jessandhersillyblog:

As “gay” activism is  becoming more mainstream; people have to be wary of the likes of FCKH8 and Dan Savage and other garbage who will fight for the rights of “good” gender/sexual minorities (IE: well-to-do, white, gay dudes and occasionally a well-to-do white gay woman) and throw poc, trans people, bi people, asexuals etc. under the bus - either ignore them, or more commonly, actively perpetuate further oppression. 

400km4days:

In Perpignon, staying and setting off on today’s training ride from La Franqui, a popular spot for French tourists.

Rocking up an astonishing 52km/h on the D50 road. Recorded on the Shimano Giant Chronometer.

Also rocking, a jersey sealed with the mark of Paris Bicyclestore, cuissard from Paris Triathlonstore. And funky Chrome shoes complete with propulsion clips, and padded crash heel, also available at Paris Bicyclestore.

humansofnewyork:

Of course the time I leave my camera at home, I run into this guy. Had to snap a pic with my phone anyway. He was making farm animal noises at passing pedestrians. “Got to make the best of it,” he said.

humansofnewyork:

Of course the time I leave my camera at home, I run into this guy. Had to snap a pic with my phone anyway. He was making farm animal noises at passing pedestrians. “Got to make the best of it,” he said.

400km4days:

https://twitter.com/outurbanartsboy/status/494881930215972864

RT if you can… To help me get EurostarUK to sponsor my travel to London for the Parkinson’s charity cycle… Cheers, big ears

Please RT the link on the twitter if poss… :)

400km4days:

Eurostar. I’ve been swaying between being a casual to a frequent customer for nigh on 5 years with the Eurostar service. Using it to hop too and fro from paris to london.

Now I need a favour! I’m doing a 400km, 4 day cycle from London to Paris (3 - 6 Sept 2014).

But I live in Paris. Around the 1st Sept, I’d like to travel and take the bike on Eurostar to London.

I’ve raised over £1300 for on the the UK’s leading Parkinson’s Disease charities.

Can you help me?

Salut from Paris

Versione Francaise… (Merci a une amie Karen qui pris le temps traduire ce histoire pour les amis français

Alors, voici Max.

Je l’ai croisé un jour à côté de la tour Saint Jaques à Paris. Il était assis à côté de son vélo avec son casque posé par terre, et une petite carte sur laquelle il avait écrit ‘Pour Voyage S.V.P’.

Je me suis assis à côté de lui et me mettais à écouter son histoire, une histoire qu’il n’avait jamais jusqu’à présent racontée. 

En ce moment, il se considère résident de Malaga. Et, dépliant sa carte de route, il m’a montré de doigt toutes les villes qu’il avait visitées : 

Malaga, Antequera, Jerez, Sevilla, Merida, Caceres, Plasencia, Bejan, Salamanca, Zamoria, Beneveiue, Leon, Cemmo, Burges, Vitoria, Irun, Bayane, Mon de Monson and Paris.

Il se lave très tôt le matin aux points d’eaux publiques. Et il dort ou il fait calme. 

La police lui a seulement demandé ses papiers deux fois, et à chaque fois c’était en Espagne. Il me dit, pourtant, qu’une fois la vérification d’identité terminée, les policiers sont retournés le voir avec une pizza et une canette de coca cola tout en lui souhaitant bon courage pour sa route.      

Il m’a dit que les parisiens lui donnent un montant correct. Il accumule un maximum de 10 euros dans son casque par jour, ce qui lui achète de l’eau et un peu de nourriture mais ce n’est pas suffisant pour payer les réparations essentielles de son vélo. En ce moment, il faut absolument remplacer la pédale de son VTT. Max a remarqué qu’au sud de Paris les gens ne sont pas aussi généreux!

Lorsqu’il tombe sur une prise d’électricité en libre accès, Max en profite pour recharger son portable, mais ce n’est pas toujours facile d’en trouver. Hier il est allé à un musée afin de retrouver un point d’électricité. 

Max était content de parler avec moi. Il parle couramment l’espagnol, le russe, et d’autres langues slaves. Il peut aussi communiquer ses idées de façon basique en anglais et en français.

Chaque fois qu’il s’arrête pour se reposer, il se connecte au wifi Mac Donald’s afin de mettre en ligne ses photos et écrire ses pensées du moment. 

Max a un caractère très ‘mindful’, ce qui veut dire qu’il vit pleinement le moment présent.  En effet, le fait qu’il ait un hobby témoigne de sa capacité de s’exercer à pleine conscience. Il ne boit jamais d’alcool et tient un journal intime de couleurs en forme d’un casque et un sac banane décorés de lignes cousues (voir photo).

Il utilise des fils de couleurs primaires en coudant des rivières de ses pensées qui se sont formées pendant son voyage. 

Si vous croisez Max, veuillez bien l’aider à avancer sur son chemin et ajoutez-le comme ami sur Facebook, comme je l’ai fait moi-même : Lukasz Jan Mierzynski

 

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Pic: Me with my uncle’s neighbours Margaret & Malcolm who explained of their respect for uncle Johnny and his resolute determination to just never give in to Parkinson’s. They also donated without much asking. 

Versione Espanol:

Conocer a Max. Vi a Max cuando pasaba por Tour Saint Jaques aquí en Paris. Tenía una bici aparcada a su lado y un cartel al lado de su gorra. El cartel leía educadamente: “Pour Voyage S.V.P.”

