marschen zeigt. Wir aßen Butterbrote im St. James’S Park und wunderten uns wie die Landeier über das Styling einiger Leute. Dann entdeckte Dina die königlichen Pelikane.

We have to visit this embassy in 2024

After walking for five hours through London we felt knocked out. This city walking was quite unfamiliar for us little Bookfayries, especially all this traffic and the city air didn’t make us free. Nearly all the people we met behaved more responsible concerning Corona than many tourists on our coast. We didn’t need to show them the red card.

Nachdem wir fünf Stunden durch London gelatscht waren, waren wir ziemlich ko. Nicht nur für uns kleine Feen war das voll ungewohnt, besonders der Verkehr und diese Stadtluft, die uns alles andere als frei machte. Aber fast alle Leute, die wir trafen, verhielten sich weitaus coronagerechter als die Touristen bei uns Cley. Wir brauchten ihnen nicht die rote Karte zu zeigen.

Keep well and happy
Bleibt gesund und munter
Siri and Selma, the happy Bookfayries

P.S.

This is our first blogpost produced with the Gutenberg Editor. It took some time to adapt to the blocks, but after having watched a tutorial and spent a few hours learning we are quite pleased with the outcome.

Dies ist die erste Blogpost, die wir mit dem Gutenberg-Editor erstellten. Nach drei Stunden Probieren, sind wir jetzt voll zufrieden mit dem für uns neuen WordPress Editor.

© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2020

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    • Thank you very much. It was not so easy taking this photo as there were such a lot of people around.
      Thanks for commenting and wishing you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  1. Arranging the photos I seem to struggle with the Gutenberg Editor, more than Siri and Selma anyway. I wonder if any of the more experienced readers can help me:

    How do you insert an image to appear in the middle of the page instead of left-aligned? 🤔

    With the Classic Editor, I always choose the publish option “image” without any text. I can’t find a way to publish without the first lines of text appearing in the image now. 🤔

    Most grateful for any advice to improve the appearance,
    Dina 🙄

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  2. Good job with the new editor. It does seem to take longer but you have a great result. I love the red-filter photos. I could probably downdrafts five hours in the bookstore. Thanks for the delightful tour.

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    • Thank you very much, dear Dan.
      When Hamleys started his shop in the 18th c. he wanted to establish the the best shop in the world.
      The bookshop is great. You find quite some signed copies there, first editions and beautiful editions. We found books there we couldn’t get anywhere.
      The new editor: it takes longer using it because we have to learn to do those operations we did with the classic editor. To publish a post like this one is really not too complicated but the devil is in the detail.
      Keep well and have a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Face covering, aha.
    Was passiert mit Kindern ab vier, dass sie nicht mehr unbedingt Rot zu ihrer Lieblingsfarbe zählen? Ich hatte kleine verstörte Kinder damals in der Grundschule, die malten alles schwarz,alles…
    London- danke für die hochinteressanten Bilder.Besonders gefällt mir der lebenspralle Kerl im Klettersitz!
    Gruß von Sonja

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    • Liebe Sonja,
      bis etwa zum vierten Lebensjahr reagieren alle Kinder weltweit primär auf Rot. Der Standartversuch, der das belegt, legt den Kindern gleiche Gegenstände verschiedener Farben vor und man beobchtet zu welcher Farbe die Kinder zuerst und spontan greifen. Ab dem vierten Lebensjahr ändert sich die Wahrnehmung für Jungen. Statt einer Dominanz von Farben entwickelt sich bei ihnen eine Spezialisierung für die Formwahrnehmung. Mädchen werden Spezialisten für die Farbwahrnehmung, d.h. sie werden als Frauen weitaus mehr Farbnuancen unterscheiden können als vergleichbare Männer.
      Alles schwarz zu malen ist schon ein drastisches Zeichen von Verstörung. Solche Kinder sind therapiebedürftig.
      Uns gefiel dieser Kerl im Klettersitz auch. Er war gut drauf und liebte es, fotografiert zu werden,
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen und Dank fürs Kommentieren
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Great stuff, and interesting – perhaps a little disturbing even – to see everything reduced to red and shades of grey. You mention Cartier-Bresson, a great favourite of mine. Did he ever actually shoot in colour? All best wishes. Laurence

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    • Dear Laurence,
      Cartier-Bresson didn’t like colour photos at all but he did some photos in colour. Famous is his photo of the wracked American red car.
      We like all colours reduced to grey except red. Although if one reduces colours except one we prefer this colour to be yellow. Nevertheless London is red.
      Wishing you and Jackie a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. I have been experimenting with the new editor for a while and found out there is no is no rhyme or reason 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕒𝕚𝕟’𝕥 𝔹𝕦𝕣𝕘𝕖𝕣 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕐𝕒 𝕘𝕖𝕥 𝕚𝕥 𝕎ℙ’𝕤 𝕨𝕒𝕪 𝕠𝕣 𝕪𝕒 𝕕𝕠𝕟’𝕥 𝕘𝕖𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕊𝕆𝔹 𝕒𝕥 𝕒𝕝𝕝❗️

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  6. Ach London. Letztes Jahr um diese Zeit waren wir da: mein erster Besuch in England und die erste Flugreise der Kinder. Eine faszinierende, bunte Stadt, die Lust macht, mehr von England zu bereisen. Sie werden fehlen in der EU, die Briten. Und das “Mind the gap between the train and the platform” in der U-Bahn.

