Bowie and Scott Walker –each drove the other to great heights of artistic achievement

todays elites are as to gods  

Wandering about at night in the Baixa-Chiado district after having just had my dinner in a well lit salad bar, I find myself walking up a road that leads to the Largo Camões, one of the most picturesque squares in Lisbon with a sloping view right down to the Tagus. It’s a pleasant enough night,…

My Portugal Trip

Mid-Spring and I’m on my way to Portugal for a conference. I have one whole day and a morning in Lisbon, which I’ve visited before, and three days in Coimbra, which I haven’t. My plane takes off from Pisa, Galileo Galilei; I’m flying with Easyjet. I peer down listlessly from my window seat. We cross…

How Ariel Pink Helped Me Recover My Faith in Rock’n’Roll

I think I may finally have started to get excited about music again in a way that I wasn’t sure was even possible for me anymore. And that’s pretty reassuring because I thought I was past it at age 34, that I was becoming too jaded and too cynical to ever really lose it for…

I left a message on my facebook page this morning saying that the main reason I was pro-choice was because I knew plenty of people who it would have been better for the world had they been aborted at birth. As usual like everything I write on facebook or twitter it went totally ignored —…

Thatcher

I along with a great number of other British people, and probably the vast majority of Scots, have been celebrating the timely death — although to be honest it could have come a lot sooner — of that vile satanic hag Margaret Thatcher. Having been born in 1981 I lived out the first decade or…

A Nice series of renaissance architectural diagrams.

…With the Benefit of Hindsight

‘How the street swarms with curious figures ! I stand aside in the opening of a side lane, and there goes past me a man carrying in one hand a pail of steaming water, while on his other arm he has a flat basket, containing the sliced feelers of an octopus, and a tray of…

So I come to the end of my month long writing challenge, and as I’ve stated previously I now plan to update my blog far more regularly: perhaps four times a week or thereabouts. It’s Friday afternoon and I can’t be bothered writing too much, instead I will leave you with some of my favourite…