Photo of the month

Kastellorizo, as photographed by Comfortably DumbHere’s June’s.

This beautiful image was captured by Comfortably Dumb (Comfy, if you chat with us). It’s the Greek island of Kastellorizo, known as Megisti in ancient times. You’ll know it better as Castellorizon, one of the inspirations behind David’s ‘On an Island’ album.

Do click the picture for a closer look.

Keep your creative juices flowing and your cameras snapping. If you’ve been anywhere that you were somehow able to connect to David and ‘On an Island’, we want to see where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to. Just get it online and let me know the URL.

We’d love to see your favourite holiday snaps, if you’ve ever visited Kastellorizo.

Your artistic creations and pictures of your pets modelling tour merchandise are also most welcome. If there’s a place for it here, I’ll find it.

Thanks again to Comfy for sharing this stunning scene.

Who wants to go there right now for a week of tranquil bliss?

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

64 thoughts on “Photo of the month”

  1. Very nice pic. Heading to Portugal in the morning for a week in The Algarve!


    [Make us all jealous, Paul, why don’t you? – FEd]

  2. Good morning!

    Nice picture, makes me feel a bit Greek. 😉

    4 days until my holidays on Crete start (a little bit too far away from Castellorizon for a day trip)…

    The Algarve is also a nice place to go, enjoy it, Paul.


  3. [Who wants to go there right now for a week of tranquil bliss? – FEd]

    My bags are packed Fed.

    [Doesn’t it look wonderful? – FEd]

  4. This is a very beautiful picture.

    From what I saw, this island is a paradise.

    I will have to plan a holiday in this paradise. 🙂

    Bye Bye

  5. It looks so peaceful in that picture, sure wish I was there. Thanks for sharing it Comfy.


    “Yep, I watched Deadliest Catch and thought, Wow, those guys are brave. But if someone can go down a Welsh mine and grab that much pot noodle onto their boat and make home to Greece safely, well, I say Hats off guys.”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  7. Wow, that place looks beautiful!

    I’m heading to Glasgow on Friday… I know how jealous you all must be of that. 😛

  8. “This Heaven”…courtesy of the North Cornish coastline, April 2008 (click my name).

    My favourite place in the world.


    [Beautiful. – FEd]

  9. [Who wants to go there right now for a week of tranquil bliss? – FEd]

    I’ll get me coat!

    It’s not far down to paradise
    At least it’s not for me
    And if the wind is right you can sail away
    And find tranquility
    The canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    Believe me

    It’s not far to never never land
    No reason to pretend
    And if the wind is right you can find the joy
    Of innocence again
    The canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    Believe me

    Takes me away
    To where I’ve always heard it could be
    Just a dream and the wind to carry me
    And soon I will be free

    It gets the best of me
    When I’m sailing
    All caught up in the reverie
    Every word is a symphony
    Won’t you believe me

    It’s not far back to sanity
    At least it’s not for me
    And when the wind is right you can sail away
    And find serenity
    The canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    Believe me

    Christopher Cross- Sailing

  10. Two years ago for me…

    On 31st of july, we attended David’s concert in Vienne (wow!), then, drove all night to Brussels airport (hi, Ralph!), took a flight early in the morning to Symi, a wonderful Greek/Dodecanese island in the Aegean Sea.

    And, funnily enough, the first thing I saw in our hotel in Symi was that -I think old- pic of … Kastellorizo, hung on a wall in the hotel… (Click my name.)

    Oh, yes, I know, it seems they made a spelling mistake…


  11. Wonderful picture. It certainly looks like a place that would inspire some good lyrics.

    Please send me a ticket!


  12. I don’t want to go there for a week. I want to go for the entire summer, a summer away from the inner city and the school where I teach. I want to let those things melt away while more peaceful things take shape. It would re-charge my battery for my inevitable return to the inner city and the school where I teach. That would be the best thing for my teaching, for my soul, for me.

  13. What a stunning photo! Thanks Comfy, and FEd!

    Bon voyage to the bloggers above — Wow! Portugal, Crete, Scotland — I am very jealous!

    Happy Trails, everyone!

  14. Quick update on the Crisis auction:

    David has signed the guitar’s pick-guard. All four members of Pink Floyd will sign it.

    There is also a signed photo of David (with David Bowie at the Royal Albert Hall) up for auction, again to benefit Crisis. Please click the link at the top of this comment to see it.

    You need to bid £80 or more, if you want it. Bidding ends on 24 July.

    More updates soon.

  15. It’s good! But nothing like Portsmouth dock yard while the smoke pumping boats are shipping out to fish our seas and pollute our air.

