Thanksgiving

by David on February 28, 2008

All things dull and ugly, All creatures short and squat, All things rude and nasty, The Lord God made the lot. Each little snake that poisons, Each little wasp that stings, He made their brutish venom. He made their horrid (…)

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Cuba the Dread

by David on February 28, 2008

On a recent weekend trip to the Lake District I read Martin Amis’s ‘Korba the Dread’, a sobering exploration of the free pass given to the Soviet Union for far too long by the West’s Intelligentsia , especially during Stalin’s (…)

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Les Indes Galantes

by David on February 26, 2008

After I found an excerpt from Jean-Phillippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes I played it repeatedly for several days until Helen bought the DVDs of the William Christie-directed production by Les Arts Florissants. Patricia Petibon is magnetic in the Fourth Entree, (…)

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Orientalism

by David on February 25, 2008

I think there’s a strong strain within British liberal thinking, which sees muslims, darkly, through a bar of Fry’s Turkish Delight. They think of muslims as noble savages, and applaud when they find one who is ‘semi-civilised’. Because that’s their (…)

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Helen’s London Exhibition

by David on February 23, 2008

…As I like to call it. We’re off down to London again to see the winners of Digital Camera Magazine‘s Photographer of the Year competition. Helen’s photo of Coventry Cathedral’s Baptistry Window, which she entered on spec, got a highly (…)

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Someone is wrong

by David on February 22, 2008

Hammersley recommendations

by David on February 21, 2008

Ben Hammersley links to his mate a random bloke, Adam Greenfield: This goes back to the joke I always make about opening a chain of coffeehouses called Faraday’s: under the condition of ambient informatics, we will need to consciously create (…)

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France Gall – laisse tomber les filles

by David on February 20, 2008

We have no cause

by David on February 19, 2008

We have no ideology, no agenda, no catechism, no dialectic, no plan for humanity. We have no “vision thing” as our ex-president would say, or, as our current president would say, we have no Hillary. All we have is the (…)

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BBC on Castro (1)

by David on February 19, 2008

Castro Has outlasted nine American presidents Fantastic achievement. Let’s not mention that US presidents are 2-term limited and democratically elected, eh?