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    • Lieber Jarg,
      London war schon bunt und lebendig vor Corona. Es war uns da teilweise zu viel los.
      England und auch Wales und Schottland sind wunderbare Reiseländer, nur jetzt nicht. Eine Schande mit Corona und dem Brexit. Mit den Briten wird die Exzentrik fehlen.
      Habe herzlichen Dank fürs Kommentieren.
      Alles Gute
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. Intriguing post! The Red looks striking, quite iconic and I love the way you have portrayed the pelican, what a majestic bird! I’m afraid I cannot help with the new editor, but I know many are struggling to cope with the new settings so I think you are doing a splendid job, dear Bookfayries.

    The biggest attraction for me was the books displayed in the window. I have scrutinized each and everyone and have now decided to get the “The Bell in the Lake” by Lars Mytting. Have you read it?
    “Norwegian Wood” by Mytting has become one of the most uplifting stories I have ever read. Such a simple and truly elegant book about how to fell trees – about how to move the timber and then split and stack the logs in the most efficient, aesthetic ways – amazing – it has already sold hundreds of thousands of copies. It is one of those books, full of lush, earthy photos, about which people seem to become almost evangelical.;-) I love the way Mytting is able to put primitive yearnings into lyrical prose. He quotes beautiful poems, like one at the beginning of the book by Hans Børli:
    “The scent of fresh white wood
    in the spring sap time:
    as though life itself walked by you,
    with dew in its hair.”

    I’m glad you made forth and back to London without any incidents!

    Rainy greetings from London
    Sarah x

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    • Dear Sarah,
      we read Lars Mytting’s book “Norwegian Wood” but not “The Bell in the Lake”. It’s unusual how we came across his wood-book. It was in a beautiful hotel in the Cotswolds where we found this book sitting in front of a big open fire. Our dear Master just started to read the beginning but then he got into it and couldn’t stop reading. He was reading passages to us too and we all were taken by this book. We went there twice for tea but actually, to finish this book.
      We surely will read “The Bell in the Lake” soon. But there are always so many books waiting to be read.
      Thanks and cheers from the rainy coast of Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. Fab Four of Cley,
    Dina is certainly doing well with her colors and lenses. Frankly, I never realized that major cities were associated with colors, but RED was definitely prevalent in London.
    I’m hoping you all stay well and free of the virus, but continue to stop by and educate me.
    All is well here. Keep smilin’!!
    GP Cox

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    • Dear GP Cox,
      if you look at street photogaphy of cities you notice that the different city have different dominant colours. Red is quite dominant when you walk through the inner city of London. That has to do with royalty. Everything that is royal like the Royal Mail is red.
      We now take part in a research progamme of the University of Oxford about spreading of Corona. So we have the privilege to get tested once a week. We don’t see many people so we are not in danger, we suppose. North Norfolk has one of the lowest number of Corona cases in the whole country.
      We hope you are healty and happy and keep well and away from people.
      We don’t worry and keep on smilin’ 🙂 🙂 and hope you are too
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • I was wondering, is Rome considered purple?
      Yes, we fine here, despite the levels shown on TV for our county. Rules are still pretty strict around here, and people aren’t fussing too much about them anymore, so I think we’ll be fine.
      Thank you for asking and being concerned. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend, my friends!
      😎😎😷😷⚽

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  9. Travelling in times of Covid-19 id definitely something unique, you did very well and RED is a colour I always connect with London, with all of England I suppose. Does England also have RED as a national colour or does such a classification maybe not exist?
    Take care my friends, I have to rush and do the shopping for the weekend.
    Klem
    Per Magnus Xx

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    • Dear Per Magnus
      as we just explained to GP Cox, everything royal is red. It’s like during the Roman times that red is the royal colour. It was so expensive to produce in those times that only nobility could afford it. Of course, that has changed but the royal red survived.
      We don’t know about national colours. Ideologies have colours like communism red, anarchism black, conservatism blue etc.
      Thanks and cheers
      KLEM
      XXXX
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  10. Interesting. When I think about London in colours, “red” really comes to mind. I have never thought about that.
    I cannot say about the other cities you mention. Though I have been to Berlin and Paris I somehow cannot really attach a colour there. But maybe I was just not looking for it.

