Word a week challenge: Metallic

Sue, of  ‘A word in your ear’ blog’, has a new challenge. This time the word is “Metallic”.

My first image, taken through a coach window, is of one of Spain’s most famous bulls, the ‘Osborne Veterano’. These enormous black metal bulls are named after the fiery Spanish brandy they were originally erected to advertise. Each bull weighs four tons, stands 38 feet high, and has a surface area of more than 150 square yards. In 1988, a law was passed banning advertising hoardings on public highways. When the government ordered that the bulls be removed, there was a public outcry, and a ‘Pardon the Osborne Bull’ campaign was put into action. The result was that the iconic bulls were allowed to stay in place, but with no advertising. Over time, the five hundred bulls have diminished to only ninety-seven, and are now considered to be part  of Spain’s cultural and artistic heritage.


In Bangkok is the ‘Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangklaram Ratchaworamahawihan’ temple which happily is more commonly known as ‘Wat Pho’. The temple which is home to a thousand Buddha images, is one of the largest and oldest in Bangkok, and is covered in gold. It’s a really spectacular sight.


Taking up most of the space inside the temple, is the statue of ‘The Reclining Buddha’ which is 46 metres long and 15 metres high, and is covered from head to toe in solid gold plate. He’s pretty impressive, but there isn’t enough space to step back in order to take a full-length photo, so this is the best shot I’ve got.


From the sublime to the ridiculous now. I couldn’t resist posting my pic of the blingy manicure which I spotted on a flight from Lamanai to San Pedro. The Belizean lady proudly informed me that the safety chains were necessary because her ‘pinky’ nails were crafted from solid gold. 🙂


I hope you’ve enjoyed my metallic photos. To see more bloggers’ interpretations of the theme, just click here.

76 comments on “Word a week challenge: Metallic

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  2. Absolutely stunning entry for the challenge AD. Love those nails! Thanks for sharing hon. 🙂 *hugs*

  3. When I was house hunting there is one of those bull posters almost next door to a house I viewed in Fuengirola, Costa del Sol. It was the hill the house was on that put me off, not the bull 😀 Ralph xox
    PS Sorry !!

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  5. Great choices for the theme, Sylvia :). What’s this talk about men pedicurists?? We only have women here and they are mean!!! 😀

  6. Loving the nails pic Maybe they were a little longer , I would certainly not hurt , I love beautiful long fingers and nails .Beautiful post my friend . have nice day!

  7. I’ll have to show this last photo of the nails to my manicurist. He may think it’s a good idea for me to get … NOT … it must cost a huge amount of money … AND … the stress of losing it. No .. I’ll stick to my Loreal nail color. ~~~~ : – )
    Oh, you’re probably wondering why my manicurist is a male. i was wondering too. It seems the first day I had my nails done he did them. I thought he was the manager – which he is – and that someone hadn’t come to work that day. Then, ironically, he did a great job and I said – Hey, what the hay …!!!!! If he’s good … he’s good …. and so it goes.

    • The nail salon I go to in Florida, employs Vietnamese males for the manicures, but the pedicures are always done by females. It’s obviously not in their culture for a male to sit at a female’s feet. 🙂

      • Yes, it’s the same way at the salon I have been going to. BUT … recently, there have been some very, very young males doing the pedis. They look young maybe they’re not. They never speak. My pedi gal has been around since they opened. You have to request her when you make your app’ts. She is very popular. Strange how something as simple as a mani and pedi can change so drastically.

      • This is true. I love to hear the Vietnamese woman laughing and chattering. Their voices and their language is so musical. I do my own nails here in South Africa, as I can do a much better job than anyone I’ve tried here. 🙂

  8. I remember the last time you posted the pic of those fingernails and I’m still in awe of them! I love the reclining Buddha – these are great shots 😀

  9. I had no idea about Osborne the Bull AD even though I’ve seen fair few . Fancy that .
    Great blinging gold 😉

  10. I have to say that what you started with is a lot of bull. 🙂 I itch to screen the gantries with suitable plants.
    Gold is truly impressive stuff, isn’t it? Is that done in gold leaf, I wonder? Amazing how little actual gold it takes, done that way.

  11. I like those iconic bulls, too. My head always swivels if we pass one.
    Those nails are impressive but I have to say that I’ve seen similar stuff on my daughter’s nails (but fake gold, of course!) 🙂

  12. Solid gold plated Buddha!? Nice! And gold pinky nails! Where do you find this stuff? Never mind. You told us, but whoa! That’s a hunka buncha metal! 😉

  13. Nothing can compare to your Belizian lady’s gold pinkie sheaths … i’m so glad you got this – I’ve never seen anything like it in our modern world – made me think of the gold extensions Chinese nobility wore.

    • Thanks, Meredith. Glad you liked my photo of the nails. I’d also never seen anything like it in my whole life, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to photograph them. I think they were her party nails, as she was going to a birthday celebration. 🙂

  14. Your photos always just amaze me… I have often wondered just how many photos you have.. I have nearly 27 000 now.. you must have double that…

  15. Solid gold! That’s impressive. Shame there are only 97 bulls left–they are fun, but geez heavy. Great photos.

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