Friday, 17 October 2003
Pix Of The Day: Bellagio Burns Sound Of Muzak®
CREDITS: © Robin DuCrest/FXlight.com
One year ago to the day, we set off to spend a few days in Sin City, Nevada. Our stay was unexpectedly somewhat extended to almost two weeks: that story will reappear here later this month on 30 October. Our only comment today is that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Meanwhile we thought a tasteful picture of Las Vegas might be just the thing to remind us of Robert Burns' lines, 'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley'. Despite our usual sniffy posture about the delights of Las Vegas ("America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." We find it hard to believe that Oscar Wilde really did use prepositions to end sentences with!), these mighty spouts dancing animatedly to and fro in front of the Bellagio Hotel really are a compelling sight. We hate web sites with piped music, even worse if the music is in the 'midi' format, but if you must have music, then use short acoustic Vivaldi clips like the Bellagio; but best of all maintain silence, like the Muzac® web site.
On This Day In 2002: Unplanned Interlude - Thu, 17 Oct 2002
We are taking a break. Vermont to see the glorious shades of Autumn? The Rockies, perhaps, to see the golden aspens shimmering in the rich afternoon light? Death Valley in Nevada to experience the uplifting desolation of a real desert, now that the season has cooled the heat of the Summer? Not quite: we are off to Las Vegas for a trade show. We have been assured that even beginners like us can arrive in a $2,500 Chevvy, and leave in a $250,000 Greyhound. The weblog will be back next week with an update at 00:01GMT on Tuesday. Meanwhile, why not have a dig around the archives from the pulldown menu in the sidebar, or visit one of the CAMs or galleries from the other pulldowns?
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)