Archives for: "April 2011"

Norwegian Wood

  Sat 30th April 2011
"Lisabeta" is getting irritatingly persistent and my wavering about whether to give her the benefit of the doubt is over. I'm sorry Lisabeta but I don't think that this is a good idea. I am too old for you - I am old enough to be your father - and… more »
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Opportunity knocks

  Fri 15th April 2011
I found a flight to Knock for 35 pounds. There's only an airport in Knock, a tiny village in the middle of Co Mayo, because of a misunderstanding involving too much poitin and a policeman's lantern in 1879, but it's a hitchable 50 miles from the much liv… more »

27 / F / Moscow

  Wed 13th April 2011
Hi again looby!!! But I still do not have any reply from you. Did you get my first letter at all??? We met on the dating site if you forgot. You have given your e-mail address from there so I have contact with you. OK I am trying for write more… more »
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Mixed Sex Crowd Gathers via Internet To Perform Perlocutionary Acts In Public

  Sun 10th April 2011
A lovely afternoon today unveiling a plaque at the birthplace of the Lancaster-born philosopher J L Austin. I had a infinitestimally small hand in this, being part of the Civic Society which took up the suggestion from the current owner of the house, who… more »

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

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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

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

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


"Just sit still and listen" - woman to teenage girl at Elliott Carter weekend, London 2006

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