Monthly Archives: February 2010

But who will protect us from our protectors?

Guido Bertolaso, the head of civil protection in Italy, looks like turning into the gift that keeps on giving. After being flown to Haiti by Berlusconi to offer his expert advice, he upset Hillary Clinton by calling US aid to … Continue reading

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Chinoiserie

This illustration appears on one of my favourite blogs, The Age of Uncertainty (where you can see it in a bigger version). I love the way it uses a sort of squiggle to reinforce the depiction of shadow. Steerforth, who … Continue reading

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Lone nuts and first followers

http://www.youtube.com/v/fW8amMCVAJQ&hl=en_GB&fs=1&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6 Are you a lone nut or a first follower? (From Cynical-C Blog. Thanks.)

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Fuck off, Binetti

Good news for all those people, like me, who know that the best way of getting rid of Berlusconi is to concentrate votes on the Partito Democratico (PD), but just can’t stomach it while Paola Binetti, fundamentalist catholic and – … Continue reading

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Saints and charlatans

In religious circles there’s a term – bilocation – that describes the ability of certain extremely holy figures to be in two places at the same time, obviously for miraculous purposes. Padre Pio was reputed to have this extraordinary power, … Continue reading

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Writing in Rome

If you’d like to spend a month in Rome this summer, before the weather gets too hot, and want to flex your writing muscles at the same time, you might like to consider signing up for the Summer Institute Creative … Continue reading

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Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here

Don’t miss this interview either…

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