Friday, 11 November 2016

Aftermath

More or less a holding position to collate some post-Trump / post-Brexit thinking that is worth reading


One thought from me is that it's obvious that globalisation, overall, has led to a significant increase in the standard of living of many, many people in the developing world. Which I think is a good thing. But I don't live in an area of the UK or the US where there are fewer and fewer well paid jobs, less and less job security and where wages, for those in work, are stagnant. (Actually, my wages are stagnant (or worse, due to as a result of the pay freeze, inflation, tax and National Insurance changes, reductions in bonuses and increases in pension contributions) since I'm a Civil Servant. But there are at least stagnant at a level which is generous compared to the 'average' person)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Eerie parallel

Last time Kate was away in Morocco I went to bed safe in the knowledge I would awake to a sane decision by the electorate. Tonight I go to bed dreading the worst.

Monday, 29 August 2016

With extra sprinkles

I don't understand my wife. Really, I don't. She's bought a new washing-up brush ("Ultra grip jumbo brush" by Addis (since 1780)) but the old brush still has plenty of bristles on it. I reckon there's at least a decade of wear left in it.

(As a result of this post I've discovered that Addis is a local firm.

1780

Addis 1780Our time begins in 1780 when William Addis founded the company.
William Addis was the inventor of the toothbrush and he developed the first prototype from bone and horsehair for his personal use.
Realising the commercial potential of this everyday item production soon began in premises at Whitechapel, east London.
In 1796 production moved to larger premises and staff increased to meet demand with rent costing £34 per year.  As a result in 1840 ADDIS moves to larger premises in Radnor Street, Hoxton.

More at http://www.addis.co.uk/our-history )

Friday, 24 June 2016

Out

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Cowgirl in the sand

Damien Hirst said of Lucian Freud (I paraphrase), with reference to Francis Bacon, that while Freud was by far the superior painter (in a technical sense) Bacon was in every way a better artist.


I'm not going to compare Neil Young to any other technically superior guitarist (of which there are many) but listening to 'Cowgirl in the sand' made me think of Hirst's view on Freud and Bacon. Young can clearly, at this point is his career, barely play the thing. The technical is horribly clumsy. I sounds like a man with stubby fingers desperately willing his fingers to move quicker. And Young doesn't care. The solos in Cowgirl are driven with such energy and vigour that that sound, and the music, is overwhelmingly powerful.


So, "Everybody knows this is nowhere" is highly recommended. Perhaps not up there with "After the goldrush" and "Harvest" but even so...


Also, presumably everyone has seen Prince go bonkers during a rendition of "While my guitar gently weeps" at his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but for anyone who hasn't, it is essential viewing (and obviously listening) for anyone, who (like me) saw Prince primarily as a singer/songwriter/producer/madman and not particularly as a guitarist. And anyone else. It's totally insane.