Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Amélie and Mummy Francoise

I did my 2nd seminar in 3 (working) days today and I'm a bit tired as I also had a meeting in another place this morning... so as I got back home I was really glad to discover that genius photographer Corinne Dubreuil has a wonderful photoshoot up on her website :D (Thanks Linnie and Ximista)

The part that interests us most sees Amélie cuddling up to her mum and the rest of her family: Sophia and Bengale. ;)



and now let's sing in choir:

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
;)

96 comments:

Hugo87 said...

OMG BEAUTIFUL Pics thay both look amazing thatns bumsby for the post

Gentle said...

It is wonderful to see them looking close and happy!

Bumsby said...

I love the first one :D

BARBIE said...

Me too Bums, I too love the first one *grins*

Bumsby said...

I've read an amazing comment from sapphisto on the forum and I just have to share it here...

it's the description of Amélie's attitude:

"I'm as butch as you could ever want, but I'm so darn secure about it I don't need to strut or pose or shy away from my femininity."

I don't have words right now to express how much I love this concept. In my mind it's just IT...

Bumsby said...

(Btw that's how I've always felt more or less from Kindergarten... :P )

Bumsby said...

When I was a kid I was a complete tomboy; as I was becoming a teen I started to look/be more feminine and everyone was thinking "see, she's healed. She turned to the girly side eventually". But inside of me I was "No! That's not what happened at all!". It was hard to communicate "me" to the people who didn't know me. It still is, to some extent.

Anonymous said...

We're having strange connectivity issues at work. I'm on my laptop, connected to the wireless, but I can't connect to the internet from my desktop. I wrote a nice long response to this, and lost it.

Basically, once upon a time, I participated in a B/F forum (don't ask) and you are spot on about the butches and their lack of security. As soon as I mentioned I was a rocket engineer (and for the hell of it, at the time, because one had to, I ID'ed as butch on the forum) the majority of the butches started posing, posturing, doing everything possible to put me down.

On the positive side, I'd never received so many invitations to orgies before.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I remember what I wrote now. I personally like people who have so-called gender traits of both genders. Like Sabatini: boxer and princess. Yum.

Spank said...

Sabatini had big shoulders for those days..
She was known as rugby player/model to my mother and I :D

Anonymous said...

I loved how she had a frown or scowl on her face much of the time, but when she smiled, the whole court lit up. (Or so it seemed.)

But yes, what a fine fine physical specimen she was back then. More than likely it was *cough* "enhanced"--oh those Argentinians! but I still loved watching her.

Bumsby said...

I'm crazy about fifty-fiftiness. I can be really sensitive to slight deviations from it either on the butch or the femme side, and I won't approve ;)

I think Amélie (together with my one - the person I've been in love with the most ever) is the shining emblem of fifty-fiftiness. :D

Bumsby said...

I'm a little too young to remember Sabatini well - I wasn't a tennis fan as a kid as tennis was never shown on tv in Italy - but I like her very much. Although she's a little too Latino for me - I can't help being a Mitteleuropean in my aesthetics taste :P

Bumsby said...

Oh, and I forgot: my favorite flavor of fifty-fiftiness is the extreme one. Very butch and very femme at the same time (it's the hardest to find...)

Anonymous said...

In my experience, many people see what they want to see, and not necessarily all that is there. If someone is looking for X, they'll see X and ignore any Y that is present.

Is "the One" the one you are dating now?

Bumsby said...

Nope. That was many years ago (about 8). I've lost hope to be so in love ever again by now :P
(Btw I'm no longer really dating anyone right now... I don't know if it's a crisis or what. But there's much more distance now)

Spank said...

Are you saying they did not show the italian open on tv when you were little?

Bumsby said...

Yes. Actually they're not showing it even now. Only the semifinals and finals. :P

Spank said...

Join the club, there is an ocean between people, but we are better at crossing it than we were previously..

Bumsby said...

