Early Morning

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No longer being able to walk at my usual pace nor for long distances has been both frustrating and irritating. Yesterday I got back my bike, as we now have somewhere to store it; and this morning early (though light as the clocks have gone forward) I had my first ride for more than 18 months.

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Let Loose The Hound!

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Francis Thompson
226 Stamford Street

Police had been called earlier that morning following reports of falling bricks and dispatched engineers to make the building safe. The Independent

Richard Burton reading The Hound of Heaven

NOTE October 5, 2015. Since Apple in its “progress” has made this link unusable, here’s a direct link that I hope will work in your browser.


Looking Up

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Nine Plays by Will Stuart, Face Press
A.I. In Daylight by Ian Heames, Materials (Cambridge)
Marine Snow by Anonymous, Face Press
Creole Vegetarian Cookery by Kenneth Gardnier, OOP
How I Became A Painter by Trevor Winkfield in Conversation with Miles Champion Pressed Wafer
George Braque and Others: The Selected Art Writings of Trevor Winkfield (1990-2009), The Song Cave



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Andante Misurato e Tranquillo Pierre-Laurent Aimard Ligeti Edition 3
Out Among The Stars Johnny Cash Out Among The Stars
The Psychotherapist The Rubberbandits Serious About Men
Lotus blossom (Sweet Marijuana) Julia Lee Reefer Madness – a collection of vintage drug songs, 1927-1945
Saddle John Edwards Volume
Stewart Lee
We Speak Booker Little Out Front

Direct download: db8.mp3


A Life

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In 1941 piero heliczer (then “il piccolo Pucci“) appeared in the movie Bengasi written and directed by Augusto Genina. It was awarded the Coppa Mussolini at the Venice International Festival of Cinematic Art in 1942. These are his scenes.

NOTE October 5, 2015. Since Apple in its “progress” has made this link unusable, here’s a direct link that I hope will work in your browser.



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Piano Etudes Book 1 – VI. Automne a Varsovie Pierre-Laurent Aimard Ligeti Edition 3
Miss Ann Eric Dolphy and Booker Little Far Cry
Big Long Sliding Thing Dinah Washington Burlesque Swing
Shave ’em Dry – Take 2 Lucille Bogan Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3
Don’t Come Too Soon Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends Kansas City Star
When the Master Calls the Roll Rosanne Cash The River & the Thread
Una Furtiva Lagrima Jussi Bjorling Jussi Bjorling Bästa
Sospiri, Op. 70 Sir Edward Elgar Orchestral Works

Direct download: intender.mp3

John James

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A brief visit by the fine Welsh poet John James, three days before his 75th birthday.

His latest book, Songs in Midwinter for Franco, together with details of other Equipage books, can be got from
Equipage, c/o Rod Mengham, Jesus College, Cambridge CB5 8BL.

Still Catching Up

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I’ve liked Rebecca Solnit’s books for a long time, but her recent journalism is some of the clearest around. Here are a recent piece from the London Review of Books and one from Tom Dispatch.



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Back online, at least temporarily.

Thanks, during the silence, were due to Norma Cole and Jeremy Noel-Tod.

During those weeks two good friends died in Mexico City, a few days apart. You can look them up and I’ll link to their Guardian obituaries. I met José Emilio Pacheco in the late sixties. It was he and his wife Cristina who took us all from the railway station in DF in 1973 after a two-day ride from Nuevo Laredo to stay in the Hotel Gillow where Zapata had ridden his white horse around the balcony. Juan Gelman I met later, in China, and we spoke and corresponded in a pidgin of Spanish, English, Italian and German: communication never failed. My sympathy goes to Cristina, Laura and Cecilia, and to Mara, Nora and Maria.

A few books that were around:

Ben Katchor The Cardboard Valise Pantheon Books
Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood 3 New York Dadas and The Blind Man Atlas Press
Bill Griffiths Collected Poems and Sequences (1981 – 91) Reality Street
David Boyd Haycock A Crisis of Brilliance Old Street Publishing
Jane Jacobs Cities and the Wealth of Nations OOP
F. Scott Fitzgerald Afternoon of an Author Bodley Head edition given to me 30 years ago by Asa Benveniste

and a couple I look forward to:

How I Became A Painter, interviews with Trevor Winkfield by Miles Champion, Pressed Wafer

Yellow and Blue by Thomas A Clark, Carcanet

Here are some photographs taken after the various storms.
NOTE March 10th: link now working.

And last, a few things I was listening to


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No Worries Disturbance Never Released
Chemical Intuition Steve Coleman and Five Elements Functional Arrhythmias
Uncle Sam Says Josh White Songs for Political Action – Folkmusic, Topical Songs and the American Left 1926-1953
Met By Moonlight The Apophonics On Air
Track 3 Aïcha Tachinwite unknown
Samba Dian Bintou Sidibe Bintou Sidibe
In the Pines Dave Van Ronk Down on Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
The Time Is Near Rosie & The Originals The Best Of

Direct download: pause.mp3

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