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  • Ashley Madison site ‘still growing’ (BBC) “hundreds of thousands” of new members”. I worry about the human race. http://t.co/L1jVxU98uD
  • “Let them in and let them earn.” Excellent piece from http://t.co/3JY6vTmNAb http://t.co/ZnrSTo4plb
  • Oliver Sacks and Wes Craven will no longer be exploring the human mind. RIP.
  • “santhara” - starve yourself to death to be freed from endless reincarnation, “sati” - ritual widow throws herself on husband’s funeral pure

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  • More trouble for F-35B, the Russians and Chinese are developing “stealth hunting” drones (KRET, “Divine Eagle” using VHF to detect the plane
  • Too slow (31st over 5K, 16th over 10), Nurmi 5 Olympic golds in 6 days, Zatopek won 5K, 20K and marathon treble in 52, Viren 2*2 Olympics.
  • Excellent piece in The Times on how Mo Farah is closing in to be a legend, but not on being the best long distance runner ever.
  • Time for the papers, The Times and The Guardian this Saturday (well Sunday).
  • BBC News - Cedric Belfrage, the WW2 spy Britain was embarrassed to pursue http://t.co/t6bW7Be9Cp
  • well me to, the disc has been waiting for weeks. Spooky (sic).
  • and then perfectly on cue BBC News’s “Reporters” on Russian spy Cedric Belfrage and marriages of convenience.

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Trump Persuasion Alert: The Bush-Slayer Comment

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This article explains how Trump has decided to call Jeb Bush a “low energy” candidate.

That’s a linguistic kill shot. If you live to be a hundred, you will never see a better linguistic move.

No candidate can recover from the low-energy label. Trump ended Bush with two words. Now, even if Trump stumbles, Bush won’t be the one that surges to the front. From now on, Bush’s campaign hat is an anvil.

You might think I am exaggerating. Politicians label opponents all the time. Usually the labels have to do with policies, personality, intelligence, or experience. And usually those labels are glancing blows, at best.

But no candidate ever launched a “low-energy” criticism before. That’s a kill shot. You don’t wash that off. It is a variant of the High Ground Maneuver because Trump is saying that even if Bush and Trump had the same policies, the choice is still clear. You want the guy who isn’t going to be napping for four years.

And remember your visuals. Jeb looks like a low-energy guy. Take away Trump’s “low energy” label and Bush might seem like a calm, cool, rational executive – exactly what this country needs in these crazy times.

Until your opponent tattoos “low-energy” on your forehead. That doesn’t wash off. Done. Next.

You don’t see linguistic kill shots that often. This one was engineered. Do you want to hear another example of a linguistic kill shot that you probably never noticed in the past?

When Clinton/Gore were running for reelection against Dole/Kemp, the big topic was Kemp’s “supply-side economics” idea that you could cut taxes and goose the economy enough to make up the difference in tax collections. Clinton and Gore were helpless against supply-side economics because it sounded to voters like free money. Who doesn’t want to cut their taxes and make more money too?

How do you defend against the promise of more money for nothing? Clinton and Gore had no way to counter it. You couldn’t argue it on economic grounds because the voters were not sophisticated enough to follow along. Nor would voters be swayed by experts. And supply-side economics was the big topic of the election. 

So Gore used a linguistic kill shot. If you remember your campaign history, he started labeling Kemp’s supply-side economics as a “risky plan” for an economy that was doing reasonably okay. The media sprayed the word “risky” all over the headlines after the first time Gore used it in a debate. Clinton started using it too, since the word was getting traction.

Older voters with one eye on retirement, or already retired, have no appetite for risk. And they know that any big, new economic plan comes with risk. You cannot argue risk. Risk was the Higher Ground. It was the kill shot.

Supply-side economics largely died that election cycle, give or take some later death spasms. Thanks to one word. And the word was engineered for that purpose.

Do you get a sense for how powerful this stuff is? A word or two changes history.

If you are following along with my Trump analyses, you know I try to make predictions so you can check my work. It is easy to overlay an interpretation on the past (as I just did). Predicting the future is harder, and thus a better way for you to check my interpretation of events against prediction.

My new prediction is that when Trump gets serious about eviscerating Hillary Clinton he will engineer a similar High Ground label that has little to do with her policies. It might even be open to interpretation so all of her haters see what they want to see. 

