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What would a truly walkable city look like? | Cities | The Guardian
The obsession with self-driving cars and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great
cities  roadsafety  cycling  uk  usa  africa  walkforlife  walking  walk2work  cars  safety  design 
24 days ago by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Maria Balshaw, the first woman at the top of the Tate: 'We need to speak to the whole of society' | Art and design | The Guardian
“I would like them to feel that they’d seen the most adventurous art, been part of a conversation about what that art is and to feel comfortable, which seems like an easy word, but it really isn’t. We absolutely need to be speaking to the whole of our society.”
art  museums  uk  black  feminism  curation  community  london 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
In Britain, Soccer Holds Up an Uncomfortable Mirror - NYTimes.com
"The way we play the game, organize it and reward it reflects the kind of community we are."
uk  football  from twitter
february 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Pretentious? It's a compliment - Telegraph
I'm interested in trying to demystify as many things as possible. There's a prejudice against this in the arts community, the idea that if you poke around too much you'll burst the balloon and all the magic will be gone. My feeling is that if you can make the magic disappear, you should. It'll appear somewhere else - you can't get rid of it.
"So when I'm working I'm always alternating between two frames of mind, and they are quite different. One is the delighted child wandering around gasping with pleasure, and the second one is the reflective person saying, 'Why am I excited by that?'
"I don't just want to be the reactive child, which was so much the history of early rock'n'roll. It was so frightened of losing that feeling of delight and wonder that it just looked the other way when it came to adulthood."
attention  uk  writing  thinking 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Boredom Enthusiasts Discover the Pleasures of Understimulation - WSJ.com
Journalist and author Naomi Alderman spoke about the difficulty of having to observe the Jewish Sabbath as a child. Her talk, "What It's Like to Do Almost Nothing Interesting for 25 Hours a Week," ended on an unexpected, touching note. "When we learn to tolerate boredom," she said, "we find out who we really are."
religion  spirituality  attention  psychology  judaism  conferences  uk 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus | Books | The Guardian
"How," he said, "can you write about Morrison's music without taking into account what a completely unpleasant person he is?"

I never know how to answer that kind of question, because it represents a whole way of being in the world that's foreign to me. I don't believe that a person's life necessarily has anything to do with what he or she creates, whether the person in question is a musician, a painter, an accountant, an engineer, a designer or a cleaner. A person's work is not reducible to his or her neuroses, and a person's neuroses are not the determinant of a person's work. In the act, the work can take over; it can produce its own momentum, its own imperatives, its own yarragh. It can create its own necessity, its own insistence that, in the act, the world conform to the demands the work is making on it. "I don't know that Van Morrison is a completely unpleasant person," I said. "But I don't really care. I don't see what one thing has to do with the other."
music  psychology  uk  rock  books  criticism  1960s  1970s  beauty  art 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
1000heads :: The Word of Mouth People :: Media140 Oxford: Brand anthropomorphism
It’s all very easy to throw around buzzwords such as human, transparent and authentic, but what on earth do they really mean for a brand? Using my deck below I talked through the three dilemmas of brand anthropomorphism - self-perception clashing with reality, selective sociability and the complexity of authenticity - and offered some ways to build relationships with consumers as a personal, but efficient and consistent, company.
1000heads: Brand anthropomorphism
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The key takeaway? Authenticity is a construct, as much for an individual as a business. That can be hard to square with our ideas about ’natural’ self, but actually once you realise the tactics needed to make people feel an authentic connection with you - starting with listening to them, and adapting yourself to their needs - it’s a very liberating and indeed ‘real’ thing.
reputation  marketing  business  uk 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The xx: 'We're very keen not to be… flash' | Music | The Guardian
"It always felt very comfortable and natural to be sort of sharing and collaging our lyrics," Madley Croft says. "We don't really have to explain to each other what we're singing about, because I already have such an emotional attachment to things Oliver is singing. It's in the same way that, with your favourite songs, you don't really want to know what the artist is writing about, because then you can put them into your own life, like, 'Oh, this is my song.'"
music  songwriting  uk 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The xx band plays its brooding, dreamy sounds stateside - latimes.com
"Not all bands appreciate silence," Croft said later. "They want people to be cheering and dancing. For us, silence really works because we feel people can hear more things."
music  uk 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why does Sade have such a poor reputation in the UK? | Music | guardian.co.uk
Nobody, with the possible exception of Spandau Ballet, reeks of 80s yuppie, conspicuous consumption and smooth operators doing deals over Asti Spumante like Sade. [...]

