Thursday, March 01, 2007

Theme day: Men at work


For this "Men at work" theme day, let me take you to the sewers of Paris... for yes, ladies and gentlemen, in Paris you can visit the sewers! Of course, it's a little less romantic than the bateaux mouches, or a walk on the Pont des Arts, but it's much more original. The sewer network is like a mirror city. You find one canal pratically under each street of Paris (it's more than 2,000 km long). Coming back to the "Men at Work" theme day, 1,551 people are responsible for managing the entire network.

67 City Daily Photo blogs are participating in the 1st March theme, "Men at work", please use the links to below to visit them. Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.

1 (Porto (Portugal) ) -2 (Greenville SC (USA) ) -3 (Hyde (UK) ) -4 (Tenerife (Spain) ) -5 (Albuquerque, NM (USA) ) -6 (Stayton, OR (USA) ) -7 (Rotterdam (NL) ) -8 (Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ) -9 (London (England) ) -10 (Richmond, VA (USA) ) -11 (Sydney -Sally (Australia) ) -12 (Newcastle upon Tyne (England) ) -13 (Constanta (Romania) ) -14 (Evry (France) ) -15 (Lubbock, TX (USA) ) -16 (Szentes (Hungary) ) -17 (Villigen (Switzerland) ) -18 (Mumbai (India) ) -19 (Tel Aviv (Israel) ) -20 (Twin Cities, MN [USA] ) -21 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -22 (Houston -Candice & Megan, TX (USA) ) -23 (Budapest (Hungary) ) -24 (Singapore - Zannnie (Singapore) ) -25 (Dubai (UAE) ) -26 (Singapore -Keropokman (Singapore) ) -27 (Madrid -Dsole (Spain) ) -28 (Mazatlan -Kate (Mexico) ) -29 (Nelson (New Zealand) ) -30 (Vantaa (Finland) ) -31 (Kyoto (Japan) ) -32 (Tokyo (Japan) ) -33 (Joplin, MO (USA) ) -34 (Auckland (New Zealand) ) -35 (Sequim, WA (USA) ) -36 (Menton (France) ) -37 (Minneapolis, MN (USA) ) -38 (Istanbul (Turkey) ) -39 (Sydney -Nathalie (Australia) ) -40 (Sharon, CT (USA) ) -41 (Seattle, WA (USA) ) -42 (Anderson, SC (USA) ) -43 (Monte Carlo, (Monaco) ) -44 (Milano, (Italy) ) -45 (Grenoble (France) ) -46 (Wailea, HI (USA) ) -47 (Guelph, ON (Canada) ) -48 (Melbourne - John (Australia) ) -49 (New York City (USA) [Ming_the_Merciless] ) -50 (Cebu (Philippines) ) -51 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -52 (Antigua Guatemala (Central America) ) -53 (Hamburg (Germany) ) -54 (London -Jonemo (UK) ) -55 (Hong Kong ) -56 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -57 (Paris (France) ) -58 (Naples, Florida (USA) ) -59 (Saarbrücken (Germany) ) -60 (Shanghai (China) ) -61 (Quito (Ecuador) ) -62 (Zurich (Switzerland) ) -63 (Joensuu ( Finland ) ) -64 (Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) ) -65 (Cheltenham (England)) -66 (Bastia (Corsica, France)) -67 (Brussels (Belgium))

70 comments:

  1. What a great theme this month Eric and DPers! I've done the catacombs, but not the sewers. Did it smell?

    "Men at Work" reminds me of the band from the '80's and that song The Safety Dance. And of course, who can forget Land Down Under?! Go on, click! I'm sure you'll find yourself singing!

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  2. It did smell! Thanks for the links. I use to love this band.

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  3. Oh me too Eric - i was singing it over supper much to the chagrin of my son!

    This is a great photo full of colour and texture. However, i hope you are not planning to woo me or, for that matter anyone else, with a date at the sewers if ever I make it to Paris? I have to say i prefer the original idea of picnics by the Seine...sigh... Sewers are not for ladies Eric. However, the sight of men at work in just about any capacity is .. shall we say.. stimulating. I shall say no more on the grounds that i may incriminate myself.

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  4. Thanks Michael for the link, a great memory. Quite topical too, of a couple of days ago when you were feeling 'apprehensive' about the arrival of Monica and myself (or was it just me hmmm i'm not certain)!

    "Met a strange lady, she made me nervous. She took me in and made me breakfast."

    You're SO looking forward to our visit aren't you? he he...

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  5. I toured les égouts. It was really fascinating - and I didn't think it smelled too bad.

    It's amazing to see the collection of things that the workers have found in the sewers over the years (swords?!) There's even a museum down there. Did you know that if you drop your keys in the sewer you can call and have workers come retrieve them for you? You'd get laughed off the phone for less in San Francisco!

