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As I write this, this post has a fin de siècle feel to it. I posted my first blog post on 24th April, about Cornwall. It dealt with the Cornish language, using a foreign language in my writing (Polish – I do not speak a word so I rely on Google translate which may or may not turn out to be a disaster – like the guy who went for a tattoo, decided he’d have his favourite meal inked in Chinese and ended up with the Mandarin characters for 72), a great film, Letter to Brezhnev, and Game of Thrones. 1,538 more words

Miscellany

Swifts, hell, and London

Anybody who has ever seen London from the air will know that, as far as the eye can see, the metropolis sprawls off into infinity, like a long, rambling argument. 483 more words

Writing

Sutras for Good Marriage

By Paramahamsa Yogananda

A marriage should begin on a sound foundation of real love and cooperation around common ideals. Love is always pure, divine, but it becomes colored by the personality of the outer human self – as clear water appears colored if placed in a colored glass vessel; the vessel itself must be crystal clear in order to reflect the purity of its contents.

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The Art Of Living

How Designers Destroyed the World - Mike Monteiro

I would recommend that any planner, architect, urban designer, landscape architect, graphic designer, architectural technician or any other person even tangentially involved in the built environment watch this video of a presentation given by the designer Mike Monteiro at the Webstock conference last year. 100 more words

HOW TO (NOT) FREAK OUT A WRITER

Okay, so a trembling writer has passed you their neatly printed novel chapters, or emailed you their screenplay, or handed you a crumpled handwritten essay.  Whatever. 435 more words

Writing

'The Rich Brother' by Tobias Wolff

The Rich Brother by Tobias Wolff, 1985

The magic trick:

Using the episode with Webster the hitchhiker as a microcosm for the storys key questions… 296 more words

Analysis