Saturday, April 17, 2010

Of Clouds,Voltaire, and Reality and Here: WHAT IS GOING TO BE,EH ?

copyrights by marguerita bornstein drawings,story, and puppets.

More than thirty years ago, I conceived a story about a cloud that devastates the world. The book is in a illustrated metaphor,which I called first " What Is it Going to be,Eh?

Here some drawings from my story in a book form, which also became a puppet show,with puppets I created, a little homemade theater ,with sounds by the Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and actors .That version I called Stefan and His Fantastic Carroteers.

Seems that artists many times can see through or beyond the clouds......

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - L'éruption du volcan situé sous le glacier Eyjafjallajokull, qui paralyse la majeure partie du ciel européen depuis mercredi, continuait dimanche à cracher un nuage de cendres volcaniques accompagné de puissantes secousses telluriques.

As in Voltaire's Candide," he presents the reader with the many forms of evil and suffering in our world. He ridicules the notion that we live in the best of all possible worlds, illustrating plainly how individuals must endure unspeakable indignity in the course of their lives. Like Candide, we are forced to re-examine our personal philosophy of life ...

The volcano, meanwhile, showed no signs of letting up.

Clive Oppenheimer, a volcanologist at the University of Cambridge, said the average span of a volcanic eruption is a month or two. In the case of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, he said, scientists need to know more about how much molten rock is beneath it, but concluded, “We could see intermittent activity over the coming months.”

Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, an Iceland geologist, told The Associated Press that the volcano was “quite vigorous” on Friday night, “causing the eruption column to grow.” Teitur Arason, a meteorologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, said that given the prevailing winds for the next few days, “the ash will continue to be directed toward Britain and Scandinavia.”

Skies over much of Europe were sunny on Saturday, the result of a high-pressure system that perversely helped to hold the ash cloud in place.

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