"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Cobbler’s Tale


And, if you have thirty-five minutes to spare, I commend this little gem of a documentary:

View this movie at cultureunplugged.com

Picture taken in Palace Road, Fort Cochin

4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Not a great deal to be repaired in your first picture. The man on the left has almost matched his clothing to the background.

    The video took me right back to my childhood, my Father used to have a three footed last that he would use to repair our shoes. I remember that there was a ball of something that would be heated at the fire and run around the edges of the repairs to make it look uniform. It is so sad that we have no need of skilled men to repair our shoes now.

    November 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    • I found the video strangely poignant and very moving – a gentle paean to an era we will never see again. The beautiful character of that cobbler absolutely shone through it…

      November 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    You are right about the character of the cobbler, he was so much more gracious than the brash young men who seemed to be berating him.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    • He was a gentle and noble soul. I felt somehow humbled, just watching this unassuming account of his working life..

      November 9, 2011 at 7:20 am

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