When the fireworks of November 5th come to an end, the silence outside is absolute. The luminous street lamp penetrates through the venetian blinds, throwing a warm orange glow into the room. The peace here is disarming and strange. It's a quiet unlike that of London. The humming of the fridge reverberates innocuously on the other side of the wall, its relentless buzz hypnotic. But it's the sound of loneliness too. I know the street well, but these walls remain new. There's history on this side of the road.... Read More
This week has been quite extraordinary. Hour upon hour of magnificent sunshine, cloudless skies, and temperatures in the low 20s. In other words, weather more akin to August than late October. Take last night for instance at a Hallowe'en Party - that L and I attended resplendent as gothic 18th Century rent boy vampires - we sat out in the garden late into the night without coats and still were not chilled. Everyone commented how unseasonably mild it was. Sadly, it's unlikely to last.... Read More
I'm growing increasingly ambivalent towards this sweeping culture for gossip and celebrity. Although it's sometimes difficult to resist its magnetic pull, it's depressing that it's engulfed our lives. Celebrity is the politics of the modern era; the love lives of the famous, their bodies, image, fashion sense and careers are all at the heart of the modern generation's interests. There's the worship of the false idol who are famous for no particular talent and a voracious appetite for tittle tattle which has become endemic in the last few years. Tabloids and reality TV has created it. We, as consumers, have fed the trend to extensive proportions. Stars as we used to know them, those enigmas of the big screen with talent and charisma, have been demoted to the background and replaced with a whole host of nonentities that populate our TV screens and magazine covers (often with arrows pointing to their cellulite or sweat patches to highlight that they are still, in the end, 'like us' regardless of fame).... Read More
his·to·ry [his-tuh-ree, his-tree]
noun, plural his·to·ries.
1.the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
2. a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle: a history of France; a medical history of the patient.
3. the aggregate of past events.
4. the record of past events and times, especially in connection with the human race.
5. a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events: a ship with a history.
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