Archives for: "February 2012"

Unfortunately, on this occasion

  Wed 29th February 2012
It was for a bit of part-time EFL teaching. more »
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The previous post

  Tue 28th February 2012
...has been made private (to me only) for the time being. For those who didn't see it: basically, bit of a tricky time for me and Mary-Ann. more »
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Roman candles

  Mon 27th February 2012
Had a good weekend doing one of the most-postponed, messiest clean-up jobs ever, tidying up the split and busted cheap plastic shed in the yard at Jo's house, involving spilt paint, a burst compost bag, broken tiles, failed shelves, accumulated stagnant… more »
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Overwhelming climaxes

  Fri 24th February 2012
I was down the Council offices today, "normalising", in the word of the investigator who was sitting in my front room on Monday, my "situation". I had to bring proof of my indebtedness and confirmation that I have actually been paying rent, it being a ha… more »
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Omensetter's Luck

  Thu 23rd February 2012
It was my turn to host the book group tonight. I am utterly skint. I have 1.38 in my bank account. The money I got from the fraud has been sent to Italy for our holiday. My mum sent me five pounds in a letter that arrived today. I shoplifted some cherry… 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

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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Desiring Progress
John Fallas
Lauren Redhead
NewMusicBox
The Rambler
Resonance FM
Sequenza 21
Sound and Music
Talking Musicology


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