Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/07/17

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From: tedgrant at (tedgrant at
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:19:44 -0700
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Hi Crew,
Well what can be added to the wonderful times of Barcelona that hasn't been
said and shown? It was a meeting of pure unadulterated magic and fun for
all. :-) Combined with so many great and fun "Happy Snap" images! :-)

Well I don't know if I looked all that happy in some? However the truth is 
now out! :-) I'm not as pretty as I was 50 years ago! ;-) ;-) Dang old guy! 

Love you guys and gals of the Barcelona gathering! And the ensuing week in 
London and Wales with
family on the Welsh side. A very important time for me to begin turning my 
life around after the loss of my dear Irene.

A great heartfelt wish of gratitude to everyone on the LUG who gave me
encouragement to go to Barcelona. Thank you all so very much as it gave me
moments of a past Olympics' covered. And the first time I've returned to an
Olympic site where we worked our buns off fighting the other 1000 
photographers! Quite an emotional moment of life long past.

Certainly with a huge thank you to Lluis for taking me to the stadium 20
years later. :-) And in particular to the diving tower pool where one of my
best sports photos of 62 years was captured! The diver in peak action
leaving the tower and the city of Barcelona background.

Phillip mon ami, what can I say for your most precious gift of a "Flower 
Portrait" that will become the centre piece of respect for Irene! To you and 
Alice my most heartfelt love of thanks! A pleasure indeed to meet you and 
spend time having fun! :-)

To Geoff and family! First class folks all the way! Their children became my 
body guards against tripping off a curb or cobble stone. They don't come any 
better than these two children.

Daniel Ridings! A first class "car finder!" ;-) "Old man Ted" finder after 
they lost me! :-) I knew where I was, I just didn't know what day it was 
after 24 hours of travelling around the world to get to Barcelona! :-) Damn 
I was stunned! Yea I know more than usual! :-) Daniel, a champion LUG chap 
and wonderful to talk with. What I found once again when meeting like this 
we solidify friendships as though we've known each other for years when in 
reality it's been on the screen!

Mariela Maglia. It was indeed a pleasure to meet Mariela as she was 
interpreter, organizer and all round wonderful person roaming the streets 
with us. I'm sure there must be some nice photos of her in the multitude of 
photo e-mails.

And a wonderful meeting for me was to finally come face to face with Nathan 
after all these years. We have missed a couple of times in bygone years and 
it finally happened! :-) Indeed a pleasure that many of you would enjoy 
speaking with this fine gentleman and photographer. Once again Nathan thank 
you for looking after my grandson when he visited Alicante several years 

Last but not least was the great honour to be face to face with my friend 
Lluis after the many many e-mails about photography, Leica's and things. 
This was successful simply because Lluis did a champion job of working it 
out and guiding us through the streets as we snapped away at all kinds of 
things. And people! :-) Mostly from the tribe... LUGGITE!" :-)

Now I'm slipping away as I'm back on the west coast of Canada and my sleep 
time is still in Barcelona time. So I must say good night all and hopefully 
tomorrow I may find a few snaps I can post.

cheers and good night crew,

Replies: Reply from hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson) ([Leica] BARCELONA- LONDON - WALES: WHEELS-DOWN & BACK!! :-))
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Reply from marielamaglia at (Mariela Maglia) ([Leica] BARCELONA- LONDON - WALES: WHEELS-DOWN & BACK!! :-))
Reply from photo at (Nathan Wajsman) ([Leica] BARCELONA- LONDON - WALES: WHEELS-DOWN & BACK!! :-))
Reply from pdzwig at (Peter Dzwig) ([Leica] BARCELONA- LONDON - WALES: WHEELS-DOWN & BACK!! :-))
In reply to: Message from images at (Tina Manley) ([Leica] IMG: Francisca Ordonez Perez)
Message from tedgrant at (tedgrant at ([Leica] BARCELONA-WHEELS-UP! :-))
Message from steve.barbour at (Steve Barbour) ([Leica] BARCELONA-WHEELS-UP! :-))