Watch me engineer a linguistic kill shot for Trump to use against Hillary Clinton.

Trump: “America needs credibility”

See what I did there?

Credibility is the high ground. It ignores policy differences. Core republicans will obviously agree that Clinton is a “liar” in their words. So the message works for them. That part is easy.

The hard part, and the reason these words have to be engineered, is that you need to appeal to both sides with the same words. And “credibility” does that. Even supporters of Clinton – people who love everything she says and does – have to agree that her credibility has eroded because of all the email scandal noise.

And what about Trump? Is he credible by contrast?

Look for all the stories already printed about Trump being a handshake agreement guy. If you work in the business world, that is the highest standard of credibility.

Let me put it this way. Ignore your thoughts about Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s policies and personalities for a minute. If you had to make a verbal agreement with both of them, which one do you think has the higher odds of doing as promised?

Trump already said he hates the Iran nuke deal but will enforce it because he honors deals. The man is bulletproof on that dimension, so he will take the argument to the dimension where he wins every time.

The word “credibility” resonates with every adult. And it hasn’t been overused in the context of politics so it carries no unintended baggage. We all want credibility, period. The word is clean and powerful.

Don’t worry about Trump using the word credibility to win. I ruined that option by using it in this blog and creating a paper trail to a cartoonist. Trump will need another approach.

Now you know how to engineer a linguistic kill shot. 

1. Find a word that is “clean” from historical political baggage (examples: risky, low-energy, credibility).

2. Choose a word that moves people to High Ground concepts where you are relatively strong and your opponent has a weakness, ignoring the smaller issues that are the topics of all disagreements.

Examples:

Low ground: Cut taxes                 —>  High ground: Risky

Low ground: Immigration policy   —>  High ground: Low-energy guy

Low Ground: Clinton’s policies     —> High Ground: credibility 

In my corporate days I used the High Ground maneuver to “win” any meeting I needed to win. Unlike most methods of persuasion that have more of a statistical power, perhaps influencing 20% of a crowd, the High Ground maneuver works instantly, every time, and on every person. (In my personal experience.)

As soon as I recognized that tool in Trump’s toolbox, I predicted he would win it all. He was going into a stick fight with a bazooka. Most of you only saw sticks. Trained persuaders saw the bazooka. 

I remind you that he literally wrote the book on negotiating.

My best guess for why the High Ground maneuver works so well is that you are taking a person from the weeds of your disagreement to a place where they need to define who they are as a person. Our egos won’t let us define ourselves as small thinkers in front of a big thinker, so we try to keep up, running to the High Ground of our demise as quickly as we can.

Scott

Bonus thought: If you view the world in terms of goals, Trump has failed twice to be president. You expect him to fail a third time because that is the pattern he created. But viewed from a systems filter, Trump got the most practice running for president of anyone in the conversation.

Name one situation where practice doesn’t matter. Stop being surprised that the guy who practiced the most is performing the best. That is how systems thinkers play the long game. They fail toward a place of BETTER odds, not worse.

You can see more about systems being better than goals in my book on success.

In Top Tech Blog, if you surf, you want a motorized surfboard that doesn’t need waves. And yet another handheld health “scanning” device is here. This trend of miniaturized personal health scanners is huge. You will want this one.

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10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems

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The advantages to wall-mounted, modular shelving systems are myriad: They can be engineered to fit any space, and unlike built-ins, they can be disassembled and reinstalled if you relocate. Here’s a roundup of our finds.


Royal System Shelving Unit C | Remodelista

Above: The Royal System Shelving Unit C is available in oak and walnut and priced at $5,985 at Design Within Reach.


Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System, designed by Dieter Rams

Above: The iconic Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System, designed by Dieter Rams in 1960, is a favorite of design aficionados. The system offers infinite configurations: various shelf widths and lengths, drawers, and desks available to suit any storage needs. An aluminum E-track and pin enables the shelves and cabinets to be easily hung and configured as needed. The Vitsoe is an investment, but it’s a system you can add to over the years; the setup shown above costs $6,020; the cabinets run at around $1,000 each (four shown), and the shelves between $90 and $100, depending on length. Available in black, off-white, and beech, exclusively in the US through the Vitsoe Shop in New York and online at Vitsoe.


