Category Archives: value

No success like failure

I was surprised recently when the name of a friend of mine came up in a conversation I was having with someone who works in the media, younger than me, finger on the zeitgeist: let’s call him J. I met … Continue reading

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BEATING TIME

Another poem from the collection entitled VALUE. Once again, it seems like the work of a slightly deranged person I’m not sure I’d want to know, though some of the cultural references still mean something to me. Translate ‘the new … Continue reading

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Pots

I’ve got three small ceramic pots by Christiane Perrochon that are among the loveliest things I’ve ever owned. They’re no more than four or five inches high. In the photograph, they’re standing on my study floor and I’ve only just … Continue reading

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Love tiff at Arcore

I’m not quite convinced by this story. Berlusconi’s wife has suffered in silence all these years, even putting up with her husband’s insinuations that she’s having an affair with Massimo Cacciari, philosopher and Mayor of Venice. Now she loses her … Continue reading

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What’s civil about this?

The government is still arguing about exactly what to do with all these people who just don’t want to get married and breed. And not only the government. The Italian president, ex-communist Giorgio Napolitano, threw in his tuppenny-hapenny worth a … Continue reading

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Thinking about Cologne

… made me think about an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum, entitled DC: Naked Drawings, a large white room full of drawings done directly on the walls by a Romanian artist called Dan Perjovschi. It was a great show, graffiti … Continue reading

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Slow food

I had lunch today with an old friend and colleague, between exam shifts in the engineering faculty, processing students for language credits. We were actually in a hurry, so what we were looking for was slow food served fast, rather … Continue reading

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HEROES

This was first published in Angel Exhaust Ten, edited by Andrew Duncan, its publication solicited, I believe, by John Wilkinson, for which much thanks. It’s an interesting (I hope) hybrid of the Cambridge School and large doses of Lorca. I … Continue reading

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