Me senté al lado de Max y él compartió su historia, aún no contada.
Estos días él es de Málaga. Y en un mapa que él despliega, señala para mostrarme todas las ciudades y pueblos que ha visitado.

Son: Málaga, Antequera, Jerez, Sevilla, Mérida, Cáceres, Plasencia, Bejar, Salamanca, Zamora, Benavente, Leon, Cemmo, Burgos, Vitoria, Irún, Bayane, Mon de Monson y Paris.

Max se baña en puntos de agua muy temprano en la mañana y duerme en cualquier lugar tranquilo.

Sólo le han parado y pedido documentación por la policía dos veces. Eso fue en España. Y cada vez, él me cuenta contento, comprueban mis documentos y vuelven con pizza y coca-cola y me desean buena suerte.

Cuenta que la gente de Paris dan dinero pero sólo consigue €10 para agua y algo de comer; pero no le alcanza para reparar la bici. Ahora mismo su pesada mountain bike necesita que le reparen los pedales.

En el sur de Paris, ha notado que no son tan indulgentes.

Cualquier enchufe que encuentra es un buen sitio para cargar su móvil. No es fácil saber dónde. Ayer fue a un museo para encontrar un punto eléctrico.

Max estaba contento por hablar. Habla en español, ruso, y otras lenguas bálticas. También se comunica con un poco de frances e inglés.

En cada parada de su camino (que incluye dos puntos a cada lado del Camino de Santiago) ha encontrado un punto wifi en el McDonald’s desde donde sube fotos y añade algunos pensamientos escritos.

Tambiñen tiene un carácter concienciado. Puedes darte cuenta porque él tiene un hobby. No bebe alcohol y en cambio, practica meditación.

Guarda un diario a color en forma de una gorra cosida y una bolsa. Usa hilos de colores primarios que cuidadosamente cose con forma de caminos y pensamientos que haya tenido durante su ruta.

Si ves a Maz, por favor ayúdale a mantener su camino.

Síguele en Factbook como yo: Lukasz Jan Mierzynski

Meet Max. I caught sight of Max when I was passing by Tour Saint Jaques here in Paris. He had a bike parked beside him and a card next to his cap. The card politely says ‘Pour Voyage S.V.P’.

I sat down beside Max and from there he shared his untold story.

These days he’s from Malaga. And on a map which he unfolded he pointed to show all the towns and cities he’d visited.

That’s:
Malaga, Antequera, Jerez, Sevilla, Merida, Caceres, Plasencia, Bejan, Salamanca, Zamoria, Beneveiue, Leon, Cemmo, Burges, Vitoria, Irun, Bayane, Mon de Monson and Paris.

He bathes in waterspots really early in the mornings. And he sleeps wherever is quite.

He’s only ever been stopped 2 times and his credentials checked by the police. That’s been in Spain. And each time he’s happy to tell me, they do the check and then return with pizza and coke and wish me luck.

He said the people of Paris are ok to give money. At a max he only gets €10 in his hat. Which pays for water, a bite to eat, but doesn’t stretch to help with needed bike repairs. Right now his heavy mountain bike needs a pedal fixing. South of Paris though, he notices that and people aren’t so forgiving!

Wherever he chances upon an outside plug-socket becomes the spot where he charges his mobile. But it’s not easy to know where. He said yesterday he went to a museum to find an electric point.

Max was happy to talk. He speaks Spanish, Russian and other Baltic languages. To communicate he also spoke a little French and English.

At each stop on the way (which has inuded 2 points either side of the Camino de Santiago) he finds a McDonalds wifi spot where he can upload pics and adds a few written thoughts.

He’s also a mindful character. You can see that because he has a hobby. He doesn’t drink alcohol and instead practices ‘mindfulness’. He keeps a colour diary in the form of a sewn cap and bumbag (see pic).

He uses primary colours of thread to carefully sew in the tributaries of pathways and thoughts he may have considered whilst cycling.

If you happen to see Max, please do help him sustain his journey. Friend him on facebook as I have: Lukasz Jan Mierzynski

Preface: In the break of Spring 2013 I met up billboard commentator OX. For one week I had set-up camp there with EC_Arts. And and as EC_Arts Associate Wordist I’m the one up for doing interviewing spots. Here I interview artist OX, who had travelled just over 2 hours covering 390km to meet up with the Birmingham, UK-based 48Sheet team in Lyon.

More: 48Sheet2014 will put art (again, as it did in 2011 & 2012) in the public space. PIcking-up on the windows of opportunity made available by the media vendors, the results of the previous 48Sheet projects has put forward a convincing argument to them that art – more and more art – should appear on their panels. In 2014 the 48Sheet project will be hitting up cities in Europe, across the pond and the Orient.

Endnote: I’ve begun to consider OX as the Martin Parr of street art. I say so because his work (well both their works in fact) are ephemeral. OX takes photos of his work minutes after it’s been pasted-up because he just knows that his work might get pasted-over within a few hours with an budget pizza advert. That recently happened to a poster work done by his friend and fellow street artist Bla+ in Barbes, Paris. The cliché ‘here today and gone tomorrow’. The work can live on as a photo album and this ensures street art and the artist become part of our collective memory.

Billboard panels are OX’s chosen platform. He says ‘they’re perfect for a past-up artist’. So as I didn’t ask in this interview, OX, I’d love to know… which advert past-over would a dream to have your work obliterated by and which a complete nightmare?

Pas juste

Pas juste