    Love the theme... it bodes well for seeing more men in uniform around the globe :)

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  6. And Michael, "Safety Dance" wasn't Men at Work. It was Men Without Hats. I'm an 80's music idiot savant.

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  7. superbe idée je n'y avais pas penssé, c'est a reflechir comme prochain sujet sur mon Terra Vecchia...
    chapeau l'artiste...

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  8. You're right, your choice is not really as glamourous as Nathalie's in Sydney... Good shot though.

    But I have to say, Men at work being an Australian band, inspiration for today's theme is definitely in the austral air...

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  9. Great shot! Reminds me of the 'Back to the Future' movie where a radiation suit-clad Michael J Fox emerges from the Delorian in the 1955 as is shot at for appearing to be an alien.

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  10. No, the sewers don't smell bad! I ate lunch at the Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower once,then decided to visit the sewers afterwords,just a short walk away. Nice contrast of the heights and the depths you can visit in one day there!!

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  11. A great photo for the theme Eric. I've always thought it was very peculiar that there's a tour to the sewers of Paris.

    That's somenthing tourists who been there will probably never forget!

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  12. Great link Michael! I immediately thought about the band when I saw the title of the photo. And it got me singing.

    Now Lynn, I think after we finally make it to Paris, they will be singing
    Who can it be now as we knock on their door. Do you think they will be bold enough to invite us in?

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  13. Oh Phx-JFK, why on earth would you have an awesome lunch at the Jules Verne and then go to the sewers immediately thereafter??? :) It must be pretty smelly, if the guy in the photo has to wear that serious of a mask! Pee-u!

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  14. I agree with Lynn and buzzgirl: I love the theme. Perhaps you should have a month long theme of men of Paris at work. I think your female viewers would appreciate it.

    Interesting choice and I will never view Paris or it's male inhabitants in the same way again (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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  15. were you similarly masked?
    love the shot.

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  16. great shot, Eric! after the big flood, I really feel that my country needs a huge sewer like this!

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  17. Buzzgirl: I once dropped a letter from my father on the tracks of BART at MacArthur, at peek commuting hour in the morning. I was just opening it and trying to read it when the wind blew it right off my hands. I didn't know what was in the letter (could be something important?) so I asked the station agent if they had a pole or something so I could try to fish it out. I was pretty sure they were going to tell me where to stick it but I thought I'd try anyway.

    They actually stopped all traffic, and sent a worker on the tracks to retrieve the letter. I'm not making it up. I was completely floored. This was about 3 years ago.

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  18. Oh,and to get back to the picture, this is some really interesting breathing apparatus! I see people wear dual-canister sometimes, scary looking things if you ask me, but I've never seen anything quite like the thing on this guy!

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  19. There's a show on here in the States called "Dirty Jobs". I'm thinking this guy's got a good shot at it.

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  20. Very unique photo and it appears you worked hard to take it. It must of smelled to high heaven.

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  21. Or who could resist the charms of Ed Norton ?



    "A sewer worker is like a brain surgeon. We're both specialists." - Ed Norton, sewer connoisseur, played by Art Carney.

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  22. cool shot!!
    i never thought there is such kind of chance to visit the sewer of the city.
    it must be a very interesting and special trip.
    Thought, Bravo! for Eric, and the workers who manage those complicated network.

    jing

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  23. Glad you guys liked the links.
    Buzzgirl said..."And Michael, "Safety Dance" wasn't Men at Work. It was Men Without Hats" I believe you're right Buzz. But hey, it's close...
    Steph, I loved the Honeymooners and Ed Norton. Thanks for the memory.
    Lynn, nah, I'm not afraid, just don't think you'll ever get the guts to carry through with your threat to come visit. The Cointreau is waiting!

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  24. Eric, do they have female employees? The person in the photo has so much gear on it's hard to tell if it's a man or woman.

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  25. I had no idea! Great post. I enjoyed the links.

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  26. I puted my photo Men at wort in my Mexico Daily Photo http://mexicodailyphoto.blogspot.com

    How can I do for apear in th list of that theme?

    Tanks

    Poly

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  27. I haven't made it over to Sydney, Adelaid or Melborne yet, and am wondering if one of them will post a photo of the band Men at Work. It would be fun!

    Eric this is a super image for today, and thanks for braving the sewers of Paris for us in order to take it. Very interesting to read about the operations.
    -Kim

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  28. Oh, I've never got to do that sewer tour yet - but it's on the agenda. Thanks for your little insight!

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  29. lol Monica, yes i'll think they'll open the door and let us in and we'll be on our best behaviour... for a while.

