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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 24th, 2017 09:39 pm)

As our flight was not until after lunch, this morning after we'd packed and put our luggage in store we went to the Hipolit House: more historical domestic interiors, plus exhibition on the actress Antonina Hoffman and on theatre/acting more generally in C19th. Rather interesting.

Of the journey, not a great deal to be said except for the enormous distances walked within airports.

Anyway, ome agen.

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([personal profile] beluosus Sep. 24th, 2017 02:52 pm)
Die (abhinc hebdomadem -- quam occupatus eram !) Mercurii vespere ad viciniam Lambeth iimus ut carmina recitari auscultaremus. Eventum, Future Exiles nomine, agebatur apud Iklectic, locum artibus in hortis publicis (Archbishop's Park) iuxta fundum urbanum. Pro certo hippies locum aedificaverunt et gerunt, sed nihilominus hi sunt e bona hippium gente.

Simon ibi nobiscum convenit, quoniam is et Mel opera scriptoris Alani Moore maxime amant, qui hac nocte in ordine nominum primus, in ordine rhetorum ultimus parebat. Hoc die, casu enim, unum abhinc annum liber eius permagnus Jerusalem editus est. Mel et Simon volumen secundum attulerat, ut Alanus eis nomen subscriberet ; primum volumen etiam subscripserat, quod eventis eius Simon et Mel semper adsunt.

IV erant recitatores : Allen Fisher poeta, scriptor Iain Sinclair, sculptor Brian Catling, et psychonauta Alan Moore. Locos vel carmina suis ex operibus declamaverun, quae omnes Londinium quoquomodo tractant. Poësin auscultare est gaudium, et in undas verborum imaginum sonorum libenter immergebar.

At non possum iuste effectum describere. In loco enarrationis magnae, unam scintillam συγχρονισμοῦ solam explicem.

In intervallo inter secundam lectionem et tertiam, posteaquam sicera cerevisiamque adepti sumus, colloquium ad litteras vorsimus, aut ipsum sese vorsit, ut solet, quippe philobiblia sumus omnes. Nam, Simon aetati napoleanicae studet, et personam militis Regis Georgii III induit, ut in exercitibus fictis amicter bella napoleana gerit. In tabernaculo sic cum amiculla in castris, in campo e.g. prope Waterloo (illud in Belgis videlicet, non hoc in ripa Tamesis) paucis diebus ut miles temporis acti vivit. Hi milites omnia singillatim cuant ; secum igitur libros aut illius saecli aut antea impressos adferre debent. Itaque codices nostris in thecis vetustissimos tractabamus.

Mel dixit se librum e medio saeculo XVII habere, qui christianos suis de peccatis et de portis Inferni hiantibus monet. Dixit Simon se habere libros christianos de saculi XVIII permultos, pulchros codices sed et lectione maxime putida et somnifera. At egomet habeo librum meditationum christianarum, quoque saeculo XVIII scriptum impressumque, sed cui pulchritudo linguae, concinnitas magna, granditas fluens valde oblectant. Pro certo stylus turget, sed integritatem numquam amittit, et lenocinia ubique sunt elegantia.

James Hervey


Etsi res -- vis et veritas fidei christianae (et malitia catholicorum) -- non me tenet, expressio rei delectat. Neque a locis ex operibus Senecae, Ciceronis, Vergilii &c abhorret, et uno in commentario mathematicis utitur ut magnitudinem spatii inter corpora coelestia -- atque ita omnipotentiam Dei -- ostendat.

Sed anteaquam hunc scriptorem nominare potui, intervallum finiit. Tertius poeta recitavit, deinde tandem Alanus Moore ad microphonum venit. Locum, suum, quem in fine legit, illum Gulielmum Blake tractat, qui in vicinia Lambeth olim incolavit ; in cuniculis sub ponte ferroviali, quae advenientes transiveramus, sunt in muris loci carminum blakensium cum imaginibus tesselatis, ut incolam clarissimum celebrent.

Nam, qui novit opera Alani Moore cognovit eius amorem oppidi Northampton, quae iterum ac iterum disserit. Expectationem nostram non frustravit. Blake enim Rev. Iacobum Hervey admirabatur, scriptorem meditationum et dialogi, sacerdos anglicana in comitatu Northamptonshire. Etsi solum oratione soluta scripsit, nonnulli eum putant in numero illorum « poetarum sepulchreti » (anglice : Graveyard Poets) fuisse, quorum opera litteras gothicas et romanticas valde incitaverunt. Blake ipse epitomen illius meditationum inter tumulos pinxit.

