OUTSIDE ROLLER BLINDS - KING CANOPY INSTANT SPORT - WINDOWS 7 THEME FOR WINDOWS BLINDS.
Outside Roller Blinds
- Specially stiffened fabric blind which simply rolls onto a tube when operated. Very popular and economical window treatment
3The blue corridor by MARCELLA BELLOCCHIO, PHOTOS BY NICOLAS PASCAREL
But it stayed absolutely silent. We decided to advance down the corridor, with Nicolas holding his camera as if it were a defensive weapon, explorers in a mysterious jungle of cement and flaking plaster. The roller blinds of shops alternated with entrances to homes on the upper floors, narrow entrances to dark labyrinths full of draughts and metallic clunking noises, little courtyards in which it was hard to see whether we were still in public areas or whether we had already invaded the privacy of a home, where the occupants responded with placid nonchalance to our involuntary intrusion. Through a half-open crack, an old man sat on a bed, staring at the ground as if that was the only position he knew. Further down, a woman smiled, a warm smile yet also as proud as the tiger depicted on the large print that covered the wall of the tiny apartment imporbehind her. A tiny little girl, immobile in the middle of all those draughts, wandered alone outside the door to her home. She looked at us without a hint of surprise. The sensation that came from their faces was disorientating. They were immune to any worries about the future, as if all of eternity stretched before their gaze. Domestic life in that old building had become an art of survival, a silent wait in a kind of limbo. Our journey continued at the broken pace of the figures that appeared before us like ectoplasms enveloped in a blue aura. Some of them seemed to be groping their way along their own lives, just as much as we were continuing, arms stretched out in front, down into that faint light. A few days later, we were to think of that walk along the blue corridor as a metaphor for the dimension of time in Ho Chi Minh-City, caught between the phantoms of old Saigon and the present day, with its great expectations; but also a time beyond time, where the toing and froing of daily life is not governed by the conventional idea of time. Our investigations of that time, from our headlong jump into the globalising modernity of Asian cities, squeaked like the wheels on the barrow of the travelling shoe seller who wandered around each floor, calling out his wares. He had real bargains; people came out of their apartments, slamming the iron doors. They crowded around the meagre offerings, and began to barter noisily. Then suddenly all was quiet again, there was only the blue reflection of a sheet hung out to dry and the enchanted echo of far-off city sounds. We carried on, peering with unhealthy enthusiasm into the dark corners, through the half-open cracks. Then, without even noticing, we found ourselves at the exit, brusquely thrown out of that surreal blue, into the chaotic comings and goings of the street, into its warm, neutral light.
Dart 185 at Holyrood
Two Dennis Super Pointer Darts have been lucky enough to get a repaint into new madder-and-white and few thought 185 and 189 would ever appear again, let alone be elevated to this new status. And doesn't 185 look terrific here? May be not quite the best engine but she certainly has the style and grabs the eye of the visitor and resident alike, especially when operating on Service 36 -a most Royal route (with Holyrood Palace to the left here), political route (with the Scottish Parliament to the right) and running through the most attractive city cetnre locations and down to the New Town - Edinburgh's hot spot of rich Georgian property. Dennis SPD Dart number 184 is another of a small group of older Darts with the Y registration plate returning to harness as Lothian require more single deckers to cover for the repainting project. This bus sat outside the shed at Longstone in exactly the same position from October 2009 until September 2010. The poor thing looked sad and rejected but now here she is looking thoroughly proud of herself at Ocean Terminal. Note the larger 'Lothian' logo on the front, commonly used on these older Darts. It's glorious to see destination screens like this with traditional roller blinds and a feature common only to Lothian and London these days. I have to say we would be very sad to see the introduction of LED neon-electronic displays in Edinburgh - the most special of cities.