Friday, September 05, 2008

Michael Palin's New Europe - Oil wrestling in Edirne

When Michael (Palin) said he was crossing the border from Bulgaria to Turkey, I knew I ought to grab my camera. The border town is Edirne, home of the 640 year old tradition of Oil Wrestling and sure enough...

Hats off to Michael Palin, he really is one of the world's best natured travellers... an example to us all.

So all of a sudden from about a week ago, this photo becomes very popular, one of the most viewed photos on my flickr stream. Flickr allows us to se where the hits are coming from and in this case, it turns out that people have been looking for the word Palin and if they do this on yahoo images, this photo comes up in fourth place... so there's the explanation.

To be honest, I am a bit annoyed. To me, tegh name Palin belongs to Michael Palin, a really nice, cheerful, positive character and it is a pity that it is now being taken over by some right-wing pitbull terrier of a woman in the US. I see the name Palin in the paper and I instinctively think they are writing about Michael, but in every case it is this new upstart.

As it happens, I am really not too bothered about who wins those elections in the US as I reckon both sieds are probably as bad as each other, some worse on certain aspects and some better. I know for example that Obama/Biden are very pro-Israel (wanting to drive the Palestinians out of Jerusalem) and very pro-Greece (and anti-Macedonia) but maybe they will be slightly less inclined to destroy Iran and kill thousands of Iranians than the other side.

And, it seems that the people who I know in the US and whose views I respect are more in favour of the Democrats, so I suppose I will be happier if they win...

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Blogger Anouk said...

I had the same reaction to Palin. I read a headline on the BBC a couple of weeks ago -- "Palin's daughter is Pregnant!" and I thought, wow Michael Palin's daughter is in the news, he must be getting more famous than I thought.

Anyway, just checking in, I love reading your blog and hope all is well. Thanks always for the use of your photos on the site, I enjoy them daily!

Anouk Zijlma

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