[...] Or maybe it's because the hardest thing to be in rock or pop, even soul, is soft. Sade's music is deceptively mellow, though – her best songs, such as the beat-less I Never Thought I'd See the Day, from 1988's Stronger Than Pride, are starkly beautiful, like an 80s apartment stripped of all but the most basic Habitat accoutrements.

But then, I always thought Sade was closer to trip-hop than torch muzak, an idea borne out by the title track of her new album, which approaches the metallic vigour of Tricky. It's just a shame the rest of Soldier of Love is so lacking in melodic lustre. Because it would have been fun, and not a little contentious, to proclaim her an idiosyncratic artist with a distinctive vision.
media  journalism  music  criticism  uk  usa  reviews  reputation  sade 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music mimics the emotion of speech - Telegraph
"There is a strong biological basis to the aesthetics of sound," he said
"Humans prefer tone combinations that are similar to those found in speech."
speech  sound  words  language  beauty  music  research  science  uk 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jude Rogers | Why is Journey's Don't Stop Believin' back in the charts? | The Guardian Music | The Guardian
I thank the phenomenon of shuffling mp3 players, bouncing us between styles; the diminishing importance, and relevance, of genre boundaries; and the way in which music has become less about coolness, and much more about unbridled enjoyment.

There is nothing strange about having a place in your heart for music that is improving and challenging, and another for huge, rousing sentiments that make you cry in taxi-cabs, long for a lover, or yearn to sing loudly, and proudly, with those you love most. And that's exactly what Don't Stop Believin' does, for the young and the old, and those who believe music reached its apotheosis with the concept of Adult Oriented Rock.
music  uk  aesthetics  rock  dance  television 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Grime / Dubstep
"At the moment I'm into clashing two or more musical clichés but from contrasting styles, for instance playing a classic deep house stab over a jungle sounding pad and putting them on a beat that's got some dancehall in there," he says. "The tunes I'm most proud of are the mongrels bred from lots of different styles. There's bound to be some car crashes along the way but hopefully I'll be able to spot them and stop them being inflicted on people.

"I'm exploring as many influences as possible, trying not to get too comfortable with a particular arrangement style or set of sounds. I was listening almost exclusively to jungle and d'n'b until dubstep came along so I'm new to a lot of the influences that are going in my tunes. I'll binge for a few days on a few artists who I've recently discovered, write a couple of tunes vibing off them and quickly move on."
music  uk  songwriting  dance  aesthetics  design 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
NME.com: Massive Attack's 'Blue Lines' producer dies -- Jonny Dollar has passed away aged 45
"When I first heard ['Blue Lines' single] 'Unfinished Sympathy' like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing" (via http://pitchfork.com/news/35514-news-in-brief-the-shins-jonny-dollar-bert-jansch-nxne/ )
music  uk  pop  obituaries 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A User's Guide to This Heat - eMusic Spotlight
Unsurprisingly, they didn't write a lot of material during their 1976-1982 existence: barely two studio albums' worth, not counting the tape experiments and textural improvisations that fill out their discography. What they did come up with, though, is incredibly dense and heady.
music  reviews  uk  punk  songwriting 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Laid Off Sportswriters Find New Life Online | PBS
"Because you're now web only, and you're not beholden to print deadlines, your number one competitor is the football club's own website," he explained. "Each and every one of our sports clubs became a publisher, assuming they opened their own website, and because they own the players, the head coach, etc... they own that particular piece of news. For official news, or whatever, nine times out of 10 the official site will be first. So clearly the rules of the game have changed fundamentally the minute the sports clubs opened their own websites. It's just a matter of realigning ourselves in terms of content and analysis, using your brand and your experience to provide the kind of sticky content that a football fan wants."
