Things to see and do

26 01 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week! I haven’t bailed on you, but the internet is a distracting place  and my laptop’s been sickly and I’ve been ill…all which resulted in not much blogging. Anyway, here’s a few things of interest to file under Other Things I Like.

♥ If you haven’t yet tried out the new search feature on, be sure to give it a go! As I said in the comment section of the project’s official blog, my only problem with it is that people very rarely sign postcards with their usernames so wouldn’t it make more sense to have a search field for the sender’s real name? But other than that, it seems great and it’s a lot of fun to find out who Postcrosses in your local area. There’s very few active users in my homestead so I won’t be organising a meet’n’greet any time soon.

Woophy is a site I’ve loved for a long time. Its international community spirit is reminiscent of Postcrossing’s. Here’s the self-explanation from the website:

Woophy stands for WOrld Of PHotographY, a website founded by a Dutch collective of photo aficionados and internet designers who believe navigation on internet can be more visual, logical and associative.

The goal of Woophy’s founders is to create an accessible, visual, current, democratic and collective work of art comprised of a database picturing our remarkable world.

With the help of (amateur) photographers across the world we strive to ultimately cover every inch of our world map with images that represent the world’s beauty and peculiarity from all different cultural perspectives.

It really is great to spend a while looking at our amazing world.

♥ Another of my obsessions is podcasts. And because I love free things, it was while searching for free podcasts that I found the brilliant LibriVox project. [It was actually through the Open Culture website, an amazing database of free cultural podcasts.] LibriVox provides free audio books from the public domain – i.e. members of the public record themselves reading books that are too old to be copyrighted. Thanks to LibriVox, I’ve listened to all kinds of classic books I never would have managed to read. The quality of reading is a bit variable and of course it’s not the same as a commercial audio book. But if you can look beyond that and imagine someone is reading to you, it becomes a pleasure. It’s my New Years Resolution to record one myself!

My REAL Wall is fun to keep an eye on. A guy in London decided he’d had enough of his Facebook wall and instead asked to be sent postcards to adorn his actual wall at home with. I’m sure it’s pretty and all but my postcards are too precious to be pinned to my bedroom wall!

♥ And finally…I’m really into French cinema at the moment and for Christmas I bought my mum three DVDs of them. [I always buy people presents I would like myself…] One was Etre et Avoir which we finally got around to watching the other night – and it’s absolutely brilliant! It’s the most charming, funny, sweet film you could imagine. It documents a year in the life of a tiny rural primary school in Northern France. Here’s a clip I found on YouTube that sadly isn’t included on the DVD:


A postcard from me!

12 01 2010

I sent this gargoyle postcard to a Postcrosser in Poland. It came from the Gargoyle postcard book I mentioned before. If memory serves correct, he can be found on some cathedral in France. The Postcrosser didn’t say thank you but I’ll just have to build a bridge and get over it this time ♥

Trop belle! La Chatre postcard

17 12 2009

This postcard was sent to me by a French friend. Lovely! It’s actually very similar to how my local town – in southern England – looks. The medieval buildings are virtually identical. In my town they are mostly used as travel agents now. The horror!

French delight!

15 12 2009

This was a postcard I sent to a Postcrosser in China. In the end it only took 15 days which isn’t bad – the last one I sent never got there at all! But this user had sensibly given the address in Chinese so the print-out got it delivered fast. Postcrossing would be lot easier if they all did this! This row of gargoyles is found at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

A profound postcard message

28 11 2009


This card is special because it came from someone very dear to my family. The man’s trousers are embroidered with thick thread so the postcard feels lovely and heavy.

Did I mention that I’m a Francophile? Well, it’s true! When I was fourteen or so, a family friend who comes from Frejus [too much alliteration?] sent me a postcard with a poem on the back. It has a very beautiful meaning and I’ve always remembered it. This is what she wrote:

Un noir parle à un blanc

Quand je suis né, j’étais noir Quand j’ai grandi, j’étais noir Quand je suis malade, je suis noir Quand je vais au soleil, je suis noir Quand j’ai froid, je suis noir Quand je mourrai, je serai noir…


Quand tu es né, tu était rose Quand tu as grandi, tu était blanc Quand tu es malade, tu est vert Quand tu vas au soleil, tu es rouge Quand tu as froid, tu es bleu Quand tu mourras, tu sera violet

Et tu oses me dire que je suis un homme de couleur???

En anglais it means:

A black talks to a white

When I was born, I was black When I grew up, I was black When I am ill, I am black When I go in the sun, I am black When I am cold, I am black When I die, I will be black


When you were born, you were pink When you grew up, you were white When you are ill, you are green When you go in the sun, you are red When you are cold, you are blue When you die, you will be purple

And you dare to tell me that I am a man of colour???