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©polytropos on July 15, 2008

Concerning the title: I see a lot of new BMW's and Mercedes' on the parking lots. But I can't see any old cars? :-)

Ainars M -2 on July 16, 2008

Hi ©polytropos, thanks a lot about Your comments!

I put my attention to lined cars only after Your comment! :( Yeah, You are absolute correct, there is no old cars. This 'glass-wall' building is recently open business offices center and like any other 'new style' buildings in city historical centre, changed river coast silhouette. Some folks count it to positive changes, but many others disagrees with such style.

With my title I mean, how old church tower shapes are harmonized with this new building roof antenna. :)

©polytropos on July 16, 2008

Of course I assumed that you refered to the architecture with your title, but I looked for an alternative than the obvioulsy commenting topic. :)

Ainars M -2 on July 16, 2008

:) I catch flavor of irony in that comment, but have no ideas on hand how to answer.. :(

Situations with titles with double meanings happen enough often and I am one, who tries always think twice. One title meaning will be for locals (who knows history of places or functions of buildings) and absolute other for rest of world - who sees in framing only some architectural beauty or composition or skills level of photograph.

For example, when I been in Moscow, local police two times friendly warned me, do not make any shoots to buildings behind of them.

Such rough censorship never happen in Latvia (except few private areas outside city, or except few foreign embassies, where everyone (who is not blind!) can see installed a lot of surveillance cameras and many guards with machine guns) :)

Now back to old cars idea. - Our 'the greats' have a lot of old luxury and even some ancient and rarity cars in garages (I seen cover photos in yellow newspapers!), but they are too rich to come with oldsmobile in office. They prefer use regular (or armored??) Mercedes with drivers and air conditioned comforts. :D

I recalled old joke from Russia about situation. One new russian businessman speaks to other - "I have just bought new Mercedes 700!" Other businessman, who knows a little taste in cars just talks back and says - "I never have heard than MB released models with number "700"!" :(

Our first businessman just answers: "do You disbelieve on me?!! Welcome in next weekend to my country house and count my Mercedeses!"

©polytropos on July 16, 2008

It's a sort of strange things with the prohibition of taking pictures of certain (usually military stuff) facilities at different places. Sometimes you wouldn't come to the idea of taking a picture if there would be no "Prohibited to take photos"-sign, like --> this one or --> this one. You only take a picture because it's forbidden. ;-)

What the heck could be there what you shouldn't fix on a photo? Especially in times like this, where you can go with Google Earth on every spot on this planet. I remember a trip to Denver, USA where I took some pictures of skyscrapers, obviously housing banks. Suddenly a well dressed guy in patent leather shoes and bankers-correctly necktie came out of the bank and asked my, if I have took pictures. "Not yet." Why?, I said. He said: "Because it's forbidden." But he couldn't really explain me why. This was before 11/9 2001.

©polytropos on July 16, 2008

It's a sort of strange things with the prohibition of taking pictures of certain (usually military stuff) facilities at different places. Sometimes you wouldn't come to the idea of taking a picture if there would be no "Prohibited to take photos"-sign, like --> this one or --> this one. You only take a picture because it's forbidden. ;-)

What the heck could be there what you shouldn't fix on a photo? Especially in times like this, where you can go with Google Earth on every spot on this planet. I remember a trip to Denver, USA where I took some pictures of skyscrapers, obviously housing banks. Suddenly a well dressed guy in patent leather shoes and bankers-correctly necktie came out of the bank and asked my, if I have took pictures. "Not yet. Why?", I said. He said: "Because it's forbidden." But he couldn't really explain me why. This was before 11/9 2001.

Ainars Brūvelis on July 17, 2008

Apsveicu ar jaunām bildēm.Cita starpā, vai Citadeles cietumu izdevās atrast?

Ainars M -2 on July 18, 2008

to: ainars Paldies par sveicieniem! Nē cietumu pēc mūsu sarunas pagaidām nebiju meklēt (visu nedēļu ir slikts laiks un galu galā - es tomēr neesmu "centrinieks"). Varbūt ka tuvākās brīvdienās tomēr sanāks uz to pusi pastaigāt ..?

Šīs bildes ir uzņemtas tikai pāris dienas pirms mēs sākām sarunas par Citadeli. Tādēļ jau komentā pieminēju, ka esmu tur nedaudz staigājis, un nekas tur ārēji neliecina, par tādu specifisku ēku.

Man tagad ir divas jaunas hipotēzes. Par cik, tai cietuma ēkai ir jābūt netālu no Pētera-Pāvila baznīcas (jo jūsu sniegtajos citātos bija pieminēti izrakumi baznīcas tuvumā, kuros savukārt ir pamanīti tuneļi) - tātad seko versijas - 1) vers.: ēka ir nomaskēta šajā stikla ēkā? 2) vers.: bij. cietuma ēka ir kāda no tām ēkām, kas tiešā Lauks. min. tuvumā - vienā vai otrā Citadeles ielas pusē, tieši pie Miķeļa ielas krustojuma?

To ©polytropos: sure, it is interesting to discuss about, what is forbidden/not available to photograph and what is secured despite seen somewhere in streets, in public access area. (e.g. bank doors/government/embassies etc.)

We just discuss with Ainars about one particular historical building, in this quarter where glass+walled building lies. We like to browse for ancient prison house (aka mental hospital building) saved since 1786. Available encyclopedias said: old building is still there.

Centuries and building functions must be changed now, because now in this area lies only offices, church and few barn houses. Since not every one wished to work in former jail or menthal hospital houses (especially by keeping bloody history in mind), looks like address of building is changed or secured.

Now there is kind of doubtful situation where we should think twice what is best to do: go ahead and try spot out that building or leave dark history pages and save that entry in line with past secrets?

Ainars Brūvelis on July 18, 2008

Skaidrs! Man nākamnedēļ priekšā tālāks izbraukums un centrā arī esmu mazāk. Ja nebūsiet līdz tam atradis, ķeršos klāt,- nedrīkst veselu "4-stāvu vēstures piemienkli" Rīgas citadelē pazaudēt!

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