Cum Alanus hunc excursum coepisset, Est ille, inquam Melli susurrans, scriptor cuius iamiam mentionem feci. Post recitationem idem Simono dixi ; re vera numquam, ut credo, ei tantam admirationem excitavi.

Casusne an fatum fuerit, nescio. Verisimiliter magia, quippe ille Magus Septentrionalis aderat. Videlicet, cum Melli simonoque libros inscripsisset, Simon et Mel ei historiolam dixerunt. Credo eum simpliciter iucundum fuisse, quod quidam opera Hervery etiam legisset.
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:03 pm)

But nonetheless there has been sightseeing.

I already mentioned Rynek Underground.

The Mehoffer House, which is an artist's house, pehaps more interesting for the interiors than the art, but with an ace cafe, the Meho Cafe.

The National Museum - there are lots of branches, we went to the main building, which seemed mostly arts and crafts + the Lady with the Ermine.

There is probably more to see than we saw at Wawel Hill, but we did the State Rooms and the Royal Private Apartments of the Royal Palace, and the cathedral. Must remark that dwelling in marble halls, or at least spending several hours walking/standing on floors of that substance, does my lower back thing no favours.

We did an organised tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine: very impressive. (Much more spectacular than the one in Cheshire which is now an archive store.)

Today we went to Kazimierz, which on reflection, was not, being Saturday, the ideal day to do so - had intended going earlier in the week but ran out of time/energy.

There have also been visits to a number of churches, which after a while tend to run together - lotsa baroque.

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:51 pm)

Which, given the weather - today was persistent drizzle rather than yesterday's chucking it relentlessly down - was a good idea. Salt mine, to be precise.

However, has been a long day - only just in from a Mahler concert - so any more detailed reports on touristic activities may follow at some later season.

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:37 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] jenett, [personal profile] matociquala and [personal profile] nanila!
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 21st, 2017 08:41 pm)

Back in 2008, Gandhian pilgrimage that ended at Calais.

And his present (surely it is the same guy) simple life agenda has crossed my horizon heretofore.

My dearios, I give you I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity.

O, lucky old you, a healthy bloke with sufficient resources to undertake this project and pontificate about it. You are not just lucky to be 'born without any serious long-term health issues' - this is due to various factors including maternal nutrition and antenatal care, vaccination against common childhood diseases (even if he didn't get these, and I bet he did, he would have benefitted from herd immunity), i.e. the benefits of modern medicine and sanitation.

Also, I have no time whatsoever for anyone who dismisses other people's experiences of pain: there is a man who, we must suppose, never sat an exam while doubled over with period pain, or suffered a migraine. Not at all rare conditions. Your body is not 'always aiming for balance and health'.

And we observe that he has had a vasectomy... because one of my questions (among the many stimulated by the thought of all the technological advances that have made women's lives so much less arduous, which I remarked on when his bogosity first impinged upon my aghast gaze), wot abaht contraception?

Perhaps we might introduce him to the notion that being regularly flogged with a large codfish is a cure for pretentious woowoo?

(And do we think that his simple austere life is 'more work for other people', like the process that gets his handwritten ms - written on tree bark in berry juice, we wonder? - from his simple cabin in the woods to the Guardian website?)

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 21st, 2017 08:49 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] italiceyeball!
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 20th, 2017 09:19 pm)

What I read

Finished Boys will be Boys, which was still very familiar although it is many years since I last read it. Wonder if Turner would really have liked to be writing something a bit more serious about matters of popular culture; and would have liked to be nerdish in the archives of the publishing companies, because there are sometimes wistful asides about the mysteries that might be solved thereby. Pretty sure this is where the very youthful [personal profile] oursin first acquired that apprehension that each generation disses upon what the young of next are consuming (whether print or radio or more latterly other media) as A Road to Ruin (I wish I could locate my copy of his Roads to Ruin).

Also finished The Witch of Syracuse: worked well, did not have that sense one so oft has when scattered short stories on a character/s are brought together of 'fix-up', but that it worked as a narrative arc. Also thought it worked well on the historical contingencies, nature of the deities, etc. (Very unfluffy Hellenic/Punic goddesses.)

Being somewhat smitten with travel angst, read various short things, comfort re-reads, etc.

Did read the novella Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow (2016): very good, even though I couldn't remember why or when I'd downloaded it.

On the go

Finally began Victoria Bates, Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts (2015) - very good so far.

