Roscover’s Obama: BURDENED

Last week's Time magazine had a poignant article about the loneliness of the Presidency as part of its coverage of the first year of Obama's inauguration. Obama and the Loneliest Job It's worth a read and is not particularly partisan…

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Earth has not anything to show more fair…

After doing a hospital visit at Tommy's yesterday afternoon, I walked back across Westminster bridge to catch the tube - and the sunset was truly spectacular. So couldn't resist a couple of snaps - not great image quality as it…

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Avatar hoo-haa -a sledgehammer to crack Pandora’s box

When the Mayor of London starts writing about aliens, as Boris Johnson did in yesterday's Telegraph, you know that something rather extraordinary has happened. (Incidentally, politics aside, Boris' column is a wonderful guilty pleasure!) But it seems that he and…

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Vanishing in the digital age

Have you ever wondered about disappearing? I'm not talking about Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak (although that would certainly come in handy on occasion). No, I mean disappearing like Jason Bourne: forging plausible identities, making new starts, covering old traces, laying…

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The Sympathy of Melancholy: Orhan Pamuk’s SNOW

There is a play on words that gets lost in translation from  Turkish into English. I am by no means a Turkish speaker (as if), and I only discovered it when looking up information about the town in which Orhan Pamuk’s celebrated 2002 book is set. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and the citation said that he:

in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.

Well, that is certainly true of Snow. (more…)

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Turkmenbashi and the curse of Ozymandias

President Niyazov was mad, bad and dangerous to know - ruler of Turkmenistan from the fall of the Soviet Union until his death just before Christmas 2006 - and known as Turkmenbashi (= 'Head of all Turkmens'). I posted about…

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A pile of pebbles and web pros and cons

Am thoroughly enjoying Clay Shirky's HERE COMES EVERYBODY - only half way thru still as I got interrupted by a number of other more urgent reading assignments. Will definitely be posting more on it when done. Web Cons But this…

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The 6-word novel… or just another soundbite?

I came across this little article about 6-word memoirs through the wonders of StumbleUpon - the challenge derives from Ernest Hemingway who proved that he could write a 6-word 'novel'. This was his offering: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.…

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Brian Godawa’s Word Pictures – another plea to read well

Brian Godawa's latest book Word Pictures is a stimulating read. His day-job is writing screenplays (some of which actually get made into films - no mean feat!) - which has qualified him as an insider to write the excellent (and recently revised) Hollywood…

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