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If you have to explain your idea, then there is no idea.
Jacob Jensen (Bang&Olufsen designer), in Monocle interview Sep 2008.
Developed and built between 1961 and 1966, this building became one of the most interesting buildings to visit in Porto since Álvaro Siza designed it. As still a young architect, Siza was appointed to design a new swimming pool at Leça da Palmeira right between the rocks and the sea. He spent months drawing and feeling the environment so he could design a building that fitted perfectly along the shore. It’s architecture made from the site and for the site. All the materials are raw. Concrete, wood and steel are all processed with traditional techniques of constructing.
Piscina das Marés, Alvaro Siza Vieira | Matosinhos | Portugal | MIMOA. Via Monocle magazine Sep 2008.
Visa Electron card holders exempt from Ryanair’s debit and credit card charges | Money | The Guardian
You do not need to be a grammarian to know that you do not fight wars against common nouns but against personal ones. You fight a war against this or that country or enemy. Wars on drugs, wars on poverty, wars on waste - all these things are idle if grandiose ways of describing doomed political ventures.
The princely sum of $1,250 would be enough to secure 14918 Stansbury Street, a three-bedroom brick house on a tree-lined street with a garden.
It will cost $4,500 to cart away the rubble and back-fill the foundations. For the banks, it is cheaper to give away houses than to knock them down.
But ultimately it is like watching the North Korean army - you can admire their expertise, but they inspire no affection whatsoever”
Powerful doses of performance that investigate how we inhabit our own flesh and bones and take a sideways glance at the medical profession.
It’s still such a mystery to me, the act of falling asleep. People say, let your mind go blank, but how? Thoughts whirr round in my head. I don’t have that ability to switch off.
Experience: A 37-year case of insomnia | Life and style | The Guardian
On Being the Right Size is a 1928 essay by J. B. S. Haldane which discusses proportions in the animal world and the essential link between the size of an animal and these systems an animal has for life. It was published as one of Haldane’s collected essays in Possible Worlds and Other Essays.
On Being the Right Size - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Paleo Diet consists of meat, fish, vegetables, roots, fruit and nuts, rather than the products of domesticated animals and cultivated crops - such as dairy, grains, refined sugar and processed carbohydrates.
The Ray Mears caveman diet - Times Online
“I’m more nervous about things which deaden the brain. I hardly ever take painkillers. Do you know that 2,500 people die of painkillers a year, which is a lot more than die of illegal drugs? I’m very puritanical about what I take.”
She is not, however, interested in drugs such as heroin or opium – and calls cocaine, which she’s taken “once or twice”, a thoroughly boring substance.
“It’s a greedy drug which brings out the less interesting side of humanity. It’s typical that it’s used in the City.
Psychedelic drugs are another matter altogether.
The lady of the manor is out to bend the nation’s mind - Times Online
Those investors who cling now to cash are betting they can efficiently time their move away from it later. In waiting for the comfort of good news, they are ignoring [ice-hockey player] Wayne Gretzky’s advice: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”
I don’t like to opine on the stock market, and again I emphasise that I have no idea what the market will do in the short term. Nevertheless, I will follow the lead of a restaurant that opened in an empty bank building and then advertised: “Put your mouth where your money was.”
Today my money and my mouth both say equities.
After an unprecedented 15 years of boom, the art market is showing the first signs of collapse.
On Friday evening Sotheby’s sale of contemporary art, including works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, realised only £22m. Presale estimates were from £31m to a high of £43m.
I’ve taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
Take last month’s circulation figures and compare them directly with September 2003, the month just before the first tabloid plans were hatched. See how shrinking page sizes worked out. The Indy was selling 218,567 then, 144,050 of them at full cover price (excluding bulk giveaways, overseas copies and cut-price wheezes). Last month it recorded 220,957 on the top line and sold 128,738 at full price, which is 15,312 down. The Times had a total sale of 629,815 in September 2003, of which 455,603 were at full price. Last month, that was 638,003 with 435,771 at full price, a 19,832 drop. The Guardian had 353,464 in overall headline terms, with 330,484 at full price, compared with a 348,878 headline last month and 287,288 at full price; 43,000-plus gone.And the unchanging Telegraph? In headline terms, 934,341 five years ago, with 546,905 at full price: Last month: 851,254 top-line and 379,595 at full price; 167,310 full-price 90ps gone.