Atlas Industries Modular Storage System | Remodelista

Above: Made in Brooklyn, the Atlas Industries as4 Shelving System is available in white oak, maple, and walnut with sturdy steel brackets (custom color paint is also an option). The 91-inch-wide white oak configuration with desk included above costs $9,525. Components are priced individually; the full pricing list is available on the Atlas site (along with an easy as4 Builder Guide).


wall-mounted Eiermann Shelving Unit designed in 1932 by German architect Egon Eiermann.

Above: The wall-mounted Eiermann Shelving Unit was designed in 1932 by German architect Egon Eiermann. Now produced by Richard Lampert, the Eiermann shelves feature stainless steel supports and shelves available in white melamine, solid oak, and white powder-coated finish. The Five-Shelf Eiermann Shelving Unit is available at Twenty Twenty-One; pricing begins at £722 ($1,127). Contact Richard Lampert for details and retailers.


String Shelf Storage System | Remodelista

Above: The classical String shelf modular system was designed in 1946 by Swedish architect and designer Nils “Nisse” Strinning. The String Pocket Shelf is available for $195 in the US from Nordic Design. The full String Shelf System shown in oak and white above is available in the UK for £1,275 ($1,989) from Nest.


Ekby Järpen Wall-Mounted Shelf from Ikea | Remodelista

Above: The Ekby Järpen/Ekby Gällö Wall Shelf in White is $74.97 at Ikea.


Cappellini Aliante Wall-Mounted Shelving System | Remodelista

Above: The Aliante Shelving System by Rodolf Dordoni for Capellini is available with polished chromed nickel supports and shelves in oak or mahogany. The shelves are available directly through Cappellini and at Nest.co.uk for £2,130 ($3,322).


Helix Acacia Bookcase from CB2 | Remodelista

Above: The Helix White Oak 70-Inch Wall-Mounted Bookcase features four fixed blond quartersawn oak veneer shelves on a squared metal tube frame of powder-coated carbon that can be mounted across a wall. Each ladder is 30 inches wide and 70 inches in height; $199 from CB2.


Raks Shelving System | Remodelista

Above: Favored by architects and widely used in university settings, the straightforward, well-engineered Rakks System offers well priced durable shelving manufactured in Needham, Massachusetts, by the Rangine Corporation. Components and pricing available at Rakks Store.


Driftwood and Platinum Elfa Living Room Shelving

Above: A budget option from the Container Store, the Driftwood and Platinum Elfa Living Room Shelving is $394.69 (as shown above), also available with individual components.

See more Storage ideas in our posts.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 19, 2010, as part of our Outdoor Living issue.

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  • Marshall McLuhan’s 1969 Deck of Cards For Out-of-the-Box Thinking http://t.co/3tJk93oq04 beating Eno’s Oblique Strategies by years
  • Paved with good intentions (in this case anti-slip concrete), grim end result. East Croydon station ruined (by whom?) http://t.co/oNzWZ6SvwT
  • Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack http://t.co/IruDXsQxqQ
  • Digital surveillance ‘worse than Orwell’ says new UN privacy chief http://t.co/75GVTV1M3F

Vitrô Arquitetura exposes structural concrete pillars within 1960s São Paulo apartment

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Brazilian firm Vitrô Arquitetura has renovated a 1960s apartment in São Paulo, revealing structural concrete pillars and brickwork walls (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Renovated Apartment in São Tomás Building, an Ode to Modernism by Felipe Hess

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Paying respect to the original design of a beautiful construction and adding contemporary touches through the use of metal and concrete, 30 year old Brazilian architect Felipe Hess, together with Pia Quagliato, a collaborator in his firm, breathed new life to this 400 m² apartment in São Tomás in São Paulo, Brazil, designed by Bauhaus architect Franz Heep.