    Ooh Michael there's a challenge if ever i read one! I will rise to it, just as soon as i am free workwise etc., i shall be there to share the cointreau mmm! I'm such a lightweight though can probably only manage one otherwise you'll have a very unnecessary lynn on your hands! eek.

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  30. By the way my apologies to participants of theme day that i have not listed them at my blog, my usual techno incompetence has reigned again and, though kindly sent the code by Ham, it wouldn't work for me. It's a conspiracy, i cry, a conspiracy!

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  31. Neat link, Michael. Both informative and fun. I had completely forgotten the song. The translation helped me understand about what they were singing. Eric, the theme is tres interesante. Great fun.

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  32. Ciao Eric
    Also RomeDailyPhoto is on with march theme ...man at work ... not in Rome right now ...
    JOE

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  33. Whether it's the sewers or the heights, the lure of Paris permeates one's thoughts constantly.
    Great shot, but we need a "Women at Work" theme day soon.
    Can't cater for the girls ALL the time !!!

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  34. then, perhaps even MORE fun, Men at PLAY and ok i suppose... yawn.... women at play too.

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  35. Great shot - stinky to get, I'm sure - thanks for the sacrifice!

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  36. Lynn,
    Perhaps you might get the Ball rolling ?
    Eric,
    What happened to the visual verification monstre ? It is not functioning at other DP sites.

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  37. Nice pic Eric!
    But I'm not really in the mood of walking by the sewers.. even in Paris!

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  38. Lynn said
    "yes i'll think they'll open the door and let us in and we'll be on our best behaviour... for a while"

    Ok girlfriend, here´s what we´re gonna do, we put on a very innocent and coy face when we knock on their door, you know, to make sure they´ll open for us. Once we get in we can stop pretending we´re good girls... we won´t be in our best behaviour but then it will be too late for poor E & M, they won´t resist our charms. Let´s keep it down or they´ll find out what we´re up to!

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  39. now that's something new to me. maybe i shall visit the sewers in paris the next time :-)

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  40. Great photo, Eric. Don't they wear wonderful colours only to be seen by the sewer rats. What great guys, eh?
    Fabulous Men at Work photo.

    Jilly x

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  41. Not related to the post, but I just read on the papers that two paitings by Picasso were stolen last monday from his grand daughter´s house at Rue de Grenelle, 7 éme. The burglars sneaked into the house in the middle of the night and nobody heard a thing! (we need to learn this technique Lynn)

    The paintings are worth US$66 million! I wonder if the burglars want it for a private collection, because they obviously won´t be able to sell it.

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  42. Yes i just heard it too Monica, they probably will be able to sell it though to a private collector but of course it will never see the light of day. Sometimes after investigations of many years, they are hunted down and recovered aren't they? Let's hope so.

    Yes the technique would be very, very useful (she said mysteriously). Under our guise of demure, proper ladies we shall be invited into the domain of E & M where we shall indulge in ALL MANNER of decadence! Do not forget the piece de resistance Monica, this is most important - your CAMERA ! We can papp the pair doing such scandalous things as DRINKING, EATING, RELAXING in their natural habitat and even such things as TALKING TOGETHER WITH US IN REAL TIME. It will be the scoop of the DP year Monica and the readers will be OURS ALL OURS. HAHAHAHAHAH (does that sound okay as a wicked laugh or can you improve?)! We shall ask Eric about his camera, his angles, his subjects and the techniques of taking such impressive photos on PDP will be ours at last... HAHAHAH (again).

    So anyway, how's your day been?

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  43. M. Benaut, I don't dare get any balls of Eric's rolling without his prior consent. It is more than a DP's life's worth to interfere with the higher echelons and the technical workings that are operated only by THEM. We have put forward the idea and must now wait for the King to peruse and approve.

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  44. Paris, Paris, la ville lumiere, la ville des amoureux , la ville romantique et ne pas oublier dans sa promenade : Les egouts de paris...tres bonne idee, bravo pour l'imagination (au fait, est ce que l'on trouve des crocodiles dans les egouts de paris ? ;o) )

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  45. Everything´s quiet here Lynn, not much going on you know, no planning on taking on Paris or breaking and entering.., all very quiet (said with an angelical face)

    The wicked laugh was perfect, it seemed very evil. You´re beginning to sound a little like that cartoon - that I love - with 2 little laboratory mice, Pinky and the Brain (hope you know it).
    So from now on when I ask you: Lynn, what are we gonna do tomorrow? You answer: the same we do everyday, try to take on Paris!!! (and then you add your wicked laugh)

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  46. Okay i understand the code words Monica. I don't know Pinky and the Brain. Sounds intriguing. Which one am i and which you? (the angelic face is looking good. I like it. Keep it up.)

