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Ahoy, Me Hearties iPhone 4S Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England Thursday, June 12th, 2014.

Bike Run!
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Bike Run! iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Heart of the Pantry
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Heart of the Pantry iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, February 6th, 2017.

Staggered
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Staggered iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Cityscape with Some Color
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Cityscape with Some Color iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Angled Cityscape
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Angled Cityscape iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Light Slates
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Light Slates iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

The Cathedral and the Merry-Go-Round
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The Cathedral and the Merry-Go-Round iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Further (Better) Than You
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Further (Better) Than You iPhone 6S Tate Modern, London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Skeletal Hills
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Skeletal Hills iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Bridge Gone
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Bridge Gone iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

OK?
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OK? iPhone 6S West Sussex, England Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

The Rocker
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The Rocker iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

Minion If You Lose
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Minion If You Lose iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

Movie Poster on Wry
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Movie Poster on Wry iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Swinging Clock
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Swinging Clock iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

I Love Lamp
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I Love Lamp iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Brighton Station 2016
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Brighton Station 2016 iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Trinity
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Trinity iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

P for Plenty
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P for Plenty iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, October 6th, 2016.

Drunk on Media
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Drunk on Media iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

Boulevard of Brighton Burgers
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Boulevard of Brighton Burgers iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

Steps Out of the Car, Sir
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Steps Out of the Car, Sir iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, August 29th, 2016.

Stromberg’s Last Dinghy
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Stromberg’s Last Dinghy iPhone 6S London, England Sunday, August 21st, 2016.

A Big Cable
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A Big Cable iPhone 6S London, England Sunday, August 21st, 2016.

Mini’s Buxom Rear with #69’s Mad Roof
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Mini’s Buxom Rear with #69’s Mad Roof iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

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Briefs

Monday, January 30th, 2017

It seems to be a deceptively hard song to cover, but here’s a good one with a man, a woman and a ukulele on a living-room sofa, deceptively casual, deceptively perfect. Nobody’s done it better, not even Radiohead. And for something completely different: a great ‘Nobody Does it Better’ series montage by Rik Moran.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Albeit behind Iran, Israel squeaks onto Walter Russell Mead’s list of the Great Eight Powers of 2017. It’s amazing that only one European country makes it here.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

David Cripps, the London Symphony Orchestra’s horn soloist, on playing the Star Wars music, and particularly “Leia’s Theme”. Seems clear from this and an interview I read on “Rey’s Theme” that John Williams is inspired by charismatic actors.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

“The press takes [Trump] literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.’ Salena Zito in this September 23 article in The Atlantic. What a thing.

Also Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

And What I learned after 100,000 miles on the road talking to Trump supporters by Chris Arnade in The Guardian.

 

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fascinating research into the five types of UK school heads — philosophers, surgeons, soldiers, architects, accountants — and that the wrong type is being rewarded.

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

New British prime minister Theresa May’s first major decision was the nuclear plant at Hinckley Point and it seems she took the easy way out.

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I was amazed when my own dog Jam found her way home through 5 miles of unknown territory. This sheepdog found its way home 240 miles away.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Max Edwards, a 16-year-old writing in The Guardian. What a dude. [Update 8 days later: the man is already gone.]

Friday, February 5th, 2016

We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.

ASK

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

From this BBC article: “It’s surprising how often the UK seems to be more like the Scandinavian countries than anywhere else.”

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A romp through the current state of thespian-American affairs with fear and loathing of the English invasion, particular emphasis on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a conclusory celebration of Jake Gyllenhaal.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Perhaps the most frightening thing about this much-lauded essay on America’s post-WWII hegemony is that it was written at all, that our world order is receding so far so fast that we, or at least Robert Kagan, can see outside it.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

England, strong, punctual, practical, well-spoken England I should not find if I should go to the island to seek it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Welshman Tom Doran explains why, as a liberal secular humanist, he must stand up for Israel.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Considering how central it is for Londoners, Why is the Tube so underrepresented in stories? The writer suggests that, like sex and prayer, and unlike on the street, any human significance down there is internal.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Gadamer’s Floor by Jacques Herzog, in which the Swiss starchitect relates designing the Tate Modern. Actually, forget it, it gets boring, drifting off to installations within the museum and other projects, as if the job itself wasn’t interesting enough to warrant an entire little article.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

All 8 Kraftwerk shows at Tate Modern, £60 per, sold out quicker than the museum’s servers could handle.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The changing face of London. A series of aerial photographs by Jason Hawkes posted as a slideshow in The Telegraph. Exciting.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Finally, a clear-headed review of Skyfall over at FT: “New director Sam Mendes wants to combine a Bourne-like lack of quips and frippery with Christopher Nolan-ish solemnity and gigantism.” Why eschew what you view as your own franchise’s banalities only to take others’?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Making of The Spy Who Loved Me by the BBC for the Open University, 1977. Episode #1: Cubby Brocolli, Producer. #2: Ken Adam, Production Designer (“not indispensible”, “preferable”, “unique”, “important”). #3, Barbara Bach, Bond Girl.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

BBC presenter Ben Fogle’s eulogy of his black labrador. This dog angel helped him win his fame, fortune and hot wife. Commiserations.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

“Cheese-surrendering eating-monkeys” — apologies for giving away the most brilliant line, but Mark Steyn is back on form. I’d stopped reading because his doom and gloom about Europe just didn’t jibe with the reality I see living here. But here he expresses my misgivings just brilliantly: Americans are in many important ways less free than Europeans.

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In The American Interest, a clearly written explanation of why America’s economy will roar back (well, enough of it). Serve with this, from the London Review of Books, an overview of Karl Marx’s prescience.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

List of shame. Among the morally impaired UK luvvies requesting a boycott of Habimah are Jonathan Miller and Alexei Sayle.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Nice review of Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living in the Material World. “Scorsese is making a film about something that matters, but never quite succeeds in conveying that.” Here’s Variety’s smarter review.

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Marxist academic Slavoj Žižek on what are not proletarian protests but protests against the threat of being reduced to proletarians.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Scotland’s early industrialisation produced great wealth and great poverty and after two centuries is yet to tackle that fundamental inequity. Lesley Riddoch compares Scotland’s failure and Finland’s success.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

“European “normality” was based to a large extent on West German “abnormality”. Now that the reunified Germany is becoming more “normal”, it is undermining European “normality.” A sobering analysis of Deutsch affairs by Tony Corn.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Remember Alan Partridge’s masterful narration of The Spy Who Loved Me. So far there isn’t anybody who’s performed it quite so well. Actually, probably better this way.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Dead. Qua-daffy. The NYT’s potted (and potty) history. “By the time he was done, Libya had no parliament, no unified military command, no political parties, no unions, no civil society and no nongovernmental organizations.”

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Will Self walks the diameter of London [requires registration at the London Review of Books — do it, people!].

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Monday, September 26th, 2011

 
 

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