publishing  sports  media  newspapers  journalism  business  identity  uk 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Media has heaviest drinkers, poll finds | Media | The Guardian
Media workers are the heaviest drinking professionals in England, consuming the equivalent of more than four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to government research. People in the profession drink an average of 44 units a week, around double the recommended limit, a Department of Health survey finds. The NHS recommended maximum alcohol consumption for men is 21 to 28 units a week – three to four units a day. For women, the maximum is 14-21 units a week – two to three units a day.
alcohol  newspapers  journalism  media  drinking  beer  wine  television  radio  uk  europe  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Yes, Actually | Out.com | Andrew Sullivan
If you just want to create a Pet Shop Boys sound instantly you can program some drumbeats and then play an A-minor chord over it: “Oh, God, that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys. Oh, that’s the trick, is it?”
music  songwriting  uk  pop  dance  gay  hiv  aids  gender  theater 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Research: Actually, Readers Would Pay For Online News | paidContent:UK
What most such assessments miss is the obvious distinction between mass-market readers and specialist, business readers, who are far more likely to subscribe to content. PwC’s online study, which surveyed 700 people in seven countries, saw the difference and concluded: “While the vast majority of consumers indicate that they are primarily interested in general news, a growing segment is increasingly demanding specialised, targeted and relevant information.”

Specifically, respondents said they would pay the equivalent of between €16 and €32 a month for news on paper, and between €6 and €12 for news online or on mobile. In fact, those aged under 50 are more likely to pay than elder people.
journalism  media  newspapers  uk  research  business  corporations  information  mobile 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brad DeLong's "Our future as a financial colony" - THE WEEK
It's not that proxy contests will be initiated in Mandarin (although youngsters in Britain and America may well find themselves being sent to finishing schools in Maharashtra to purge themselves of their hillbilly Oxford or Boston accents and acquire the high-class English tones of Mumbai). But corporate bankruptcy will become a branch—probably the major branch—of international intrigue as governments find themselves dealt in whether they like it or not. And for the rest of us, "working for the man" will take on a brand-new—and foreign—dimension.
china  india  brazil  usa  business  finance  language  corporations  uk  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
WorldScreen.com - Articles - New Study Explores Technology, Media and Youth Brands
The study also found that respondents had a favorite channel that they always tune into (80 percent in U.S., 73 percent in the U.K., 70 percent in Germany and 88 percent in India). The exception was Japan, where just 38 percent of youth have a go-to TV channel.
television  marketing  youth  japan  india  uk  usa  germany  media 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Even anarchists like a little romance
"From a distance, when you think of anarchists you think of big boots and fighting with policemen," he says.

"But all the ones I've met have been very nice, very committed people. They believe in something and they want to find love, just like everyone else. Why would that surprise anyone?"
love  relationships  society  uk  politics  police  activism  community 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why I've had enough literary sex - Telegraph
"It is even harder than writing comedy – it's all about pace and timing. And just as not everyone has the same sense of humour, not everyone has the same erotic triggers. But sex sells so sometimes the critical faculties disappear.

"It's the same with art. You can be the most amazing collector but when it comes to erotic pieces, the quality control goes out the window and you end up with something that looks as if it has come from Forum magazine circa 1970."
sex  writing  fiction  uk  humor  shortstory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Laura Barton on what happened when our life-sized Barack Obama cut-out took to the streets
From Cardiff and Preston, Manchester and south London, they come. From Ramsgate, Romania, Australia and Eritrea, China, Vietnam and the US. And though their English may falter, though they might claim not to follow politics, and instead tell us about their visit, their working day, their belief in spirituality, though they might not understand what the heck we're doing, they are united by their delighted response to Obama: they point, they kiss, they hug, they look up at his cut-out face with an expression of awe and admiration, they stand beside him throwing a variety of poses, from the peace sign to the good ol' thumbs up. "I want him!" cries one lady, clutching his cardboard arm. "Give him to me!"
