All the world's a stage

By mrswoolybill
The Grandí Place in Brussels again. The Hapsburgs built public squares in the same way as Roman emperors built circuses - for theatrical effect and to keep the masses happy. Nowadays itís floral displays, art exhibitions or sport on a giant screen; in 1568 it was the public beheading of rebel Counts Egmont and Hornes.
Egmont went on to star in an overture by Beethoven...
Guests departed last night. Life is returning to what we laughingly call normality...
Thanks for looking,

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13 Oct 2009 8:19AM
Super shot.

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VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 8:20AM
Good one!!!!!!!!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 8:22AM
A superb image Moira, and excellently composed from underneath the umbrella. Were you sitting and partaking of the local amenities, I wonder?
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
13 Oct 2009 8:23AM
Grand looking image well captured thanks for sharing Colin
jenquest 15 561 1 Tokelau
13 Oct 2009 8:26AM
Very clever framing.
TelStar 12 116 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 8:29AM
An effective, well dressed stage with luxuriant back-drop and colour.

david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
13 Oct 2009 8:42AM
I've always loved that square and enjoyed this shot a lot...
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 8:49AM
superb composition with great colour and detail
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 8:50AM
Superb shot, great composition, you really get a taste of the atmosphere of this square and whats going on.

photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
13 Oct 2009 8:58AM
well framed Moira
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
13 Oct 2009 9:23AM
An excellent composition, Moira, very well composed, plenty to look at. Carol
wyatturp 12 2 England
13 Oct 2009 9:37AM
I like the framing, works well
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
13 Oct 2009 9:42AM
perfect composed the framing with the umbrella...very inspiring!!!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 9:43AM
Thanks to everyone who has called in here today, I'm delighted by the reception that this has received.
It's the view from the terrace of le Roy d'Espagne, a long-standing favourite of ours. The interior is decorated with inflated pigs' bladders. Never let anyone tell you that Belgium is boring...
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
13 Oct 2009 9:48AM
Looks like you are ready to bring the curtain down here Moira.??
But it must just be on your guests.I can't remember if this is the square we were at many years ago.A crowd had gathered and were all looking skyward.Being a nosey sod we joined in,expecting to see someone famous or something appearing at a window.It was a big disappointment when a clock struck,and little figures came out, and went round and round.WOW,TERRIFIC STUFF !! It would have been more exciting watching Morris Dancers,with the odd sheep throwen in !! And nice to hear you are normal again.I must try it sometime !!
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
13 Oct 2009 10:05AM
Beautifully composed shot; a combination of candid and architecture. I love the way you used the parasol.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
13 Oct 2009 10:08AM
looks like there is a tale of the business man here... they sure know how to do public squares, pity we rarely follow that example here, ours tend to be vast skateboarding parks!
baclark 8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 10:08AM
Nice compo Moira, like the canopy of the umbralles. I haven't been here for ages, thanks for the memory jog.
fentiger 16 916 24 England
13 Oct 2009 10:24AM
very impressive composition. Perfectly observed and photographed. All in all a very enjoyable image.

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
13 Oct 2009 10:37AM
Normality in Woolybill Towers...Please don't change things,wonderful candid image and story.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
13 Oct 2009 11:01AM
Love your framing of this one Moria - good colours too.
Regards Richard.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 11:07AM
Good one Moira, the leading actor looks a little like a young Duke of Edinburgh.
Cormy 10 3 England
13 Oct 2009 11:10AM
Lovely colours in this fine stage set,Moira.How are you managing at your newly advanced age??
13 Oct 2009 11:11AM
Ah normality...

what's that?

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 11:59AM

Quote:How are you managing at your newly advanced age??
Didn't get on with it, decided to trade it in for 29 again. Thanks everyone, I actually have some time on the site this morning. before two meetings in the rest of the day... But a bottle of wine has just arrived as a late present, so things are looking up.
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 11:59AM
Super shot.
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
13 Oct 2009 12:13PM
A busy and colorful place....I'm glad we've evolve from public beheadings to football!
Nettles 10 England
13 Oct 2009 12:32PM
Am I right in thinking you were sitting enjoying a coffee / alcoholic beverage whilst taking this shot !
Nice framing with the brolley.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
13 Oct 2009 12:34PM
Great story and great capture, Moira - looks a great spot to sit & sup coffee (or beer!) and watch the world go by.
TrevB Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Oct 2009 1:01PM
like this peek from an umbrella table! nice touch!
13 Oct 2009 1:27PM
Great shot, I went here about 10 years ago when I got engaged. It is a lovely place.
Sezz 12 617 15 England
13 Oct 2009 1:35PM
What a wonderful scene Moira, makes me want to go right now! Fabulous architecture and I really like your use of the parasoles for framing - enjoy the wine Smile

Sarah *
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
13 Oct 2009 2:00PM
Super shot Moira.
13 Oct 2009 3:03PM
A Fine composition.
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 3:23PM
frame worked well Moira, look a like a great place to be.

Mikelane 10 1 Wales
13 Oct 2009 3:59PM
Excellent moira,
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 4:35PM
Very well observed Moira. Framing works a treat as does the guy centre stage.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
13 Oct 2009 4:48PM
Visited Brussels once, on our return to Norway in 1977. We took a rather long and arduous round-about trip, that involved hours of waiting at airports - all this to save about $100. But we were young!
I especially like your use of natural framing in this image Moira. Very nice capture.

13 Oct 2009 5:17PM
The brollies make it for me Moira. Nicely done.

John Smile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
13 Oct 2009 6:05PM
Very apt title with the curtain about to fall
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
13 Oct 2009 6:45PM
Great shot, so much to see, love the natural framing

Roly 10 Wales
13 Oct 2009 7:21PM
Super image Moira and a nice bit of framing too.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
13 Oct 2009 7:29PM
This looks so much like a set up shot - something out of toytown. The bloke in the middle is excellent. Wonderful.
foggytwo 14 36 1 Scotland
13 Oct 2009 8:18PM
The sun shade being used as a border works very well here and I like the way theb eye is taken "out" into the square.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
13 Oct 2009 9:41PM
This is a great composition, I love the way there is a natural frame around the image and the central figure sets it all off beautifully.
User award for you Moira.
kind regards,
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2009 6:44PM
This is a colourful candid Moria, the chap in the middle looks like he can't make his mind up which way to go.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
15 Oct 2009 12:51AM
Lovely composition.
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2009 9:26AM
Saw this one over Paul's shoulder last night. It's a cracker!
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
7 Nov 2009 3:08PM
This shot is indeed a cracker! John

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