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Fog you. Fog off. We loved the fog.

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Everyone loved this. Taxi drivers were parking and running in to see it in the early hours of the morning. The fog was so thick you couldn't see anything, find your friends--so there was lots of calling, lots of bumping into people.

I have never seen the city so alive, so many people out, the galleries full, the streets and subways looked like rush hour. And talking to each other, trading stories. Time to sleep.

EDIT.
Am realizing that Nuit Blanche is unknown in many places, so once again, I am not making sense. Best way to understand is the Nuit Blanche Flick'r page--

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=nuit+blanche
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much better photos. I chose to actually have a good time and forget the camera.

Gael says:

love the top pic and intrigued by the whole idea. Can you imagine how scarey it was to be living in cities with conditions like that on a regular basis though?

1st Oct 2006, 16:07

swamprose says:

Isn't Edinburgh like this, London? This was so benign, so full of people laughing and getting lost. The whole city was like that.

1st Oct 2006, 16:14

hildegard says:

An old tutor of mine told the story of how his Great Aunt, out & about in a pea-souper, helped lost a young man home. Not only a moment of significance for her as a lady of the time but also because she was completely blind. :)

1st Oct 2006, 16:53

hildegard says:

There was a sort of Great Fog in 1952. Industrial & domestic coal use, internal combustion engines & a 4-day temperature inversion killed an unprecedented 4000 people outright. 8000 more died later as a result of respiratory damage. The govt finally passed a Clean Air Act.

1st Oct 2006, 19:10

Viv says:

looks like a real fun night

but what is it all about?

2nd Oct 2006, 02:35

Caine says:

Great pics!

2nd Oct 2006, 05:57

swamprose says:

I guess I haven't been very clear. Nuit Blanche happens in various cities around the world. Paris was the first city. It is an all night art festival. 7pm to 7 am. There is no admission to any gallery, everything stays open, all night. In Toronto, there were over 130 things to see or do--dance at the Cuban cafe, see art at galleries, theatre in the streets and on the buses, ballroom dancing with a room full of balls, giant overhead sculptures, a swimming pool for everyone with pool toys and lights--and the favourite--the fog. The fog was made by machines, spilled over the banks into a small valley, middle of downtown, brilliant idea and much loved. It was an entire night of art, people, amazing and unexpected delight. They expected 250,000. Over half a million came..it was fun.

2nd Oct 2006, 13:42

Geodyne says:

That sounds like SO much fun. I wish I could have been there!

2nd Oct 2006, 13:56

swamprose says:

I bet it will happen in the UK soon. If Riga, Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Madrid, New York City, Montreal, and Toronto do it, why not Edinburgh? ; )

2nd Oct 2006, 14:03

Geodyne says:

I would so be there.

2nd Oct 2006, 14:14

swamprose says:

Me too. Your photos of Edinburgh left me with a serious need to get there myself.

2nd Oct 2006, 14:26

Geodyne says:

I'll have some more for you by next month, too.

2nd Oct 2006, 14:35

OJ says:

It sounds great. I did think it all sounded a little bit too positive for a meteorological condition.

We had a long-ish period of freezing fog last winter, which caused some nasty driving conditions but was great for Gothic photo effects. e.g. here and here.

But I've never heard of the Nuit Blanche. If you were ever in London you might like London Open House weekend when you can get into all sorts of buildings that aren't usually open to the public. The queues for the Swiss Re building (The Gherkin) are usually around the block several times....

2nd Oct 2006, 14:54

swamprose says:

I would so love to see the Gherkin, and all sorts of things in London. We have an Open House here, which is a great chance to see inside buildings..but Nuit Blanche...it was just something else...half a million people all night..it still makes me happy.

2nd Oct 2006, 15:01

OJ says:

Yeah me too. Went a couple of years ago and never did get into the Gherkin.

Will post more from Liverpool Biennial next week for you, to keep the good feelings going...

2nd Oct 2006, 15:02

FilbertFox says:

ah now that does sound like fun

2nd Oct 2006, 22:33

Rick says:

great shots. The whole night sounds like a lot of fun. All the art must be incredible.

3rd Oct 2006, 17:06

Dhamaka says:

wow. Must do a Nuit Blanche. sounds brilliant!

4th Oct 2006, 13:09

swamprose says:

hello D. If silly old Toronto did it, then there HAS to be one somewhere in the UK.

Leeds, did you hear that? calling Leeds...

4th Oct 2006, 16:00

Dhamaka says:

why stay in the UK? Have commission, will travel...

... eventually...

4th Oct 2006, 23:44

swamprose says:

fabulous idea. never thought of finding you a gig and getting you over here...what does it take?

5th Oct 2006, 03:09

Dhamaka says:

to be safe, about 4 months notice and then I pitch everyone I know and see what happens. It's probably not a good idea to find anything between January and May since I'll either be in Argentina or very depressed then

:D

5th Oct 2006, 06:39

swamprose says:

It just would be so much fun to have you here. But not in the snow. Not good for biking, dance or vineyards. Of course you are going to be in South America in January. Or somewhere warm, on a bike.

5th Oct 2006, 06:46

Dhamaka says:

well... if things work something in the snow might be my next project, but only if things work...

5th Oct 2006, 07:03

Ha! Great photos. I thought you were blogging a building on fire from the thumbnails.

D> you could always try and cycle the length of Canada. Like Terry Fox. Except on a bike. And without a posthetic leg.

6th Oct 2006, 08:10

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