    Of course, I am joking. Looks beautiful. As thay say, maybe one day…

    I hope it stays like that forever. Truly a beautiful part of the planet we live on.

  16. It reminds me of some of the pictures I’ve seen of Croatia. Which is another beautiful country I wouldn’t mind visiting.



    [I second that. I’d love to visit Dubrovnik’s ‘Old Town’. – FEd]

  17. David, I’d love to go somewhere peaceful and according to that picture you know the right spot.

    I live in the States in Arkansas and would truly love to hear and see you play live. But why are you auctioning off your best guitars? I hope that doesn’t mean that you are going to quit playing all together.

    Could you please find it in your heart to call me. I mutliple Sclerosis and can’t travel far. You can call at […] and if you leave a message I will at all cost call you back. I know your voice from interveiws you have done and have been a big fan since 1993 when I was 13 years old.

    I have every recording by Pink Floyd and the Pulse 2 set DVD that I watch on Sunday afternoon for my Floyd fix. I also have a pair of the pants that say Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon on them. I wear them to work and everyone likes them.

    Please find it in your heart to call me […] anytime.


    Your biggest and most trustworthy and loyal fan,
    Carol King

    [I am sorry, but, as I’ve said before, David doesn’t call fans on request. Please don’t ask again, it’s getting boring. (And please be careful where you leave your telephone number, because you might find that you start getting calls from all sorts of weirdoes.) – FEd]

  18. Beautiful, I wish I was there. I love the Mediterranean in the summer; having lived there on and off for about 6 years, I miss the long summer days, warm evenings, clear waters and the smell of Jasmin which seems to hang in the air. I especially like the smaller unspoilt Greek Islands; haven’t been to Kastellorizo yet but it looks and sounds idyllic.

    A small plug for Guy Pratt’s Planet Rock radio show, which I’m currently listening to via the listen again option. For those who haven’t heard any of his programmes, they are very very good and a constant source of classic rock music.




    [I probably can’t answer without sounding at least a little bit patronising, but, when you want a small tour timed to fit around your children’s education, it’s impossible to visit every country. Besides, tour organisers know that the market is geared towards the UK and US, unfortunately, so they will always focus on where the most money can be made. – FEd]

  20. Wow, what a wonderful photo! It’s so good, I can almost smell it. And the sun is so strong, I have to squint when looking at it. Inspirational, isn’t it?

  21. ‘On an Island’ in the stream…

    Star-crossed you and me
    Save our souls
    We’ll be forever blue

    Here’s a pic (click my name) of me as a boy at Pismo Beach, California.

    [I can imagine that on the cover of somebody’s album… – FEd]

  22. Hi FED, great snapshot from Comfortably Dumb.

    Anyway, for the random nonesenser retail show; this could be a great place/site for John Lennon and Roger Waters to keep us entertained on issues around the world?

  23. The Island looks so beautiful – no wonder it was such inspiration to you, David (and now I see why, when asked where she’d like to go for her yearly holiday with my Mom, my Gran would always answer, “Greece! Of course!”). 🙂

    OH, BY THE WAY ~ I was thrilled to see ‘Coming Back to Life’ on the Discs to be released Sept. 15 – the song that truly did bring me ‘Back to Life’… a life dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness, just like yours is.

    Love & thanks to you and the crew always!
    Jan in Canada

  24. Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing!

    No wonder David was so inspired to write such beautiful music from his trip there. Everyone should be so lucky as to visit a place like this at least once in their life time, don’t you think? Have you been so lucky yet Fed?

    Barbara P

    [I haven’t, but it does look wonderful. – FEd]

  25. Beautiful photo of a beautiful place. I think a few weeks spent in this tranquil location could reduce my stress level tremendously.

    Thanks Comfy for sharing!


  26. Hi Fed.

    There is some footage of David playing Marooned at the Fender birthday bash online. The thing that struck me was the posting had had over 400,000 hits.


    [That’s ‘The Strat Pack: The 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster’ from 2004. It’s available on DVD – a portion of the proceeds going to charity, I believe – so please buy it instead of watching it online. (Or don’t. There were some pretty tepid performances and a very odd mix of non-guitar-playing artists on the bill, let’s be honest. In fact, upon checking Amazon for a reputable ordering link to tag on, I discovered that even Amy Winehouse took part. I hadn’t even realised.) Anyway, the one I was referring to (click your name above, as it was released on VHS) was from 1988. I forget which Blues number David played, but I do recall Leo saying, “Man, you played your butt off!” There was a mass rendition of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at the end, led by some Teddy Boy-wannabes, and Eddie Van Halen and B.B. King also performed. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s online, too. Nobody needs to let me know, though. – FEd]

  27. Nice picture and lovely Island. 🙂

    How about a Bloggers Hollday on Kastellorizo? FEd, you’ll be invited too! How can I recognize you??


