Monthly Archives: March 2010

update on a minor quibble…

re a previous post: a minor quibble , i have an update. My (slightly critical) comment eventually got published…many weeks after i made it, so it comes at the end of 297 (nauseatingly sycophantic) comments…so it will never be read, and just to add insult to injury…they completely bastardised it and cut off the end so it makes no sense!!! it appears thus “sorry, but he looks like a million and one other young Milanese men, ultra groomed, ultra conformist and ultra conservative, and for all those who are “in love” with him, forget about mother…”   !!!!! ??? IS THERE NO JUSTICE???

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dying guinea pigs…

A wee while ago my friend Francesco blogged about the joys and need to take kids to the theatre (see here). I don’t have kids, hey i don’t even like them that much!, but anyway, i end up at this children’s theatre production (a recommendation by a friend who works for imaginate,  a kid’s theatre festival). Anyway, to cut to the chase, it was really rather good…”Goodbye Mr Muffin” (a Danish production of a Swedish story) is the strangely moving story of the life and death of the eponymous guinea pig…i laughed…i cried (well almost) and i didn’t even have to take any kids with me….

the ibsenesque Mr Muffin contemplates his life during his final dying days…

haar again…

a full blown haar came yesterday, all day and all night…

daytime in Leith

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evening in city centre

Walking home in the evening i took this photograph and then realised what it reminds me of…told you Edinburgh was full of ghosts…

previous posts on the haar

the road

the haar

Also see writer/artists Bill Duncan and Andy Rice’s weird and wonderful website http://www.thehaar.org.uk/

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points of views…


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Best thing about going to the movies down in leith (even if the film is terrible…see below) are the views before you go inside; see above, and when you come out, see below:

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Sunset on Leith…flour factory to the left and hideous reclaimed-land-Dubai-style apartments complex on the right, no shops, no cafes, no life, very creepy when you are actually there.

Back to the subject matter of film… i guess i am the last person on earth to go and see Avatar, but all that 3D just reminded me of my favourite toy i had a s a kid. It was called a view master, you slot a photographic transparency disc into it and hold it up to the light and voilà – everything goes 3D! The view master is way WAY better than the film by the way.

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still life in kitsch…

OK, ok so i have a weakness for snow domes…and dodgy religious figurines…

still life in kitsch on my window sill

Incidentally i love the Italian and Spanish terms  for still life: natura morta / naturaleza muerta – literally dead nature (also the French: nature morte). How come the English is so much more toned down/ less dramatic?…beautiful though…still life…

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