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Incompetent man is honest

  Fri 29th June 2012
For the last few days the washing machine hasn't been working, and I haven't had any money with which to repair it. Finally, I got the man round this afternoon. He took one look at what I had reported as a "broken knob", and pressed it. It sprang out with all the program letters reappearing. more »
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What the

  Thu 28th June 2012
A noisy and what felt like a largely sleepless night: the taxi driver who lives opposite snapping me into wakefulnes with his car starting at 4.30. Students coming noisily home.. more »
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In which Trina continues to be lovely

  Mon 25th June 2012
I had the most loquacious, inquisitive potential future tentant come round today, detaining me from meeting Trina, asking me lots of questions. I felt like the interviewee. "So how do you spend your free time, Cliff?" she asked. "Well, I see my friends,… more »
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I wish you could hit them

  Sat 23rd June 2012
Gail said she'd move out on Wednesday, but I don't trust a word she says. I get back home, knock on her door. No answer, so I go in. The room is empty, apart from a couple of bags of rubbish and a half-eaten burger and some flaccid chips in a polystyrene tray. more »
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I am going out with a handicapped woman

  Wed 20th June 2012
I went round to Seriouscrush's, my landlady and former lover, to explain my lack of giving her any rent for two months. Seriouscrush has had a baby (fucking hell, narrow escape there) who is indistinguishable from every other baby I've ever seen. more »
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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

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

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