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Life In Iran As Seen By Railroad Fans
JackInCT - 19-5-2017 at 12:33

Photo ID Caption "Hauled by a French Alstom Prima diesel, a containers train starts its long northbound journey from Bafq to Mashhad while schoolgirls enjoy the sand dunes."

Since the caption doesn't state that the girls 'antics' were staged, I will presume that it was some sort of 'normal' life for them.

I posted this for no better reason than I don't think that I have ever meet anyone who lived in a desert region, and from a stereotypical mindset, I was quite surprised/taken aback by their choice of a play activity. In hindsight, not really any different re choices available from those of use who live in temperate climates and a 'romp' in the woods type free play.

Attribution: photog: Jean-Marc Frybourg Uploaded to railpictures.net

Location: Bafq, Iran dated 05/03/17

Mr Frybourg is a frequent contributer to railpictures.net and can truly be defined as a world traveler; he has uploaded pictures from across the globe. The last time he was in Iran (about a year ago), he was part of a group of rail fans on a specially arranged tour group that focused on Iran's rail system; so I presume that's why he is there now. From his past uploaded pictures ID captions from Iran, he, nor any of his fellow travelers uploads, made any comments re negative encounters with Iranian security forces.

It's always good to know with a reminder that there definitely is normal life among the people of Iran, despite the USA govt (and Israel's) never ending sabre rattling re their nuclear projects and their govt officials.

It's really too bad that the 'hands across the water' point of view is lost among most politicians. But then again, having said that, they wouldn't know where to begin.


John_Little - 19-5-2017 at 14:27

Blimey. A bit barren. Are they doing a sand dance?


JackInCT - 19-5-2017 at 15:30

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Originally posted by John_Little
Blimey. A bit barren. Are they doing a sand dance?


From Wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bafq

Very short entry (3 lines):

Bafq (Persian: ??????, also Romanized as Bafq)[1] is a city in and the capital of Bafq County, Yazd Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 30,867, in 7,919 families.

From The Iran Daily Website:
http://iran-daily.com/News/126571.html

Bafq in Yazd province is also known as ‘the city of valors’ as it was the birthplace of a great numbers of champions throughout history.

The city is also famous for its palm groves.

Located 120 kilometers to the southeast of Yazd, Bafq is home to numerous mines and is rich in natural resources.

Dating back to over one thousands years, Bafq has still maintained its ancient appearance and its people speak in local dialects.

The city has been credited for a great number of Iranian luminaries including poet ‘Vahshi Bafqi’, which is a source of pride for its residents.

Situated 995 kilometers above sea-level, the city is bound to Ardakan, Yazd, Kerman and Rafsanjan — all among the most important tourism sites of Iran.

According to some geological claims, Bafq had a shallow, extended sea in ancient times, which has made the region one of the most valuable areas for geological studies.

Bafq is very hot during summer. Tourists are recommended to visit the city in winter when the climate is mild.

Me Here: Another picture on railpictures.net shows a RR maintenance facility.

Obviously they have a water supply of some sort and electricity.

I repeat: those young girls are making do with what they have to work with.

The embedded image does not zoom; you would have to use some site that has satellite images for a more detailed view.


John_Little - 19-5-2017 at 17:19

Well. Not much sign of all that in the first picture.


JackInCT - 19-5-2017 at 18:34

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Originally posted by John_Little
Well. Not much sign of all that in the first picture.


Technically you're right about the first pix, BUT: if one gives total free reign to one's imagination, and then takes my 'thesis' that one has to make do with the resources at hand, you could imagine these girls as desert nymphs.

Yes, I know in fables nymphs are classically portrayed as living in wooded areas, and often in and around water, but this is the desert, and like it or not, the concept has to adapt to the environs. Who I am to say that nymphs should be ONLY
be portrayed in classical western cultural terms.

And I do expect that my 'thesis', especially since it about Iran, has gotten myself in great peril from adherents of a certain religion that does not tolerate any deviation whatsoever from its strict orthodox interpretations.


John_Little - 19-5-2017 at 18:53

Jack, I'll take your thesis any time!


JackInCT - 19-5-2017 at 19:32

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
Jack, I'll take your thesis any time!


Would you happen to have any idea, and I do mean ANY at all, how to get those young women's email addresses.

Yes, aside from an accusation of thread drift, I do fully comprehend that this reply has left me wide open to all manner of male chauvinism accusations. Unlike the dinosaur topic in another area of this forum, it is clearly far from extinct, and I would dare to presume that some [and Iwould imagine that we all can surmise who that might be] would be content if it was at least dormant.

I thought better of also including an image in this reply since that would only inflame passions on such a sore subject.


LSemmens - 20-5-2017 at 02:57

I wonder if they are anything like the Nullarbor Nymph


John_Little - 20-5-2017 at 09:47

I think you might be disappointed, Jack. They look like vestal virgins to me.


JackInCT - 20-5-2017 at 13:53

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
I think you might be disappointed, Jack. They look like vestal virgins to me.


It is my considered opinion that boards such as this will endure until the end of time as long as there is a place on a board for puerile adolescent humor.

The much larger issue of some posters being offended, and on occasion to the point of outrage, at the posters of such humor is likely not resolvable given the toolkit human beings have to work with.

It is no small wonder that politically correct verbiage trumps stating what one actually thinks/feels in a world where full blown freedom of speech can readily escalate to violence.

Simply reducing thread drift by some external/internal 'force', as this particular topic readily illustrates, seems an unattainable outcome since it could be perceived as obstructing freedom of speech.

The distinction between freedom of speech and promulgating information does not exist in the minds of a great many people.


marymary100 - 20-5-2017 at 14:33

Quote:
Originally posted by JackInCT
Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
Jack, I'll take your thesis any time!


Would you happen to have any idea, and I do mean ANY at all, how to get those young women's email addresses.

... some [and I would imagine that we all can surmise who that might be] would be content if it was at least dormant.

I thought better of also including an image in this reply since that would only inflame passions on such a sore subject.


No. I have no idea - go on


LSemmens - 22-5-2017 at 09:47

Quote:
Originally posted by JackInCT
Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
Jack, I'll take your thesis any time!


Would you happen to have any idea, and I do mean ANY at all, how to get those young women's email addresses.

Yes, aside from an accusation of thread drift, I do fully comprehend that this reply has left me wide open to all manner of male chauvinism accusations. Unlike the dinosaur topic in another area of this forum, it is clearly far from extinct, and I would dare to presume that some [and Iwould imagine that we all can surmise who that might be] would be content if it was at least dormant.

I thought better of also including an image in this reply since that would only inflame passions on such a sore subject.
You couls always go over there and ask them....nananana