One of the many drawbacks of working here is that I see far fewer points of interest during the day about which I can write. My journey time is shorter. It mainly involves travelling in the City. City people are boring and predictable. You can tell that they are boring and predictable because they wear loud expensive shirts from TM Lewin or Hawes & Curtis to shout “look at me I’m not boring or predictable” Er, yes you are. Now, please return to Fenchurch Street or Liverpool Street for your train to Billericay or Chelmsford.
Three of his closest business associates, who have an interest in maintaining the high value of his work, made bids or purchases accounting for more than half of the £70.5m spent on the crucial opening day of the sale.
Hirst dealers bolster prices at record sale - Times Online
Plea to save vanishing art of the pub sign
Plea to save vanishing art of the pub sign (The Observer)
Confidence is what puts money to work. According to Buchan [author of “Frozen Desire”], “There’s nothing real about money. On a computer screen you can’t even touch it. Confidence is the basis of all money and all financial transactions. You need confidence in the other party’s word, confidence that they’re solvent, confidence that the law of the land will be enforced. The final element is confidence that the person you’re doing business with knows what he’s doing. There hasn’t been so much of that recently.”
Ian Jack on confidence and the current financial crisis | Business | The Guardian
The dialect of oenophiles (gooseberries, bananas) is grounded in comparison. If there is to be any hope of persuading people to make perfume as much a quotidian reward as wine and food have become these past 30 years, there has to be a way to write about it that excites us, makes us curious, makes us laugh. Turin has found it.
Good reviews all over.
Then he sets about tackling the “noise, carbon monoxide gas and exasperation
caused by the traffic problem in our big towns”. The petrol-driven internal
combustion engine is a “ridiculous steam-age contraption” that produces
fumes that “we breathe day and night” before forming a harmful envelope
around the world, he writes.
Ian Fleming called for park-and-ride schemes and electric cars in 1959 - Times Online
“We live on the margins of where things grow, and an extra one or two degrees can make all the difference,” says Kenneth Hoegh, Greenland’s chief agricultural adviser. Within ten years Greenland could be self-sufficient in vegetables, according to Jonstein Gard, of the Upernaviarsuk agricultural research station – whose own vegetable garden has become something of a tourist attraction. “Commercial farming is becoming more and more possible.” Greenland is on the front line of climate change. For the 57,000 inhabitants of the world’s biggest island, global warming is a present-day reality that is creating new opportunities, destroying old lifestyles and transforming landscapes – and it could well secure Greenland’s long-sought independence from Denmark.
The unexpected sight of a nearly full-size ski jump, complete with real snow and skiers, on a sunny March day in southern England, was enough to make the most broad-minded of observers do a double-take.
The snow, and most of the skiers, were indeed from Norway, but the ski jump was the creation of the Central Council of Physical Recreation, alongside the Ski Club of Great Britain and the Oslo Ski Association.
The team of 25 Norwegian skiers brought the snow with them - 45 tons of it, packed in wooden boxes insulated by dry ice.
I visited the gettyimages gallery last week and they had a picture of this one-time event as part of Time Out’s “London through a Lens” exhibition.
Take the epidemic of laughing and crying that struck villages west of Lake Victoria in 1962. It began at a mission school when 95 out of 159 girls succumbed to the same painful compulsion to laugh and sob by turns. The authorities sent the children back to their villages, which spread the psychic contagion to the adult population. Victims laughed for about a week on average - hundreds of people were affected before the epidemic receded the following year.
A short history on mass hysteria (John Waller, The Guardian)
Quote by Joseph Stiglitz: The financial crisis is the fruit of dishonesty on the part of financial institutions | The Guardian
If any administration can turn this crisis into another depression, it is the Bush administration.
I have been banned from attending the sale in a professional capacity. The reason? Because I criticised the contemporary art boom in the pages of this newspaper last November, in an article titled: Who put the “con” in contemporary art?
Citing that article, Matthew Weigman, the head of sales publicity at Sotheby’s, wrote to me: “In the ordinary course of things, your impressive credentials as a journalist, film-maker and commentator would have provided easy entrance through Sotheby’s doors. But these are not ordinary circumstances. The frank bias, even contempt, you have expressed in your commentary about the world of contemporary art, which is an important part of our business, is impossible to ignore … Therefore … we have taken the virtually unprecedented decision not to allow you to film during our upcoming exhibition and sale of works from the studio of Damien Hirst, nor to allow access into the press area for the print media.”
This theme may indicate why Hirst is taking his work to auction. In interviews he claims one motivation — democracy aside — is that his galleries take all the money. Many critics have fallen for this sob-story, but Gagosian and White Cube have spent millions building Hirst’s reputation, and now he’s giving them the finger. “There’s a hell of a lot of money in art — but artists don’t get it,” says Hirst, owner of some 40 properties, who buys Bacons for tens of millions of pounds and has a net worth of several hundred million. He has made plenty of money out of art, but he wants more.
Why I was banned from Damien Hirst’s £120m gamble (Ben Lewis, Evening Standard).
Finally, Joomla wins hands-down for custom theme development. Drupal gushes hundreds of lines of idiosyncratic CSS from its core code, so every time you try to style some small annoyance in your layout, you find that the core is overriding you. This is appallingly bad design. Joomla theme overrides are trivial - they have a bit of a learning curve, yes, but once you pick up the logic you can make your theme do whatever you want.
Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text.
Some gems in there I reckon (haven’t watched them all yet), but that do not like the look of that pop,rock and folk list.