Of course, of course, beauty and ugliness exclude each other. Yet in my subjective world there are things with a special type of ugliness that I perceive as beautiful.
I find that special beauty in old industrial places like Manage, preferably but not necessarily when the weather is grey.
I hope the pictures don't make you feel down.
By the way, whether Manage's post office is beautiful or not is debatable, I suppose.
I think it is impressively ugly. What I love is the way it says 'Postes' and 'Posterijen' as if these French speaking locals would need that extra Dutch clarification...
Oh, just one more thing, about Dutch grammar: our language makes no difference at all between 'to carry' and 'to wear'. So, if you see a Dutchman without a wristwatch, it'll be because it makes no sense to carry a watch, don't you agree?
I tend to take things a step further. I like to know what time it is at all times, so I carry a mantle clock - 't is better than bearing a mental block.
In fact I found this clock last Saturday in a rubbish heap in Belgium. I took it home and after cleaning it just worked, including a most wonderful chime (soon to be heard on these pages).
Photos Koos Fernhout