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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Dorset: Regular Mobile Speed Camera Locations



A list of locations, if you feel like learning them!

Much better not to speed...

"Dorset Voices" (Roving Press); an anthology edited by "Poundbury Voices" - a reminder






Overview

"This delightful mixed bag showcases a thought-provoking selection of contemporary writing and photographs reflecting Dorset’s variety – a changing modern county, yet still a traditional rural place beloved by so many.

Dorset Voices includes work from new and established writers and photographers, which you can dip into and enjoy – rather like finding nuggets of sea-glass on a beach. It represents the diversity of people, places and talents and is set against a backdrop of the beautiful Dorset landscape. It explores the county through the eyes of local people, with something for everyone: stunning images, poems and verse, intriguing short stories and reminiscences.

This ambitious project was brought to fruition by Poundbury Voices – three established authors with a strong track record for seeking out and promoting artistic talent. The book provides a platform for diverse voices and different forms of writing – dark, imaginative and socially aware – as a celebration of local creativity".

Extract from the Preface

"The publication of the Dorset Voices anthology takes place in the year of the Cultural Olympiad, and the year when Poundbury’s Queen Mother Square promises to become the centrepiece of this exciting new urban development and, who knows, the key destination of a new coffee-house artistic and literary culture. Let’s make it the Dorset equivalent of Prague’s Wenceslas Square! 

Dorset Voices draws on the literary and photographic talents of the people of Dorset. The editors’ aim was to create a book full of images and quality writing of real beauty and interest. We are delighted to have received a portfolio of outstanding photographs submitted by students at the excellent Thomas Hardye School, another magnet for families all over the county. Not surprisingly, Ofsted inspectors rated it as one of the best comprehensive schools in the country. 

Our starting-point was the firm belief that everyone here has a story to tell. We believe that there are many talented writers and photographers (both established and unpublished) in our communities, who deserve to have their work made available for the appreciation of others".

Maria Strani-Potts, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Jim Potts, OBE






Dorset Voices: some customer reviews from Amazon (UK):

Customer Reviews


Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography


5.0 out of 5 stars A Dorset treasure, 19 Oct 2013
By 
Sandra Horn (England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography (Paperback)

The editors of this delightful volume of images, stories, reminiscences and poetry took a chance and invited new and established writers and photographers to send in contributions, from which they selected the final items by vote. did it pay off? Yes! The black-and-white images alone speak to the quality of the content. This is a book for dipping into and finding treasures, of which there are plenty, factual, fictional, visual and poetic. Those who love the county already will rejoice in the book; those who don't will want to visit it. Hats off to Roving Press, one of an increasing number of small independent presses, who had the faith and vision to produce this little gem of a book.


5.0 out of 5 stars All the flavours of Dorset, 2 Feb 2013
By 
This review is from: Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography (Paperback)

I bought this book last year and find myself returning to it more and more during the dark days of winter. It's a book I can dip into and I always find something to uplift me and remind of Dorset's beauty.


5.0 out of 5 stars Dorset Voices, 15 May 2012
By 
This review is from: Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography (Paperback)

A great read of an anthology of Dorset memories, tourism, fiction, sci-fi, ghost stories, poems and photographs. A must have for anyone interested in the lives of people from Dorset.


5.0 out of 5 stars Real flavour of Dorset, 4 May 2012
By 
This review is from: Dorset Voices: A Collection of New Prose, Poetry and Photography (Paperback)

Gives a real sense of the county, past and present. Just the right mix of fiction, memoir, verse and pictures, written by exceptionally good writers who know and understand the area. Definitely take a look at this if you're interested in Dorset or just want a good read.

Panionian Conference, Corfu: Final Preparations



I'm looking forward to attending the conference during this important year (150th Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece). It must have been a huge task to organise a conference with so many participants, themes, locations and papers. The full online programme is 45 pages long (112 pages in the printed version) . I've no idea how participants will find their way from one venue to another, and how the the chairs will keep the speakers to time (strictly 20 minutes each, or they will be cut off; no gaps between speakers during the morning and afternoon sessions). Plus there is a ferry strike from the mainland to Corfu on May 1st...

