Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Theme day: Time

Place du Palais des PapesToday 1st of December is theme day for City Daily Photo bloggers and today's theme is Time. Time can either mean the time shown on a clock or the passing of time. Here it's time for a smoking break (my Aussie mates would say a smoko) for three youngsters on Place du palais des papes.
The bad news is that over time female cigarette consumption is on the rise in France : the latest Health watch report published in October 2010 reveals that in 2005 16% of French women smoked daily - the figure is now 22.5%. Another alarming figure: 24% of pregnant women smoke daily throughout their pregnancy. The time for a tobacco-free society has not come and that's not good news for French women's health. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants to this TIME theme day.

Aujourd'hui 1er décembre est journée à thème pour les blogueurs du réseau City Daily Photo et le thème ce mois-ci est Time. Ce mot peut aussi bien représenter l'heure qu'il est que le temps qui passe. Ici c'est l'heure de la pause cigarette pour trois jeunes sur le parvis de l'église Notre Dame des Doms qui surplombe la place du Palais des Papes.
La mauvaise nouvelle c'est que les résultats du dernier
Baromètre santé publiés en octobre 2010 montrent qu'on assiste à une progression de la tabagie féminine, particulièrement chez les femmes de 45 à 65 ans. En 2005 16% des femmes françaises déclaraient fumer quotidiennement ; en 2010 elles sont 22,5% et 24% des femmes enceintes fument quotidiennement pendant leur grossesse. Le temps d'une vie sans tabac n'est pas encore venu et ce n'est pas une bonne nouvelle pour la santé des femmes. Cliquer ici pour voir les photos des autres participants sur le thème "Time".
Speaking of women and tobacco, I found this discarded packet of Gitanes in the gutter the other day. Gitanes and Gauloises used to be the two French brands of cigarettes but you hardly ever see anyone smoking them these days... I am also amazed that anyone can keep smoking when large "smoking kills" signs appear on the packet. Gitanes are closely associated with French songwriter and singer Serge Gainsbourg - listen to him singing "Tu es un fumeur de gitanes" with Catherine Deneuve here.

Pour rester sur le sujet des femmes et des cigarettes, j'ai trouvé ce paquet de Gitanes dans le caniveau la semaine dernière. Quand on pense que les Gitanes et les Gauloises étaient les grandes marques françaises de cigarettes, on ne voit plus grand monde en fumer aujourd'hui. Je suis toujours sidérée que les fumeurs ne soient pas arrêtés par les étiquettes "Fumer Tue" qu'on trouve en gros sur tous les paquets. Ecoutez ici Serge Gainsbourg et Catherine Deneuve chanter "Tu es un fumeur de Gitanes" ici.

32 comments:

jb said...

Nice take on the theme

brigetoun said...

nice c'est vrai, et merci de m'appuyer

brigetoun said...

m^me si j'avais été un peu vite, parce que ce n'est pas vraiment un appui

barbara said...

I love that song but am I ever glad I don't smoke - vile habit!

Dina said...

This time your news is worrying.
Maybe it is time to ask why our young people need smoke.

Avignon said...

Damned, I have rien prepared pour le thème de tomorow !
Mais n'es-tu pas en avance d'un jour ? Ou ruses-tu par rapport au décalage horaire ?

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Avignon said...

Petite erreur de ma part, puis compréhension :
Madame est à l'heure australienne bien sûr !

Nathalie said...

En effet, cher Watson, je la joue australienne!

Virginia said...

I agree Nathalie. I am amazed at the number of young men and women who are still smoking, here but more so in Paris. Absolutely no excuse for pregnant women to smoke! I have a friend that is keeping a foster care baby. When she got him at about 3 months, he smelled of smoke and had a lingering cough. Luckily he is now a very healthy and happy boy.

Excellent photo. I like your monochromatic treatment. The light is terrific!
V

Avignon said...

Ils t'ont scanné(e) malgré la date du 30 ?

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claude said...

Tu as bugué Nathalie today. Le 1er décembre, c'est tomorrow, non !
Arrête de fumer la moquette !
Il faut prendre le temps de faire une pause, une pause kawa c'est mieux qu'un pose tabac. Perso, je ne fume pas, je cause pas mal, surtout avec mon ordi et je bois a little bit.

Avignon said...

Ça marche.

Bergson said...

si c'est de 45 à 65 ans tu as encore une bonne dizaine d'années de tranquille.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Very nice shot!
Maybe it is time to stop soking now :)

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Bob Crowe said...

This is a creative if sad interpretation of the theme, since time can refer to so many things. I'm surprised by the smoking rates you discuss, especially since cigarettes are so expensive in Europe (Missouri has the lowest state cig tax in the US). I think the warning must cover half the package in the UK and it doesn't seem to do much good there, either.

Thanks for the heads-up on the typo in the title of my Tuesday post. I'll have a time theme for Wednesday from a different point of view.

By the way, my wife and I are thinking about a trip to your part of the world, probably late next summer. I've had a brief email exchange with Jilly about it and I'll copy you on anything further. We certainly want to see both of you.

nathalie said...

Hurray Bob, it would be grand to see you here, I look forward to that! (I'll have to improve my photography by then)

Julie said...

Rather than say 'smoko', Nathalie, I simply say 'yucko'!

I do like the timeless nature of your sepia photograph today.

Nathalie said...

Comment Brigetoun, ce n'est pas un appui? Pas un appui à la cigarette, non, mais à ton écriture oui !

Mark Bellamy said...

This was a very thought provoking picture and a great take on time. I kicked the filthy habit 3 years ago and agree with Julie Smoko = Yucko. Love your blog Nathalie, I have never been to Avignon but your evocative pictures take me there.

ρομπερτ said...

A great, great picture indeed. Chapeau !
May time and life continue to treat them kind.
Please have a good new month.

daily athens

Jilly said...

Too right, I see so many young people smoking. Love your way of using the word time. And such a good photo - almost shocking when we think how young they are and now sick they could be in x number of years. Time should be used well.

Nathalie said...

Bob if you look carefully, you'll see that they are smoking very thin cigarettes, I believe they roll their own. That has been the answer to the cigarette price increase in the past ten years or so. No filters, things don't get better! :-(

jeandler said...

Comment dit-on?
Addiction?
Vous avez dit?
La mort est au bout du rouleau.

Jazzy said...

interesting facts nathalie, love the photo.
happy theme day!

Peter said...

Yes... I know. I should stop smoking my "gauloises", at least stop the stupid habit of ligthtning one when I think about what comment to make on a post! :-)

But, as you know, a couple of decades ago, even doctors and father xmas encouraged smoking in the ads!

At least it has given us some nice songs!

(I read also the cigarette Brigetoun poem.)

Mo said...

I think the same problem exists here

Halcyon said...

A different take on the theme. I like it!

Ian said...

Nothing like a Gitanes and expresso to kick start the heart.
I miss them so.

Chri said...

Dire que j'ai fumé pendant un bon... paquet d'années des Boyard aux Celtiques en passant pas les Gitanes sans filtres et puis les Craven A, les Kent et leurs jolis emballages de mort...

Marie-Noyale said...

Ils sont a l'age oul'on pense que l'on a toute la vie devant soi...meme avec des Gitanes...

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