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Archives for: "August 2010"

In which an attractive man makes a proposition on the quayside

  Mon 30th August 2010
I was interviewed (very informally) by a young intern at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival about helping out there. HCMF is my Glastonbury. And my collaborator with whom we did our project in Glasgow earlier this year has suggested we work togethe… more »

In which there is some wild boar and unjustified jealousy

  Wed 18th August 2010
Kitty came to stay for the weekend and we took a lovely meandering bus ride to Levens Hall, one of the oldest houses in Cumbria, for a chili festival. We were to meet Felicity, her sister and her family. It was hot and sunny. The rural upper middle class… more »

The Double Life of Looby

  Mon 9th August 2010
The Double Life of looby more »

The email I did want

  Wed 4th August 2010
Leeds University email again. "I am delighted to offer you the School of Music Research Scholarship for 2010-11. The terms of the scholarship are in the documents attached to this email." It's not a full scholarship, but it's a 2000 pound p.a. fee waiver… more »

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M / 56 / Bristol, "the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England" -- John Betjeman [1961, source eludes me].

"Looby is a left-wing intellectual who is obsessed with a) women's clothes and b) tits." -- Joy of Bex.

WLTM literate woman, 40-65. Must have nice tits, a PhD, and an mdma factory in the shed, although the first on its own will do in the short term.

There are plenty of bastards who drink moderately. Of course, I don't consider them to be people. They are not our comrades.
Sergei Korovin, quoted in Pavel Krusanov, The Blue Book of the Alcoholic

I am here to change my life. I am here to force myself to change my life.
Chinese man I met during Freshers Week at Lancaster University, 2008

The more democratised art becomes, the more we recognise in it our own mediocrity.
James Meek

Tell me, why is it that even when we are enjoying music, for instance, or a beautiful evening, or a conversation in agreeable company, it all seems no more than a hint of some infinite felicity existing apart somewhere, rather than actual happiness – such, I mean, as we ourselves can really possess?
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

I hate the iPod; I hate the idea that music is such a personal thing that you can just stick some earplugs in your ears and have an experience with music. Music is a social phenomenon.
Jeremy Wagner

La vie poetique has its pleasures, and readings--ideally a long way from home--are one of them. I can pretend to be George Szirtes.
George Szirtes

Using words well is a social virtue. Use 'fortuitous' once more to mean 'fortunate' and you move an English word another step towards the dustbin. If your mistake took hold, no-one who valued clarity would be able to use the word again.
John Whale

One good thing about being a Marxist is that you don't have to pretend to like work.
Terry Eagleton, What Is A Novel?, Lancaster University, 1 Feb 2010

The working man is a fucking loser.
Mick, The Golden Lion, Lancaster, 21 Mar 2011

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