March 11, 2008

quick fix

Kuala Lumpur is a contradiction. The old and new coexist but not always harmoniously. As recognized worldwide as it is as a modern city, some parts seem to never want to catch up with the changing times. I'm often at loggerheads with it. That's another story.

But there are moments I'm thankful some things remain as they are. Like this elderly street cobbler. In the most delveloped areas, you're certain to find someone to mend a broken sole. He'll be there waiting and yes, chances are he'll have a cigarette as well.


Blogger George Townboy said...

Great shot Edwin, I like it. Shoe repair is a dying business ... we are in a 'throw away' world.

However, I always have my beautiful shoes repaired!

11:11 AM  
Blogger gizelle said...

Those handmade repairs are great, though here they sometimes costs more than the new shoes itself =D

9:51 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Ah yes, changing world. I have mixed feelings about that too.

Edwin, may I use your blog to relay an important message ?


I heard on the radio that Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders ) is lauching today the first International Online Free Expression Day, a worldwide cyber demonstration against government censorship on the Internet.

Why is it important? A total of 63 cyber-dissidents are currently in jail worldwide for using their right to free expression on the Internet. China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for online journalists and bloggers.

You can help! To denounce government censorship of the Internet and to demand more online freedom, please come and protest: TODAY AND TODAY ONLY (from 12th March 11 am to 13th March 11 am Paris time) you can take part in the 24-hour online demonstration that will take place on Tien An Men square in Beijing and in one of the nine countries that have been identified as "enemies of the internet": China, Burma, Vietnam, North Korea, Egypt, Cuba, Erythrea, Tunisia and Turkmenistan .

Just click on and follow the prompts: you will chose an alias (your virtual character), a slogan for your banner and the city where you wish to demonstrate. We need huge numbers! The blogging community can make a difference. Please relay this appeal and take action.
Read the full details about this action here.
(please note you cannot action before 11 a.m. Paris time)

4:13 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Cobblers, Shoemakers--whatever the label, they're wonderful craftsman. Hey, I wouldn't label him "elderly"--he doesn't look that old.

11:56 AM  
Blogger shamaine said...

lovely photo...there's something about it that really touched my heart...

1:50 AM  

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