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Show you love your country / Go out and spend some cash

From the BBC’s otherwise fairly interesting article on the politics and ethics of consumer spending comes this wonder of historical ineptitude from one Lucia van der Post (emphasis added): “The way of austerity and only buying things we strictly need leads to Cambodia under Pol Pot, Afghanistan under the Taleban or China under Mao“ Because […]

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Spot the difference

I found this collection of 2008 photos, presented in comparison to originals from the Twin Peaks pilot episode, quite fascinating. You may or may not agree 🙂 Also, you can still stay at The Great Northern (although, as befits a hotel perched over a waterfall, it’s not cheap).

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Lunch crunch

From the BBC’s City Diaries: People are buying lunch for £5 in the cafeteria rather then spending £20 on some Sushi or Dim Sum outside. People now have breakfast at home or even bring a packed lunch. A packed lunch? Five pounds? Cafeteria? Fuck. This kind of thing brings me perilously close to an empathy […]

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LOOK INTO MY EYES

Helen snapped (what’s the moving-picture equivalent of snapping?) this video of Hunter on a camcorder I’m reviewing, and I’ve found myself entranced by Hunter’s CRAZY BIG EYES. For the full effect, watch it in splendiferous 1080i* High Def here on Vimeo. Sorry about the weirdy crap cut at the end, by the way. It appears […]

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Augsburg

Somewhere in Bavaria lies the city of Augsburg. Somewhere in Augsburg lies a Fujitsu-Siemens factory. Somewhere near that factory lies a conference centre. And in that centre, on Wednesday… .. you could find this charming room, and me inside it. One conference keynote plus one interview plus one photo plus one comment from Greenpeace (and […]

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Blame game

Worth reading as a sidebar to the post-election fallout: first this – Ana Marie Cox interviews Nicolle Wallace on the most elegant way to lie under a bus – then this, where as predicted the Republican right begins to indulge in an orgy of self destruction and blame, much of which is directed towards Ms […]

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Extraordinary

From this article, which picks up about half way through: NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin […]

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Well, thank fuck for that.

Ohio went for the democrats as predicted, and 338 to 163 makes it a resounding victory. Thank fuck. And it should be noted that McCain who was, prior to the campaign ticket, always a representative of the saner side of the republican party, gave a graceful and impressive concession speech (See also here – “Yes, […]

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Poll position

Spent tonight at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards. Gongs were handed out, Grazia won the top award, and Felix Dennis recited a poem – so far, so normal – but most people had something else on their minds. Top marks, in fact, to the editor of Vogue, who collected an award at the […]

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