    [I’ll be on that boat, wearing a fake beard. – FEd]

  28. Beautiful picture! I want to leave my office immediately an head southward … but … so much work to do … sniff …

    Something completely off topic, forgive me, but I’m such a curious person: Will have completely turned red by mid-September?

    [I should think so. – FEd]

  29. [Who wants to go there right now for a week of tranquil bliss? – FEd]

    I do and the first glimpse of the picture prompted me immediately to a vacation mode…and that instrumental piece “Then I Close My Eyes” came into my mind …what a lovely feeling!!

    Thanks for that 5-minute fantasy.

  30. “If I a-had a million dollars
    (If I had a million dollars)
    I’d buy you a house
    (I would buy you a house)
    And if I a-had a million dollars
    (If I had a million dollars)
    I’d buy you an island
    (I’d make you a record about that island)…”

    I used to hate that song, back when it was being played CONSTANTLY on the radio. But hey, if they want to re-do it in honor of Castellorizon, who am I to argue with them?

  31. Hello,

    I haven’t been here in a while. Stupid exams. =(

    Love the picture. I’d like to go there one day. Then again, who wouldn’t!!!!

    Cheers FEd.

  32. [Oh, yes, I know, it seems they made a spelling mistake… – Michèle]

    Grrr… I have to re-enter my comment ’cause my first one got lost somewhere in space.

    Michèle, Greeks are very creative when it comes to writing Greek words using Latin characters. Sometimes they use the ISO norm (yes, there is one for that propose) and sometimes they just try to be onomatopoetic and simulate the Greek pronunciation using either French or Latin pronunciation.

    Then, a lot of names have a common form used in everyday speech and a kind of official naming which is seldom used. The Greek word(s) for Kastellorizo are Καστελλόριζο or Καστελλόριζον, so that what FEd wrote above is correct (well done, FEd!) bur your version (with one L) is still tolerated. I’ve even seen a single “σ” getting “ss” when Latin characters are used. 😀

    Back to topic: still 2 months for my yearly vacation, but my family around, a good book, good music, is my island anywhere on this planet…



  33. That’s a very nice picture.

    A typical Greek/Mediterranean atmosphere where you can just spend all evening enjoying it and observing the world with an Ouzo or a Greek coffee.

    Love it.


  34. Here is a pic that I took, I always think of the song “Signs of life” when I look at it.

    [I can see why. Thanks, Greg. – FEd]

  35. Forgot to mention that I received Guy’s book for Father’s Day. I’ll probably start reading it when I come back from my vacation which starts tomorrow.

    Unfortunately I am not going anywhere exotic like Castellorizon. Oh well, maybe next time.

    [Enjoy, Andrew. – FEd]

  36. I would like to know how much does it cost to bring David Gilmour to my country: Ecuador in South America, “the middle line of the world.”

    I’m in the business of concerts and that stuff.

    [I’ll have to pass… – FEd]

  37. Comfy, a wonderfully serene scene, well done and I trust you enjoyed the visit.

    [Who wants to go there right now for a week of tranquil bliss?]

    FEd, last weekend I just returned from a blissful week of cruising in Norway and the cruise was billed as “Tranquil Fjords”, it certainly lived up to the title, the scenery up there was wonderfully stunning.

    [Sounds lovely, Ken. – FEd]

  38. I have not time to translate the article (click my name), but it announced that this week an Italian newspaper-magazine will publish a CD with a jazz version of Pink Floyd’s tracks by a famous pianist, Rita Marcotulli, and other artists.

    I still haven’t bought the CD, but I will do this afternoon, because I am curious to try this music compilation.

    Among the songs, the CD should contain Time, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Astronomy Domine, Money, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Cirrus Minor, Crying Song, Saint Tropez, Burning Bridges, Goodbye Blue Sky, Us and Them.

    Just to inform my Italian friends who could be happy to try this too.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    [Interesting… – FEd]

  39. FEd,

    I think there needs to be another update on the DG website. The Blog should be renamed The Blog with the Latest and The Latest News should be renamed Old News. You certainly keep abreast of everything much better than whoever runs the rest of the web. No offense to anyone but just a big kudos to you.

    I wonder if there are a lot of people that log into the main page and not even click on The Blog. A shame if that is so because we all know that THIS is where it is happening.