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  • True Detective S02E01-E08. Disappointing after excellent first series. E07 the best of the lot. The drab bar singer is set up for parody. 2*
  • “Only nine of the 120 companies in the North Sea are profitable and
    ,thus pay tax” … Norway are you listening? It was fun while it lasted
  • North Sea might soon be a loss maker for the UK - “take will dwindle to [just] £2bn” (for 2020-2040, ie just £200m/yr) vs £30bn decom bill.
  • … as the company switches from squeezing last drops of North Sea oil to specialising in decommissioning of platforms.
  • Good piece in Sunday Times on the impact of falling oil prices using Fairfield Energy as the canary in the oil mine. A proper pivot as …
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  • Being paranoid does not necessarily mean you’re wrong.
    The case of the spy who stayed in her bed and her “persecution mania”. Times 20150821

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  • North Korea prepared to risk ‘all-out war’ as Kim Jong-un puts troops on alert http://t.co/W7draD2yeZ
  • … as Apple Music is nowhere near as mature as your offering. Holding on to my guns for now, but annoyed.
  • and I’m patient enough to wait to see what is implemented before I decide whether to cancel Premium or not as
  • and that post helped, but you really should not have gotten into this mess in the first place.
  • Yes I have.
    The default for us Premium subscribers should be toggled to the «Opt out» position for all of those.
  • as I have Spotify Premium and I find «Extreme» quality good enough and my interest in HiRes audio is just on the «curious» stage.
  • Regret. Was looking at the Sony NWZA-15 A HiRes Walkman earlier today (99 quid on sales), but thought nah - never going back to CDs as
  • Paying 10 quid a month for the privilege to my get my privacy invaded (by default) seems like a very bad deal . Not so premium.
  • I’m sorry to say so, but has just gone evil with its privacy invading new terms&conditions. It was fun while it lasted.
  • I don’t care about your recommendations, I don’t run, so don’t need stupid BPM playlist.
  • I wasn’t even going give Apple Music a try until screwed up - if nothing else Apple does not invade you.
  • No change to privacy policy or no easy way to opt out and I will cancel my subscription. Sneaky you are.
  • I’ve been a since its early days. There is NO way you will get access to my contacts or photos.
  • Spotify’s new privacy policy lets it collect everything on your phone http://t.co/pShqqSRRaS http://t.co/GKlKD1vgBJ
  • Why does Spotify need to access your photos? And your contacts? http://t.co/8P7n1ySE8H
  • Spotify terms change. DON’T just press “accept”. They want to track your location and access yr photos. I’m canceling http…

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  • “Pavement explosions pose ‘life risk’ ” (BBC). 40 incidents last year. Walkers, take care out there. http://t.co/mG0xWUCoEz
  • «I’m sure there are millions of AshleyMadison users who wish it weren’t so, but there is every indication this dump is the real deal» Krebs.
  • re-install works. Took two tries to get Chromecast connected properly but so far, so good.
  • then the bad news - update crashes on launch, even after stopping all other apps and restarting phone http://t.co/VM3riDYG2g
  • “Vladimir Putin has sunk to a new low - you could say”. Nice intro there from
  • “Now supporting Chromecast” (on iOS Mubi client). Good news and thank you

The Night Frank Zappa Jammed With Pink Floyd … and Captain Beefheart Too (Belgium, 1969)

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Recently an older musician acquaintance told me he never “got into ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ and all that,” referring to the “first major space jam” of Pink Floyd’s career and the subsequent explosion of space rock bands. I found myself a little taken aback. Though I was born too late to be there, I’ve come to see “’Interstellar Overdrive’ and all that” as one of the most interesting things about the end of the sixties—the coming of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, of The Soft Machine, of Hawkwind and other psychedelic warriors.

Too oft overlooked in the popular Woodstock/Altamont binary shorthand for fin-de-sixties rock and roll, these bands’ brand of prog/jazz/blues/psych-rock experimentalism got its due in Amougies, Belgium, in a 1969 festival meant as Europe’s answer to the three-day “Aquarian exposition” staged in upstate New York that same year. Sponsored by Paris magazine Actuel, “The Actuel Rock Festival” featured all of the bands (except Hawkwind), along with Yes, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, and many more. MC’ing the event, and serving as Beefheart’s manager, was none other than impresario of weird himself, Frank Zappa, who sat in with Floyd on “Interstellar Overdrive,” bringing his considerable lead guitar prowess to their dark, descending instrumental.

