Daily Archives: September 15, 2011


The older grey-haired busker is already at his spot, where he’ll play a David Byrne song about ten thousand times, and noodle nice blues and chat to anyone and drink a lot and witness several dogfights and about ten thousand … Continue reading

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Post Chamberlain, the Clash Years

Cologne at 5.30am for geo-spatial reasons which don’t involve being a Time Lord, though I have been in conversation with a pair of Afrikaans who tease me about the riots and the rugby. It is a good time to see … Continue reading

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Anarchy in the old Capital

If Bonn was Washington, then Petersburg was Camp David, incidentally a fashion label worn unselfish-consciously around town by sturdy, short cropped men who would be horrified by the camp thing; Sontag readers they do not look like. In its marble … Continue reading

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Where Britain Lost its Morality (1938)

You’re only here once, so you’ve got to get it right– no time to fuss and fight –Coz life doesn’t mean much if it’s measured out in someone else’s time XTC, King for a Day, 1989 A lot of IPod … Continue reading

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On not getting started, again

Dordrecht, September 15. Above me on the wall in green faux handwriting a long quote from Francis Bacon’s “Of Gardens”. It begins GOD Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures… This has been … Continue reading

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