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Sit down next to me

  Tue 24th May 2011
To Leeds: finished Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn on the train as the leaky window spat at me. Everyone in The Angel was on fine form. She made a hit of an entrance, dancing into the room in her tight jeans, high-heeled boots refusing the angry weather, the man… more »
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  Mon 23rd May 2011
It's 2am and in one of those unsensible mucked up sleep patterns you can fall into when you haven't got a proper job I am wide awake, quilt-wrapped, with a half finished bottle of cheap Aussie white left over from Thursday's book group meeting by my side… more »
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F / 45 / Rochdale

  Wed 18th May 2011
F / 45 / Rochdale more »
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And here are the votes of the Lancaster jury

  Mon 16th May 2011
An enjoyable few days with the children, at their house while Kirsty was away. I was quite glad to get out of my house, as Bela had launched one of her chemical weapons attacks on the bathroom. As grateful as I am that she looks after the place unbidden,… more »
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Green, and Yes

  Sun 8th May 2011
The Local Elections and the AV referendum were hard, largely enjoyable work: A 5am alarm, and 27 hours' work over two days. This being my first time as Presiding Officer, I was nervous, thinking that I might appear in regional media as the man who sabotg… 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.

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

The Comfort of Strangers

23.1.16: Big clearout of the defunct and dormant and dull
16.1.19: Further pruning

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