Picture of the Week

30 October 2011

Week 43: clouds, music and football at OAMI

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Autumn is well and truly here in Alicante. The days are often pleasant and sunny, but the nights are now cool (great combination, meaning that neither heating nor air conditioning is needed right now) and there are occasional rain showers. Photographically speaking, this means that there is a reprieve from the boring blue skies of summer.

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Dark clouds over our urbanización:
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Dark clouds over Avenida Vicente Ramos, the main thoroughfare of our neighbourhood:
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A nice sunrise in more or less the same place as the previous picture:
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One sign of winter is that the beach bar Game Café has restarted its Sunday afternoon music jams. For the next few months it will be a fixed part of our Sunday ritual to spend a couple of hours there, partly because of the nice ambience and partly because we know many of the people involved.

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This is actually my daughter’s chemistry teacher at the European School of Alicante:
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The singer:
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He also plays a mean guitar:
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Harmonica with feeling:
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The Keyboard Lady:
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I like to photograph the music in B&W, but sometimes a colour picture makes the cut:
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On Thursday evening we had our monthly wine tasting at the office, this time studying wines from Navarra:
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On Friday morning, I was told to go to the 4th floor of our building (my office is on the top, 5th, floor) because something amusing was going to take place. We are in the process of refurbishing the building, floor by floor. The 4th floor is now completely gutted, and the guy in charge of the project allowed an indoor football game to take place in these somewhat non-traditional surroundings.

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The event will appear on our Intranet, so we had both a photographer and a videographer present. Here, pre-game interviews are being conducted. It is all very serious:
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The action begins:
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A closer view of the action:
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A small but enthusiastic group of spectators looked on:
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Goalmouth action. By coincidence, both goalies were German:
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Christoph the goalie with the ball. In real life he is an IP lawyer:
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Game over, a joint team picture is taken. The crew is truly international, reflecting our office. In the first row are players from Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and some which I don’t even know:
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And of course, post-game interviews were conducted as well:
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Friday evening we went to a traditional bar near (but not on) the beach. It was a first visit for both of us, but the tapas turned out to be very nice. The bartender insisted on posing for me:
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Finally, a sequence of three dog pictures taken on a miserable rainy Saturday morning. I could not take my dog for a walk, as she hates rain, so instead I drove to a nearby supermarket to buy the fresh bread for breakfast. When I pulled up, I saw this dog waiting for its human outside the shop.

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The dog looked intently into the supermarket, waiting for her human:
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I merited a quick glance…:
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…but then the dog went back to looking for the master. A picture of devotion and patience:
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And so ended another week in Alicante.

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