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Saturday, April 12th, 2008 08:26 am
I Have The Power


Dancing Blur, originally uploaded by Kathy71.

Certain things that I've been thinking about this week should most probably be formed into some post or another. But I'm too distracted by various other ongoing projects. In brief:

1. Possible threat to Battenberg Cake and other foodstuffs of colour.

2. I'm very sympathetic to the idea of preposterous forms of goverment. Since government is preposterous, it seems quite obvious it should take such a form. These various forms are like rare species of plant that may yet be found to contain a panacea. Indeed, it's one reason I feel myself increasingly inclined to disavow republicanism and why I'd still prefer a House of Lords staffed by aristocratic oddballs and idiots rather than leche-cul apparatchiks. Sarkozy and Bruni? Do me a favour. Why then do I find Free Tibet protesters so annoying? Probably:

a. The current Olympic torch debacle would seem to mask a racist anti-Chinese sentiment. A Yellow Peril for the 21st century. China was and is the centre of the world. We're not. Get over it!

b. Buddhist are nice people. Muslims aren't. Uighurs and others in Xinjiang would seem to have as much of a leg to stand when it comes to independence and self-determination but it's all about Tibet.

c. The way people comment on blogs and generally have to start their post with "Free Tibet". Mystic Trotskyites. I wonder whether it might yet all backfire on the movement.

3. I'm off to France again on Thursday for a week and a half: Paris, Marseille and then along the coast to Cannes. Cue more whistling of "Ma Ligne de Chance". I never tire of it:



A while ago, after hanging out a Circulus photo shoot, and a few glasses of wine later, I found myself donning some of Michael Tyack's magical outfits for an impromptu spin...


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jermynsavile
jermynsavile
jermynsavile
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)

Thanks to our own preposterous form of government I have, at fairly short-notice, been roped into evaluating various private proposals for public works. I hesitate to express an opinion on either the process or the likely outcome(s).

At this stage it is a time-consuming on-line activity that has the advantage of meaning I can do most of it at home, but the disadvantage that the hours are long - it ate into most of last weekend and this weekend looks like doing the same. It has forced me into the life of a hermit: I don't go out; I don't get to eat in London restaurants with friends, I don't get to dance around after photo shoots in medieval costume; I (and this one is especially irksome) don't get to dance along a beach wearing a fetching crumpled cream suit with an even more fetching girl in a red dress. Life evidently isn't fair.

I look forward to tales from what seems enviably like your increasingly sybaritic life on your return.

Incidentally, have you come across the series of "Maigret" films, starring Bruno Cremer? Best TV detective series I've ever seen. Most episodes available from amazon.fr in a boxed set (in case you fancy a punt). The episode set in the south of France ("Mon ami Maigret") is particularly fine.


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)

I could suggest that I do these things so you don't have to and can just get on with the business side of things, but that wouldn't be quite right and most certainly not at all fair.

If a few hours can be squeezed into the schedule on my return that would be wonderful as I'm sure I'll have my share of tales to tell from this holiday and I'll be back to my fully carnivorous ways by then.

Postcard most certainly on its way!

I'll have a look around when in France for the Maigret as I've seen one or two in the past which I very much enjoyed.


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jermynsavile
jermynsavile
jermynsavile
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)

I should be finished with this at the end of next week so timing should be OK (yes, I know I've said that before but life is a bit crap at the moment and all my friends have been neglected as a consequence). I'd love to meet up, just stuck in a cycle of long days and last-minute changes of schedule, typical conveyor-belt stuff. When I do get a free moment I try to spend as much time as possible with N and, if not, then tucked up under the duvet down here! Lets set up a definite date when you get back, otherwise things tend, despite best intentions, to slide and, if my own life isn't that great at the moment, at least I can live vicariously through yours.


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ordovician
ordovician
ordovician
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)

That picture made me smile, and thanks for the intro to Circulus.


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Monday, April 14th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

They're maybe best appreciated running around a field in Wales during the summer, but the internet will do!


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madefromscratch
madefromscratch
j. christopher
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)


thanks for voicing my own thoughts on the "free tibet" conundrum and the olympic censure.


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Monday, April 14th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

It's a pleasure to have managed that somehow or another.


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hulegu
hulegu
hulegu
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)

Delightful picture - you resemble nothing so much as a character from a 19th century Russian novel.


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Monday, April 14th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)

I'm predicting that the boyar look is going to be making a comeback in 2008:

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