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    • Dear Rabirius,
      green is Berlin’s dominant colour because every construction of the S-Bahn, the inner city trains, is painted green. It’s a dark green that’s called Braunschweigisches Grün (Brunswig Green). Since 1767 it could be produced quite resonably and was widly used to paint all metall work especially those iron constructions of the train since the 19th c. Therefore you see it everywhere in Berlin. In Paris you have f.e. all the blue awnings. We have no idea where this is originated.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Stay well and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  11. It’s so lovely to see photos from London again!! Corona, face mask, few people around – that’s not the London we are familiar with. When I last visited London I went with a friend to the Norwegian Embassy in Belgravia to collect her new passport. Do you have to collect your new passport at the embassy?
    Everything is so unreal these days. I wonder when it will be possible to travel again.
    Looking forward to talking to you soon,
    Herter ❤

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    • Good afternoon, dear Hjerter,
      our dear Master had to apply for his new passport at the embassy. It’s then sent to your home address.
      London is really different during times of Corona.
      We talk tonight same time as always
      Love ❤
      XXXX
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  12. Das sind nur Anfängerschwierigkeiten bei Veränderungen, vermutlich…
    Ich sehe sie nicht, sehe einen großartigen Blogbeitrag, habe jede Menge zu recherchieren…
    Erst mal der Pelikan, gütiger Gott, rote Farbe am Hals, beim Füttern ihrer Jungen, aha…
    Das Hotel und der Geschmack an Tapete, bin dann bei der Funktion der Bauchspeicheldrüse gelandet…
    Dann habe ich nochmal den Klangfarbrechner benutzt, das ist mir noch nicht klar: Farbe, Lichtfarbe, Klang, lauter Wellen, hertz, terahertz,…
    So, Dankeschön für den Reisebericht, bummele mich durchs Wochenende und schaue mal, welche Hirnwellenzustände dadurch welche Gedankenströme in meinem heiligen Tempel verursachen werden.
    Als 10jährige war ich auch oft im St.Jamespark. Eine deutsche Freundin meiner Mutter hatte einen Engländer geheiratet, wurde in die Ferien nach London verschickt, es war genial, kenne jeden Winkel Londons, aber die Butter unter den labbeligen Kalbsleberwurstbroten beim Picknick in St.James ist mir eine grauenvolle Erinnerung geblieben, habe mich damals nicht getraut, etwas zu sagen, die Menschen empfand ich damals bereits übertrieben emotional in ihren Reaktionen…
    Ok, Rot, Signalfarbe, Paris ist also Blau…

    Ja, und über das magische Menstruationsblut habe ich auch bereits schon öfter gelesen…

    Möge die Intelligenz wachsen und die Dummheit geopfert werden!!!
    Grazie, Pia

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    • Ja, liebe Pia, das sehen wir auch so als die bekannten Anfangsschwierigkeiten bei Veränderungen. Davon lassen wir uns jedoch nicht abhalten, etwas Neues zu lernen. So alt sind wir noch längst nicht 😉
      Ich hatte vor ewigen Zeiten eine Freundin, die in einem besetzten Haus nicht weit von St. James’s Park wohnte. Sie hatte die Eigenschaft, alles in London zu Fuß zu erkunden. So kannte ich London auch `mal ganz gut. Aber das hat sich natürlich über die Jahre deutlich verändert. Ich meine übrigens zum Guten. Wir waren z.B. erstaunt, wie sauber es in der Inner-City ist.
      Das Problem ist, wie man an Trump sieht, dass gegen Dummheit selbst die Götter vergeblich kämpfen – oder?
      Ganz liebe Grüße. Hab’s fein
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Habe heute bis 11:30 geschlafen, kann es noch nicht glauben…
      Kurz wach gewesen, Fragen gestellt, dann kam der erklärende Traum, so liebe ich das! Meine Seele ist gerade sehr erleichtert…
      Siri und Selma haben da paar Bilder dazugeschmuggelt…
      Es stürmt!
      Sonst wäre ich direkt mal nach Kallstadt gefahren, 15 min. von hier…
      Mich umschauen.
      Als normaler, leicht dickschädeliger und (dadurch?) bodenständiger aber extrem herzlicher, Pfälzer würde man über Trump sagen: Wer hat dem ins Hirn geschissen?! (Wer hot demm ins Härn g´schisse)
      Es gibt vielleicht so einige, die keine Ahnung haben, mit wem oder was sie es eigentlich zu tun haben…manche sind sogar noch verwandt…
      Well, that´s life and live und in Farbe…
      Sollte mein Vater am Ende recht haben, er pflegte zu sagen: Die leichten Fälle sind alle in Landeck.
      So, ich wünsche euch einen wunderschönen Sonntag, viel Freude mit den neuen Büchern aus London, dass der Passport bald eintrifft!
      Mein Führerschein wurde am 13.1. gestohlen, letzte Woche trudelte der neue ein, Geduld!!!
      Happy Sunday wünscht euch allen Pia
      Die Wahrheit wird sich zeigen. Darauf kannst du einen lassen, noch die Tassen!!!

