"NESLONS AND MANDELAS" -- SuusinMokkum and Val Show All in Maastricht, NL

Well, all our recent Neslons & Mandelas, which are being exhibited at the Cafe Jenze in Maastricht until the end of August;

Here are some photos of them.

(Sadly you cannot see the Neslons in the passe partout frames that we ordered for them, because the frames were of the wrong size. So we had to make do, and make what we could of unadorned Neslons. The Mandelas are properly framed, and look goooooooooooooood!)

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 30, 2013 at 10:46pm

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 30, 2013 at 10:11pm

Gve me an E, Give me an R . Give me a N. Give me an I.?

What have you got?

What have you GOT?


ERNI!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 30, 2013 at 4:50pm

Almost...but the punch-line I was going to use was 'Both are close to f***ing water'. (Hence the 'making love in a canoe')

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Thanks Erni! It's strange, but there are no drunks or real alcoholics in my village. The Frnech don't seem to 'abuse' alcohol -- at least in public -- in the same way as the Brits do. Alcohol-free beer and wine are horrible -- the latter is just expensive grape juice.

The drinking water here is OK. I live in a street of the Old Fountain (Vieille Fontaine). There was a public drinking well here, but it was closed down about 1900 when the water got polluted. the original fountain still exists, but it doesn't work.

Here's the start of the joke in the form of a question for you:

"What's the similarity between drinking French beer and making love in a canoe?"

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 30, 2013 at 5:59am

Merci, Erni. To me, as a Brit of a certain age, bars are very much a part of my 'social fabric', similiar to what young people seek today on Fartbook or Twatter : a place where you can meet -- real -- people, talk, relax, have fun, etc. They have had a similiar role -- if only for males -- since Britain became industrialised in the nineteenth century. Bars had a different role from the sixteenth century onwards in the UK when people drank weak beer, because the water (in rivers, lakes, etc, in which everything was dumped including sewerage) couldn't be drunk because it was polluted.

A pub with good beer is a good pub. It is very hard to find an 'artisan' beer in this part of France. (Before everyone starts attacking me for this comment-- (and before you have even heard my joke about French beer --  let me just say that the wine in this part of France is excellent.)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 29, 2013 at 9:15pm

Ronnie Wood, Dear Ernie, fell into a Hamburg bar when he was drunk, drugged, or drunk & drugged. He tried to buy the bar, but he didn't have enough cash on him. So he bought the barmaid instead. They lived together for 4 days then split up when Mrs Wood discovered what was going on. Later, Ronnie left Mrs Wood for a 19 year old Slavakian (or Slovenian) and 6 days later they are reported to be living happily ever after.

This has NOTHING to do with our exhibition, Ernie  -- but it's good fun!

Comment by stripygoose on July 29, 2013 at 8:09pm

What a fantastic exhibition - well done you two! : > )

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 29, 2013 at 6:13pm

Wow! ...didn't realize the size of Suzanne's non-postcard mandelas. How fantastic!

And, Val...your "nelsons" look great...even without the fancy frames.

Congratulations to you both !

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