Grand Théâtre Genève

Geneva’s Opera House (Le Grand Théâtre) dates from 1879. It was significantly destroyed by fire in 1951 and re-opened in 1962. There was renovation in 1997/1998 which upgraded the scenery machinery, including electronically controlled and programmable automation; the opening demonstration was a delight for techies but a bit of an over-kill for the general public judging by the sighs after more than 15 minutes of fully automated movement of the suspension beams – set to music. Continue reading

EPFL(1)

Original intention of this visit to EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) was to experience the Montreux Jazz Lab listening space (see Montreux Jazz Digital Project).
The listening space is constructed to one side of the Montreux Jazz Café – visitors are free to operate the sophisticated touch panel to navigate the 50 year history data base and finally to add a choice of music to the playlist such that it is is lined up to play at the next possible moment after any current selection terminates. Continue reading

Poppies

We had been collecting images (both photos and video) of poppy flowers for more than a year; and also trying to cultivate real ones on the terrace. It seems that poppies grow more efficiently in wild places – in an un-plowed field, in the cemetery, in the countryside – than they do with too much care and attention at home ! Continue reading