Day 7

My son-in-law gave me an Amazon voucher for a present at Christmas (which I love!) and I used it to put towards a book I wanted, ‘Early Colour’, photos by Saul Leiter, who’s street photography is unique in that oversubscribed genre. He was born in 1923 and died in 2013, not a bad innings as they say and he was an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as the New York SChool of Photography.

I got round to unwrapping it this evening, it is a lovely book, and the pictures are inspirational, but I was surprised to find the blurby essay introduction at the front of the book, was written by a chap called Martin Harrison, but TRANSLATED INTO FRENCH by Lionel Leforestier!! WTF I thought to myself (Phil’s at work).

So I went back into Amazon and checked the description of the book~ the French intro is not mentioned. So I then clicked on to ‘product details’ which are always hidden unless you do so, where of course it tells you the language is French. 🙄

So yes it’s my own fault for assuming a book with an English title, of an American’s pictures, sold on Amazon UK (!!) would be in English! But I wasn’t the only one who got caught out as further comments by people have shown. Not only that but I learned from the comments that it’s also 1/2 the price of the English version, which is good as I would not have paid double for it! Some of the people were really cross they’d actually been smart enough to find and order the English book at the higher price, but received the French version anyway! 🤣 Sorr, shouldn’t laugh.My schoolgirl French and a dictionary will get me through it, so I guess we can call that a result!

Le français est bon marché!

1000 miles day 7

“This is a bit of a late start Frags”
‘Yes, I had things to do, had to drive Phil into Newcastle and back. Not to worry at least it’s not raining today.’
“No but it is very gloomy, no matter, we’ll do our best. 3 miles today I think, around the little wetlands and the pathways to and from it.”
‘OK, lets go’

‘This is the only snowman we’re likely to see, don’t really get snow anymore.’

“Lovely red berries Frags”

“What on earth is that horrendous noise Frags?”
‘It’s some complete twonk with a motorised boat, chasing the ducks with it’
“Shoot him Frags”
‘I wish’

“The birds are keeping out of his way now”
‘They’re not daft’

“Our pictures will be gloomy today”
‘Yes, but that’s how it is sometimes, just have to find colours and shapes where we can’

“Nice reflection but look at that sky!”
‘Hope it doesn’t dump on us!’

“Ooh a moorhen in a patch of light!”
‘Got it’

“Another fence to add to my collection”
‘You have a thing for fences’

“Well that’s the first time I’ve seen piebald sheep! Who knew?!”

‘They’ll make nice wooly jumpers’

‘Running man!’

“That’s curly wurly”

“Strange place for a door”

‘here’s one on a house at least’

“Let me get a shot of the old colliery Frags”

‘The appliance of science’
“Why don’t people take them in for recycling?”
‘I dunno Frego, I think they’re just lazy oiks’

“I think this road was modelled on the Somme”
‘I concur’

“Well that’s enough doom and gloom, lets go home and get a cup of tea”
‘OK Frego, see you tomorrow, hope it’s not as grim as today, how did we do?’
“3.32 miles today Frags, 21 & 1/2miles this week, we’re right on target!”
‘Fabadab!’