Quote by Ruth Sutherland: We lost sight of the true worth of things. Now let’s get it back | Comment is free | The Observer
This collapse is likely to be profitable for one fund manager who has for decades made a point of sticking to his own fundamental notions of value: the American billionaire Warren Buffett. His great mentor was Benjamin Graham, an influential American investor whose key insight was that, on the stock market, there is a deceptively simple duality. Graham called this the Class One versus the Class Two truth. A Class One Truth is a sober assessment of a company’s objective worth at a point in time: the figure you get after you add up the value of its property, cash and other assets, then subtract its debts. A Class Two Truth, by contrast, is based on external factors such as emotion, fashion and herd instinct: it is ‘true’ only for as long as we continue to believe in it, just as a designer handbag is only worth £5,000 if people think so. When there is a discrepancy between the two types of truth on the stock markets, there is a chance to make money.
People think I’m an amateur. That’s become a derogatory term, like I don’t know what I’m doing. But the amateur is someone who does things out of love.
A dictionary has all the qualities of a great book, just not in the same order.
A house is somewhere to live in. It’s not a source of wealth.
Neal Ascherson on how terrorist collective Baader-Meinhof terrorised West Germany in the Seventies | World news | The Observer
Quote by James Donaghy talks to Bryan Cranston about his new TV series Breaking Bad | Culture | The Guardian
With shows like The Wire and Dexter there are no more cookie-cutter characters about. It just won’t be accepted any more; the audience is too sophisticated. I really think we’re in another golden age of television right now; the quality and standard of work is much higher than it has been in the past couple of decades.
Mention Agincourt and English hearts stir with pride. The victory on 25 October 1415, by a ragged army of around 10,000 soldiers over a French army vastly superior in numbers, still evokes profound nationalistic feelings.
What is not often recorded, however, is the fact that half of England’s archers fought while naked below the waist. Henry V’s army had been ravaged by dysentery. Thus Voltaire concluded England had ‘taken victory with its pants down’. Shakespeare, of course, makes no reference to this ailment among the medical complications that were ‘had on Crispin’s day’. It is not the most delicate of subjects, after all.
Most estimates suggest modern drains, sewers and lavatories have added 20 years to the average lifespan in the West and have brought more benefits than antibiotics, anaesthetics or the Pill.
Serra’s ‘big epiphany as an artist’ occurred when, on a fleeting visit to Spain, he saw Velazquez’s astonishing painting Las Meninas for the first time. It is a group portrait, in which the artist has placed himself in the background, poised at his easel, his gaze directed back out at the viewer. ‘I was still very young and trying to be a painter, and it just knocked me sideways,’ he says. ‘I looked at it for a long time before it hit me that I was an extension of the painting. This was incredible to me. A real revelation. I had not seen anything like it before and it made me think about art, and about what I was doing, in a radically different way. But first, it just threw me into state of total confusion.’ For a while afterwards, he made some very odd installation pieces deploying a variety of stuffed animals and, in one instance, a live pig. He was lost, he says, but on his way to reinventing himself as an artist whose work would hinge on the idea of ‘the viewer being the subject of the piece’. He says he is still grappling with to that idea today. ‘In my later work, the person who is navigating the space, his or her experience becomes the content. So, the whole subject-object relationship is reversed. The content is you! If you don’t walk into the work and engage with it, there isn’t any content. That’s really what I’ve been dealing with ever since I saw the Velazquez painting.’
The interview: Richard Serra | Art and design | The Observer
What is so fascinating about torturing a girl to death or shooting an innocent teenager? What I want to do is recognise the fantasy, take hold of it and take it apart.
Not that interesting and does Saatchi need a sponsor?
The German stance should not come as a surprise. When Gordon Brown claims
nobody saw the crisis coming, Germans could reasonably take that to mean he
wasn’t within earshot of Merkel.
At the Davos World Economic Forum in 2007 Merkel said: “We want to minimise
the structural risks in the international capital markets through greater
transparency.” Nobody listened. Davos that year was more about celebrating
the benefits of free-market globalisation. She repeated the message shortly
afterwards in Berlin. Months later, at the G8 summit in Heiligen-damm,
Germany, Merkel was rebuffed by the UK and US when she actually put
proposals on the table. Free-market liberalism was sacrosanct.
European commission spokesman for Mandelson said last week that he went only to a drinks party on the yacht. But after The Sunday Times was told by an authoritative source that he had been an overnight guest on the boat, the spokesman said: “He exercised his role as commissioner despite his friendship with Mr Deripaska.”
Well done, Peter.
The man who famously said he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich” is now instead found relaxing intensely with the filthy rich.
Via The Sunday Times’s business section (and a Google News search reveals that the Guardian has also picked this one up),
This is a high profile and influential role at a time of significant change in financial markets. It is an opportunity to put in place robust longlasting frameworks to deal with stresses in the system and in individual institutions.
I would say.
This has bugged me for a while (it’s from the bottom of Stephen Fry’s Dork Talk — it started out as acronyms (NATO is an acronym, NHS is not) and now the header is “Initials of the week”. The term is “initialisms”, not “initials”.