For the information of friends:






Photo Updates

I've given my paper (on May 2) a rather more precise (if long-winded) and self-explanatory title:

"The Attempted Subversion of Albania and 'Roll-Back' of Soviet Power- and Philby's Betrayal;
The First Year (1949) of Operation VALUABLE/BGFIEND - and the CORFU Connection"  

In the programme it is rather more succinct: «Albania and Philby's Betrayal: The Corfu Connection»  

Although the paper will be given in English, here's an approximate Greek translation of the expanded title:

Απόπειρα ανατροπής του Αλβανικού Καθεστώτος και μειώσεως ('Roll-Back') της σοβιετικής επιρροής

Επιχείρηση VALUABLE / BGFIEND, 1949, και η Προδοσία του Φίλμπι :  Η σχέση της Κέρκυρας


NB Location of the morning and afternoon sessions of this section of the conference:

Ε΄ ΕΝΟΤΗΤΑ:

ΓΛΩΣΣΑ – ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΗ – ΕΠΤΑΝΗΣΙΑΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΠΟΡΑ

Αίθουσα Ιατροχειρουργικής Εταιρείας Κερκύρας
Ιατροχειρουργική Εταιρεία Κερκύρας, Σκαραμαγκά 4


Παρασκευή, 2 Μαΐου 2014, συνεδρία πρωινή (morning session)

Πρόεδροι:

Κωνσταντίνος Νίκας

Εμμανουήλ Βαρβούνης


09.00-09.20 Θωμάς Στεργιόπουλος: «Από τα βορειοηπειρωτικά βουνά στα Επτάνησα: Το χρονικό της εγκατάστασης στην Κέρκυρα μιας βορειοηπειρωτικής οικογένειας τον 19ο αιώνα».

09.20-09.40 Elena Lazăr: «Λόγιοι από τα Ιόνια νησιά στο ρουμανικό χώρο».

09.40-10.00 Νίκη Λάσκαρη-Μπάλλα: «Κεφαλονίτες στον Κρητικό Πόλεμο (1645-1669)».

10.00-10.20 Γεράσιμος Μπάλλας: «Ο κεφαλονίτης πλοίαρχος Σταματέλος Παγώνης. (Πορεία στα ταραγμένα νερά εθνικών αγώνων και πειρατείας».

10.20-10.40 Αναστασία Χάματσου: «Νέα στοιχεία για επτανησιακές οικογένειες στην Κύπρο».

10.40-11.00 Ελένη Αντωνιάδου: «Κολόμπα Μουστοξύδη: Μία Κυπρία στα Επτάνησα».

11.00-11.20 Γιώργος Πετούσης: «Επτάνησα-Κύπρος, ελληνικά νησιά υπό αγγλική κατοχή: Η προσπάθεια για απόδοσή τους στη μητέρα Ελλάδα».

11.20-11.40 Μίμης Σοφοκλέους: «Οι προσδοκίες των Κυπρίων στη Λεμεσό για την Ένωση με την Ελλάδα ως απόρροια της Ένωσης των Ιονίων Νήσων το 1864».

11.40-12.00 Γεώργιος Γεωργής: «Η κυπριακή συμμετοχή στον εορτασμό των 50 χρόνων της Ένωσης της Επτανήσου με την Ελλάδα».

12.00-12.20 Πέτρος Παπαπολυβίου: «Επτάνησα – Κρήτη – Κύπρος: Συγκλίσεις και αποκλίσεις των τριών ενωτικών κινημάτων του νεοελληνικού αλυτρωτισμού».

12.20-12.40 Ευάγγελος Φιακάς: «Το επτανησιακό προηγούμενο ως σημείο αναφοράς και πρότυπο στη ρητορική του κυπριακού ενωτικού κινήματος στη δεκαετία του 1950».

12.40-13.00 Jim Potts: «Albania and Philby's Betrayal: The Corfu Connection»

13.00-13.30 Συζήτηση

Παρασκευή, 2 Μαΐου 2014, συνεδρία απογευματινή (afternnon/evening session)
Πρόεδροι:

Γεώργιος Γεωργής

Μίμης Σοφοκλέους

17.00-17.20 Μαρία Στράνη-Potts: «Κοντέσα Διαμαντίνα ντε Ρώμα, Lady Bowen. Η ζωή και το έργο της (1833-1893). Η πολιτική επιρροή της στα Επτάνησα και την Αυστραλία τον 19ο αιώνα».

17.20-17.40 Γεώργιος Βλαχάκης: «Ένας κοσμοπολίτης επτανήσιος γιατρός, μία αγγλίδα αριστοκράτισσα και ένα βιβλίο ιστορίας των επιστημών του 1826».

17.40-18.00 Κωνσταντίνος Νίκας: «Ο Γεώργιος Χωραφάς ευεργέτης του δήμου του Barano της νήσου Ischia».

18.00-18.20 Εμμανουήλ Βαρβούνης: «Επτανήσιοι στη Σάμο (18ος-19ος αιώνας)».

18.20-18.40 Διονύσιος Κονιτόπουλος: «Παροικίες επτανησίων ετεροδημοτών στην Αθήνα».

