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Re: Bench updates

Postby Wybe » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:47 pm

One picture I made of the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.
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Re: Bench updates

Postby Maarten » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:59 pm

Hi

I couldn't describe my own feelings better than the way Marie did above. An enormous thank you goes out to Jarkko and all the others who have persisted in making this bench happen.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Re: Bench updates

Postby mutti » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:17 pm

My same sentiments as what has been said above by Marie and Maarten. Very touching words.
Thank you Jarkko and everyone involved in making the bench happen. Its been a long process and I am grateful for all the devotion and hard work that went into it.
I am so glad Leonard knew about the bench and for us to be able to see the pictures and videos of it.
How beautiful! Thank you again Jarkko in particular. Spectacular!
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Re: Bench updates

Postby mirka » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:24 am


Thank you Jarkko, and everybody who helped, for not giving up.
Hope Leonard is smiling from above...
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Re: Bench updates

Postby HelenD » Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:17 am

I went to Hydra last week and sat on Leonard's bench - an amazing view - it is a very good position for it.
Has anything been decided about what to do with the excess funds donated towards the cost of the bench? May I suggest that a small part of it is spent on planting a couple of trees either side to give a little shade to those resting there.
I recall that someone suggested something to do with animals. One possibility may be a shelter and/or a water trough for those poor horses and donkeys standing in the sun all day in the harbour.

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Re: Bench updates

Postby jarkko » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:06 am

We ordered the trees already while we were on Hydra. We will also keep some money for the maintenance of the bench.
About the use of our extra funds: http://leonardcohenforum.com/viewtopic. ... ch#p365547
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Re: Bench updates

Postby MarieM » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:55 pm

I copied this off of Twitter today.

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Re: Bench updates

Postby jarkko » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:34 pm

I have posted a letter we received from the Mayor here:viewtopic.php?f=83&t=37539
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Re: Bench updates

Postby MarieM » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:01 am

Our Leonard Cohen bench becoming part of people's lives.

From Instragram by acmpranayoga

Meditation on Leonard Cohen's memorial bench on Hydra. The only time it actually felt like I was meditating when someone took my photo.
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Re: Bench updates

Postby lizzytysh » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:48 pm

Such a beautiful photo to represent Leonard's bench becoming part of people's real lives. :D Look at all the space available for a group of people to meditate together. 8)
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Re: Bench updates

Postby lizzytysh » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:54 pm

Such a beautiful expression of so many [if truly not all] of our feelings, Marie. We loved and still love Leonard so much. I'm grateful for everything that was done to make this reality. Jarkko has been priceless in the process. Thanks, too, for our essential help from the people on Hydra who were instrumental in this coming to fruition. Special gratitude that Leonard died knowing it would be so.
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Re: Bench updates

Postby MarieM » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:42 am

From Instagram via fenceofnoise:

"Leonard Cohen's house"
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Re: Bench updates

Postby MarieM » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:10 am

Visiting with our Leonard Cohen bench.

Posted on Instagram by moniquebuist. She writes:

"Leonard Cohen has lived on Hydra for many years. He always came back. This bench with a stunning view of the sea is a tribute to him."
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And some of the comments to her post:
fashionablylaw: Most amazing tribute to a wonderful man! And as you say, he would have loved it as it's a magical place!
styleclosup: love his music; enjoy that magical island
simonbuist: I was becoming a man with his music!!
scarlettesse: It's such a great tribute to him; lovely place and absolutely gorgeous setting
lamourjolie: Georgous piece of history
pearlscaramel: Such a brilliant idea!
chiccarpediem: Gorgeous history
laura.bhrd: A lot to discover there
Hope you are enjoying your trip
silviaaddias: Love!
suzannedelahunty: How lovely
bingandella: Such a beautiful place. No wonder he loved it there
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Re: Bench updates

Postby Diane » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:43 pm

Yes, hats off to all involved. Really good to see this project come to fruition!
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Re: Bench updates

Postby MarieM » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:26 pm

Our bench is now a park.

Steve Silberman @stevesilberman tweets:

Wonderful: A little park on the most beautiful promontory on Hydra, where singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen bought a house for $1500 in 1960.
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