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Who wrote this stuff??!!

Neil Gaiman did...!!

We went to see him last night, as part of the Sydney writers Festival. He read extracts from his latest book & performed pieces with the criminally under-rated string quartet Fourplay

A wonderful writer, a captivating reader & he even sings... kind of...
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A funeral today... for one of the Loved One's Bar colleagues,who died of cancer at 72 early this week. A simple & quite moving ceremony, very well attended by his family, friends & a large contingent from the Bar. Apparently he knew Barry Crocker quite well too...

Shopping for a new printer, then dinner & a movie in Newtown. 'Samsara' is recommended viewing. Perhaps not as stunning as 'Baraka' & not quite as unifyingly themed, but a wonderous 98 minutes nonetheless

I played some tracks from the album I recorded with Joshua back in the early Noughties this morning, having unearthed the CD in my search for things to put on the iPod. I did some good stringwork in that band, if I do say so myself... & nobody else is likely to, as they'll never hear it... Joshua was a good songwriter & a creative sound programmer ~ it's just a shame he couldn't sing very well & that his love of the green weed prevailed over his creativity. Recording sessions & rehearsals towards the end of my time in the band consisted of 90% sitting on the couch, 5% talking bollocks & 5% music if we were lucky

Halcyon days indeed...
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So, you're Brian Eno & you have a new album of minimalist, ambient music to promote. But ambient music is supposed to be accompanied by other activities... like a sit-down chat with a modern & supposedly 'radical' economist. Therefore, instead of a review, or an interview here's When Brian Eno met Ha-Joon Chang

Food for thought...

Ha-Joon Chang: These days, economics has become such an all-encompassing way of thinking that everything is supposed to justify its existence by how much money it makes. Are you making enough money as a university? Are you making enough money as a classical orchestra? I think it's a fundamentally wrong approach to life. Because economics might be the foundation, if you like … but if you try to create a world in which everything is driven by money and the market, the world will be a much poorer place.

Imagine if all those kings and dukes hadn't commissioned those crazy cathedrals, paintings and music … we'd still be living in sticks and mud. Because none of those things made any economic sense. Human beings' capacity to "waste time" is a miracle – but that's exactly what art is for

Brian Eno: It's to do with the act of quantification. It's part of the money thing: something that you can put a figure to immediately assumes a sort of authority, even if it doesn't deserve it.

What is the value of a park? You can't quantify it. We keep them because we've inherited them. But I'm sure there'll be a rightwing movement in the future that says, "Parks? What are they for? People just wander about in them – and there's dog shit all over the place. What's the point of that? A great big piece of real estate in the middle of London that could be generating income – we can quantify that." Quantification is a big temptation for society because it looks like control.
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Before Edison

There is a light that never goes out... somewhere.

In a wonderful Western manifestation of Karma, the carving my Father entered in a Sydney art show was not judged worthy of exhibition & he has been told to collect it in the next 48 hours. That's what you get for telling me I should stick to taking pictures of sunsets!!

Bitter? Me?!?

Otherwise, it's been all quiet at work, rest & play. More news when there's some to share...


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