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    • Ganz erstaunlich, liebe Pia, der neue Pass traf bereits am Freitag ein. Das hat uns auch gewundert. Das ging ja blitzesschnell, naja, kann man ja auch für den Preis verlangen (so um die 80 €).
      Hier hat es gestern den ganzen Tag geregnet, aber wir hatten keinen Sturm abbekommen. Heute ist es windstill und trocken, aber bedeckt und kühl. Da machen wir es uns zu Hause gemütlich.
      WOW, dass mit dem neuen Führerschein dauerte ja ewig! Die mussten wohl erst anfangen, das Papier zu schröpfen 😉
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen und halte dich fein gesund
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  13. Hello Fab Four – enjoyed your visit to London very much. Happy to see everyone following the rules; it’s difficult when travel is imperative to overcome our concerns. We are staying close to home and hope to be able to continue as long as this terrible virus is around us. Loved Dina’s red images and kudos for trying the new editor. Most everyone who has used it finds it more difficult so you are not alone. I am sticking with classic as long as I can! Have a lovely weekend all!

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    • Hi Tina, yesterday morning when we opened WP we were faced with no option but to use Gutenberg. We couldn’t believe it, how did that happen? Not a fun way to start the day. Later on, we learned that we could use a plugin to get the classic editor again, but it will definitely be gone by 2022. Once started, we now want to learn more and get on with Gutenberg. Pit from Texas is quite positive and finds Gutenberg better than the classic editor and that was it for us too, then, but it was a cold jump and not a matter of choice. (Just in case you experience the same thing one day)
      Wishing you a lovely weekend,
      Dina and the rest of the gang.

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    • Another blogger told me the same thing Dina so I suppose it is happening 😩. I’ve not spoken to anyone who is happy about it but we shall push on anyway! Thanks for letting me know.

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    • Hi Martina – I changed to Gutenberg about a month ago because I read that the classic option was ending. It took a while to figure it out and I continue to learn because there are so many features/layouts. Hope all is well on you side of the world! Hugs!

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    • Good afternoon, dear Tina,
      people in London were following much more the rules than the tourists here in the countryside.
      We stay more or less at home just having a short stroll through our village or to the beach. The trip to London was really something exceptional and exciting, like in the 19th c. when the welly wearing Norfolk folks went to London once in their lifetime.
      We are all used to the classic WP editor. Every change from the routines we are used to to the new seems to be difficult in the beginning. We are pretty sure we will soon be working easily with the Gutenberg Editor like we did before with the classic one.
      Keep healthy and happy and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Tina,
      we know some people who find the Gutenberg Editor an improvement. I do as well. You can produce tables easily, writing is much easier as you have blocks you can move around with one mouse click etc. Of course, after using it for the first day I have certain problems but I am sure I will master them soon. I use WP with Grammarly and there the new editor is much better as it shows you the gist of every block separately.
      I think it’s worth trying to get used to the Gutenberg Editor.
      Good luck
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • Dear Martina,
      one day in the not so far future you will open your blog and can only go on working with the Gutenberg Editor.
      I don’t think that it is that complicated to get used to it. There are very good learning-videos by WP and just try a bit and you’ll be in soon. Don’t worry! In your case with many different languages, it gives a lot of editing possibilities you didn’t have before.
      Keep well and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Absolutely right, dear Michael. If you see street photography of NYC you became aware of how many yellow taxis are around.
      Thanks and keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Sue,
      the WP tutorials really help. Actually, it’s not that different from other programmes. To learn it in a way that one can use it easily for everything one wants to will take a while. But after one WP tutorial and playing around a bit we were able to produce this post. We spent not more than three hours to learn producing this post. The subtleties we will learn later when we need to.
      Thank you very much for liking our post.
      Wishing you a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  14. Dear everyody, this trip of yours to red London has also been wonderful to me and so relaxing! I don’t know whether I ever will get reused to being among so many people. Many thanks also to Dina for her impressive photos.

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  15. Hi Siri and Selma!
    Dina’s photos are very interesting. I’ve been waiting for this blog since I heard you 4 were in London.
    I also think of red when London is mentioned.
    Thanks for sharing and my best regards to all of you from dreary Wachtberg.
    🌈🇮🇪🙏🥰

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    • Dear Joan,
      thank you VERY very much for your kind comment 👍🙏 🙏
      We are wishing you a happy and great weekend 💫⚡️✨💫
      🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗
      With lots of love from the little village next the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  16. That red is striking, but the picture of the pelican is outstanding. In fact, it deserves a Maine “wowsah,” something I don’t give lightly. But yellow for New York City? Been there many times, and yellow isn’t the color that comes to mind. Orange, maybe, or red. But not yellow.

