in bloom

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How often do you see tulips do this?
Victoria is again fragrant with the scent of freshly bloomed flowers everywhere. Memories of other times and other places are heavily associated with many of the smells for me. I don’t have a great sense of smell but it’s good enough to recognize a few things from my early childhood at Parkside Place.
Last night I saw a documentary called Iraq in Fragments at Cinecenta. It featured 3 stories from different people living in Iraq, from the center of poverty and neglect, to extreme religious responses to the lack of government, police and social support, to the rural areas that seem less effected by all that has happened since the invasion and destruction of the country. There is not a specific slant per se, more of a peek into the lives of people in the area and what this really means for them. Have a look at the trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/iraqinfragments/
At some points it is amazing the maker of the film lived to tell the story. If you can find it in your area, this is well worth the watch. One of the important films in our time, in my opinion.

7 thoughts on “in bloom”

  1. An update!!! Holy cow!
    Very nice photos. I’m glad I don’t have allergies so I can enjoy the spring flowers.
    That documentary sounds interesting, where can I see it here in Vic?

  2. the reason the tulip is like that is because of a virus, it’s called “breaking” and tulips that did that in the 1700’s in holland could cost as much as $4000 for a single bulb.. why do i know this, the weirdest class i have ever taken in my university life

  3. Thanks for the review, Davin.
    And those are lovely flowers-
    Iraq in Fragments will be available on DVD through Netflix through July, when it will be available to the general public.

  4. Everyone who lives in a first-world country should be required to watch “Iraq in Fragments”. It made me appreciate my life, and it showed that few people in the world have it as good as we do here, in
    Canada. It was a touching movie that opened my eyes towards a country that needs to be known for more than Saddam. And parts of it were eerily similar to “Children of Men”.

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