Pig Parts

Pig for the carnitas store on Insurgentes, San MIguel, Jul 2017

A pig being cut up for our local carnitas store at the top of Insurgentes. It will now be wasned, cut up into smaller pieces, be brined, and then be deep fried in a giant kettle to prepare the delicious carnitas sold here. One of our favorites. I doubt if the back of a pickup is necessarily less hygienic than many of the surfaces on which cellophane-wrapped supermarket porkchops in the US are prepared. At least it is fresh. It was probably running around grunting earlier this morning.

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M 86 Crosstown Bus

M86 Crosstown Bus, New York. May 2017

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Happy Now?

Broadway at 90th Street, New York. May 2017

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Downtown Number 1 Train

Downtown Number 1 Train, New York Subway, April 2017

Another in a series of everyday life in New York. Click on the photograph for an instant view of a larger and more detailed image.

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Important Information

Bus stop, Broadway at 86th Street, New York, April 2017

If you are a small boy, it is important to know whether your fingers will fit between the glass panels of a Manhattan bus stop. Having ascertained they will, this information can be stored together with other similar important facts for future reference. You never know.

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The Halal Hopper

Halal stand, 87th Street and Broadway, New York, April 2017

Halal stands are very popular, and numerous, in New York. This guy at 87th Street and Broadway cooks his chicken and serves his rice with amazing dexterity, hopping around as he does so in a fascinating dance to keep up the rhythm of his work. Here he adds a liberal dose of the famous, unique, and secret Halal white sauce to a serving.

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Oratorio San Felipe Neri

Oratorio San Felipe Neri, San Miguel de Allende, April 2017

On Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, the Oratorio San Felipe Neri in San Miguel de Allende opens the small chapels and cloister to the public. These are normally reserved exclusively for the clergy. We believe this corner of the Oratorio, bordering on Loreto, houses the oldest religious buildings in SMA. The whole interior is amazing, not a square inch of plaster which isn’t a mural, and this, one of the two chapels we got access to (there is a third) is a bejewelled roccoco spectacle.

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Plastic Babies

First aid demonstrations, Plaza de la Luz, San Miguel, April 2017

There are constant social service demonstrations in Mexico. In this instance training for prevention of choking in infants. These parents may not find it so easy to balance a real six-month-old made of baby, not plastic, on their hands, while smacking them on the bum.

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Pop-Up Shrines

Pop-up shrine on Insurgentes, San Miguel de Allende, April 2017

On this Friday, a week before Easter, shopfronts, house doorways and windows suddenly become shrines for the evening. Just as suddenly next morning they are gone, and in this instance on Insurgentes, are a hardware store again.

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A Typical Sight

Scene on Relox, San Miguel, April 2017

A typical sight in San Miguel, particularly on Relox, which runs down from the Jardin, the main square.

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