Italy is a gregarious country. We only like team sports, like football. They show the Greek Second Division League or something, but they won't show the Internazionali :P

Bumsby said...

Sorry I didn't get your ocean phrase... (did I say I was tired?)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's easy to lose hope. Sorry about your most-current relationship.

There's a new tennis pro at my club; she's a college student (so, what...21, 22 years old, probably.) Cute, but I get into that whole jock thang, so more than likely I'm just seeing that and nothing else.

Anyway, I think she was interested until she hear me say to another player (who thought I was in my 20s and thought she was twice my age), "I'm 42. There's no way you are 84."

I should just keep my big mouth shut, eh? And try to enjoy the fact that I don't look my age. (Not that I'm advocating taking advantage of some poor young thang home on vacation.)

Anonymous said...

Distance between people = ocean between people

Nadl said...

sorry to hear mary maybe you can just talk to her?

Bumsby said...

LOL @ "there's no way you are 84". I've been advised to lie on my age too but I never did. Probably because I'm not attracted by people who are much younger than me so in practice I never needed to :P

I don't know whether to be sorry about the standby in my relationship... we still call each other a lot, but not much else anymore. Well, to be honest I have clearer thoughts than this in my head and explanations, but I don't feel too comfortable sharing them here now :P ;)

Spank said...

This is the problem with the young they are fickle and don't know what it is that they want.
They would rather have an imaginary idea/ideal.

Spank said...

I don't think I will ever fall in love in the future..

Bumsby said...

ocean = distance... but then why should be we better at crossing it? I know, I probably sound retarded... LOL

For some reason when spank says "ocean" I think about the Atlantic and when she says "crossing" I either think of the English Channel or of legs... but I excluded the latter in this case :P ;)

Nadl said...

why do "older" ppl always talk "bad" about younger ppl? i don't get it at all *cruckoo*

Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to pry or to have you reveal anything here. WAnt me to delete anything? Just let me know.

@nadl: mostly I was kidding about the youngun. I just look to amuse myself right now--nothing serious.

Bumsby said...

*feels disappointed at discovering spank is not in love with Bumsby*

*pout*
*sobs*
*cries*
*tears hair*
*kicks*

(ROFL)

Nadl said...

nadl is shocked too *eek*

but maybe spanky has a good explanation

Bumsby said...

Don't worry Mary, that's ok. I just don't want to go into detail, but I don't want to hide the relationship.

Nadl, we're not saying anything bad about young people, I only said I've never been attracted to someone much younger than me. *shrug* I'm not saying it will never happen.

Spank said...

Because we/I feel we have to parent/care/protect them.
Year after year there is a new bunch of young ones..
;)

I knew you'd react to that comment :D LOL *evil-grin*

Nadl said...

pfff i'm not to young for you guys YOU ARE JUST TOO OLD





j/K

Spank said...

yes

Spank said...

I think it's time for a nappy change for you Nadl :D

Nadl said...

yeh sure....

Bumsby said...

I don't feel protective, I'm just not attracted mentally and physically but I'm not saying it will never happen *shrug*

Nadl said...

it's not about feel attracted to young persons but often "older" ppl say "oh these girls are so young they have no clue about the life ect.."

and IMO that's just stupid

Bumsby said...

Yeah I agree that's stupid and I've had it said to me. But the stupid in those cases are the old :P ;)

Nadl said...

jup that's what i wanted to say ;)

old ppl always think they've had the most dramatic moments in their life which can never happen to a under 20yr old girl or smth like that *haha*

Bumsby said...

But that's not our case *hug* (to the extent that we can be considered old :P ;) )

Nadl said...

all over 30 (except the one born in 1969) are old :p

Spank said...

I think most older people are avoiding all drama what so ever, so anything that is not comparatively safe, boring, familiar or controlable is not welcome. That includes people too sometimes.

Spank said...

Yep I am old.

Bumsby said...

