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Signs of Reykjavik

Up next is the big Iceland gallery, but first, here’s a mini-gallery of Signs of Reykjavik, a collection of graffiti and street signs from our afternoon wander through the city in April. And because it doesn’t fit under that heading, here’s a bonus photo from Selfoss, east of Reykjavik, where we stayed during our trip.

1 May 2017 · Comment · Travel

Icelandic Panoramas

Earlier this month my family and I spent the first week of yet another school term break in Iceland. I’d wanted to see it for years, ever since J. and I moved to Britain and even more since she visited it on her own a decade ago (I was tied up with teaching at the time, and it was her last chance before our son came along). With perfect timing we missed the brief post-2008 window when it was affordable and went for maximum post-2016 crashed-pound expense. Weighed against the cost of school holiday clubs for the kids, though, it doesn’t look so bad, with EasyJet flights and Airbnb accommodation helping offset Europe’s most expensive food prices.

I’ll write a fuller account to go with the eventual full photo gallery, but some initial photos are already up at Detail. With so many wide open spaces to photograph, I came back with a lot of panoramas...

25 April 2017 · Comment · Travel

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Tasman/ian Panoramas

I posted these at Detail last month, but have only now got around to linking them here. As part of this year’s gradual photo-sorting project, here are two galleries of panoramas from the Tasman Peninsula and other parts of Tasmania. The latter is a bit shorter than the former at the moment, but I’m expecting both to grow over time. There’ll be quite a few other galleries of regular photos to go with these eventually.

23 April 2017 · Comment · Site News

No Leg to Stand On

Now, everybody, I understand that not all of you want to chop off your legs, but the fact remains that 52% of the British people voted to chop off our legs, and although many of those were deceived by the Leg Amputation for Victory party, we in the Remain Standing party need to respect the result, even if it means chopping off our legs. So, as you know, I as leader instructed our MPs to support the government’s plan to go ahead and schedule the operation to chop off everyone’s legs, under threat of chopping off their party support, and we will be running in this election on a platform of strategic non-obstruction of the LeAVers’ plan for mass amputation.

As it happens, our own party once included chopping off everyone’s legs in our 1983 manifesto, and even if you may have found your legs intermittently useful in the 34 years since, especially those who were yourselves too young to walk in the 1980s, I think you’ll agree that it’s important to remain true to our original Remain Standing principles, especially when some of our more elderly members remain stuck in 1983. True, they may have no need for legs themselves, as many are now in wheelchairs, but they still have hands and can still fill in ballot papers. I myself am ambivalent about legs, which strike me as a prop to the middle class and its obsession with low-cost travel. I know that many of you are still attached to them, but trust me, on 30 March 2019 you won’t be.

Instead, I and our party will be focussing on the real issue in this campaign, which is the government’s outrageous track record of breaking poor people’s arms, and their plans to operate on our back doors via the back door.

21 April 2017 · Comment · Politics

The State of It

Mining has destroyed a renowned fossil site in China.

Anatomy of a Brexit power-grab. Can the Brexit clock be stopped? That’s even less likely now.

Facebook use is a predictor of depression.

Kaz Cooke remembers John Clarke. His death was terrible news—a great comedian, a great Australasian, and not a bad photographer of birds.

Bidding on the soul of Detroit.

West African migrants are being sold in Libyan slave markets.

Where are you really from?

The utter uselessness of job interviews.

Aim for a hundred rejections a year.

AI programs are mirroring our racial and gender biases.

A Canadian river just vanished in four days.

19 April 2017 · Comment · Weblog

General Dejection

So much for fixed-term parliaments. Under a first-past-the-post election with badly divided anti-Tory forces, it’s hard to see how we’ll end up with anything other than more Conservative MPs, a devastated Labour Party, and a supposed mandate for the toughest, hardest, reddest-whitest-and-bluest Brexit, which has to be why May called it three years early. That, and sidestepping some unwelcome by-elections.

The thought of a general election
Fills Remainers with abject dejection,
As Brexiteers glory
In thoughts of a Tory
Supremacy, free from correction.

Read More · 19 April 2017 · 1 Comment · Politics

Eighty Days

It’s a while since I posted any Trump links—I was too busy collecting them. Here’s a couple of dozen that have lasted.

Read More · 11 April 2017 · Comment · Politics

In Through the Out Door

Hate crime rises across London.

The struggle to be British.

Immigration controls’ consequences for freedom.

Europe’s child-refugee crisis.

Ken Clarke: “I’ve never seen anything as mad or chaotic as this.”

John Major: “That was an historic mistake.”

Ireland’s Brexit meltdown.

Theresa May’s empty Brexit promises.

The US billionaire waging war on the media. How he backed Brexit.

Arron Banks: “Brexit was a war. We won.”

Are you angry yet?

10 April 2017 · Comment · Politics

Driftwood Maps

Inuit cartography.

Netto-Katzen.

Freeze a jolly good icefloe.

The next pandemic. Vive la resistance.

How inner-city developments have killed Aussie rock.

Stephen Collins on vlogs.

What writers really do when they write.

Five ways to steal time to write.

The 50 best Britpop albums. I own at least two-thirds of ’em.

Why bargain travel sites may no longer be bargains.

How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl.

A world without retirement.

Years you have left to live, probably.

10 April 2017 · Comment · Weblog

Escaped Lion

Read More · 29 March 2017 · Comment · Politics

Here’s a panorama of the Dazzle Ship in Leith by Ciara Phillips, which didn’t quite fit in my recent gallery. Click for bigger.

Dazzle Ship by Ciara Phillips

16 March 2017 · Comment · UK Culture

Catastrophising

A Trump- and Brexit-free assemblage of links.

Read More · 15 March 2017 · Comment · Weblog

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