Monday, November 19, 2012

Bongos, pan pipes and higher education.

The bongo players ' bongo ' until six. They then get in their cars and depart. Many of the male bongo players have pigtails and wear floral  drawstring pants of the type favoured by 1960's era new age travellers . Their wives are big on smocks and clogs. At lunchtime there is a solo performance by what is presumably a maestro bongoist.

In search of peace we head off to the Christmas market. The Christmas market is  the weekly  Sunday market with the addition of  stalls selling red and white Santa headgear . This year some of the headgear sports battery powered flashing lights.  Being Christmas there is also a Peruvian pan pipe band. The pan pipers have feather headdresses and play that Aztec festive classic " Cecilia you're breaking my heart " over and over and over.

We stop at a cafe to read the papers. The weekend ' Le Figaro ' magazine has a list of the best universities in the world. First place is awarded to the California Institute of Technology. The accompanying article notes that Caltech is run by a Frenchman .


  1. That Aztec festive classic.....what a hoot!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  2. I'm with Scotsmad--And I don't know about everyone else, but I just don't hear that Christmas classic 'Cecilia' enough during the holidays!

  3. There ought to be a law! Bongoing all day til 6pm is cruelty to the ears.
    "Cecilia" being played by pan pipers over and over again does not hit a Christmas note in my book.
    Oh Angus, I feel your pain.

  4. Bwaaa ha ha! Those Aztec classics are always a crowd pleaser! Pan flutes and bongos! Who knew France Profunde was so multicultural?

  5. bright purple cauliflower? wow! just the right touch to go with the music.
    looked at those poor plane trees again in the last post.
    whoever did that should be shot at sunrise. blast!

  6. Only because so many French tecchies have emigrated...

  7. Cecelia, and not that other holiday favorite "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail..." or whatever the lyric is?? Living very near to Caltech, I had never realized that it was run by a Frenchman! Quelle surprise!

  8. This is hilarious! "Maestro bongoist" and "Aztec festive classic Cecilia"! I am dying here, Angus. You and the font are living amidst a cultural smorgasbord of music, art, food and fashion!

  9. No wonder this blog is so wonderful, a person with both an eye for the ironic and a gift for language lives in the most hilarious place in the world!

    I believe you are meant to be there, and to chronicle all of this for the world!

  10. Is there no escaping those blasted Pan pipes???
    At a Local art/ craft sale, there was an exotic looking gentleman who appeared to be playing the Pan pipes and selling CDs of the same. When he stopped to make a sale, the sound of the piping continued uninterrupted! Your fellow's recording was probably stuck.
    I hope the bongo players don't take up the same gimmick.

  11. A maestro bongoist-who knew!!

    The produce looks wonderful!

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