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“The 19th century was a strange century because the interior empires were beginning to decline, slowly but surely, while the exterior empires, the colonial empires, were still being constructed by the French, the British, the Dutch, the Belgians, throughout Africa … Continue reading

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When I am not working I have the impression I know what to do.Once I start I am lost. The eye is very precise.You risk losing the expression.The head of an Egyptian in the Louvremissing its eyesbrings it out.I don’t … Continue reading

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Eastercon: curating our collections

An urgent and personal interest in the dematerialization of material culture drew me to this one. The panelists and other audience members however were not especially interested in dematerialization. They included: – an officer of the Worldcon Heritage Organization, which stores … Continue reading

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treasurehouse of language

If you want the definitive word on the meanings of “pretty” in Jane Austen’s time, the tricky etymology of “bank,” the earliest attested use of “bromance,” or almost any other philological matter in English, you need to consult The Oxford English Dictionary. Now, … Continue reading

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museums: portrait of the artist as a young lion

Before its 1981 renovation, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts had an indoor Japanese garden as part of its Far Eastern galleries. Grey sand raked in patterns. The slurp and purr of a stream over rocks. A stone shrine meticulously placed under the … Continue reading

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theatre: red shed

The Ipswich performance of Mark Thomas’s monologue play The Red Shed took place the week after the Brexit vote. This made it a bit of a period piece, though Thomas did insert some dog-whistle references to the referendum. The Red Shed is presented as … Continue reading

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covering Brexit

Earlier I reflected on covering terror, which is crime plus catastrophe plus trauma. We have now gone through the referendum to remove Britain from EU. While the result may not be a crime or catastrophe, in fact technically it is the plain workings of … Continue reading

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covering terror

World Trade Center. Dubrovka. Beslan. Kings Cross. Oslo. Boston. Peshawar. Paris. Brussels. Orlando. If you work in daily news, every so often you will find yourself covering a breaking terror story that requires all hands on deck. When I worked for … Continue reading

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retiring an element

As our university rebrands for independence as the University of Suffolk, it is time to thank the UCS logo for its service. A square emblem bearing large sans serif characters, the old logo seemed to belong to a class of homages to the periodic table [1]: … Continue reading

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view from the balcony

Senior House, 1983

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the opposite of the cloud

Data of mine that has been lost and hence is in the anti-cloud, or is on its way there (for Pop My Mind): Music and recorded Ipswich Community Radio Friday Breakfast shows on a thumb drive that stopped working one morning … Continue reading

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exhibition: cosmonauts

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, at Science Museum, London, 18 September 2015-13 March 2016. Replica spaceships, relics and conceptual art, early speculative works. Some takeaways: 1. The lines of force that extend from satellites like Sputnik in pictures are … Continue reading

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