I don't avoid drama (and btw Karina is much older than all of us LMAO)

Nadl said...

old means not for everybody the same! so you can still think that u're young spanky but IMO (and with my young age :p ) you're old :p

Bumsby said...

spank you're not old you're middle-aged :P

Spank said...

I am middle aged..
I am old. The 1st half of my life is well and truely over, everyone tells me how it is all down hill from here.
I hear a lot about people of my own age group and illnesses, stress from work, mortgages, bills, elderly parents etc

I am far closer to Karina's age then you two whippersnappers..:P

Nadl said...

don't take karina away from me! she's the only person i love right now

Bumsby said...

But you shouldn't believe what everyone tells you... you only have to believe ME :D

This way, it's easier.

(ROFL)

Spank said...

...Marie vs *G* debacle

Spank said...

Nadl you are the only person Karina loves right now :)

Nadl said...

yay =)

that gives me some motivation at least :p

i should stop whoring around *tape*

Spank said...

Yeah, you strumpet! :D
Be faithful to Karina! :D

Speaking of which they must be shooting the new season of the L-word by now. I wonder if she will be in it? I hope so :)

Nadl said...

don't think so

Spank said...

Bumsqueal have you ever met Corinne Dubruil?

Nadl said...

olala google found smth

http://estaticos03.cache.el-mundo.net/1999/03/07/fotos/0307ultima.jpg

Spank said...

I think Bengale has the momo family eyes :D

Bumsby said...

Well, I've been close to her but no one introduced me to her if that's what you mean. I've seen her a few times around, yes.

Nadl said...

really? how come?

Spank said...

Are you searching under the name Amelie or Karina or something else?

Bumsby said...

I've seen her at the Rome tournament and at some other, maybe OGF or Antwerp... don't remember very well, but I know who she is.

BARBIE said...

Spank said : "I don't think I will ever fall in love in the future.."

I am speechless, not even with me Spank ??? *sad* *cries*

Spank said...

I see the food has given you
a second wind..

Nadl said...

goodnight grannies *wavey*

Spank said...

Night night baby-N *hug*

Bumsby said...

Night little niece ;) (and good luck with those nasty school things... ;) )

Spank said...

What does Dubreil look like?
Is she old, middle aged, young, long hair, short hair, bald?!
Tall, fat, thin, one-legged?

Bumsby said...

She has a couple of legs and arms... LOL
No, to be honest, she's not good-looking at all (and I'm using understatements). She's visibly less tall than Amélie, long black hair in a ponytail (lower than Amé's), and a little fat too if I'm not wrong.

Big nose, hairy eyebrows, etc. ...

(!)

Spank said...

She sounds ok to me :)

Bumsby said...

Btw back to the topic... (after 72 comments :P) I don't like Amélie's mother... she looks a bit cold.

Spank said...

I hope thats a joke!

Bumsby said...

No I'm serious. Why should it be a joke?

Spank said...

Because that is someone's mother. That woman has been through her husband being treated for cancer and seeing him die.
She is not here to entertain people.
Amelie's family are a little shy and I think it is true of the mother too.
That is what I think..

Spank said...

I find that endearing in today's over-hyped media frenzied world where fame and sell-a-bra-tease are all important..

Bumsby said...

I didn't say I don't like her as an entertainer. But just that I don't like the little I know/see about her. She looks cold, but she behaved even colder when Amélie came out. Amélie once said in 1999 interview or something, that in her family "expression of feelings is not allowed". It shows in her attitude (or body posture, or physical dynamics, or whatever you want to call it). Go look at Djokovic's mother and you will see she looks ok without wanting to entertain :P

Bumsby said...

Don't misinterpret me, you know I don't like false smiles and all that. She may show what she is, but it doesn't mean I should like what she is.

Spank said...

Her family reminds me of my family.
Expressions of feelings and emotions were not allowed in my family either, so I understand where she is coming from.

I don't understand why she is being made to be out in to the media spot light like this?

Spank said...

Hmm, you were a little taken aback in Roma when Amelie was playing cards and seemed like "stone" (rather than being an entertainer?)
were you not?

