Friday, 31 August 2012

Navy Cut 

Francis Bacon & William Burroughs
London 1989
Photo: John Minihan

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Hastings Busker

Hastings College 
August, 2012
Photos: Ray Wallis

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Monday, 27 August 2012

Classic Lighting, Hastings UK ca.2007
  Digitally Aged Image
 Photo: Ray Wallis

Girl Jiving
Southam Street, West London 1957
Photo: Roger Mayne

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Artwork by Ray Wallis

Cannery Girl, America, 1911
Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Friday, 24 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Ozone 98

(Siegmaringen)  I'll have more to say about this
picturesque spot! it wasn't just a watering place
and tourist haven...tremendously historical!...A
Shrine...take a bite out of that castle...stucco,
bric-a-brac, gingerbread in every style, turrets,
chimneys, gargoyles...unbelievable...super-Holly-
wood...every period from the melting of the ice-
cap, the narrowing of the Danube, the slaying of
the Dragon, the victory of ST. Fidelis down to
William II and Goering...

From Céline's Castle to Castle
Translation Ralph Manheim

Friday, 17 August 2012


Werner Herzog
Photo: Thomas Rabsch

"In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the 
jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation,
I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence
in a cheap novel."

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Céline, Meudon 1959

I can say this, I can say that, who cares...they won't
believe me anyway! Total distrust...

From Céline's Castle to Castle
Translation Ralph Manheim

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Just Between Us

- Into the sewer! I scream at him! I mean he's stop-
ping me from working! He won't shut up? I sweet-
talk him! I turn on the charm!...well, I try...I whip
out my song...I got you wondering there , a bit ear-
lier...I let it slip about my songs...(all copyrighted!),
here, take this number:

From Céline's Fable for Another Time
Translation Mary Hudson

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Giacometti Man

- Go easy, sweetie! Come over here with your
baloney and we'll blow holes through each other
at twenty-five paces! Twenty-five paces? I'd have
to have room for them first! Where would I get
twenty-five paces? in my little cage? more like

From Céline's Fable for Another Time
Translation Mary Hudson

Monday, 13 August 2012

Just Listen!

Okay, so I blow you to kingdom come! so long pal!
Goddamn bitchery! they'll all drop dead from it!
I've been subjected to it all! but while we're on the
subject! I argue with Hortensia when he emerges at
my cell window! I argue with the bellower, their
"appeals reject" in 26! with that lunatic she-spy in
32! and the one in 64! my contiguous sea lion! who
comes right through the wall at me! damn sure!

From Céline's Fable for Another Time
Translation Mary Hudson

Friday, 10 August 2012

Babylonian Map of the World
ca. 500 BC

"Babylon in all it's desolation is
a sight not so awful as that of the
human mind in ruins."
                           Scrope Davies

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Blue Dot

As Darwin cautioned: "It is not the strongest of
the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,
but the ones most responsive to change." Or in
the words of Orgel's second law, "Evolution is
cleverer than you are."
                                  Found on line  

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

When I think of the people I hear talking politics,
I can see them in the bus...a real bus! with real
gratings, jam-packed with criminals like you!...not
criminals à la Charlie Chaplin! honest to God
criminals with handcuffs and straitjackets! guarded
by a dozen tommy guns...what a show!...the pass-
ersby weave and waver, cling to the shopfronts...
for fear this might happen to them...their con-
sciences quake! scared shitless!...memories...
it's a rare passerby that hasn't got a little abortion
tucked away...a little theft...nothing to be ashamed
of! the only thing to be ashamed of is poverty! the
one and only! Take me, for instance, no car, a doc-
tor on foot! what do I look like?...The advantage of
a doctor, even if he's a prize dope, is that with a
telephone call...he gets there...often there's no amb-
ulance available...taxis? can never find one...
even the most idiotic of doctors has his car!...even
with my ghastly reputation...the old jailbird...if I
had a car, people wouldn't think me so crummy, so and more cars...what a laugh!...that one
up there wasn't mine! nor any of these down here...
I'm expecting Achille' case he wants to show
me his horrible accounts...proving that I owe him
enormous sums, so he says! homo deliquensis, as
I've said...give him the whole bus to himself! and
and hell, why not? his whole Trust with him!...and
Norbert trotting along behind! in handcuffs and
corset! that's the way I see it! 

From Céline's
Castle to Castle
Translation Ralph Manheim

Monday, 6 August 2012

Button-Man  #2

Everything was stolen from me in Montmartre...
everything...on the rue Girardon...I repeat...I can't
repeat it enough...people pretend not to hear...the
exact things they need to hear...though I've said it
plainly enough...the works!...Somebody, liberators,
avengers, broke into my place and carried every-
thing off to the Flea Market...they sold it all...I'm
not exaggerating, I've got proof, witnesses, names
...all my books and instruments, my furniture, my
manuscripts...the whole shebang...I didn't find one
thing...not a handkerchief, not a chair...they'd sold
even the walls...the apartment, everything...put it in
all their pockets...and there you have it...Oh, I know
what you's only natural...I can hear you...
that such things can never happen to you, that you've
taken your precautions...that you're as good a
Communist as any millionaire, as good a Poujadist
as Poujade, as Russian as the dressing, more
American than Buffalo...hand in glove with every-
thing that counts, Lodge, Cell, Sacristy, the Law!...
The champion new-style Vrenchman...the historical
trend runs straight through your asshole...honorary
brother?...certainly!...executioner's helper? we'll
see...guillotine licker?...Oh, well!

From Céline's
Castle to Castle
Translation Ralph Manheim

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Frankly, just between you and me, I'm ending even
worse than I started...Yes, my beginnings weren't
so hot...I was born, I repeat, in Courbevoie, Seine
...I'm repeating it for the thousandth time...after a
great many round trips I'm ending very badly...old
age, you'll say...yes, old age, that's a sixty-
three and then some, it's hard to break in again...
to build up a new matter where ... I
forgot to tell you...I'm a doctor...A medical prac-
tice, confidentially, between you and me, isn't just
a question of knowing your job and doing it prop-
erly...what really counts...more than anything else personal charm...personal charm after sixty?
...there might still be a future for you in the wax
works, or as an antique vase in a museum...a few
old fogies in search of enigmas might still take an
interest...but the ladies? Your dapper greybeard,
painted, perfumed, and lacquered? Doctor or not,
practice or no practice, the old scarecrow will
still stick in people's craw...

From Céline's
Castle to Castle
Translation Ralph Manheim

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Looking West
Hastings & St. Leonards UK 

Looking East
Hastings UK
Photos: Ray Wallis ca. 2005

Friday, 3 August 2012

 Harbour Entrance
Rye UK, ca.2006
Photo: Ray Wallis

Beyond The Stade
Hastings UK, January 2010 
Photo: Dave Arnold

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

 Kent UK 

 Kent UK
Photos: Ray Wallis ca. 2006