A community bound into a vast network by radio frequencies, transponder codes, tail numbers, voices, and tracks on Flight Aware. Because “In the air, nobody can see the color of your skin.
I bought this book in 1978 and reread it after I finished my bio of Tove. Her father was a sculptor, Viktor Janssen, and her mother, “Ham”, an artist. It is a quick read-about 2 hours-and consists of short vignettes written from a child’s point of view.
I had a rough concept in mind - Bindi, a discarded folk art wooden doll who is superseded by more technologically advanced toys wants to go to "Bollywood" and find her fortune there.
I sat at the back where it was coolest and surrounded by the monochrome collage of pictures of Old Soho that papered the walls at the rear of the cafe, staring unblinkingly at the unending stream of traffic outside and people walking lazily past....
In more ways than just cinema, the immigrant community of that part of West London in the 1960's and 1970's could be viewed as a counterpart to that depicted in Tornatore's film, since many came from rural villages with a farming background.

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