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    • Dear Laurie,
      it’s quite a while ago we have been to NYC. This idea from colours relating to cities goes back to international photojournalists. When we lived in NYC we saw it like this and street photography of NYC seems to show a dominance of yellow too. There are all these yellow taxis. You see them everywhere. But we can see your point, there is a lot of orange as well. And yellow and orange are quite near to each other, aren’t they?
      Thank you very much for commenting. Wishing you a healthy and happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  17. I may be childish but I loved the red accents in the photographs, what a brilliant idea. I have the same programme on my Panasonic but I’ve only ever used it for flowers. You’ve given me some ideas now, but the best, obviously, would be the London reds.

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    • Dear Mari,
      thanks a lot for liking Dina’s pictures. We think it looks interesting to desaturate all colours except one in street photography. We actually prefer yellow to red as the contrast (light – darkness) is bigger. But for London red is ideal.
      Wishing you a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  18. The red-only colour worked so well in those photos from Dina.
    When I worked for the Diplomatic Police in London, I had some dealings with all the embassies.
    Many of them are in and around Belgrave Square, like the German one.
    Did you know that the Pelicans in St James’s Park often eat pigeons?

    Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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    • Oh my goodness, no, we had no idea that the pelicans can eat a pigeon just like this!! Thanks for sharing the video with us, Pete. Mind you, when I got up this morning and saw three pigeons on the car roof again I was ready to kill them. The pigeon’s poo mess is all over the place and with the juvenile pigeons, we are facing a serious problem with the car so I’d probably better get a cover for it.
      Hope the three of you are doing well – the weather is not very uplifting this weekend,
      Dina x

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    • Julie and I both have Flu, but Ollie is okay. My car is always covered in bird poo because it is parked under an oak tree. I no longer bother to wash it at all, just let the rain do the job. x

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    • Wow, dear Pete, we would never have guessed that pelicans eat pigeons. We need pelicans here in our garden as we have extremely active pigeons digging holes in our lawn. It’s amazing how the pelican eats that poor bird. We wouldn’t like this.
      Thank you very much for the great film! and thanks for liking Dina’s photography 🙏 🙏
      Wishing you a happy and healthy time.
      Love from the sea
      xxxx
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Margaret,
      people exaggerate the problems to change from the classic to the Gutenberg Editor. Everybody who is willing to learn can learn to operate Gutenberg within a couple of hours – at least as well as to publish a post as we did. It’s not that different from other programmes. There is no doubt it will come as the only editor soon. I think it’s the better editor providing more possibilities.
      Thank you very much for liking our post.
      Keep well and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  19. Dina – your photography is beyond extraordinary! I have viewed the photos several times over – brilliant how you used the colour red (my favourite colour since childhood – probably because everyone told me that green was my colour since I was a redhead). And your photo of the pelican captured in a busy city but looks as if you are on a remote beach demonstrates your strategic focus on the object. Oh, how I love Klausbernd’s discussion on colour. As to Gutenberg! YIKES. When I read the end was nigh for the “classic” I took a huge breath and leaped. I am glad that trip to London was a success. I can only imagine, Siri and Selma, how tired you must have been from all the walking. Sending my love and many hugs to my dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley!!!🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    • Dear Rebecca,
      thank you so much for liking Dina’s photography. Grey and red looks great, doesn’t it? It produces a certain alienation that makes us see the usual in a new way.
      We always had problems with the idea of Wladimir Kandinsky that red is a neutral colour like green. For him, it doesn’t drag you in like blue or it doesn’t jump on you like yellow but it stays on the surface – but not in Dina’s photography.
      We see that the new Gutenberg Editor is much better than the classic editor. It gives it user much more possibilities and you can more effectively embed other social media. That such a lot of bloggers are rejecting it seems a sign that they don’t want to learn. A couple of hours learning and at least one can produce a decent post with it. The rest comes with using it.
      We are just studying all the different ideas about beauty and what we think what makes an artefact or person beautiful. When we feel we understand the ‘secrets of beauty’ we can produce our next podcast for TTT. We find it VERY exciting working together as we did with the podcast about colour.
      Sending big HUGs 🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗 and lots of love to our dear Candian friends
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • I agree – the Gutenberg Editor is much better than the classic. I continue to learn about the different features as I go along and there are some excellent tutorials. The ability to learn is the greatest gift to humanity – it is a gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving. And I want to keep on opening it every day. Dina’s grey and red are magnificent together – truly extraordinary . I had never thought that those two colours could create such a dramatic presence or evoke surprise and contemplation. I went back to look at the photos the fourth time this morning. I have been thinking a great deal about beauty on my side of the world as well. How do we define beauty? Why do we try to possess beauty ? Why do we reward beauty? Thank you so much for sharing your insights, wisdom and experience on TTT. I am beyond excited that we are having this conversations. They mean a great deal to me. Sending many hugs and lots of love to my dear friends The Fab Four of Cley!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    • Dear Rebecca,
      just an idea that came to my mind: Maybe basically beauty has to do with propagation, it’s about sexual chances.
      Anyway, I need to think about a bit longer.
      With love to you and Don
      🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • You’re too kind, dear Rebecca.🙏🏻 And speaking about beauty -I’m totally taken with your beautiful portrait, you are a true natural beauty, being naturally yourself.😍😗
      Very much looking forward to your podcast tomorrow. 😊
      Hugs to the three of you in Vancouver 🤗🤗🤗

