X Marks the Spot

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Dip In

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Ink_d Gallery and Studio
96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE

Opening times – Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm
Bank holidays – 11am – 5pm

From fridge magnets, sea-side rock and voodoo charms, through speaking dioramas and screenprinted posters, to painted canvases of Tuscan arson this show is a sigh of relief from the pretentions of Art. Yeah.

In A State

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Local News

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I have a personal interest in Oaxaca. Here’s some news as reported
locally, by the Associated Press and by the Washington Post: plus a little history here and here. Some notes on the Triqui language are here.


Time to Ban Mice (if not all Mammals)

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“it is my Nature”



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Happy Birthday Hubble

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Twenty years.


A brand new Hubble photo of a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air. Air-space over Europe is already closed.


Alan Sillitoe

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Nottingham, March 4th. 1928 – London, April 25th. 2010
“Someone lent us a cottage in Hertfordshire. I was sitting in a sort of parlor there one day, writing. And suddenly I saw someone run past the window, along the lane outside. With shorts on, white shirt and so on. And it seemed to me such an unusual image… that I wrote down at the top of a sheet of paper, ‘the loneliness of the long-distance runner.’ I didn’t know where he had come from, I didn’t know where he was going. He was simply a sort of… vision, floating by the window. And I put the line away, I thought I was going to write a poem with this sort of line in it. It seemed rather a nice line.”

Obituary from The Guardian here.

Down Mainstream

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Don’t Explain Lennie Tristano/Lee Konitz/Warne Marsh The Complete Atlantic Recordings CD5
The Party’s Over Nat King Cole The Billy May Sessions
Dark As A Dungeon Willie Nelson Country Music
Preludi, Serie IV: 49. A quattro mani Giacinto Scelsi Preludi, Serie I-IV (Alessandra Ammara)
Find The Torch, Burn The Plans Paul Weller Wake Up The Nation
Elstree (Special DJ Edit Version) The Buggles The Age Of Plastic (2010 Remaster)
My Buddy Stan Getz & Cal Tjader
Stan Getz Cal Tjader
Just Friends Tony Bennett The Golden Era of Vocal Standards02 (Just in Time)
Teach Me Tonight Jo Stafford The Golden Era of Vocal Standards02 (Just in Time)
Fools Rush In Mildred Bailey The Golden Era of Vocal Standards04 (All of Me)
Requiem Lennie Tristano My Mosaic incomplete

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….. and I recommend a read of this to refresh your wonder at the sloth of the Obama administration.



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I shall be offline until April 24th. – not that it will make much difference here, but no email will be seen until then.


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General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now Devo Duty Now For The Future
The Founding Fathers Howard Zinn A People’s History Of The United States: A Lecture At Reed College
Always Greener Graham Parker Imaginary Television
Blue Monk Aki Takase & David Murray Blue Monk
Eddie Hinton Dear Y’all
Dear Y’all Eddie Hinton Dear Y’all
It Never Entered My Mind Ann Burton Collage
Somewhere Along the Way Nat King Cole The Greatest Hits
Exultation Henry Cowell New Music: Piano Compositions by Henry Cowell
Lets Submerge X-ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents Anthology Disc 1

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Some additions to the Bob Callahan entry

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Bob Callahan



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The Sound Of Writers Forum from openned on Vimeo.


Late To This…

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thanks to Ben


First Warm Weekend

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My Day

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The Grand National


Health Insurance

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A good piece on Alex Chilton in New Orleans


For The Record

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See also Wikileaks and Collateral Murder.


‘Ged On

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Russell Howard
‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk Monk’s Blues
A Sunday Kind of Love Beverly Kenney Like Yesterday
General James Wilkinson Thomas Ayres That’s Not In My American History Book
Blue Minor (take2) John Zorn, George Lewis, & Bill Frisell News For Lulu (1987)
Saturday Night Fish Fry B.B.King Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan
‘Round Midnight Thelonius Monk At The Blackhawk
Russell Howard

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Easter Message

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In The Frame

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Clark Coolidge’s “The Act of Providence” triggered a brightening of the book front:
Modern Toss VI
resuscitates the snigger, while
doesn’t waste words. It’s an ephemeral publication, but Michael Ball in Baltimore might still have some copies.
And thinking of Modern Toss reminds me that Well Rotted Muck nails it now and then.

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