obama  uk  public  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Nyman: I spy with my musical eye - Times Online
"Again, I had one of those eureka moments that I have as a film-maker but don't necessarily have as a composer. I thought what we should do is to remove the speech - remove my answer to the questions, because I don't like the sound of my own voice and I'm fed up giving the same answers to the same old questions year in year out - and the hesitation would trigger a piece of music."
film  uk  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  music  cinema  art  speech 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Blog: It's time for pop and classical to join forces | John Cale
Musical training used to fuel the fires of condescension (from both sides) and genre was to be worn like a badge of authenticity; "I am rock, you are classical and never the twain shall meet". Personally, I am looking forward to a future characterised by unclassifiable, adaptable musicians, for whom style and training are mere tools. We all need their open ears and skill to reflect our varied, vibrant age.
rock  classical  music  classicalmusic  uk  identity 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
In an early essay, Harold Pinter describes what drove his work | Culture | The Guardian
In Dusseldorf about two years ago I took, as is the continental custom, a bow with a German cast of The Caretaker at the end of the play on the first night. I was at once booed violently by what must have been the finest collection of booers in the world. I thought they were using megaphones, but it was pure mouth. The cast was as dogged as the audience, however, and we took 34 curtain calls, all to boos. By the 34th there were only two people left in the house, still booing. I was strangely warmed by all this, and now, whenever I sense a tremor of the old apprehension or expectation, I remember Dusseldorf, and am cured.
playwriting  creativity  theater  art  writing  acting  germany  uk  essay 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lust cools but the knickers keep flying for Tom Jones - Times Online
“It started in 1969 at the Copacabana in New York. This woman stood up and took off her knickers and handed them to me. And I said, ‘Whoa! Hope you don’t catch cold’.”
music  interviews  public  uk  sex 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com | Gideon Rachman’s Blog | Covered in internet slime
If the newspaper industry really goes down the pan, I now have a business plan. I will claim to be a former member of the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Council on Foreign Relations/UN/Zionist establishment and write a book revealing the inside story of a plot to form a world government. It will sell millions.
humor  politics  religion  uk  newspapers  media  journalism  government  books  internet  reputation 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - Iain Banks
"[...] Presented with something like English, you're almost derelict in your duties if you don't have fun with it, because there's so much fun to be had. You shouldn't just think, 'This is my way of getting information across to you.' No. You should have fun with it. If the writer's having fun, unless you're being hopelessly self-serving, I think you can please other people at the same time, if you do it right. [...]"
english  language  beauty  speech  writing  fiction  creativity  uk  books  interviews 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | The man who reads dictionaries
"I'm not against big words per se or fancy or obscure words, obviously I love them, but I'm opposed to using them for their own sake. If words are to form a communication, you use them as a tool to communicate to people and it's pointless to intentionally use a word that no-one else knows."
words  english  language  uk  writing  speech  communication 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'What's Wikipedia?': Bristol's Tricky Googles himself | Music | The Guardian
"The internet is like walking into a room in your house you never knew was there and, like, it's full of thousands of people who have been listening to everything you've been doing and saying the whole time! Scary."
internet  music  reputation  identity  uk  blogging  google 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Stephen Fry on the road - Telegraph
"There is one phrase I probably heard more than any other on my travels: 'Only in America!' If you were to hear a Briton say 'Tch! Only in Britain, eh?', it would probably refer to something that was either predictable, miserable, oppressive, dull, bureaucratic, queuey, damp, spoil-sporty or incompetent – or a mixture of all of those. 'Only in America!', on the other hand, always refers to something shocking, amazing, eccentric, wild, weird or unpredictable. Americans are constantly being surprised by their own country. Britons are constantly having their worst fears confirmed about theirs. This seems to be one of the major differences between us."
