Weekend 383.0 (…try to catch the deluge in a paper cup)






(1) Super Tunnel: Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London. (NOVA) (1a) 5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017 (2) Text exchange with my best friend… (Flickr)

Weekend 376.0






(1) Edward Johnston, designer of the iconic Underground typeface and ‘bullseye’ symbol, died on this day in 1944

Endless River






(1) Two quotes from Sir Winston Churchill: “…whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future once the picture has begun to flow along…they pass out into shadow and darkness.” “Let us be contented with what has happened to us and thankful for all we have been spared. Let us accept the […]

Invisible transfers, long distance calls, hollow laughter in marble halls…






“For hard cash, we will lie and deceive…even our masters don’t know the webs we weave.” – Pink Floyd (1) The Mendacity Behind Obama’s Mockery of the Cash-for-Iran Story by Claudia Rosett “Welcome, once again, to the vertigo of the Obama “narrative,” in which the priority of his “most transparent” administration is not to deal […]

Weekend 370.0






(1) After Brexit: the myth of post‑truth politics (spiked) “But perhaps the worst thing about the post-truth notion is the way it redefines politics. It makes politics like religion. Remainers, these complainers about post-truth politics, self-consciously elevate their worldview to the level of a transcendental truth. So anyone who criticises them is not simply disagreeing […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)






(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 367.0 (…why bounce around to the same d*** song)






(1) Brexit vote: It’s more American than you think (Washington Examiner) (2) Glenn Reynolds: Why politicians love cities (USA Today) (3) A quote from “The Lion and the Unicorn” by George Orwell: “Meanwhile England, together with the rest of the world, is changing. And like everything else it can change only in certain directions, which […]

Weekend 366.0






(1) England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained (Brilliant Maps) (2) The Stages of Grief at the Frontier by Jakub Grygiel (The American Interest)

Weekend 359.0






(1) An Icon Falls On Hard Times; In India, the Ambassador Car Fights to Survive Competition (NY Times)

bum! brrum! brrrumble!!!!






“…the roll of drums and the flutter of the flags of empire.” (1) Boris Johnson: Americans would never accept EU restrictions – so why should we? (Telegraph) (2) Troubling warnings for the US from the 1930s (Financial Times – Registration Required)

Weekend 350.0






“On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not.” – St. Augustine (1) China’s Ghost Cities (YouTube) (2) Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours review – the romance […]

Plume & Primrose






Home-Thoughts, from Abroad I Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on orchard bough In England – now! II And after April, when May […]

Weekend 347.1






(1) NOVA: First Air War (2) All change: at the rebuilt Tottenham Court Road Tube station in London, Daniel Buren’s geometric installations are set to make a connection (Wallpaper*) – Page 1, Page 2 (3) 8 Photos That Make Us Fall In Love With World of Motion All Over Again (4) A related flea market […]

The Orange Ninja (and other links)






I was at NYCC yesterday with my brother and snapped this photo of the orange ninja. It’s his 15th anniversary. (1) Naruto Manga Sequel Coming in 2015 (1a) Orange Ninja Factoid from Naruto: The Official Fanbook “According to the neighborhood records, Naruto’s hobby is gardening. A little surprising, but possibly he sees himself as a […]

Weekend 345.0






(1) A quote from In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy: “There is not much left of the abbey. Henry VIII., with characteristic thrift, floated the stone down the river to build Hurst Castle. The refectory, now restored and used as a parish church, is the most perfect remnant of the once magnificent establishment, whose […]