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Gathered here are thoughts on literature, technology, education, religion, culture and anything else that interests me. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Live

I love the look of fierce concentration on the faces of musicians, playing live, struggling to hear the foldback, straining to keep within the bounds of the beat… The rush of performance and I think of my own struggles to live life, playing live, no click track. This is not a recording. The energy and [...]

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Once…

is a wonderful film which I can’t recommend highly enough. Dublin. A busker. A Czech pianist, selling roses on the street to scrape a living. Not a great deal else. Subtle, simple film-making hung around wonderful music. Go see now. Technorati: Once | Dublin

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‘Does Your Soul Have a Cold?’ | Wholphin | IFC Monday 9pm EDT

Out of the same stable as The Believer, Wholphin is a short-story mag for short films. They mailed me today about a great-looking film, showing on IFC this Monday at 9pm EDT. (I’d love someone to record it for me The spiel goes: Back in 2000, western pharmaceutical companies began a massive marketing campaign to [...]

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Dump

Still on holiday here, and doing some clearing jobs around the house/garden that have been building up for a while. Which means I’ve had to go to the dump today – one of the finest, most joyous experiences in the urban environment. You go heavy loaded, driving slowly, suspension almost topping out… and leave it [...]

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Autumn

Trees sense a moment when the balance between night and day changes. The shorter days trigger the development of a suicidal hormone in each leaf which creeps down the stem to the joint with the woody twig. Here it stimulates the growth of a sphincter of brittle, hard tissue that gradually closes in on itself, [...]

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OneVoice: To End the Conflict in Israel/Palestine

From the 18th October celebrations. All power to this arm. Technorati: Israel | OneVoice | Palestine

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The God Who Loves You | Carl Dennis

I was privileged to go and share some stuff at Si Johnston’s group here on the north coast of NI tonight, and one of the people there, who’d I spent some time with at the Soliton Sessions here last February, read a fantastic poem by the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Carl Dennis, which I just had [...]

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Down to the Green Darkness

I’m in Ireland at the moment, finishing a novel, staying with a great friend who lives on the north coast. Yesterday evening we went surfing – one of those things I enjoy but do not well – and when I got back I’d had another email from a regal friend containing an article from Anne [...]

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“Turn off the TV, Forget Facebook, Just Give Your Kids Some Time”

Excellent article in The Observer yesterday: “There is evidence to suggest that this generation of parents who were brought up on videos and instant visual gratification are not going through cooing routines. There are fewer nursery rhymes, less song, storytelling and reading. All this is taken over by TV, which leaves parents free to think [...]

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Don’t Even Think What the Theology Graduate Would Ask…

The graduate with a Mathematics degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with a Science degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does one build it?” The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with an Arts degree asks, “Do you [...]

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