18.40-19.00 Ειρήνη Τρίκη: «Θύλακες επτανησιακής ιστορίας και επτανησιακού πολιτισμού στην Πάτρα».

19.00-19.30 Συζήτηση





Greece: Amnesty International Report



Amnesty Report

GREECE: FRONTIER OF HOPE AND FEAR, MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES PUSHED BACK
AT EUROPE’S BORDER

EnetEnglish article

Syria: BBC Report from Aleppo, Ian Pannell; Barrel Bombs



Appalling situation in Aleppo. Report by Ian Pannell

Greece, Capital Gains Tax On Property Sales



Kathimerini article

"The measure provides for the payment of a 15 percent tax on the profit made by a seller by deducing the cost of acquisition of a property from the price of sale date since January 1, 2014. There is, however, a tax-free threshold of 25,000 euros for taxpayers who have held their sold property for at least five years.

The capital gains tax is payable within five days from the signing of the sale contract and is paid by the seller, while buyers also have to pay a transaction tax equal to 3 percent".

Update: Capital Gains Tax Measures Frozen for Two Years

Monday, 28 April 2014

"The Greeks of Today" (An American Diplomat's View, 1872)



From The Spectator Archives

The Greeks of To-Day, Charles K. Tuckerman, late Minister Resident of the United States at Athens. London: Sampson Low and Co., 1872.

Read the book online

Pdf File

From a Spectator review of 5 July, 1873:

"The current accusations against the Greeks of to-day are many. Mr. Tuckerman has something to say to most of them, and often looks at them in an unexpected light. The charge most generally repeated is that of political corruption. It is admitted that corruption does exist in Greece; the Greeks do not claim to be a society of angels. But the country is poor and small, there is eager political competition, and infinite talk and journalism magnifies everything :-

"I am persuaded," Mr. Tuckerman says, "that the Greeks themselves are accountable for much of the prejudice against them. The politicians ferret out every conceivable and many inconceivable crimes, and the twenty-five or thirty journals of Athens do not let it die for want of circulation, The great proportion of political sinning is fabricated by partisan scribblers, and it may be safely said that much of that which has foundation is exaggerated, and much of that which is not exaggerated has no foundation in fact."

And he proceeds to turn the tables on his own countrymen by a short but pointed reference to the well known condition of the Civil Service in the United States. The real reproach of Greek politics, according to the American ex-Minister, lies in the want of any coherent and widespread public opinion. "Greece is a nation of politicians without a party," and government is evolved as it best may be, which naturally is not very well, out of a scramble of individuals. However unsatisfactory this state of things is in itself, it seems to show a persistence rather than a degeneration of the old Greek character."

Nicholas Elliott Interview, 1992, On Philby, The Cold War and the KGB: "Appalling New Problems"



Video from the BBC archives

Dorset's Shifting Shores; Coastal Erosion; South West England



On an NT report (Dorset Echo)

The National Trust Report

Sunday, 27 April 2014

"Sunday They'll Make Me a Saint"



Given the events at the Vatican today, mention of the great dramatic work by Demetrius Toteras does not seem inappropriate.

The text of Sunday They'll Make Me a Saint can still be obtained. A new edition is needed.





"Soon there will be a champion amongst us
an eternal champion mounted on a red sorrel,
aprons of steel...Saint Picalo"

Reverend: "Canonise him now, Luther...They shall forget the man and only speak of the Saint. You shall be remembered when the last man looks at the burning sun and falls to his knees whispering Saint Picalo. They will have forgotten us but not you, Patron Saint of the men of the night, father to thieves and murderers...We have made another man more than just a man who was born to die. We have made you a man who must die!" 

From Demetrius Toteras, Sunday They'll Make Me a Saint 

Rita Ora, Albanian-British Success Story



Originally from Pristina (Prishtinë), Kosova:

Rita Ora (Rita Sahatçiu Ora )

Behind the scenes


"StoryMondo": a call to all writers around the world



This new initiative provides exciting opportunities for writers from around the world.

I met the editor in Dorchester a few days ago. A project with great potential.

Details about submissions.

Pan-Ionian Conference, Corfu



For all the information, here is the official website

http://panioniosynedrio.gr

Events, concerts, exhibitions etc

Venues (for conference sessions)

Speakers

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Roving Press, Dorset Publisher, New Blog



Dorset publisher Roving Press is now making good use of all the social media, including Twitter and Facebook; here's a recent posting from the blog.

On Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Maiden Castle; Forged slingshots from Chesil Beach; Fund-raising.