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    • Thank you so much for your photography, Dina! These photos have given me much to think about, especially about how we experience colour. Grey and red are striking together – I would never have thought the this would bring such clarity to the street scenes. The red bolden while the grey provided a solid structure. Hugs come back with all speed to my dear friends The Fab Four of Cley!!🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    • Dear Rebecca,
      the combination grey – red strengthens both colours in their effect. It’s a bit like the Impressionists working with shadows of complementary colours. It shows how important the combination of colours is. It can change the effect of a colour quite a bit.
      Wishing you a wonderful week, HUGs and Love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  20. I think your technique was wonderful Dina. I have always thought of London as red as well. Nice job with the editor. I just did one that will post tomorrow. What a pain. You have to load each photo separately. I used to be able to click on ten or so and they would all load in succession. Beautiful work.

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    • Danke dass dir unsere Post gefällt. Das ist eine effektive Spielerei mit dem Farbensplitting.
      Ob harter Brexit oder nicht, uns betrifft das nicht so sehr. Brexit, in welcher Art auch immer, ist ein großer Fehler.
      Liebe Grüße und alles Gute
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Also, lieber Gerhard, das ist teilweise höchst geheim, da sie Geburtstagsgeschenke für Masterchen sind.
      Masterchen kaufte “polar reaches” von Richard Sale, “Skating to Antarctica” von Jenny Diski, “Stoner” von John Williams (Vintage Ausgabe) und die Fünferreihe von Michael Grant. Wir lesen gerade “Gone”, den ersten Band, der sehr spannend ist, so wie “Lord of the Flies” geschrieben von Stephen King. Wir lesen es gerne, aber können uns nicht entscheiden, ob das Trivialliteratur ist oder nicht. Aber was heißt schon trivial, es packt uns ähnlich wie manche Romane von King. Und dann noch ein sehr schön aufgemachtes Buch von Julie Halls “Inventions that Didn’t Change the World” – eine Sonderausgabe der National Archives mit 240 Illustrationen. Das ist ein völlig verrücktes Buch, das wir antiquarisch erstanden und in dem wir die Karte Herz Dame als Lesezeichen fanden. Wir kaufen viele antiquarische Bücher und es ist stets spannend, was wir so alles in den Büchern finden. Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma schnappen sich sofort unsere Neuerwerbungen und gehen auf die Suche nach Lesezeichen wie Postkarten (häufig), Bus-, Flug- oder Bahnticketts, getrockneten Blumen etc.
      Ein weiterer Fund in London war “Quadrivium – number, geometry, music, heaven”, auch ein sehr anmutig aufgemachtes Buch, dass von John Martineau herausgeben wurde und in unserer Sammlung speziell aufgemachter Geometriebücher noch fehlte.
      Jetzt kannst du dir etwa ein Bild machen, was das für eine Schlepperei war. Naja, wir teilten unsere Fundstücke unter uns auf, so dass keiner zu viel tragen musste und einige der Bücher ließen wir uns zuschicken.
      Danke, dass dir Dinas Fotos und Masterchens Text gefällt 🙏 🙏
      Wir wünschen dir alles Gute. Bleib gesund und munter
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Quadrivium hatte ich schon irgendwo gesehen. 🙂
      Wie Du weisst, bin ich auch ein Buchliebhaber und wohin ich komme: Buchläden sind da ganz wichtig.
      Meine Frau hat sich letztes Jahr überreden lassen, an einem Weihnachtsmarkt teilzunehmen. Uff.
      Meine Rettung hierbei war ein Book-Bazar nebenan. 2 Bücher hatte ich da mitgenommen.
      Bleibt auch Ihr gesund!
      Gerhard

