narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (dreaming)
Transatlantic flights make for useful film-watching occasions when there are a few films that I’ve caught wind of but not managed to get around to watching. This year I managed three while avoiding anything that looked like it promised the sort of pointless waste of my time that Franklyn was.

Shutter Island )

The Ghost Writer )

I Love You Phillip Morris )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (rationale)
Quite some time ago there was a fair amount of aggravation over new vetting laws that required even well known children’s authors to obtain a Criminal Background Check before they could come into schools to give the occasional talk. Read more... )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (polsci-tastic)
Having hit upon the idea to download the three main party manifestos instead of going to bed and finding that the high res Tory manifesto is taking its own sweet time to load it seems like as good a time as ever to compare the party websites and the availability of their manifestos.


LibDem )

Tory )

Labour )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (teeth)
Yesterday glancing over my RSS feeds I came across this particular article involving a response to the upcoming European elections. Now I have received little ‘vote for us’ pamphlets from the Conservative and Labour parties but little else. I have my polling card and the knowledge that Mr Farage’s party will be all for withdrawing from the EU still but that’s really about it. I know there was some furore with the Tories withdrawing from the European People’s Party but that was only ever anecdotal information and I’ve no idea where they stand now. So I will readily admit that there is a horrible lack of information in this country but that’s not what annoyed me in this case. My irritation stemmed from what was essentially a pointless gesture in protest: spoiling the ballot paper.

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (opinion)
Reading over the comments to this post on [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck it struck me that either commenters were confusing childhood development stages or that there’s a huge fabricated extension of childhood in the US.

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (dreaming)
"Writers are people who write. By and large, they are not happy people. They're not good at relationships. Often they're drunks. And writing -- good writing -- does not get easier and easier with practice. It gets harder and harder -- so eventually the writer must stall out into silence. The silence that waits for every writer and that, inevitably, if only with death (if we're lucky the two may happen at the same time: but they are still two, and their coincidence is rare), the writer must fall into is angst-ridden and terrifying - and often drives us mad. (In a letter to Allen Tate, the poet Hart Crane once described writing as "dancing on dynamite.") So if you're not a writer, consider yourself fortunate."

- Samuel R. Delany’s About Writing quoted here.

Cameron, education, saints & fairytales )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (deceptive)
Behind China’s Anti-Foreigner Fever Business Week

"The Western media always report problems that have occurred during the development of China and turns a blind eye to all the accomplishments China has reached," wrote one Chinese blogger.

Other than making a cynical quip that people evidently don’t seem to know how the media works initially, it did occur to me that what the problem here seems to be is a difference in media function. Read more... )

In other news:
Keep Lesbos for the Lesbians A Don’s Life
Boris wins: Europe trembles Mark Mardell’s Euroblog
Seven reasons why Conservatives must leave the EPP Daniel Hannan (Conservative Home)
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (consideration)
Soup, shortbread & cassis )

Briefly in regards to local elections, education & the London Mayoral contest )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (魔道士)
Cigarette display ban considered BBC News

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (reading)
Following on from this.

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (pathway)
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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (rationale)
Stadium crowd pushes for Islamist dream BBC News

"I think democracy is OK," [Din Syamsuddin] said. "But it's not enough. I think democracy in Indonesia should be supported by religious, ethical and moral values."
"Because this is a country where the majority of its citizens are religious people. So maybe not liberal democracy, but uncommon democracy; based on religious values - I say religious values, not necessarily Islamic values."


Islamists urge caliphate revival BBC News

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In other news:
Tories ‘have to show discipline’ BBC News
Cameron needs to stop coming up with lovely ideologies and instead work out how to implement them if he’s really going to accomplish anything at all. And cutting funding to Grammar schools isn’t the way to do it.

Russia’s Cossacks rise again BBC News

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