 "The saddleback hill now encircled by the earthworks of Maiden Castle"

******

From an article on Sir Mortimer Wheeler by Oliver Moody, The Times, April 26:

"Money was short, and the archives reveal that he resorted to several 'scams' to raise funds. While the couple were working on Maiden Castle, the Iron Age hill fort in Dorset, Dr (Gabriel) Moshenska said that Sir Mortimer sold hundreds of 'slightly forged' ancient slingshots taken from nearby Chesil Beach".

See abstract from a paper from Public Archaeology on the subject

Volume 10 Issue 1 (01 February 2011), pp. 46-55

"Mortimer Wheeler's Theatre of the Past", Gabriel Moshenska, Tim Schadla-Hall

Abstract

"This paper examines the nature of Mortimer Wheeler's work as a public archaeologist, and in particular his efforts to display the archaeological process to interested members of the public. By focusing on the excavations at Maiden Castle, Dorset, from 1934 to 1937 we compare Wheeler's stated philosophy of public archaeology with his practice in the field. At Maiden Castle the theatre of excavation was the centrepiece of a carefully marketed archaeological experience including tours, souvenirs, and a well-developed media strategy. By applying the commodity model of public archaeology as an analytical framework we highlight the sophistication and success of Wheeler's 'theatre of the past'. This analysis lays a foundation for further critical historical studies of both the public understanding of the past, and of Wheeler's life and works".





Friday, 25 April 2014

European Commission, Economic Review of Greece




The Second Economic Adjustment Programme for Greece
Fourth Review – April 2014

The latest report, April 2014 (pdf)

Summary for non-specialists

Overall good news, with some ongoing issues and qualifications:

"Implementation risks to the programme remain high...risks remain considerable, in particular in relation to perseverance in confronting vested interests.

Conditional on continued implementation by the Greek authorities, notably of the prior actions, the programme is broadly on track".

"With solid fiscal performance and the stabilisation of the banking system, it is now crucial to ensure that a wide range of ambitious structural reforms is implemented to quickly restore and promote growth and support employment. The government committed to implement a package of important structural reforms which, if fully implemented, will significantly improve the growth potential and flexibility of the Greek economy".

IMPLEMENTATION...and...

"Efforts to fight corruption are being stepped up but the challenge is substantial. According to recent reports by Transparency International and the European Commission, the perception of corruption in Greece is the highest among the EU Member States. The adjustment programme is tackling this reality, and there has already been some progress, with the adoption of an anticorruption strategy and the appointment of a national coordinator. The Government has adopted the crucial framework law for anticorruption and is expected to adopt a code of conduct for members of Government in April, and by June revised legislation on funding of political parties and legislation on declaration and monitoring of assets which will put Greece at the forefront on this aspect".

On Greece's debt (Kathimerini)

Yanis Varoufakis, Primary Surplus...or Deficit?

More from Yanis Varoufakis

Credible statistics (Kathimerini)

Greece behind schedule with debt reduction efforts (Deutsche Welle)

Request for Debt Relief (Kathimerini)

Nick Malkoutzis, Macropolis

John Psaropoulos, Al Jazeera

On Chancellor Merkel's Visit to Athens (DW)

"Experten warnen, dass die Krise immer noch nicht überwunden ist"

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pan-Ionian Conference, Corfu: Opening Concert, 30 April



Η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Φιλαρμονικής Εταιρείας Κερκύρας «ανοίγει» το 10ο Πανιόνιο Συνέδριο στις 30 Απριλίου 2014.

Την Τετάρτη, 30 Απριλίου 2014 πρόκειται να αρχίσουν οι εργασίες του επετειακού 10ου ανιονίου Συνεδρίου (150 έτη από την Ένωση της Επτανήσου και 100 έτη από την έναρξη του θεσμού των Πανιονίων Συνεδρίων). Στις 20.00 η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Φιλαρμονικής Εταιρείας Κερκύρας, πάντοτε στην Αίθουσα Εκδηλώσεων της Ιονίου Ακαδημίας, υπό τη διεύθυνση του αρχιμουσικού Άλκη Μπαλτά θα σημάνει και μουσικά την έναρξη του τετραήμερου αυτού συνεδρίου, καθώς και των παράλληλων καλλιτεχνικών εκδηλώσεών του, αποδίδοντας, όπως
απαιτεί η περίσταση, έργα Επτανησίων μουσουργών, και συγκεκριμένα του Νικόλαου Mάντζαρου, του Σπύρου Σαμάρα, του Παύλου Καρρέρ, του Διονυσίου Λαυράγκα, του Αλέξανδρου Γκρεκ και του Ιωσήφ Καίσαρη. Η είσοδος στη συναυλία, όπως και σε όλες τις εκδηλώσεις και τις συνεδρίες του Πανιονίου Συνεδρίου, είναι ελεύθερη.