usa  uk  travel  identity  aesthetics  reputation  politics  culture  humor  books 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Estelle, the poster child for artificial scarcity | Technology | Los Angeles Times
"Searching for a glimpse into the record company's rationale, I called Frank Luby, a co-author of 'Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share: A Guide to Greater Profits in Highly Contested Markets.' (I should have asked him about newspapers while I had him on the phone. D'ohhhh!)"
music  business  economics  itunes  apple  technology  uk  newspapers  corporations 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dorian Lynskey talks to Mike Skinner of the Streets | Music | The Guardian
"The only thing that we're ever doing is telling ourselves a story. The ability to think into the future, consider the past, handle the present, is everything we're doing all the time."
songwriting  story  future  uk  music 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Laura Barton takes a sceptical look at opera | Music | The Guardian
"I am, surely, exactly the sort of person they are trying to tempt. I spend much of my time listening to music and attending gigs. I will happily spend vast sums on festivals. Yet classical music has always seemed a cold and distant land, set far away across a sea of elitism."
classical  classicalmusic  music  uk  aesthetics  culture  opera 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The new Joy of Sex: why you still need help in bed - Times Online
“I think what a lot of the other material out there misses is how powerful sex is; people die for it, literally. One of the ways we've gone wrong in the past is that we haven't recognised this emotional power. Sex isn't a game - it's not pink and black and fluffy. So I think there still is a need for a book that takes sex seriously.”
sex  books  aesthetics  biology  science  reading  1970s  uk  gender  men  women  health 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Will Self: My simple plan to make London a real cycling city | News
"These three simple measures that would cost London's community charge payers nothing, enormously assist cyclists, and require absolutely no transport position papers."
bicycling  london  uk  transit  transportation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com / Comment & analysis / Comment - In an online world, the party is over
"[...] Politicians must have audiences: democratic practice demands it. As those audiences mobilised by parties age and dwindle, new ones appear on the internet. The termites of indifference and contempt, corruption and manipulation, special interests and private cynicism, eat away at parties: the able and ambitious can scarcely be expected to decay with them. [...]"
politics  parties  organization  labor  unions  facebook  yasns  social  campaigns  elections  activism  uk 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Just what is it about older men? - Telegraph
"Although there's a certain amount of salacious nudging going on around the water cooler, the fact is that almost no one much under the age of 80, male or female, thinks of themselves as old any more. Why should we? Helen Mirren shows that you can cavort on the beach in a red bikini in your sixties; Harley Street provides the pucker, for those who need it; and pensioners Neil Diamond and Leonard Cohen still play to thousands of adoring fans."
aging  men  women  beauty  marketing  uk 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Groovy old men: The rise of the silver swingers - Features, Fashion - The Independent
"Philosophically speaking, there's a long tradition of thinking that life isn't a matter of time, calibrated in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but measured in experience. You can have many lifetimes if you do lots of things, and feel lots, and respond lots; if you're open to endeavour and relationships, you can pack in many lifetimes."
aging  men  uk  beauty  fashion  marketing  happiness 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The divorce rate in Delhi has doubled: that's worthy of celebratory bhangra | Sathnam Sanghera - Times Online
"Families are the last people who should be entrusted with the task of finding you a spouse, for they are incapable of appreciating that you may have changed since the age of 12."
marriage  india  uk  relationships  families  ritual 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How We Met: Jim McCarthy & Jah Wobble - Regulars, The New Review - The Independent
"I worked for London Underground for a few months. I loved driving a Tube. Once I got on the PA system during rush hour and said: 'I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody.'"
transit  celebrity  music  uk  london  recovery  rock  identity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Andy Gill: 'Why I hate Coldplay' - Features, Music - The Independent
"It's redolent of pale complexions and dead emotions: whenever I hear it, it always evokes a glassy-eyed fish on a fishmonger's slab, ice melting from its scales."
uk  rock  reviews  music  art 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IndyBlogs: Mixtape: Why I don't hate Coldplay
"I like their music. Always have. In fact, I like them so much that I'm convinced at least half the people who claim not to are lying in order to be cool."