Just above, hear that Zappa/Floyd performance of the song. The live audio recording is fuzzy and a bit hollow, but the playing comes through perfectly clear. Zappa, in fact, jammed with nearly all the artists on the roster, though only a few recordings have surfaced, like this one from an audience member. Of their collaboration, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason said in 1973, “Frank Zappa is really one of those rare musicians that can play with us. The little he did in Amougies was terribly correct.” I think you’ll agree.

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Dangerous Minds records many of Zappa’s recollections of the event, including a characteristically sardonic account he gave in an interview with The Simpsons’ Matt Groening in which he complains of feeling “like Linda McCartney” and about the scourge of “slumbering euro-hippies.” Zappa apparently did not remember jamming with Floyd but “the photos don’t lie and neither does the recording.” He does recall playing with Captain Beefheart, who says he himself “enjoyed it.” You can hear Beefheart’s set with Zappa above.

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According to a biography of founding Pink Floyd singer and guitarist Syd Barrett—gone by the time of the festival—footage of the Zappa/Floyd jam exists, part of an unreleased documentary of the event by Gerome Laperrousaz. That film has yet to surface, it seems, but we do have the film above—slipping between black-and-white and color—of Pink Floyd playing “Green is the Colour,” “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” and “Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun.” It’s a must watch if only for Roger Waters’ bone-chilling screams in the second song.

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The festival is notable not only for these early performances of the newly Gilmour-fronted Pink Floyd, but also for the appearance of Aynsley Dunbar, future Zappa drummer and journeyman musician extraordinaire. Allegedly Zappa met Dunbar at the festival and was quite impressed with the latter’s jazz chops (though Dunbar first joined Zappa’s band on guitar before moving to drums). You can hear Zappa jam with his eventual star drummer’s band, Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation, above.

Related Content:

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Frank Zappa Reads NSFW Passage From William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch (1978)

Psychedelic Scenes of Pink Floyd’s Early Days with Syd Barrett, 1967

Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Traffic & Other Bands Play Huge London Festival “Christmas on Earth Continued” (1967)

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Exploding pavements are “putting lives at risk” with 80 incidents since 2010 and 40 in the last year, figures reveal.

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  • or indeed the architectural state of East Croydon station itself - it’s rotting in the name of commerce and health&safety
  • well at least I escaped that. While you are here: you should get an architecture critic to look at the area around ECR.
  • Signalling problems at East Croydon causing rail delays - “no firm estimate” on duration of disruption http://t.co/C4g…
  • No1 Croydon (sixpence building) ruined by Sainsburys extension, too many shops inside the station and so on. Is anyone in charge?
  • East Croydon station was once prize winning architecture, now it looks like a shithole. Ugly film on glass walkways, concrete benches,
  • ie - I’m on time, so I should be able to board my train. Why don’t you go the whole hog and remove all boards?
  • if I arrive at the station 2 minutes before the train goes I expect to be able to catch my train
  • and 3) worst of all: train departure and platforms are removed from the boards 2 minutes before they leave
  • at East Croydon: 1) trains close the doors 30 seconds early 2) glass walkways are bordered up w grey film 3)
  • I appreciate that you are trying to run trains on time, but your health and safety measures have gone too far.
  • real channel swimmers are only allowed Speedos and a swimming cap (no wetsuits). Ad agency fail.

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  • “Nearly 100,000 people have been murdered in Mexico since 2006”. The war on drugs working quite well in Mexico.
  • Croydon School of Art, where David Bowie, Malcolm McLaren and Noel Fielding were students, re-opens http://t.co/FHwsK1n39O via
  • Aptly named (+shamed) Bob Diamond is making a solid comeback via Wall St proving that in biz there are no morals (see also Tony Hayward)
  • “The North Sea remains one of the world’s most expensive places to pump oil” (Sunday Times). Tell the Norwegian gov.
  • “In Brummell’s time wine was not regarded as a high-end item … the bottle was always worth more”. FT piece on St James’s.

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  • Another reason to like , he smells nice: “She was a store detective & she was convinced I’d shoplifted a bottle of Eau Savage”

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  • in short it tries to be everything, just like the series little god, David Pilcher. I will not be reading the books.
  • walls to keep aliens out (hello Calais and Mexican borders), cryogenics, Night of the Living Dead, “terrorism” vs rebellion and so on
  • Computer games (ie Portal and Resistance series), cultism (Freemasonry and Scientology), any religion you can think of, surveillance,
  • Wayward Pines S01E04-E10. 3*. A couple of good episodes does not a good series make. Kicking and referencing everywhere this was.

