An old tale with new talent

Ann-Christine of the esteemed lens-artist quartet is looking forward to see our interpretation of “Old and New” for their weekly photo challenge. I got an idea of what I wanted to do just after she placed the challenge, but alas due to work and home and (work @ home) taking up my time,  I only get around to it now. Strategically it is never a good thing to respond to a challenge hours before the next one is due to be published but here goes anyway (and by the way Tina regarding the 100th installment – no pressure…).

*The photo in the header I took after noticing this ruin contrasted with the other buildings while cycling. This is a neat area and I wondered why the ruin isn’t demolished. It must have some historic significance, but there are no plaques announcing its existence.*

My daughter’s school performed the musical version of Aladdin just before the strict lockdown. I read up on Aladdin from various sources and realized that Aladdin wasn’t from Agrabah but somewhere in China as that is where the original story originated from. It was introduced to Europe as part of the Arabian nights by French author Antoine Galland in 1704.

Relieved and relaxed – post performance

My daughter’s best friend Mia (who has played in South African produced television programmes and various professional stage musicals in the Artscape theater) was the female lead, Princess Jasmine, and my daughter her chambermaid. They sung “These palace walls” as a duet of which this is an extract:

I know the girl I might become here
Sad and confined
And always locked behind these palace walls
I don’t know princess for someone like you
The outside world might be kinda overwhelming

What princess Jasmine and her chambermaid did not know at the time, is that they would be “locked up” in their own homes with the world becoming “overwhelming” for multiple reasons actually. I could become very serious here but a photo challenge is not the platform for that so I will rather confine myself to this meme inspired by a classic now already old movie with a new application, which certainly made me smile:

In her prime daughter and over the hill father. The new look has aged him.

In a melancholy moment and to my detriment Shakespeare must have written A Madrigal. For their drama class, my daughter had to choose a poem of Shakespeare to perform. This week the eloquently contrasted new and old of youth and age have wrung in my ears as she practices and projects it onto me. Initially she did not want me to use these photos of her but then shrugged with an  “only old people will read it” comment. Having an appreciation for art I have not (yet) decided to set the date on the flux capacitor in the DeLorean time machine to the year before A Madrigal was written in order to in turn wring Shakespeare’s neck…

Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare:
Youth is full of sports,
Age’s breath is short,
Youth is nimble, Age is lame:
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Youth is wild, and Age is tame:-
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O! my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay’st too long.
And after all of that I feel the need to state that I am now going to attack hills on my mountain bike in a 50 km cycle 🙂

24 thoughts on “An old tale with new talent

  1. The 50 km cycle is all to prove that age has little to do with fitness and the ability to conquer challenges! Lovely photographs all. I enjoy seeing your daughter and am intrigued by the ruin adjacent to the new buildings – there must be a story in that one!

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  2. You know, I always liked Shakespeare Abrie so I am not happy that you shared this verse and it makes me a bit less favorable toward him. I enjoyed the photos of your beautiful daughter although I’m rather sad she thinks only old people will see them. I prefer to think of us as mature and better-positioned for important decisions 😊such as choosing better Shakesperean verses!!! Glad you were able to squeak in under the wire before today’s challenge goes out – always happy to see you join us.

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    1. Fortunately my daughter has a peculiar sense of humour she employs, Don’t know were she gets it from… Unfortunately she tends to speak her mind and then claims it was a joke when it often isn’t. It doesn’t really go down well with her mother.
      I do like the way you phrase our matureness 🙂 I wanted to say something about the situaton in America which with our history also reverberates here but decided against it. Well you have thrown that wide open with challenge 100#


      1. Haven’t I though Abrie! I actually thought of you as I was writing this week’s post. I was stunned when we visited SA, especially when we went to Robben Island. So much history so well presented. And yes, matureness, that’s my new word for us !!

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  3. Excellent, Abrie! Thank you for the pictures of beautiful daughter performing the musical version of Aladdin. Lovely photos of you and your daughter. Bike in a 50 km cycle, impressive!!
    Thank you for joining in. Always happy to see your post. 🙂

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  4. Lovely daughter, indeed. Hmmmm, Age? Doesn’t she realize the wisdom she sees in you to show the importance of age😉😂. Enjoy your ride. I am on the way out the door myself, for a run in the pool.

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    1. 17 but triple as wise…She does have a sense of humour which she liberally applies. Running in the swimming pool? I notice you also have a sense of humour… I do realize it is with resistance bands or the water which is the resistance itself as an exercise

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      1. She is at a great age. 🤗. I really do just run in the pool in our hot summers. I am not the most graceful of swimmers and I was a runner for 30 + years. The knees are not too keen on the running anymore, but the water takes the pounding away, and keeps me cool.

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    1. Hulle het die Donderdagaand opgetree en 3 keer die Vrydag tydens skooltyd. Die laerskole in die omgewing kom kyk die Vrydag.
      Ek het jou opmerking vir haar gelees sonder o te verwys na Tannie Frannie – haar kommentaar: “Sy flirt met jou” (rolling my eyes)

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    1. Ja gelukkig hou Elrike van die kultuur-aktiwititeite. Hulle koor het 2 jaar terug (moeilik om te glo dit is so lank terug) hulle afdeling gewen by World choir games wat baie goeie blootstelling vir haar was

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