music  uk  rock  reviews  art 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
007 reborn: Exclusive extract from Sebastian Faulks' "Devil May Care"
"This Bond, this solitary hero with his soft shoes and single under-powered weapon, was a man in dreadful danger. You feared for him. And the style was clean, journalistic, devoid of cliché; it was occasionally playful, but it was never arch. It was fun.
writing  creativity  aesthetics  1950s  uk  novels  fiction 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'My camera has saved my life' | Art & Architecture | guardian.co.uk Arts
"I gave a lecture last May, and I asked how many people still think a photograph can be real, and out of 150 people I think five raised their hand. And that's the whole reason I started taking photos: to make a record against revisionism, against any one
women  photography  interview  art  beauty  aesthetics  documentary  uk  history 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Nation: Back Talk: Billy Bragg
"The worst aspects of capitalism, the worst impulses of conservatives and every inch of racism is driven by cynicism. And our problem, for those of us who want to make a better world, is that we're prone to that as well."
racism  capitalism  politics  activism  music  rock  uk 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bob Dylan says Barack Obama is 'changin' America - Times Online
"He's redefining what a politician is, so we'll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I'm hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to."
dylan  europe  uk  politics  elections  campaigns  democrats  obama 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Lean, with his glamorous, beautiful worlds, is my hero - Times Online
"The moment that stands out is in Lawrence of Arabia when the match is blown out against the rising sun. It is a classic lesson in the dramatic potential of cutting from something very close up, to something extremely wide – juxtaposing the macro and th
cinema  film  movies  aesthetics  beauty  story  uk  creativity 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Film - Looking Back at James Bond’s Origins as the Franchise Continues With a New Novel - NYTimes.com
"The only difficulty I had was when I wanted to slow the story down, to allow a page or two for something significant to sink in. I thought that I could draw a little on Bond’s inner life, but I found that Bond doesn’t really have an inner life.”
writing  fiction  novels  books  creativity  uk 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Scans pinpoint alcohol's effects on the human brain | Science | guardian.co.uk
"The key finding of this study is that after alcohol exposure, threat-detecting brain circuits can't tell the difference between a threatening and non-threatening social stimulus."
alcohol  beverages  uk  research  science  social 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Journal Magazine - Dream Paper
"The FT [...] vaguely assumes that you’re the kind of person who knows the difference between, say, Haruki Murakami (novelist) and Takashi Murakami (artist), but if you aren’t, that’s OK, too: Pull up a chair and learn.
media  newspapers  europe  uk  news  journalism  aesthetics  identity  art  writing 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Howard Jacobson
"When the logic of your thinking leads you to take your life, you may win the admiration of other men, but you do not help them existentially."
thinking  writing  judaism  religion  israel  uk  novels  fiction  psychology  death 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How India 'Colonized' Britain - TIME
"Irrespective of the kind of things that happened in our past we owe a lot to Britain. And now that it's our turn in the sun of course we look at British things in a desirable way."
india  uk  culture  immigration  asia 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Single and happy: it's the freemales | Lifeandstyle | Life and Health
'It's not as if they are without men. They have male friends they dine with, go to the theatre with, some even have male friends they sometimes sleep with. It's just not all under the same roof.'
women  men  relationships  uk  social 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Are Newspapers Doomed? (Do We Care?): Newspapers & the Net Forum -Britannica Blog
"Lively debate will occur along the way, and we welcome your input, your comments and perspectives, and encourage your participation in these discussions."
publishing  online  newspapers  media  toread  journalism  blog  blogging  uk 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sex? It's written all over your face | Family and relationships | Life and Health
"What was interesting was the strength of the preference among men for women who were interested in short-term sex and the strength of the preference of the women for men not interested in short-term sex."
sex  relationships  science  love  marriage  health  research  uk  men  women 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
THE GQ&A: KEITH RICHARDS: GQ Features on men.style.com
"Do you think the Beatles are overrated?" "Oh, definitely. So are we."
