Engelbert, Patrimoine, Peace One Day & Happiness …

The highlight of my week was shooting Engelbert Humperdinck in concert. Well, that’s not exactly true. The highlight was listening to French people trying to say his name.

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

I shot the crooner and completely surprised myself at how much I enjoyed listening to him … and that I actually knew a couple of his songs. It was also nice being the youngest one in the theater.

This last weekend was the Journees du Patrimoine (Heritage Days), where all throughout France they open important cultural and historic places not usually open to the public so that everyone can check them out. This goes as high as places like the Elysee Palace (the French White House) and as low as … well, probably the place where I was.

Les Ateliers de Championnet

Les Ateliers de Championnet

I visited the Ateliers de Championnet, a huge complex where all the maintenance for the city buses, trams and metro stations takes place. Hidden in a part of the 18th arrondissement where I very rarely go (ok, never), the Ateliers opened their doors to the public for the very first time since being founded in 1882. The place was like a giant Home Depot but dated and ambitious enough to really capture my attention. Highlight for me was the fact that even though hundreds of people where going to be visiting the Ateliers for the very first time, one of the employees forgot to take down a 70’s style poster featuring a topless women with ample bosom.

To see some of my photo expose on Les Ateliers de Championnet (including the poster!), CLICK HERE.

And finally, I photographed a concert organized to coincide with World Peace Day (September 21). It was held at the beautiful Grand Rex Theatre and featured Charlie Winston and Lenny Kravitz among others.

Charlie Winston at the Peace One Day concert

Charlie Winston at the Peace One Day concert

The event was put together by a non-profit organization called “Peace One Day” which somehow got Coca Cola to print some limited edition Coke cans commemorating their event.

Specially-marked limited edition cans of "Peace One Day" Coke

Specially-marked limited edition cans of "Peace One Day" Coke

The lowlight was Lenny Kravitz making all of the press wait until after his performance – the rest of the performers came to the press room before they performed – and then, just after midnight, deciding not to show up at all. That was not a happy press room.

My favorite French headline of the week was this one:

Sarkozy wants happiness used as economic indicator

PARIS — France plans to include happiness and well-being in its measurements of economic progress, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday, beckoning other countries to join in a “revolution” in the way growth is tracked after the global economic crisis. France will adapt its statistical toolbox as recommended by two Nobel economists whom Sarkozy commissioned 18 months ago to analyze new ways of measuring social progress, he said in a speech in Paris on the first anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

France — whose growth has lagged its peers in recent decades according to standard measures — will also try to convince other governments to change their economic tracking, Sarkozy said “A great revolution is waiting for us,” he said. “For years, people said that finance was a formidable creator of wealth, only to discover one day that it accumulated so many risks that the world almost plunged into chaos.” “The crisis doesn’t only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to do so,” he said.
Measuring well-being would make France’s economy, famous for its short workweek and generous social benefits, look more rosy.

“If leisure has no accounting value because it’s essentially full of non-market activities like sport or culture, we put productivity below human fulfillment,” Sarkozy said.

Some photos of the week …

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Biscuits on the Bridge

Biscuits on the Bridge

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marilynn on October 2, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Well, first of all, you might spell his name right, “Engelbert”, and I don’t know who was in that theater, but here in the U.S. with his sold out shows, the ages range from the “20s to the 90s” , because he puts on a show that is enjoyed by all. We’re so happy that he is coming “home” to the U.S., where he is most sincerely appreciated.

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  2. Posted by Mary Carlson, President, "Nothing In This World But Enge" Fan Club on October 2, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Thanks so much for your pictures of Enge in Concert and so glad you’ve discovered what a great performer he is….Mary

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  3. hi we will be attending enges concert in naples, we heard he gives his all yet so we are really looking forward to hearing him anxiously waitng phyllis miles and liz

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  4. Posted by Debbie on October 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Engelbert is not a crooner, but a contemporary singer.

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  5. Posted by billie fortin on October 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    In my entire life I have never nor will ever see a man as great as this man. First of all hes a very caring person. God gave him a voice that has endured 40 plus years. How many can say that? Hes been blessed with good health. All I can see is its an honor to call him my friend, and Thank you to his family for sharing him all these years and a special Thank You To God for giving him the voice you gave him.

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  6. Posted by Dorothy Whalen on October 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you for your brief review of the ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Concert. Obviously, your forte is photography, not journalism. The reports that I did receive from many of ENGELBERT’S venues in Europe were ~~~~ Yes, sold out shows, very enthusiastic audiences, no problem getting a volunteer to help him with a song onstage ( they ran quickly to be selected, no walkers, or such ) and he received many standing ovations, considering that there had to be a language barrier for some in the audiences…..We await ENGELBERT back to his ‘adopted’ home ~ with open arms. I fell in Love with this Man ~ ENGELBERT ~ his voice, his looks, his darling wife, Patricia, his children and grand-children, his dear Mum and Dad, may they look down from heaven and say, ” we are so proud.”
    ENGELBERT is such a talented person, not only singing, but his humor, his writing songs and prose, he is indeed, The Total Entertainer. He is also a very shy, humble man offstage, a loving husband and father, a doting grand parent a generous giver to a number of Charities both here and abroad, and his faith is deep rooted. I am so blessed to have known him, almost from his beginning here in the states. He knows many of his fans by first name, takes the time to select special Christmas cards, and hand writes a message to each Fan Club.
    So I am happy to know he was well received during his Tour in the UK and Europe, and twice as happy to know he is ” Coming Home .”

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