Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
No complaints and no regretsI still believe in chasing dreams and placing betsBut I have learned that all you give is all you getSo give it all you've got
I had my shareI drank my fillAnd even though I'm satisfiedI'm hungry stillTo see what's down another road beyond the hillAnd do it all again
Monday, June 21, 2021
You won't have read about it here, but I have been working my way through the Reformation and the Enlightenment. I found them both wanting; maybe the nuns and Christian Brothers that educated me cast a longer shadow than I previously imagined.
Next up Romanticism.
I found Isiah Berlin's 1965 lectures on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhP9EhPApKE_9uxkmfSIt2JJK6oKbXmd-
For Berlin, the Romantics set in motion a vast, unparalleled revolution in humanity’s view of itself. They destroyed the traditional notions of objective truth and validity in ethics with incalculable, all-pervasive results.
Crikey! Also Ben's up in the Lake District this week; Wordsworth and Coleridge territory. Something in the air as we move in parallel perhaps?
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
I don't want to tempt fate, but we are having a picnic at Roath Park in Cardiff on Saturday to celebrate my nephew's 21st and it looks like my mum will be able to come. Released from the home where she resides for the afternoon and able to return without being quarantined.
Playlist: Saturday in the Park - Chicage
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Myself: Honey, do me a favor. Run to the drug store and get me a lemon coke with chipped ice. Will you do that for me, sweetie, please.
Prodnose: What on earth are you on about now?
Myself: There's no air conditioning. Whenever the temperature goes above 28 degrees centigrade I become the flawed, lamenting heroine of a Tennessee Williams play.
Myself: Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the one unforgivable thing in my opinion and it is the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty
Monday, June 14, 2021
GB News: Andrew Neil’s right-leaning live news channel, which aims to take on the leftie, “woke” orthodoxy of mainstream British media has launched.
I have just returned my TV to pick it up via Freeview. It is on channel 236 just below Russia Today and Al Jazeera. Not the mos prominent of slots though Freeview seems to bunch news outlets together in the two hundred and thirties. I wonder if I will ever watch it again.
That said, I wonder if the tide is turning, I went to a Wimbledon Bookfest session (Tim Marshall: The Power of Geography) on Saturday and was truly impressed by the level and variety of the questions asked from the floor at the end of the session. They were informed, detailed and heterodox. I would have expected an audience on the Common to mouth bien pensant platitudes, but we had, for example, provocative broadly right-wing questions that were dealt with seriously without the pearl-clutching that we would get if anyone ever asked them on the BBC. Also the questions referred to things like the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which - though germane to the talk - hadn't been mentioned in the presentation; a sign of a reflective, well informed listener.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Documentary producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winner One Day In September and Emmy-winner Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt for Bin Laden, has made his first foray into podcasts with Audible series Death at Deepcut.
Between 1995 and 2002 four young trainee soldiers were found dead at a military training camp outside London, Deepcut....
I will listen with interest. We know a little about this peripherally as we got a forensic job analysing the backup tapes from the dispatch system Surrey Police were running at the time, as they no longer had any way of reading them. (That's a problem we'll see more and more of I think.)
Saturday, June 12, 2021
I always try and get along to at least one event at Wimbledon Bookfest. I like to see how it is progressing physically as we have skin in the game with their IT.
I'm booked in for Tim Marshall: The Power of Geography at 2pm this afternoon. That, foolishly, was booked before I realised with Wales' first game in the Euros. I will have to try and find a pub on the common where I can catch the end of the match, which in turn means I'll have to go on the bus rather than drive.
I watched Alastair Campbell live over the video link on Thursday. It all went off seamlessly. Who would have imagined just a few years ago that such a simulcast from a park would even be possible for a small organisation as opposed to a broadcaster?
Friday, June 11, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
|President Nana Akufo-Addo start dey lobby for Chelsea player to play for Black Stars|
Callum is in Ghana on holiday and has met the president. Despite having played three time for England at senior level he still has the option to transfer his loyalties to mother and father's country.
Ghana start dey push for Chelsea player, Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Black Stars.
Prez Akufo-Addo make dis revelation after en meeting plus de Chelsea attacker on Monday.
Callum Hudson-Odoi who dey Ghana for holidays meet with Prez Nana Akufo-Addo who make am clear say e go like have de player in de national team.
Who knew that the BBC had a Pidgin news service? Certainly not me.
We can start to learn more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40975399. I wonder if there is a sense in which Pidgin is to West Africa what Swahili is to East Africa?