Goodbye, dearest friend

Our world just got a little dimmer, as yet another bright shining light goes out… .Rest in peace, dear Yaffa.

Good times with the Cohens, Diablos, West 10th St, NYC L-R: Helen, Yaffa, Nachum
Good times with the Cohens, Diablos, West 10th St, NYC
L-R: Helen, Yaffa, Nachum

 

We met Nachum and Yaffa, around 2008-9, whilst out riding our bicycles one those fine, bright blue New York skies, Sunday afternoon in Manhattan. We’d seen them ride past on their bikes, earlier in the day, and remarked on the cool-looking couple – Nachum on his low-rider, long hair tied into a ponytail, like some biker dude, but without the motorcycle. And, Yaffa, with her equally long, blonde, hair sitting upright and dignified on her Dutch-style bicycle.

Then, later that day, whilst on a pitstop, who should Florio be talking to at the bar when I came back from the bathroom…

Cohen hospitality... we love this family, and their home. West 10th St, NYC L-R: Yaffa, Nachum, and Florio
Cohen hospitality… we love this family (and their ‘our-door-is-always-open’ home). West 10th St, NYC. L-R: Yaffa, Nachum, and Florio

 

‘We can only be so eternally thankful for that (seemingly) random meeting at the Ear Inn… and like four teenagers, we hurtled around the streets on bikes through Soho and China Town. Yaffa…spirit flying, a halo of hair… with a soul, that leaves an indelible mark on all our hearts… . Favourite nights in the Village… at your place, with a full table full of Yaffa’s Maghreb dishes, the kids coming in and out… .‘ Florio

And, so very much more than that. Great friendships were formed in a matter of minutes, it transpired, of meeting these two beautiful people. Who, it turned out, lived 5 minutes walk away from our apartment in the Village! Fate, kismet, or whatever you want to call it, was most definitely on our side that day.

Our hearts are broken… for Nachum, Nate, Gavi, Sara, and all the Cohen family. We love you. We miss you, Yaffa. New York will never be the same for us, without you in it.

With all our love,

H & Florio xxx

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Press: ‘Paradigm Shift’ Malta – Monocle Magazine

 

Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia – memorial, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine.
Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia – memorial, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine.

 

‘The Paradigm Shift’ Monocle Magazine

After the killing of an investigative Maltese journalist, new torchbearers came forward to hold the government to account and battle corruption – words by Andrew Mueller / Images © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine (print edition)

The Shift- co-founder, Caroline Muscat. image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine
The Shift- co-founder, Caroline Muscat. image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine

 

The Shift- co-founder, Jurgen Balzan. Image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine
The Shift- co-founder, Jurgen Balzan. Image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine

 

St Paul street with Maltese balconies in Valletta, Europe's capital of Culture 2018 - ©Jason Florio
Old Bakery Street, with Maltese balconies, in Valletta, Europe’s capital of Culture 2018 – ©Jason Florio

 

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Media: ‘Can military-style tactics help save the African rhino?’ The Sydney Morning Herald

Rhino relocation, South Africa - image ©Jason Florio.  The Sydney Morning Herald
Media: Rhino relocation, South Africa – image ©Jason Florio. The Sydney Morning Herald

 

The goal is to repopulate them where they have been decimated, in countries including Rwanda, Zambia, and Botswana

Images © Jason Florio / Words by Todd Pitock – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘These magnificent beasts are facing annihilation from ruthless poachers, but environmentalists hope that military-style operations to move the animals across borders may help save the species.’ – read/see more in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Related: Smithsonian Magazine & Vimeo

 

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Doors and Facades

Derelict facade of an old house of character, Triq San Pawl, Bormla, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Derelict facade of an old house of character, Triq San Pawl, Bormla, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

I’ll be updating, on a regular basis, my ‘Disappearing Malta‘ series on the ‘Doors and Facades’ page.

First post on the new page:

On one of my many island rambles, the other day, to find more doors and facades to photograph, I jumped onto one of the small local boats that ferry people from the Grand HarborValletta, on the short ride over to the Three Cities.

Walking around the narrow back streets of Bormla (also known as Cospicua), whilst photographing an old door, of the many derelict houses in the area, I was approached by two very young girls – around 6 and 9 years old, respectively. ‘You like this door?’ the older of the two said. ‘Come, I will show you more…’

this is where my grandfather lived when he was a boy’, my unintended chaperone told me… read/ see more on Doors and Facades

ld red door, Bormla, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old red door, Bormla, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

I hope you that you will stop by

Helen Jones-Florio

Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio

 

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