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    • Lieber erhard
      Quadrivium ist eigentlich eine Zusammenfassung mehrerer Bücher über heilige Geometrie und Mathematik.
      Auf so einem Buch-Bazar hat man ja die Chance, Bücher zu finden, die man sonst nicht mehr zu Gesicht bekommt. Das Stöbern da ist fast immer spannend.
      Mit lieben Grüßen von Buchliebhaber zu Buchliebhaber
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Nein, lieber Gerhard, du wirst dich wundern, das hat es nicht, wie die meisten Namensforscher annehmen. Aber ich muss zugeben – Schande über mich – ich habe vergessen, worauf das ‘Cley’ in Cley next the Sea zurückzuführen ist.
      Mach’s gut
      Klausbernd 🙂

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  21. Sehr schöne Bilderreihe! Ob Fotografen besonders kindlich sind? Keine Ahnung, ich finde nur, dass niemand den Blick und die Perspektive eines Kindes verlieren bzw. vergessen sollte.
    Ich liebe London, wollte eigentlich dieses Jahr wieder hin, aber die ganze Corona-Situation hält mich vom Reisen ab.
    Bleibt gesund!

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    • Wir fanden in deinem Blog
      Ken Rockwell said, “Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology.”
      GREAT! Genau das meinen wir auch.
      Danke, dass dir die Dinas Bilderreihe gut gefällt 🙏 🙏
      Klar, wir sollten unsere Kindlichkeit nie vollständig verlieren – und so auch nicht unsere Liebe für Rot 😉
      Auch dir wünschen wir, dass du gesund und munter bleibst
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  22. 🙂 It’s far too long since I’ve been in London.
    I’d love to visit (as soon as possible) and stroll around the city and the museums, have typical English Tea with scones and the whole lot. But I guess that’s a wish for some other time. So be it.
    Thanks for sharing your London impressions. I actually like the red and grayish pictures!
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday!
    Claudia 🙂

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    • Good afternoon, dear Claudia,
      it might sound a bit funny but when we think about it it was not a bad time going to London as it wasn’t that crowded. We could leisurely stroll through the inner city and parks. Of course, the big disadvantage was the closed museums, galleries and having tea with scones lacked the atmosphere.
      Thanks for liking Dina’s photography 🙏 🙏
      Keep well, healthy and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  23. Red-tinged London – a lot of fun, of course… plus the pelican is outstanding. Would you consider single use permission, duly credited, for Rolling Harbour purposes. White pelicans are rare in the Bahamas and yours knocks spots off the ones in my archive (if pelicans can have spots), including my own taken in London…

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    • Thank you very much for your lovely comment, RH! No problem using the pelican, we feel honoured.
      How’s life on Abaco today? Has the recovery project developed nicely after the massive hurricane damage?
      We trust you and Mrs RH are keeping well and doing fine.
      Take care.
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Thanks a lot, dear RH for liking our post.
      We were astonished about these pelicans we didn’t know about. At home, we read about their history.
      Wishing you an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  24. Oh those last three seal pictures! Adorable! I think cities have colors, too. You have to live in them a while to know what it is, but I can see Paris being blue and London being red. And, goodness that pelican video! I’ve seen great blue herons eat fish, but…

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    • Thank you very much for commenting.
      If you live in a city for a while you quite often connect it with a colour. The colour is kind of reflecting the character of this city.
      We were quite amazed by this pelican video. Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma were really shocked about it.
      Wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  25. It looks rather good with the Red London Pictures. London is not a place you would choose to go right now, but I am so glad you did enjoy the trip, you had to do. I will go again in 2024 as well – needs to be done. As long as you keep safe. It is lovely to see London like this. I haven’t been in the city for a while and don’t intend to go unless I really need to like you. Have a great week!

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    • Dear Ute,
      we haven’t been to London for years. It was the first time for more than five years. If you live at the Norfolk coast London is far away and not attractive at all although it’s easy to reach by train. Quite some Londoners escaped the city moving into their summer cottages here. To be Londoner you are an outcast here, ‘Londoner’ is a swear word here since Corona times.
      Wishing you a great week as well and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  26. My dear friends,
    I’m late to the party. It’s good so to see and read your excellent impressions from London. I know how stressful the thought of going there was for all four of you. Apart from the aspect of RED, how was London for you this time? What did you particularly like or dislike?
    Concerning the red buses, did you know that London had German test vehicles which were known as ‘Rotmeisters’ (translates as red master), a name corrupted to Routemasters by the British public when the buses were put into active service without a colour change.
    You bought books and I have also just bought a few recently. I’m looking forward to reading “Will and Testament” by Vigdis Hjort, have you read it?
    Take care, will talk soon.
    Kram
    Annalena x

