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Well Bob, what do you reckon? by Rhoufi

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Carlton, Melbourne, 2011

In the 60’s Carlton was the place to be. The university was there, along with the Italian restaurants and the double storey terrace houses. We shared six to a house for $9/week, cooked in woks and our lives were like a never ending chemistry experiment.

We had the music and we plastered the inside walls of our rooms with posters of our favourite bands.

Bob was there, of course – everyone had Bob Dylan looking down on them in their double bed.

Well it’s 2011 and it seems that Bob’s still there, but his fresh face is at the window now for some reason, looking outwards. Those fiercely intelligent eyes scrutinize the ideal world that his ardent afficionados said they were going to build, all those years ago.

Bob, you don’t look too happy – not too pleased with what you see?

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  • Evelyn Bach
    Evelyn Bachover 3 years ago

    Funny, I had a Dylan moment earlier today, trying to recollect that wonderful line – people in New York don’t have much food on the table, but they got a lot a knives and forks and they gotta cut somethin. Great shot!!

  • I’ve been having Dylan moments since I was 25!! He certainly was the source of so many insightful lyrics. Interesting how he has remained in the minds of so many people who went through the revolutionary 60’s and 70’s.

    – Rhoufi

  • unebandepart
    unebandepartover 3 years ago

    10* !! ;)

  • Merci Irina; where do you get the time to write such long comments? ;-)
    Always pleased to read your codes :-)))

    – Rhoufi

  • athex
    athexover 3 years ago

    I am still a fan – wonderful shot

  • He lives on in the memory for sure. I got quite a surprise to see him checking me out as I walked passed on the footpath. Thanks Athex.

    – Rhoufi

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    Times haven’t changed, eh? :D

  • He got that wrong didn’t he. Maybe it’s better to live in hope than reality. Thanks Mel.

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 3 years ago

    Hmm hope the household wasn’t anything like I’ve seen in The Young Ones! ;)
    Well seen and presented Rhoufi, one does wonder what Bob thinks now.

  • There are some people in Carlton who never moved on from the 60’s. You can smell it when you walk passed an open window! ;-X

    But really, it always feels like home when I go to the Nova for a film. I’ll never get over that. My old house in Palmerston Street is now the School of Optometry – sort of ironic really, since when I lived there we were all blind most of the time ;-))

    – Rhoufi

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerover 3 years ago

    And they are still building, seems t get worse though… And I’m sure Bob aint liking what he’s seeing…

  • No I doubt he’s very proud of what we achieved… did we actualy achieve anything? Thanks René.

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasover 3 years ago

    how could he know all those years ago the awful choices that have been made in our names?
    Good capture.

  • “in our names” – sticks in the throat doesn’t it Sass? Rebel rebel, how could they know?
    There’s still time to put the brakes on, but will we?
    Sorry for the cynicism, Sass, I should know better :-(
    peace ~ as always

    – Rhoufi

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    Interesting story and shot – nice nostalgic trip. :)

  • Thanks Cathy, I try to avoid nostalgia, but every now and again it creeps up behind me and gives me fatherly tap on the shoulder.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Strong and moving evocation of these golden times Rhoufi, now the old world is vanishing, now comes the time of the warrior… fighting for survival…

  • Thank you Dwarkan, I think sometimes that it may have been the last Golden Times, but that thought is too frightening. I have to agree with you, we have entered the age of the warrior and to have lived as an adult from the Summer of Love through to the Winter of War may make us the most disillusioned generation in history. Thank you for your English on my pages.

    – Rhoufi

  • Eranthos Beretta
    Eranthos Berettaover 3 years ago

    Keep doing what you do brother :)

    Big hello from Zürich

  • Thanks Eranthos and thanks for the hello. I’ve just got back from 6 weeks in Paris, Spain, Istanbul and Greece and I know very well why you’re over there. Melbourne’s cold, but it’s still charming ;-)))

    – Rhoufi

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