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  • “Iraq war, tuition fees, reversed social mobility, enhanced wealth inequality”. Roy Greenslade lists why Labour-voters might be leaning left

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  • English politics never boring, love the Labour leadership comp so far - unexpected candidate in position one.
  • Tony Takitani (2004)
    #IMDB Based on a Murakami story. Straightforward and sad. 3* http://t.co/CihyWVmriG
  • Wayward Pines S01E01-E03. Not sure about this one at all. 8 average on IMDB (what do they know?). 3* so far.
  • That’s right. I did see that Swedish incident. Bad lingonberries (and jokes) can crop up everywhere.

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  • and there is also the more modern looks for your IKEA kitchen fronts from Swedish Super Front http://t.co/DH55jRoFyu
  • There is no reason to NOT get an IKEA kitchen - just look at Reform’s big name lineup (inc Bjarke Ingels Group) - http://t.co/kTudrNoNxF
  • “There is no total point of art”. Richard Long interviewed by in Sunday Times 20150726. Two other people that like C&W.

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  • Times report: ISIS hopes to recruit “takeaway chefs & pizza chefs” for Western fighters. What next, Dominos to open branch in the caliphate?

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  • Times recommend using fax to beat property scammers intercepting email (estate agents=weak IT sec) &
  • “The most disappointing TV series I have ever seen”. Ouch.
  • according to a sleeping Jonathan Dean (The Sunday Times, 20150802). Nic Pizzolatto a one-series pony?
  • “I can only presume the producers hate prizes, because 80% if what won over the [Emmys] judging panel has now gone”. True Detective S02 crap
  • Kafe Moskova | Visit Helsinki : Helsingin kaupungin virallinen matkailusivusto http://t.co/A0YZNPI92l Aki Kaurismäki has a caff in Helsinki
  • VFX and the City http://t.co/sr94RAfaVO Evening Standard on London’s visual effects companies. Harry Potter and Gordon Brown the catalysts.

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  • I came to Curved Air via Ultravox! Billy Currie’s electric violin often compared to Darryl Way (well at least in Norwegian rock press).
  • Curved Air playing London this year. Pondering whether to go, as Darryl Way is not in this line-up. ♫ http://t.co/TBzK1vB3Rd

Urban fly-fishing report: River Frome, Bristol

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For the last couple of seasons we’ve been hearing intriguing urban-trouty rumours about the Bristol Frome, a little limestone river which rises in the rural Cotswolds and flows broadly south-west past the university quarter at Frenchay to meet the much larger Avon in the centre of Bristol.

So when we heard how respected competition angler (and confirmed urban big fish hunter) Robert Brown was marooned in Bristol with fishing wagon problems, far from the Wye & Usk Foundation waters where he’d really planned to be fishing…

… we wondered if he’d like to have his rubber arm twisted volunteer for a bit of urban exploration along the Frome Valley Walkway instead?

Challenge accepted, came back the answer. And here’s the brilliant report he sent us:

By the time I was able to visit the Frome, it was the end of June and not ideal conditions as it was dead low – barely a trickle – and quite clear. Not ideal conditions for fishing as there were few flies and a lot of trout could be in hiding. However, quite good for surveying as visibility was so good.  

As it was trout were thin on the ground. I had 8 trout over 2 days fishing totalling about 10 hours. My first fish was quite a good one of about 2 1/4lb. This was also the biggest I saw; though I saw 2 others that were close to 2lb and had a fish of around 1.5lb. Most of the rest were about 30cm.  All the smaller fish came out of the streamy water, whilst the bigger fish (pictured above) was stalked. With effort you could probably get more. I spent quite a lot of my time chasing the abundant dace and chub. This was quite fun and I even had a bream, but that probably gives you a good idea of the kind of water it is – perfect for dace and chub, with the odd trout. 

The river bed is about 20 feet wide on average and where there is flow mostly very shallow.  Mostly this water doesn’t have the depth trout would require where it is in a natural state. However, being post industrial it is regularly impounded by weirs with long flats resulting. Again not ideal trout water, though the weir pools mostly have the odd trout in them. 

