Without prejudice.

Feb 18 2014
“… once understood, this pavement patois - based entirely on convention rather than law - puts even a basic speaker in touch with a subterranean myriad of pipes and cables powering the ebbs and flows of modern existence.” BBC News - What do those squiggles on the pavement actually mean?

Dec 18 2013
“All the crocodile tears of the dignitaries were a self-congratulatory exercise, and Jangtjie translated them into what they effectively were: nonsense.”

The ‘fake’ Mandela memorial interpreter said it all | Slavoj Žižek | Comment is free | The Guardian

- a typically thought-provoking and mischievous deconstruction by Žižek

Nov 19 2013
“In reality, cancer is a collection of many different diseases, but we have turned them into a single adversary. It’s probably no coincidence that this has happened at a time when the US and the UK have been engaged in the equally abstract and seemingly unwinnable War on Terror.” BBC News - Viewpoint: Did Richard Nixon change the way people describe cancer?

Nov 15 2013
“Live music is an integral part of London’s identity and the onerous and potentially expensive requirements that Camden is placing on buskers will threaten the borough’s vibrant atmosphere. The references to ‘noise’ and ‘nuisance’ in Camden’s policy are particularly unhelpful and do not reflect the positive cultural contribution made by buskers to London life.” Musicians’ Union

Nov 7 2013
“One wonders whether the brutal Crossrail redevelopment of this bedraggled part of the West End will allow any such traces to remain. I hope so. And I hope they also have this last-gasp, accidental feel, of something that London can’t quite let go, like dying fingernails clawing a wall, leaving behind a ghost, a whisper, of one of London’s many pasts.” Secret London: streets beneath streets of London | The Great Wen

“If you’re at the stage in your life when you don’t have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here’s your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the centre of Swinging London.” On The Beat Records - A Classic Vinyl Collectors Record Store in Central London | eBay

Nov 6 2013
“Most children need a transition object," said James, "their first teddy bear that they take everywhere. But everything else is a socially generated want.” BBC News - Are children given too many toys?

Nov 5 2013

Oct 31 2013
“It should be obvious that powerful interests are driving what is by any objective measure a failed 30-year experiment – but which transfers income and wealth from workforce, public and state to the corporate sector. In the case of privatised utilities, that is the extraction of shareholder value on a vast scale from a captive public. What’s needed from utilities are security of supply, operation in the public interest, long-term planning and cost effectiveness without profiteering. The existing privatised utilities have failed on all counts.” The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

Oct 30 2013
“Reed’s death has hit my generation because his presence anchored us into a time and a place when the avant garde was still meaningful. He was a touchstone of what it means to be modern, a significant and uncompromising artist whose works challenge social and artistic values. The Velvet Underground could have been formed at any time since 1966. They still sound utterly new. His death made us remember the music that made us want to leave our small towns and our small lives, a time when transgression was not simply a marketing technique.” Postmodernism killed the avant garde. Lady Gaga is no substitute for Lou Reed | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

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