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Vivian Stanshall: '...inm layman's language, BUGGERED if I know...[hic] [splurp]....

I have no idea what this was about…I think its a send up of Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ or  something similar.

Still bloody funny. Vivian Stanshall was a genius. 19 more words


Civilisation, by Kenneth Clark

However complex and solid it seems, civilisation is actually quite fragile. It can be destroyed. What are its enemies? Well, first of all, fear – fear of war, fear of invasion, fear of plague and famine, that make it simply not worthwhile constructing things, or planting trees or even planting next year’s crops. 139 more words


The Age of the Sex Olympics?

We live in the nadir of film and television. Modern television is unimaginative and dumbed down. Most programs are cut to a template, focusing on relationships rather than ideas or social issues.  256 more words


Day Trips from Madrid: Alcalá, Chinchón, Aranjuez, and Ávila

There are many advantages to living in Madrid. For a Spanish city, it’s big, it’s bustling, and it’s diverse. But one of my favorite aspects of Madrid is its location. 5,560 more words


In Defence of History on TV

Television is in bad shape. Facing competition from video games, social media and online streaming services – all of which seek to overturn its long-established dominance – TV faces the toughest commercial challenges in its history. 779 more words


[Documentary] Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark

Don’t let the title befool you; it is a mouthful, I know. I think a more honest title should be: Western Civilisation for Dummies and Couch Potatoes :) Anyways, as documentary films go, in the league of David Attenborough, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Brian Cox, Lord Clark is like their granddaddy. 150 more words


Quote of the day, Sept. 25

Kenneth Clark, on change (from Ruskin Today, 1964)

“Changes in the structure of society are not brought about solely by massive engines of doctrine. The first flash of insight which persuades human beings to change their basic assumptions is usually contained in a few phrases.”