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Michelangelo's David

After a short stay in America , Michelangelo's David returned to Europe ...

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(with thanks to my mother)

Posted at 29th Apr 2008 - 12:51PM   Posted by Jackofall   Michelangelo's David Comments: 18

I feel it may be rather churlish for me to comment on this oneEmbarassed people who live in glass houses and all thatRolling Eyes

Posted by: @themill on 29th Apr 2008 at 01:06PM

Frances's Avatar Maybe Dave should have a Big Mac in that left hand? I can't remember, are there MacDonald's in Italy?


Posted by: Frances on 29th Apr 2008 at 01:19PM

Muddyboots's Avatar l really love this!! LaughingLaughingLaughingLaughing

Posted by: Muddyboots on 29th Apr 2008 at 01:34PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Good grief . . . . a real sign of the times . . .Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Apr 2008 at 02:48PM

Milla's Avatar Yo! Fat Boy! Pull your stomach in!
Just needs a backwards facing baseball cap and some low slung trews and he's fit to stroll down any high street.

Posted by: Milla on 29th Apr 2008 at 02:59PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Francis yes sadly they do according to Eldest who has just come back and was horrifed that they did !!Ah @themill I see you and I reside in the same glass house then alas!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 29th Apr 2008 at 03:02PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar shove up the glass house there room for another?

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 29th Apr 2008 at 03:07PM

Milla's Avatar There's one by the Spanish steps, but they weren't allowed to import their vile red and yellow, it had to be discreet black, which is something (and the one near here is changing its colours, too which helps dull the pain) but still its presence was the prompting of the Slow Food movement in 1986 by Carlo Petrini, an Italian food and wine journalist. He was bleak and depressed at the invasion of cynical eroding Italy’s ancient culinary culture and the Roman McD's was the tipping point symbolising the erosion of older values in a rush to worship at the alter of commercialism and the quick'n'easy. And it wasn't just a way of life thing, his regret at sensing the imminent passing of sociable enjoyment in food creation, but an importent fury at the demands made on land and the destruction of landscape through intensive which forced him to take action. A friend of mine is part of the Slow Food movement, and it's fascinating, all about motivating ordinary people to take control of how they live, work and eat through something as seemingly prosaic as food. Plus a chance to try to let people feel "empowered" and not mere pawns beneath commercial giants. So was Slow Food fostered, its aim being to “protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenisation of modern fast food and life.”
It's in 100 countries now! Not bad in a little over 20 years. Although I gather McD aren't as bad as they were, either.

Posted by: Milla on 29th Apr 2008 at 03:32PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oh no - I shall never be able to look at Michelangelo's David in the same way again. Crying or Very sad Just don't let anyone try the same trick on Donatello's version. Evil or Very Mad

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Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 29th Apr 2008 at 04:57PM

Milla's Avatar oh dear, have to say (no Milla, you do not HAVE to say ANYthing, but am in facetious mood, a rare state, so will) that Donatello's version verges on the ladyboy. Yeah yeah, off to get my coat Arrow

Posted by: Milla on 29th Apr 2008 at 05:17PM

Ivy's Avatar Lady boy? that chap was nine years old when Donatello chose him for his modelExclamation

Posted by: Ivy on 29th Apr 2008 at 05:48PM

Milla's Avatar Oops, sorry, Embarassed showing my ignorance there, although in my defence as a mother of a 9 year old boy, and one of 11, neither has looked like that!

Posted by: Milla on 29th Apr 2008 at 06:01PM

Jackofall's Avatar And, in support of Milla, neither have, nor will, ours! Soemwhat pervy to do a statue of a 9-yr old like that, is my opinion.

Posted by: Jackofall on 29th Apr 2008 at 06:52PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oh, no - not a 9-year-old, surely! Embarassed Am a bit shocked now - didn't think Donatello was like that. Sad

Mind you, just as well I couldn't find an image of his back. There's a feather whose position is very suspect.

Oooh, I've been put right off my dinner now Mad

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 29th Apr 2008 at 07:37PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Altogether a thoroughly shocked Matriarch!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 29th Apr 2008 at 08:56PM

Frances's Avatar Hello Milla, that Slow Food man was recently in New York, but I did not know about it until after he'd left. There was a funny, but affectionate article about his movement in The New York Times.
Most of my pals are sort of natural Slow Food folks, maybe we are becoming natural slow folks altogether!

Posted by: Frances on 29th Apr 2008 at 10:58PM

Woolyworks's Avatar I snorted my drink right through my nose!! That's quite a statement and quite accurate, although I don't think that McDonald's is really to blame. A complete lack of sense, in my opinion, is at the bottom of it--and what a big bottom it is! Young people who drink nothing but soda pop and highly caffeinated sweet drinks is where it starts, along with foolish schedules that keep families on the run from one activity and social gathering to another, grabbing food wherever it can be found rather than taking the time to cook a meal and eat together at table as it should be. There is certainly wisdom in the old ways--I love the idea of a slow food movement. I think there should be a family meal movement as well. Three reasonable meals, eaten at regular intervals, with breakfast and dinner eaten with the family all at the same table at home. Overweight is much more than eating too many McDonald's hamburgers. It's part of a string of terrible life choices and, mores the pity, America is at the forefront of that!

Posted by: Woolyworks on 30th Apr 2008 at 12:04AM

Milla's Avatar I know, it all seems most sensible and obvious to me and a shame that it's in need of a "movement" - I mean we seem to hurtle about doing masses of stuff but it's no "biggie" to have dinner together all 4 just about every evening.

Posted by: Milla on 30th Apr 2008 at 08:23AM

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