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  47. Am busy adding permalinks to theme pages on Hyde DP -- so far I'm up to 76 -- neraly teatime and still got P-Z to check and then recheck late-posters!

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  48. Now i KNOW it's a conspiracy. Gerald you speak in tongues!

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  49. We took the sewer tour last time we were in Paris and I loved it! Of course I'm a big Les Miserables fan. :O)

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  50. Although I look at your site daily, I've only de-lurked once before to tell you what I knew about the nose in the Fontaine de Medicis. Had to write again, tho', 'cause I'm excited that we've booked to come to Paris again -- this will be the 3rd consecutive year we'll manage a Paris week in May! Our kids find it a bit strange that we don't want to go somewhere else, but since we can only coordinate a max. of two weeks away at the same time, we find Paris fabulous because it's becoming comfortable enough that there's little traveller's stress, but we'll never, ever exhaust its possibilities! And today's photo is the perfect example -- I suspect it will be many more years before either my husband or myself decides its time to check out the sewers! And, after all, you've already done that for us. Thank you, Eric

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  51. It's snowing like crazy here today. I'll be taking a bunch of work home for this afternoon and possibly tomorrow. I'll be a man at work not at work. Probably be very productive. Je travaille. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off FROM work I go...

    Hats off to everyone working. (A man without a hat?)

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  52. Lynn, Pinky and the Brain are two very funny and clumsy mice that managed to escape from the laboratory. Due to lab experiments one became a "genius" and the other... well, not so much. So everyday Brain, which is pretty megalomaniac, comes up with a new plan to conquer the world, and Pinky follows it. So every night after another failure, Pinky asks the Brain:
    - "what are we going to do tomorrow Brain?"
    - "the same we do everyday Pinky, try to conquer the world!"

    Now, as to which one of us is Pinky and who´s the Brain, I think we better leave it to E & M to decide!

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  53. he he good plan. Pinky & Brain look cute!

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  54. I hear there are lots of underground activities taking place under Paris BESIDES the sewer! I wonder what this sewer worker has seen in his day. Spooky shot!

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  55. Many many thanks Michael for the wonderful link. This song was number one in Australia for weeks again when Australia won the America's Cup and brought it back to Perth. It was a time of fantastic national pride. I worked for Qantas at the time and flying the Cup home was quite an event!

    About the sewers, Eric I believe this is a mannequin, not a real man. Can you tell me if I'm right???

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  56. Nathalie long time no see! How are you? I thought he was a mannequin too.

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  57. ssssshhhh Nathalie ;-) or I tell to the world that your yesterday lifesavers were facing a Truman Show type decor...

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  58. Yes Nathalie - and Lynn, you're right, my "man at work" is actually a mannequin!

    I was wondering how long it would before somebody find out about it...

    Now Nathalie what is that story about (you know lifesavers, Truman show...)

    Lynn. Sorry I turn the word check on again far too much spam at the moment...

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  59. Well, I hope someday to have the nerve to spend the afternoon in the sewers of Paris[without the Phantom of the Opera]but even though I love the Metro and I wouldn't mind visiting a Wine-Cave...I'm a bit squeamish about being in the sewers or the catacombs of Paris. Hmmmm, maybe I was a Coal Miner in a past life?!

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all the comments today that were inspired by the photo!! Michael and the "Land Down Under", the excellent story about Tomate losing the letter from her father[and yes, I can't believe the BART officials were so cooperative]and James going from dinner at the Jules Verne to the Sewers...what nerve...Ehhh?? LOL!!

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  60. I did the sewers with grandson who was 11 at the time, and his comments brought laughter to onlookers. Our photos complement one another today!

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  61. Hi Eric,
    I visited your Theme DP very early in the day but didn't want to disappoint your visitors by saying it was a mannequin so i kept my comment for later in the day, isn't that nice of me?

    As for the Truman show, well yes Bruno exposed the truth, the lifesavers in my photo were mannequins too, posing in front of a photo in a shop window LOL

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  62. A mannequin? Wow! I never would have guessed. Glad everyone liked the song, but I think Tomate's recount of the lost letter from papa was even more interesting. I wouldn't have had the guts to ask them to get the letter off the tracks for me.

    So the real question Tomate, was it worth it? Do you still have the letter?

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  63. sewers eh? That's my kind of tour!

    Nice photo

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  64. Interesting attraction in Paris, Eric. But no thanks.

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  65. Oh no probs Eric, you must do what you must do! I am hoping that you still travelling around the world to see men at work? ;) I know you have lots of 'children' but we all eagerly await a visit from King Eric!

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  66. If you look closely, you can find here some interesting points ...

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