Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Juggling with a goldfish


Recently I was in the Beaubourg district of Paris in front of the Centre Georges Pompidou, when I came across this guy with an interesting approach to juggling. There are always so many characters there, that you hardly need to buy a museum ticket to enjoy the show. As some of you may know, the building of the museum is quite unique and not without critics. But some fans, such as the musician Vangelis, have even dedicated music to the architecture. Vangelis’ album Beaubourg was created after living in the area during the 1970’s.

32 comments:

  1. That's a funny photo.

    Of course, the one taking the biggest risk is the goldfish!

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  2. Oh, it's juggling day today?
    visit Cheltenham, what a great coincidence! :)

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  3. hahahhaa buzzgirl, my thoughs EXACTLY!
    I love juggling, but I don't trust myself enough to risk the life of a goldfish. This is one talented man!
    Great photo!

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  4. I'd never believe it. He should compete against Lynn's kid. (http://cheltenhamdailyphoto-lynn.blogspot.com/)

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  5. What a GREAT photo - I love it! This guy is working so hard - I hope the bowl doesn't slip off what with all the sweating! I also like how he thought to match his shirt to the fish - now that's an artist!

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  6. P.S. Hey, Lynn - we could use some dialogue for what the fish must be thinking!

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  7. Wow! I fear fot the fish but I guess this guy knows what he's doing!

    btw, I love the music of Vangelis. My favourite is the soundtrack of Le Grand Bleu.

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  8. Incredible coincidence, Eric! We made the same post! he he can't quite believe it. Well what does this say about us, Lord Eric hmm? ;) cheeky wink. lol.
    Great shot!

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  9. Fish: "Yeah this is all very well, i do get danger money but where am i going to spend it? Anyway i know for sure
    my cousins
    in Cheltenham don't have to put up with this malarkey. Hmm... so far that is... where's my phone? Mwahahahahaha!! Oh, Hi Lynn! got a great idea for Humph and Dave...oh yes, quite safe...oui, j'suis sur!..."

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  10. This is one of the best shows in town, and the Pompidou is one of my first stops when I arrive in Paris. It's great entertainment.

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  11. Wow, I'm jealous! I can't even juggle 2 balls without screwing up, let alone 3 pins with a goldfish on my head!

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  12. Et quand il se rate, il ne lui reste plus qu'à chanter :
    My goldfish died today
    little heart in a bubble
    ray of light in my kitchen
    the only livin piece of my mind
    since you crossed the line
    mister K mister K

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  13. Hahahhaha! Lynn that perfect!!
    Tell your son to juggle in public, it makes good money. I did if for an hour in the park once. 3 balls, few tricks, all very simple (no nemo). Made 50$(canadian)!!
    That's a lot of money for us students :D. It's 3 nights of drinking (light weights)

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  14. Perfect fish commentary, Lynn. Merci!

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  15. The things people will do to improve their posture. If it's true that goldfish have an attention span of 5 seconds, then this one is waking up to a new panic attack 12 times a minute.

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  16. That's fun stuff. There is an area in Key West where jugglers and such do their thing. The statue imitators always intrigue me. I can't imagine holding one pose for such a long time. Some of the musicians are really good there, too.

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  17. The poor guy is sweating a lot; is it hot in Paris, already?

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  18. Ha ha ha ha! What a guy! The creativity must be leaking from Pompidou...
    Really nice capture!

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  19. That's really strange with that bowl on the head *lol*

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  20. Richard: That's a funny (yes, I'm a bit morbid) thought! Although the Mythbusters have already proven that goldfish have longer memories then 5 seconds! They (Jamie in particular) were able to train goldfish over the course of a couple weeks to travel through a simple maze to get to food! If they did have a memory of only 5 seconds, the goldfish could never have been trained! (I love the Mythbusters! Can you tell?!11!)

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  21. Also, i know that Humphrey and Dave actually see me coming towards them and come to the surface knowing i will feed them. They must have remembered that. Humphrey and Dave of course being my fish, not some gorgeous muscle-bound men i keep in my cellar.

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  22. After all the political discussion of the past few days, it is very approprite to see a photo of somebody juggling and balancing multiple--possibly absurd--elements: at the bottom of a stairyway that leads...somewhere, and is part in the dark. The juggler is colorful, but the stairs are grey. Ah, symbolism. All the world's a stage...

    Oh, maybe the fishbowl used to be full, but it's leaking down his head. Yet another worry for the fish, and further political commentary. Political Rorschach test: are you the juggler, the fish, the juggled pins, the colorful fabric, the grey stairs...? Or are you off-stage to the left or right, or at the top of the stairs, waiting?

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  23. Blimey, Jeff, I'll have some of what you've just eaten.

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  24. Great image Eric! But as others have said, I certainly wouldn't want to be the goldfish!

    They say that goldfish only have a couple of seconds' worth of memory, so do you think the poor thing is saying to himself every time he sees the juggler's 'skittle' (for want of a better word) whizzing past... 'Oh hey, there's a big white thing... oh, hey, there's a big white thing... oh, hey, there's a big white thing...'?

    Just a thought.

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  25. We've been discussing that here, Paris smf, i don't think they are saying that, no. I think they're saying
    "There's that wretched Parisian guy with the camera again... there's that wretched Parisian guy with the camera again... there's that wr..."

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  26. That's funny. I hope he didn't drop that fish.

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  27. I see this guy often outside the Blanche métro around 7 at night--maybe he heads over to get the Moulin Rouge tourists once Beaubourg winds down?

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  28. I hope he has an emergency spare jug of water, so that he can save the fish in case something goes wrong and the bowl comes crashing down!

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  29. I saw him near "le Moulin Rouge" !

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