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Friday news picks

August 26, 2011

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A US public transport agency blocked mobile phone reception to try to avoid people protesting about something. Ah, the land of the free. A new project bringing some order to the chaos of information online. Why self-help books are our version of snake oil — all about why pop neuroscience is bollocks. A deodorant brand is having excellent Facebook success with […]

Friday news picks

August 19, 2011

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Lawyer, former US Senator and current Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said that gay marriage and abortion caused the financial crisis. Ridley Scott is going to make a sequel to Blade Runner. America might stop deporting illegal migrants who came to the country as kids, finished high school and/or served in the armed forces. How noble. […]

Pretty baby Florence

August 17, 2011

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Alphonsine and Pierre’s thirteenth and last child was my great-grandmother Florence. Her twelve siblings had dark hair and eyes and strong features from their father. They were tall and strong-looking. Florence had dark hair but was built delicately, had a finer complexion and pale grey eyes. There were rumours about this last baby. The most […]

I don’t believe in writer’s block

August 15, 2011

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Actually, I believe it’s real, I just don’t believe it’s a good enough excuse for not doing something. I think a lot of the time what people call writer’s block is not knowing how to be disciplined. There are people who insist they can only write under certain circumstances, with a certain lamp, on certain […]

Friday news picks

August 12, 2011

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who was imprisoned earlier this year by his government talked about torture that goes on in a Chinese jail. The random odd jobs held by some famous writers. It seems all the economic panic over how reliant the West is on Chinese products is a bit overblown: “Goods and services from China […]

Here are some links to alternative London riots news coverage if you’re interested

August 10, 2011

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As the rioting in London continues and the non-rioting public gets fed up, unofficial clean-up has already started even though more violence is expected tonight. There are a lot of dismissive opinions flying around about “scum” and “hoodlums” which I’m not finding very helpful in understanding what’s going on and what makes people want to […]

The Ottoman Motel: excellent travel reading

August 9, 2011

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Over the weekend, somewhere on my Singapore-Helsinki-Heathrow stretch, I finished Chris Currie’s first novel The Ottoman Motel. I started it a couple of months ago just after its Melbourne launch but stopped when I got busy and the only time I had free to read was right before bed and I couldn’t because it was […]