Archives for: "June 2012"

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

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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