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Turquoise in Drear Nokia 6630 Eastbourne, East Sussex, England Wednesday, September 5th, 2007.

Brother & Sister at the Seaside
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Brother & Sister at the Seaside iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

Straight
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Straight iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

It’s All ‘Appenin’
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It’s All ‘Appenin’ iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

Frame
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Frame iPhone 6S East Sussex, England Sunday, June 18th, 2017.

Discovery
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Discovery iPhone 6S East Sussex, England Sunday, June 18th, 2017.

Composition with My Car
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Composition with My Car iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.

Clay Decoration
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Clay Decoration iPhone 6S Surrey, England Tuesday, May 30th, 2017.

Uncle Monty & the Housing Benefit Manual
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Uncle Monty & the Housing Benefit Manual iPhone 6S Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.

Some Curves
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Some Curves iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, May 6th, 2017.

Darwin Garden
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Darwin Garden iPhone 6S England Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Darwin’s Farpoint
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Darwin’s Farpoint iPhone 6S England Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Alone in the Universe
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Alone in the Universe iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, April 29th, 2017.

On Me Way
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On Me Way iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, April 3rd, 2017.

Modern London
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Modern London iPhone 6S London, England Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

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.

Like a Cathedral
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Like a Cathedral iPhone 6S 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.

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Spectreview

With the villain’s quasi-sibling bond to the hero, 2015’s 007 movie deflates to an incestuous Möbius Strip.

Some Consumer Affairs

I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.

Short-circuiting Place-based Longing

If there’s one tangible benefit to having lived in a variety of places it’s that it furnishes evidence of the futility of longing to be elsewhere.

A Crawl Across Crawley, Part 1

Irit, the Jam and I walk from Brighton to Gatwick Airport.

Clash of the Midgets

I was annoyed to have my sauna moments despoiled and dominated, reverberating with this old geezer’s most naff yap.

Tony Blair and the Four-State Vision

Ariel Sharon’s disengagement policy reflected an understanding that ownership of the Palestinian issue is shared with Egypt and Jordan. If Tony Blair were to acquire this view, perhaps he really could help facilitate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Jam and Bread, Jam and Bread!

My dog Jam has spent over a third of her time here in Italy as her fixtures have fallen away—first Maddie, then me. But now I’m back!

A Ride to Gatwick Airport

Airports. They’re so charged, so symbolic, and so empty once you’re at one; I dream of them so often.

Shite on Brighton

“Like many provincial towns,” the Private Eye reviewer stabs, “Brighton, as depicted in this hacked-together tribute, defines itself more by what it isn’t than by what it is. It’s not London, for one thing.”

Fly the Blag

Ryanair has brought wretchedness to the skies. Rather than existing on a privileged plane, you stew in a poisoned atmosphere.

 

Monday, December 11th, 2017

There has never been a West European post-Second World War policy in [the Middle East] except to await the American position and then stake out something more favourable to the Arabs.

Conrad Black, “The Palestinians should take what they can get while they can”

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Ivan Rogers, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU during David Cameron’s tenure as Prime Minister, speaks to the events leading up to the Brexit referendum. There’s so much detail, and we see where Cameron was succeeding, but nonetheless a failure happened here.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

On the crippling ambivalence throughout the British Government as it feels compelled to implement Brexit. Something’s got to give.

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Peggy Noonan opens and shuts the case on statues. To me it’s all very Taliban.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Robots don’t eat chocolate. James Meek weaves a rich tale of Cadbury’s moving its chocolate factory from Bristol in England to Skarbimierz in Poland. We get EU politics, British commercial history and contemporary Polish politics. It’s a microcosm of the economic game of musical chairs happening in our era. [via Tyler Cowen’s marginalrevolution.com]

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

This is fascinating: Turks residing in liberal Europe voted far more heavily for Erdogan’s authoritarian referendum — about 70/30 — than did Turks at home, about 50/50. Far less still did Turks in the USA and the UK vote for it — about 84% and 80% against respectively. A measure of ideological/cultural integration?

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.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Perhaps most useful for its fulsome array of interesting links, nonetheless this essay into the Anglo-American way of empire goes the furthest I know in explaining why they’re the worst except for all the others.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Both Hitchcock and Dickens were “fantasists who insisted upon meticulous detail in the unravelling of their plots; they were both poised between art and commerce, with a keen taste for the making of money.” An obvious yet hitherto unmade comparison of two master contemporary English storytellers.

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Dr Mark Post of Maastricht University serves the world’s first non-lethal hamburger.

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

 
 

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