Archives for: "September 2012"

The Empty Quarter

  Thu 27th September 2012
I ventured into the Empty Quarter yesterday--the eerie flatlands between Leyland and Southport--and had a most pleasant afternoon with Trina in Croston, a village which is still pretty even with its lines of sandbags along the streets. more »
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Not on the Irish Sea

  Mon 24th September 2012
I should be on the Isle of Man. I am not. more »
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Ashes to ashes

  Sun 23rd September 2012
My 70-year-old acting teacher died suddenly this week. A heart attack in Market Square, which sent him lurching back for a fatal bang on the head. more »
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It be Int'National Talk Like A Pirate Day!

  Wed 19th September 2012
Huzzah ye landlubbers, hearties and bilge rats. Had a rollicking night with the Welsh wench on The Black Pig. more »
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Stripping at the seaside

  Mon 17th September 2012
A fabulous weekend in St Annes with one of the oldest--I mean, longest-standing--readers of this blog, who treks up all the way up from Hampshire, to give our snazziest slacks an airing on the dancefloor at the Soulful Dance Weekender. more »
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M / 54 / Bristol

"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

5:4
Desiring Progress
John Fallas
Lauren Redhead
NewMusicBox
The Rambler
Resonance FM
Sequenza 21
Sound and Music
Talking Musicology


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