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    • Dear Annalena,
      interesting with the Rotmeister busses. No, we didn’t know that.
      London was easy because of its being quite empty right now. The traffic was bearable and even in the tube, we were more or less on our own. It was very clean. Although it was noisy and there was still enough traffic to pollute the air. Horribly smelly if you come from the countryside.
      We haven’t read “Will and Testament” by Vigdis Hjort. Well, our dear Master is quite sceptical about sexual abuse in literature since two editors told him that his novels would do much better if he could get sexual abuse in it as part of the story. Well, sexual abuse is in in the media, it’s selling. Of course, it’s horrible but it became fashionable. Vigdis Hjort is a well known productive Norwegian author but we haven’t read any book of her yet. Please tell us what you think about this novel.
      With love from the coast of Norfolk
      KRAM
      xxxx
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  27. Liebe Hanne, lieber Klausbernd,
    ich kenne das so gut! Bei mir kommt bei der selektiven Farbwahl meiner Kamera auch der Spieltrieb hervor. Ich bin so durch Neapel gelaufen, mit Gelb (wegen der Zitornen) habe ich begonnen und mit rot wegen den Fensterläden geendet.
    Mir gefällt das Foto des Innere des St. Pancras Hotels sehr gut. Dort ist das Rot geblockt und nicht so verstreut, wie auf anderen Fotos. Der Weg zum Buckingham Palace ist natürlich genial. Auf England reduziert 🙂
    Rot wie Blut! Da kommt Krieg und Liebe und Geburt (?) sofort in den Sinn und ist nicht genau das existenziel?
    Liebe Grüße aus dem fernen Berlin sendet euch Susanne

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      da hast du wohl recht, Rot spricht das Existenzielle an, Geburt, Krieg, Liebe. Es scheint auch das älteste bunte Farbpigment zu sein, nämlich der rote Ocker, mit dem in der Steinzeit die Gebeine mancher Toter eingefärbt wurden. Wenn Rot so zerstreut ist, dann scheint es mehr Dynamik auszudrücken, als wenn Rot mehr zentriert ist.
      Liebe Grüße von der gerade regnerischen Küste
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      ich denke noch darüber nach, ich emmpfinde die Zerstreuung nicht als Dynamik, eher als Chaos. Hat Dynamik nicht auch immer eine Richtung? Wie eine Welle, die ganz klaren Linien folgt? Oder Menschen beim Tanz?
      Liebe Grüße aus der dunklen abgeschotteten 😉 Stadt von Susanne

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      das stimmt, was du über die Zerstreuung schreibst. Ich gebe dir recht, ich habe das nicht bedacht und sehe deinen Punkt sofort ein. Dabei fällt mir sogleich ewas anderes auf: Zerstreuung ist doch eine typische Eigenschaft von Städten. Derart zumindest empfinde ich sie als ‘Landei’. So passt das im Grunde gut für Street Photography in Großstädten.
      Hab’s fein, take care, bleibe gesund und munter
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  28. Another post giving us a look at the world through a different lens ~ wonderful shots, and the color for our times. This creative looks at London is intoxicating, and the pelican portrait I agree with everyone ~ stunning. My feelings of going into a big city (Prague in my case) is similar to yours, “it’s better to avoid cities in times of Corona” but you do show that if you must go, do it right. You all did it right 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, dear Dalo.
      The numbers of infected people in England are worrying. Here in the countryside it is much better. We stay at home most of the time. So we feel safe.
      Many years ago we were regularly in Prague. We had friends living there. We like Prague but heard that it became very touristy.
      Take care and stay well and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  29. It was a [pleasure to tag along with you on your “dangerous” journey to London – I miss the excitement of spending time in big cities. I love the selective color shots (the window cleaner!! the hotel interior!) but oh, that pelican steals the show, doesn’t it? I’ve known about Pantone colors since we used them in art school many years ago but I had no idea they have done something so radical as creating “Period red.” Wow, good for them! Amazing. Your comments about masks and tourists were amusing. The block of nine photos at the bottom shows why you love being where you are. 🙂

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    • Good morning, dear Lynn,
      the only city we visit more or less regularly is Norwich. We go shopping, browsing in bookshops and have tea there. Norwich is an old and nice little city with 140.000 inhabitants, a famous university and UNESCO city of literature. It has a relaxed atmosphere. We hardly ever go to London, so it was something special in every respect.
      Every national paper wrote about Pantone’s “Period Red”. It was a clever PR idea and reflects the zeitgeist well.
      Thank you very much for commenting.
      Keep healthy and happy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  30. That’s a good size for a city – it sounds very nice and made me think of Leiden, which we loved. It’s also an old city centered around a university, it’s about the same size and has a nice, relaxed atmosphere. I do love visiting big cities, too, but I’m glad I don’t live in one anymore. Thanks again for including the information about Pantone because I missed it. No doubt, they are motivated by commercial concerns but as long as one is aware of that, then fine. 🙂

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    • Indeed, Norwich and Leiden have a lot in common. There are some big cities we love to visit sometimes. First of all Hamburg and Stockholm and then Montreal, where we lived for quite a while. But we couldn’t imagine to live in those cities any more.
      I don’t mind Pantone’s commercial concerns. I think they are brave and caught the zeitgeist.
      Wishing you all the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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