    [You’re very kind, thanks for that. I wouldn’t say that I report the latest promptly enough at times, though. (High standards, see? Probably why I’ll never be an ‘insider’, you think?) – FEd]

  40. Thanks CD for your view of Kastellorizo.

    I saw the island in October 2006, from a boat. We were staying in Kalkan (Turkey) and had chartered a boat out of Kas. The boat trip took us close to the shore of the island but we didn’t land (passport restrictions as we were on a Turkish boat and also a reluctance on the part of the skipper to actually take us there!). There’s a long standing feud over ownership of this island involving not just Greece and Turkey but also Britain and Italy in the past.

    Anyhow, we moored just off the coast and spent the day snorkelling and swimming close to a school of dolphins. I spent a few hours on a hammock listening to “On an Island” which I felt most appropriate as my binoculars scanned the island’s coast.

    There are many truly beautiful places in this part of the world.

    Ah well, back to work and reality!

    Have a great weekend FEd and friends,

  41. So, FEd, do you know by any chance whether the credits on the Live at Gdansk DVD will be long enough to feature “Wots…Uh The Deal” in full length? Or will it be an abbreviated version?

    Have a good weekend – I hear Torsten Frings is going to play the final from the start…


    [That would probably depend on who wants their picture included in the credits again, so I can easily imagine it being a full-length version, if not an extended version. Joking aside, I don’t know for sure at this time. I’ll let you know when I know more. – FEd]

  42. [Michèle, Greeks are very creative… – Taki]

    Thanks for the clarification, Taki.

    Speaking of Greece, I took this one in Mykonos in 2007 (click my name).

    ‘Red Sky At Night’…, Fed, no?


    [It works for me. – FEd]

  43. Lucia, a Jazz version of Astronomy Domine? I am having a hard time imagining what that would sound like, so this is one I’d like to hear. The other songs that you mentioned, I can imagine as jazz. “Us and Them” doesn’t have far to go to become jazz. But I think Syd Barrett’s music would be very challenging to transcribe into jazz. His rhythms are so unlike Jazz.

    BTW, Floyd music played as jazz on that boat in Kastellorizo? I’m there, no matter if it costs my life’s savings to get there. (Of course, my life’s savings at this point consists of pocket change, but we don’t have to mention that.)

  44. Cheers to The Blue!!! (Click my name.)

    Seep right through
    And colour us blue

    [Keep your creative juices flowing and your cameras snapping. If you’ve been anywhere that you were somehow able to connect to David and ‘On an Island’, we want to see where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to.]

    Does “anywhere” include “nouns” visited in my mind? Real or imagined, the mind can’t tell the difference.

    [I can imagine that on the cover of somebody’s album… – FEd]

    Bless your soul for that great compliment FEd. I’m born a gemini, so the photoshop edit added a nice touch to the pic. It does seem a little Stormish, doesn’t it…?

    [I thought so. As for real or imagined places, I say that just about anything’s welcome. – FEd]

  45. Hey FEd! Awesome making it to chat today! Awesome topic too.

    Here’s a picture you can easily laugh laugh at, unless you’ve already seen it…I don’t know what’s been in the papers for you, but anyways, here ya go (click my name)…

    [Oh dear. I wasn’t wrong, was I? – FEd]

  46. What a perfect picture. He, without a doubt, successfully captured the essence of the snapshot through song. Couldn’t have done a better job.

    I’m aware this area is for comments about the picture of the month, but I cannot stop myself from ranting a bit. :o)

    Mr. Gilmour,

    I’d like to thank you for providing me with the most wonderful past time a 24 year old gal could ask for.

    I recently attended Bonnaroo ’08 in Manchester, Tennessee, United States. BB King performed there and was a huge hit. I understand, though I may be mistaken, he is one of your inspirations. It would be wonderful if you could grace us with your presence, if not at Bonnaroo but anywhere else here in the States, for you would most definitely be a huge hit as well. You would be pleasing, to say the least, a multitude of people…especially me!

    Looking forward to purchasing and watching Live in Gdansk!

    Your sincere and faithful fan,
    Josie Jett Henderson

  47. LOL @ Lily Allen.

    [Talking Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse with K.C., Lorraine, Ralph and Simon. The early chats really are the best ones. – Twitter]

    FEd, why were you talking about Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse yesterday? They’re pants.

    [I don’t know, but your insult, following Kim’s photo, is so appropriate. – FEd]

  48. This photo is great! I’m from Sicily and we have this kind of scenery too.

  49. I took some photos while I was in Japan last March. This is one of my favorites (click my name).

    [That looks dreamy. Thank you for sharing. – FEd]

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