Spank said...

If her smile seems false that maybe due to the fact that she is so unused to the center of attention and defintely the media spot light too.
If someone is not used to it, it is very difficult to cope with and all the old insecurites and perceived self-inadequacies can come to the foreground.

Bumsby said...

Yes, it looks unnatural to some extent. This aspect emerges from the photoshoot and I don't like it.

My family was quite cold and demanding and repressing up to a certain age (or at least I perceived so) but later they melted. They've become almost sentimentalist. My parents changed a lot since when my older sister was little to me and up until now. It makes me think they have a certain learning ability.

(And I don't think they were really against the expression of feelings. They expressed themselves quite well. They were more against the expression of MY feelings :P They were often repressing but never cold. They often got angry at things, but not in a cold way. They often got emotional. They taught me to love freedom, but weren't giving me all the freedom I wanted so I felt repressed)

BARBIE said...

I see, here's a very serious discussion going on

Bumsby said...

No, it wasn't anything new in Rome: I knew she was "stone" sometimes. The difference lies in the fact that I had never been a part of that "silence" somehow. That I had always been in the same place where she was in a professional situation (eg, on the court). But not then. We were in the same place, and she was still.

Spank said...

Novak's mother is a different generation.
The cold war had mostly ended when she was young and getting married, so the rules of "you must do this or else" were starting to disapear.
The end of the tyranny of "Ideologiocal absolutes" had started in parts of europe.
However the catholic church was still strong in some parts..

Spank said...

Is it the same top that Amelie wore at the French open final?

Bumsby said...

I don't think it's really a matter of cold war or not. I think it goes together with a certain bourgeoise attitude coupled with workaholicness :P
Modern families are cold. Traditional families are warmer. There's such a big difference between Northern and Southern Europe. (Also between Northern and Southern Italy to a lesser extent).

Amélie's family is Northern, reserved, cold France. Sylvie and Pascale both came from Southern, "warmer" families. She often tells about loving their families.

Anonymous said...

Total tangent, but my LAN came back up so I could read email: A friend of mine forwarded to me one of those annoying chain emails (this one religious--St. Teresa I think). It was sent to him by Vasilisa Bardina, and of course he forwarded it to all his friends, including Anna Chakvetadze, Jelena Jankovic, Emma Laine, Elena Vesnina and Lucie Safarova.

So this means if any of those people beats any of my girls, I can now send them a chiding email. (Not that I will, but I could.)

Bumsby said...

(No, it's not the same top... see different neck line. Btw this is much better, I really like this shirt :D )

Anonymous said...

Definitely a different neck line--we can see tan lines now.

Bumsby said...

@Mary: I'm sure those players will be delighted that your friend doesn't put them on bcc in email chains :P

Anonymous said...

They're probably thinking--the players--who the fuck is mary_c?

BARBIE said...

This is the top and also the skirt which Amelie is going to wear in Wimbledon *grins*

Anonymous said...

@nadl--sorry if you interpreted my comments as talking bad about young people. I don't mean to do that, but I do think that there often can be a large chasm between "old people" and "young people" in terms of the types of experiences they've had.

Of course, there are always exceptions: the old person who talks about 35 years of experience, when all they've really had is one year of experience, over and over.

But--for example, for some of us old people--we've had a depth of experience that can separate us from youth who haven't had anything near that level of experience.

For me, my view of the world is probably much different from yours. I kind of miss the days when a huge part of my existence was engaged in a single maths test. And where "bad" was epitomized by the demonized teacher. In that sense, things were simpler and clearer (in other ways, though, being young was confusing b/c I didn't know who I was, how to be.)

Bumsby said...

In some ways I've never been young. I've always been a wise and responsible kid. But in some other ways I feel I'll never grow old.

(I know, I'm weird, that's the only certainty about me. Or, as old love put it 8 years ago, I've always belonged to minorities of all kind :P ;) )