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Raakel Bloody Raakel

Portrait of Raakel in his backyard. words and photos, Nicolas Bouvy Way out south-west there was this fella... fella I wanna tell ya about. Fella by the name of Raakel. At least that was the handle his parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. Mr. Raakel, he called himself Raakel Bloody Raakel. Now, Bloody Raakel  that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place so darned interestin'. They call Pääsküla the "Passage Village." I didn't find it to...

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The “Rouer“

words and photos, Nicolas Bouvy The “rouer”, the pipe as they call it in Luxembourgish, is a kind of a fullpipe, a ditch that stands under the highway in the southern part of the Grand-Duchy. My good friend Dan discovered it around 1990. Its main purpose is, actually, for the farmer to drive his tractor from one side to another to go to the fields. At the same time it’s part of a national green path for people walking their dogs or biking between villages.  As you can imagine in early 90’s, a young teeny Dan would only see this in the mags. “It looked like the stuff I had only seen in 80’s videos from the USA: vertical, concrete...

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Night Wood by Nicolas Bouvy

It’s Monday morning, you still have no pants on.Thinking of tricks you dream and you never gonna land,Spending the whole night with hardwood on.Dreamin’ of the perfect setup you can get your hands on,Sleep only came after listening to “Uncontrollable urge” in loop.Your terrible twos still not over,Your quarter-life crisis still in its early stage,Mid-life crisis is your way of life,All your friends told you, it’s time to quit,But the wooden toy can’t quit giving you the Nightwood. We got you covered !Nightwood Skateboards is here ready for you to keep on !Put your kids to bed, kiss your partner goodbye, grab a fresh BrewskiIt’s time to grind ! Call your best buddies.Go to your unfavourite local park,Complain about little...

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