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What Chris Hedges has to say about it all.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_message_from_the_dispossessed_20150111 As an experienced American war reporter he gets to the truth of it.

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The Sweetest of Music

       then…..  … and now This post is on a musical subject, so for those whom music is proscribed then look away now. Or maybe not, as you might learn something. I was recently on the west coast … Continue reading

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Moronic Iconic

  I have always thought Jonathan Meades’ scathing criticism of the casual use of the word iconic amply justified. I suspect there are many things he, a well known British writer, critic and film maker, and me, would disagree on, … Continue reading

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Arabic typesetting revisited

Hand written naskh (by Ibrahim Khattat – Iraq 20th century) My involvement with arabic has always been, for over 40 years, essentially calligraphic and I have always disliked the idea of trying to mechanise an essentially hand written script.  But … Continue reading

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Mending fences, chasing demons.

I have just returned from a few days filming in Morocco which was an attempt to revisit the time myself and a bunch of young white English and American men and women first visited a venerable Sufi master and his … Continue reading

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From Mods to Mecca

Nostalgia has always been big business. Look how the Victorians ached for a romantic gothic past and the Edwardians for a rapidly disappearing bucolic world with the arts and crafts revival. To find my own past the subject of a … Continue reading

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The Descent of Man

The latest L’Oreal TV ad goes like this: A beautiful female model pouts, “I believe in science, I don’t believe in miracles.” It’s a statement of faith. Odd, as they have a product called Revitalift Miracle Blur. So I don’t think L’Oreal … Continue reading

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