(1) Things which I have read. 1. Tales of the Metric System – Imraan Coovadia. I spotted this last Christmas in the Book Lounge in Cape Town (ace bookshop, if you’re ever there), but didn’t buy it as I had no luggage room. I picked it up during the year and finally read it. It’s […]
‘Ohmigosh, what was it like? Did you have a great time?’ Actually, it was surreal. discombobulating. I had a great time, but I felt really weird about it. Those aren’t the answers people want to hear, not mostly. They listen, and they nod, and a lot of the time the people who are asking, people […]
What will it be then, he says? Dinner jackets and romance, or shipwrecks on a barren coast? You can have you pick: jungles, tropical islands, mountains. Or another dimension of space – that’s what I’m best at. – Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin It was the year 2000, and I was between school and university. […]
Having recently polished off the list of the best things from the last year, here’s a bundle of things I’m getting excited about this year… Films Inside Llewyn Davis – I love the Coen brothers so so much. And critics keep talking about this as a similar kind of film, in tone, to A Serious […]
Someone said to me, when I posted my books list, ‘oh, is this a series?’ And I said, ‘Mmm, I suppose, there’s probably going to be three…’ And this is number three – the list of Things What I Saw Live. (Part way through I realised that it hadn’t actually occurred to me to do […]
Person 1: “I think you’ll find you pronounce it wenite, not venite. It’s LATIN Person 2: ”Yeah, but church Latin. So they sang venite, not wenite“ 1: ”So they were wrong. wenite 2: “venite. Seriously. Singing wenite just sounds weird.” 1: “I don’t care. It’s right” Poor unfortunate next to them in the pew: “Seriously, […]
I suppose you should expect that, with a name like The Civil Wars, your new favourite band (est. in my heart, c. 18 months ago) was destined to break your heart. And it’s probably naive to suggest that the ability to make insanely beautiful music together ought to override all the other problems a pair […]
Arcade Fire made The Wilderness Downtown? Open up Chrome, type in your address, and watch what happens. And then go and type in this postcode and watch: TR27 6HR.* I was thinking about this short film this weekend, as the weather was so nice in London, which meant it was time to start playing The […]
And we all say / Don’t want to be alone / We wear the same clothes / Because we feel the same / And kiss with dry lips / When we say goodnight / End of the century… it’s nothing special (1) When I was fourteen I moved schools. It was 1995, and for me, […]
via guardian.co.uk The very nice Guardian are streaming the very wonderful Laura Marling’s new album. First listen – me likey muchly.
via youtube.com I can’t remember who retweeted this earlier, but THANK YOU. It is a Thing of Genius. Clearly this is why the internet was created.
I have rarely found a Gilbert lyric funny (see I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General). It baffles me when I hear an audience laugh at a Gilbert and Sullivan song; such enjoyment requires a taste for archness that eludes me. The only thing I’ve ever found funny in their operettas is the sight of […]