What I couldn’t help noticing was the heavy angling pressure. There were several people fishing on the days I visited. Mostly bait fisherman, but I did meet one fly fisherman. Even the coarse fish are most common in the areas that are inaccessible and/or private.  It was very noticeable that such areas had a lot more fish. However, as there is a path among most of the river, and much of it is in public parks, such areas are few and very difficult to access. 

As it was, the river was heaving with both people and dogs, being public parkland. No doubt you know the kind of place, but I still don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere with so many dog walkers. It is like all the world’s dog walkers have converged here for some kind of international convention. They arrive in fleets of vans each filled with cages of dogs. It is manic. Compared with here rivers like the Calder, Colne and Irwell really do feel like wildernesses. 

To be fair, I probably didn’t see the river at its best – it would have been nice to go one evening, or earlier in the season; or when it had more water. Or there was some kind of hatch. 

If you do visit then there are car parks at Oldbury Park and Snuff Mills with good access to the water. Snuff Mills seems to be a hot spot with fish to 5lb reported from the weir pool there on bait.  Further down the top part of Eastville Park is nice water, but hammered by anglers as I’ve mentioned above.

The Bristol Frome now comes under the care of the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust.

If you’re a local angler who’d like to get involved in a little urban river restoration, why not think about getting in touch with BART or even the Wild Trout Trust to start a new Trout in the Town project?

Bristol Frome - Robert Brown

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Charles Holland presents 11 lost icons of Postmodern architecture

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Pomo summer: as part of our summer series on Postmodernism, Dezeen invited architect and former FAT director Charles Holland to look at some of the movement’s most iconic projects that didn’t stand the test of time. (more…)

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10 Favorites: Accent Wall Ideas

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What’s the best color for an accent wall, and which wall should I paint? Answer: Any color, any wall. The goal here is to have fun with color, and the permutations of the accent wall are endless.

One thing to keep in mind: Whichever wall you choose, a bold color will end up defining the room, so think first about how you want that space to feel.

Read on for 10 very different interpretations of the accent wall.


Red accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A red wall marks the boundary of this open living/dining space featured in House & Garden.


Red orange accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A coral-orange wall anchors a living room by Karhard Architecture and Design, featured in Laws of Attraction: A Paint-by-Color-Wheel Apartment in Berlin.  


Yellow accent walls | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: Bold yellow indicates spatial transitions in a Barcelona apartment by Sergi Pons Architecte, featured in 5 Favorites: Yellow Accents.


Yellow-Green Accent Wall in French Home | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: French designer Caroline Gomez uses bright colors to great effect throughout her Bordeaux home, including a perky yellow-green in the dining room. For the rest of her color choices, see The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France.


Mint green accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A minty wall in a bedroom via Swedish/German real estate agency Fantastic Frank


Green blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A sky blue half-wall defines the kitchen in the same Berlin apartment by Karhard Architecture and Design.


Gray blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: Architect Jen Turner used Farrow & Ball’s Blue Ground as an accent wall behind her bed in her renovated Brooklyn carriage house. See the rest of the transformation in The Architect Is In: Tips from Jen Turner’s Grand DIY.


Gray accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: Interior architect Remy Meijers used pale gray paint to define a room within a room in a remodeled mansion in The Hague. See more in History and Modern Glam in The Hague.


Navy blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A dramatic double-height dark blue wall in the Metrolofts project by Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory member Incorporated Architecture & Design


Black bedroom accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: Defined by a single black wall, a child’s bedroom fits neatly under the stairs in A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn: Whale Wallpaper Included.


Black accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

Above: A white kitchen island stands out against a black back wall in this Paris loft by Septembre Architecture. For more, see A Place for Everything: A 900-Square-Foot Loft for a Family of Four.

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Portraits of Redhead Women

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La photographe bosniaque Maja Topčagić centre son travail sur une partie précise de la population : des jeunes et jolies femmes aux cheveux roux. Sachant que seulement 1 à 2% de la population mondiale peut se targuer de posséder des cheveux d’une telle couleur, l’artiste parvient à magnifier les jeunes femmes immortalisées, à découvrir dans la suite dans une série de portraits.

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