Also currently in medias res, Patricia McKillip, Kingfisher (2017) - very good, but my bar for riffing on/mashing up Arthuriana is set very high with Naomi Mitchison's To the Chapel Perilous.

Up Next

Dunno.

*Among other sights seen today, Rynek Underground.

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([personal profile] beluosus Sep. 20th, 2017 07:07 pm)
Ephemeride denuo culto, pugillares intuebar ut fragmina invenirem, quippe locum, quem in papyro incipio, saepius nunc in ordinatro finio. Heu, mens iamiam per fusta et fragmina exprimitur. Non satis ago, nisi laboro. Quisnam vult de labore legere&bnsp;? Noli vereri, neque ego de labore scribere velim. Perrara inibi eventa oriuntur quae lectione scriptione iuvant.

Die saturni more novo matutina cum caffea locos nonnullos francogallicos anglice reddi. Deinde in urbis centrum, quod Mel volebat tabernam Forbidden Planet invisere. Libris (pictis annon) emptis ad thermopolium prope Russel Square iimus ut linguis studeremus. Illa libros pictos, historias de mundo ludi Warhammer 40000 francogallice redditos (quos nuper in via Charing X nancta'st) evolvebat dum ego sententias akkadicas latine interpretabar. Studiis confectis locum ferrovialem petiimus, sed breviter bibliothecam invisimus, quo casu librum de armis aetatis cupreae emi, cui auctor verbborum hetaeorum aegyptiorum sumerorum passim mentionem facit, et copia locorum ex Iliade et Odyssea arma graecorum inlustrat. Exinde domum.

In atrio coepta singuli sumpsimus. Mel texebat dum feli arcam aeternitatis pingebam. Heu ! non sum penicillorum peritus ; lineas rectas designare nequeo, et manus inhabiles ubique maculas linquunt. Cum autem Melli ostendissem, sixit se arcam amarae. Re vera, inquit, sarcophagi, quos in museo vidimus, lineas prorsus rectas non ferunt. Hem, re veriora, sunt in museo sarcophagi, quorum imperitiam artificum ridebam -- qui opifices fuerunt sescenties peritiores quam egomet umquam fiam.
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 20th, 2017 08:45 am)
Happy birthdsy, [personal profile] sharpiefan!
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 19th, 2017 09:08 pm)

This morning it was overcast and a bit cool, by this evening via mildly drizzly has become colder and wetter.

Nontheless, we have managed some flaneurserie around the Old Town, a visit to St Mary's Cathedral with its massive gothic altar, and several museums:

The Gallery of C19th Polish Art at Suikiennice

The Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius

The temporary exhibition of 350 items from the The Princes Czartoryski Museum

Pharmacy Museum, Jagiellonian University Medical College

All of which leaves me rather too overwhelmed to say much beyond: that's a hell of a lot of old scientific instruments/apothecary paraphernalia, and dealers across Europe must has seen the Czartoryskis coming, with their interest in associational historical items (I would guess scamsters moved into this after the decline in fake relics?).

There was also (v expensive) coffee taken in a very plush place with numerous historical associations.

Place is generally heaving with tourists and tour groups.

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([personal profile] reddragdiva Sep. 18th, 2017 10:44 pm)

My Bitcoin pundit career is going great guns! I got to go on BBC Newsnight and call cryptocurrency garbage. Don't ever buy into cryptos, btw, they're a car crash. Trust me, I'm an expert.

Soooo I just got a note inviting me to speak at a seminar, about why blokechain is pants, to a small number of people who have money. I'm gonna charge for my time of course, but I can sell books there. Which means physical paperbacks I bring in a box.

Now, one of the great things about this self-publishing racket in TYOOL 2017 is 0 capital expenditure. Has anyone here done this, or anything like it? Was it worth it? Did you end up with a box of books under your bed forever?

The books are $3.03 each to print, but all author copies come from America (because Createspace is dumb), at some ruinous shipping rate to the UK. Assuming Kindle and CreateSpace pay promptly I'll have a pile of money on September 30, but I sorta don't right now.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to approach this? Doing a talk with a box of nonfiction books - good idea, bad idea, no idea?

(I'll no doubt do a pile of flyers for people who haven't got cash on them right there. Who carries cash in the UK these days? Less people than you might think.)

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 18th, 2017 09:11 pm)

Today has been mostly airports and planes - both flight AND connecting flight were delayed, so even more hanging about airports than anticipated.

Now fed and in hotel - serious lack of/unhelpful positioning of power sockets. But at least free wifi and brekkers inc.