1960s  rock  uk  music 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cultura Obscura: Rickrolling :: The Gateway Online
"On 12 March, 1988, Rick Astley’s pop single 'Never Gonna Give You Up' hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, laying the groundwork for a level of fame that Astley himself could never have predicted."
social  songwriting  music  1980s  uk 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A history of the hangover. - By Inigo Thomas - Slate Magazine
"The Scots, the Irish, the Welsh, and the English seem to have special relationships with the hangover. Why do societies drink? The answer is obvious, in a way, but not entirely."
drinking  beverages  alcohol  wine  health  uk  social 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Gerard Woodward
"The troubled attitude of the English to alcohol seems often to stem from an anxiety about lack of supply. [...] Managed well, the drinking of alcohol is a beautiful experience — socially cohesive, possibly even enlightening."
alcohol  drinking  beverages  beer  wine  uk  writing  food  families  fiction  social 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeanette Winterson - Journalism - The Times : Books - Kids need two languages and a musical instrument
"It may well be that [...] best antidote is not a book and a bedroom, but learning a story and learning to tell it – learning a funny poem, re-finding the out- of- fashion skills of rhetoric and challenge."
children  parenting  story  speech  language  music  education  learning  books  creativity  uk 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is it better for the environment to read your newspaper online? - By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine
"According to a 2006 report, a single copy of the British tabloid the Daily Mirror, weighing in at 6.4 ounces, accounts for 6.1 ounces of carbon emissions."
green  newspapers  media  journalism  environment  uk  reading  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Morrissey: Greatest Hits: Pitchfork Record Review
"'There's a naked man standing laughing in your dreams/ You know who it is, but you don't like what it means': Who else would sing that?"
pop  uk  pitchfork  reviews  songwriting 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Britain Seeks Its Essence, and Finds Punch Lines
“I personally think it’s based on a misreading of the British character. Part of the attraction of Britain is the space it gives people to pursue their own agendas and identities.”
society  identity  government  culture  uk  europe 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Noise: SFBG Music Blog - Cover me: Embracing Burial's noirish dubstep
"[S]crap the lush, symphonic strings, strip the vocals down to the barest bits, and dismantle the rhythms as much as possible - and while you're at it, bundle the whole thing up in blankets of whirrs and drones - and you'll get somewhere close [...]"
music  uk  futurism  cities  urban  criticism 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Inequality is closing down our concern for others
"I start sweating, I start bungling, shuffling ... You know you insult them ... they look at you like they're disgusted ... Straight away you feel, I shouldn't be there. It makes you not want to go out ... It fucking stresses you. You get exhausted ..."
poverty  wealth  money  jobs  work  uk  psychology  society  diversity  class 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Amy Winehouse in "Is Kanye West headlining this year's Glastonbury?" | News | Guardian Unlimited Music
"There are certain instances where I'll be out and I'll be drunk, and I'll come to work and I'll be shattered. Then there are other days where I'm like, 'Listen, if you want to have a nice day, please get me some alcohol.'"
alcohol  work  jobs  uk  music  addiction  drinking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Portrait of the artist: Goldie, musician | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music
"Do you suffer for your art?" "Yes; all artists do. Creating art is like being sick - you bring up all your innermost thoughts, and then you have to ask yourself why you're doing it."
music  songwriting  creativity  uk  art  psychology  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beatles for sale: rappers, brands turn to Fab Four - Yahoo! News
"It's important that the world knows this music. It just can't be hidden forever, otherwise you're going to miss generations of music listeners."
marketing  songwriting  uk  business  corporations  rock  music  hiphop 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Refractory: All's Well, the Twentieth Century Dies: David Bowie as Postmodern Art Detective Professor - Kelly A. Wacker
"[...] Although generally known as a musician and performer, Bowie’s original training, like many British musicians of his generation, was at art school. [...]"
art  crime  rock  music  songwriting  history  20thcentury  aesthetics  creativity  murder  death  uk 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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