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OBITUARY: Zeev Mankowitz - The Canadian Jewish News
“”the greatest impact an educator can have is through modelling. I learned more about how people learn by experiencing Zeev’s way of interacting. He approached people in the gentlest way possible with great respect and dignity.””
obituaries  Judaism  2015  education 
september 2017 by Preoccupations
Michael Palin - One of the longest television pieces I've... | Facebook
"One of the longest television pieces I've ever had to deliver (apart from GBH) was a monologue as a policeman for The Innes Book Of Records. It was filmed on a cold day in a bleak part of Bristol called Lawrence Hill. It went on so long that the cameraman kept thinking I'd finished. How did I do it in one take? My diary for March 2nd 1981 gives the secret away. "Feel especially pleased that I managed to do my three to four minute monologue without a fluff, after two pints of Wadsworth's 6X at lunchtime.""
satire  comedy  TV  1981  2015 
august 2017 by Preoccupations
Embracing Our Limits | Commonweal Magazine
"The material world tells us that to be human is to be in dialogue with what is other: what is physically other, what is humanly other in the solid three-dimensionality of other persons, ultimately what is divinely other. And in a world created by the God Christians believe in, this otherness is always communicating: meaning arises in this encounter, it is not devised by our ingenuity." "the continuity in absolute difference that is God’s presence in the created order."
Rowan_Williams  2015  papacy  natural_law  Other  climate_change 
may 2017 by Preoccupations
Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery reviewed: a mixed bag of sometimes magnificent paintings
"The late critic David Sylvester used to claim that, to get the art game started, five players were required: the artist, the collector, the museum curator, the writer and the dealer. Exhibitions can — and have —been built around the activities of all five, although those concerned with the prime producers — artists — are naturally by far the most common."
Spectator  2015  National_Gallery  Impressionism  Durand-Ruel  exhibition  London 
january 2017 by Preoccupations
Labour directs its impotent fury at all but those responsible – itself - Telegraph

When a community is going through some period of stress – a war, or economic hardship – they are historically far more likely to identify and turn on scapegoats in their midst. Anxiety is transferred to some readily identifiable group: Jews, foreigners, homosexuals, gypsies – the victims of this kind of prejudice have in some cases been suffering for centuries. Sometimes, barely credible powers are attributed to these groups, and they become a catch-all explanation for everything that has gone wrong in a society. Your kids can’t get a house? It’s the immigrants. Can’t get a job? It’s the immigrants. Can’t see a doctor in A&E? It’s the immigrants.
Boris_Johnson  Telegraph  2015 
september 2016 by Preoccupations
The Battle Is For The Customer Interface | TechCrunch
"Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. … The new breed of companies are the fastest-growing in history. Uber, Instacart, Alibaba, Airbnb, Seamless, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Google: These companies are indescribably thin layers that sit on top of vast supply systems ( where the costs are) and interface with a huge number of people ( where the money is). There is no better business to be in. The New York Times needs to write, fact check, buy paper, print and distribute newspapers to get their ad money. Facebook provides a platform for us to write our own content, and Twitter monetizes the front page of newspapers, which happens to now be the Twitter feed."
Tom_Goodwin  2015 
august 2016 by Preoccupations
Is Theresa May a threat to a cohesive society? | Mapping Immigration Controversy
"May says it is difficult for services to cope with needs imposed by greater immigration, and that immigration places a burden on the lowest paid (British) workers. This is the opposite of what research evidence shows us. Stretched services, and fractured communities, are the result of government policies that reduce support to people and areas that are most in need. And government rhetoric such as May’s can encourage scapegoating and fear."
immigration  society  2015  Theresa_May 
july 2016 by Preoccupations
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