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([personal profile] flaviomatani Sep. 18th, 2017 08:07 am)
Oh, boo. A gig I was expecting confirmation of (and the money from which I actually could have done with) has been cancelled. Or rather, this was a corporate thing and the corporate bods decided that they didn't need live music and least of all a classical guitarist (they didn't actually say the latter).

I wonder how best to promote, again, the idea of the house recital. It has worked in the past but it goes while it goes -I can do the playing but I'm clearly hopeless at promoting my own stuff. The idea was to sit twenty (more or less) people in chairs in a living room (yes, it is possible without them getting to know each other too well, I've done it lots of times), give them a guitar recital and a glass of wine in the interval, charge them twenty quid and give half to a local charity. Helps me pay the rent and helps a local charity. But I never know how to 'sell' the 'product'.

One of those things. Some people are really good at selling, my dad was one -but I didn't inherit an ounce of that. Maybe they swapped me in the natal clinic.

I'm crossposting this to Livejournal. If you can see it there but not in DW it's because you forgot to add me back there (remember it's a two step thing) :P
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 18th, 2017 07:01 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] auguris and [personal profile] fitzcamel!
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 17th, 2017 08:36 pm)

Bread during week: a loaf of the Khorasan (kamut) flour, made as per instructions on the packet.

Friday supper, Gujerati khichchari, very nice, even if yet again I put in ground cumin instead of cumin seeds.

No Saturday breakfast rolls, as we were using up bread before going away, so had toast.

Today's lunch: lemon sole fillets, seasoned and panfried in butter, served with Ruby Gem potatoes roasted in goosefat, garlic roasted sweet sprouting cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli, and padron peppers.

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 17th, 2017 01:24 pm)

A pregnant woman working at a Queenstown ski field found a colleague had left a condom filled with mayonnaise and a crude note on her desk during a staff morale boosting event.

And okay, perhaps this is me being Very British Problems, but I'm fairly creeped out by the concept of

an event dubbed "woo week" where staff were encouraged to boost each other's morale using notes and gifts.

An event poster from NZ Ski encouraged staff to "Let those romantic and creative juices flow, to show your affections and/or appreciation for your woo'ee. "Whether you're single, married, defacto or other, woo week is fun for everyone. "You are assigned at random one person to woo in secret from 23-29th July," the poster read.

The ughfulness is terrific. I feel thar even short of the reported crudity, this has enormous potential for problems.

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 16th, 2017 05:39 pm)

Why can’t we read anymore?.

When the author complains that he barely reads four books a year, I think we should be told how many he was wont to read before he got addicted to the distracting dopamine rush. (I write here as someone who considers that her number of books read per annum has almost certainly declined: to something in the region of 200-300. But held fairly steady even when I was being an Award Judge.)

I also think that perhaps we should be told what kind of books he's trying to read: in which case, perhaps it's the particular what that he's bouncing off.

(Because honestly, there are times when I find myself bouncing off particular kinds of things, or just not finding whatever it is that will tickle my reading taste-buds. And maybe this is about general mood-factors, and not just the siren song of the digital universe.)

And, of course, I will never not be somewhat amused by the way in which Reading Books has become this culturally worthy activity, because I can remember when it was otherwise...

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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 16th, 2017 11:23 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] copperwise and [personal profile] noveldevice!
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 15th, 2017 02:06 pm)

Should probably say that my part of London is pretty distant from Parson's Green.

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Dept of Fortuity: when you see news of a book that you would be really interested in reading, at eye-watering academic press prices, even for the ebook: and in a day or so having a request from the very same press to referee a book proposal for them, in return for BOOKS to a value that would cover this and a bit more.

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Dept of O tempora o mores: The Tatler guide to threesomes. If Sir Charles Dilke did do as alleged during a divorce trial, and suggest a 3some with a lady and her maid, perhaps had he read this he would not have got into the hot water he did.

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Dept of, is this a portent? Rare white giraffes sighted in Kenya conservation area. Are there local tales of the dire consequences of hunting a white giraffe? In this video clip the mamma has a rather 'I'm ready for my close-up now Mr de Mille' expression.

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Dept of, is this not the return of the prefab: Home sweet micro home: sleep-testing a pod for the homeless.

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Dept of, so out of touch he's floating in the void: Jacob Rees-Mogg seems to think that the poor are put into the world in order to allow people to acquire merit through charitable activity. O that Simon Raven were around to excoriate him as a fictional character as he did his father.

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