Jazz at its very best: Graham Collier, The Last Suites



It's been quite some time since I listened to my favourite Duke Ellington and Charlie Mingus vinyl albums.

I've just received a double CD of two suites which are undoubtedly in the same league as the best compositions of those two giants of jazz. Superlative music and a mind-blowing ensemble. A great discovery. Let the music play!


"Luminosity", Graham Collier, The Last Suites.

Disc One: The Blue Suite
Disc Two: Luminosity.

Thanks John! It sounds great.

From the website

"Graham’s jazzcontinuum label will release a double CD of his last two suites ‘The Blue Suite’ and Luminosity’, unrecorded when he died in 2011, in February 2014, under the title Luminosity.

The two last suites were recorded at Livingston Studios in London in June 2013. Graham’s long-time saxophonist Geoff Warren agreed to become in effect ‘executive producer’, organizing and conducting the sessions, with a reconvened line-up of Graham’s The Jazz Ensemble, featuring friends old and new: James Allsopp, Roy Babbington, Mark Bassey, Graeme Blevins, Roger Dean, Andy Grappy, John Marshall, Andy Panayi, Ed Speight, Martin Shaw, Art Themen, Trevor Tomkins, Steve Waterman and Jonathan Williams.

As the very last suite, ‘Luminosity’, was inspired by the works of Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, we approached the Hofmann Trust and obtained permission to use one of the Hofmann paintings, Blue Monolith, 1961, which inspired one of the ‘Luminosity’ pieces, on the cover".


A montage of music (13 minutes)

Now I'm waiting for a studio recording of Graham's Paxos Suite, Gaios, Lakka, Loggos.


Photo from www.johngillwrites.com



Corfu Property and Better Times (the summer is coming)



More on the Corfu Property Market

Richard Pine, Irish Times

Institution for Growth (Kathimerini)

The Language of Scots, Michael Rosen



Fascinating programme on BBC Radio 4

"Michael Rosen goes to Glasgow to learn the language of Scots and discovers that Scotland's second language is enjoying greater usage among young people and foreigners. He speaks to Glasgow bus driver James Lillis who has been giving classes to Polish drivers to help them understand passengers, student Lorna Wallis whose online poem Tae A Selfie, written in the style of Robert Burns went viral, and to comedian Sanjeev Kohli, a proponent of the Scots vernacular".

***

And some synthetic Scots poetry by Hugh MacDiarmid, from A Drunk Man Looks At The Thistle

The Watergaw

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Art and the Dorset Landscape: Lecture




Drawing Inspiration (AONB)


Witness, Greece: Seven Years of Military Dictatorship



BBC Radio 4 programme

"In April 1967, seven years of military dictatorship began in Greece. During the rule of the colonels, thousands of people were arrested and tortured. Sociologist Gerasimos Nortaras was part of the armed resistance to the military. He was captured, but refused to give away his fellow fighters, even under brutal torture".

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Corfu, 1962: Club Méditerranée, Dassia; Film, "French Village in Greece"


Great Club Med 1962 Pathe film!

Greek Dancers, Corfu, 1962, Castello Mimbelli



Corfu staff, 1953


Poole Pottery








Independent Record Store Day, UK


Big queues expected at independent record stores for Record Store Day

Historic British Pathé Films and Rare Footage On YouTube (including Greece, extraordinary footage to explore)



Telegraph report

"British Pathé, the newsreel maker which documented all walks of life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube.

The archive of 3,500 hours of footage was digitised in 2002 thanks in part to a grant from the National Lottery, and is now freely accessible to anyone around the world for free".

Greek Easter, 1947 EnetEnglish

More films about Greece

1948

1947, War Front in Northern Greece, Greek-Albanian border

1947, Fighting on Northern Frontier

1940: Greece At War With Italy

1944: Return to Greece

1948: General Fleet in Greece

1955: Cyprus; Crisis Island

1953: Earthquake Islands, Cephalonia, Relief Work Continues

1965: Greek Island (Thasos)

Much more to explore! A tremendous resource.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Corfu, Easter Saturday: Pot-Throwing after the Rain



This posting is still relevant

Metro's "weird" Easter traditions

Greek Reporter

A great photo from corfunewsit blog

Watched the live stream Corfu Channel broadcast (rain stopped the procession of the Epitaphios and Saint Spyridon at 9.30am Greek time, 7.30am UK time- but wind bands continued to play). Pot-throwing and "Proti Anastasi" at 11am Greek time (9am UK time).

Computer Screen Shot

My first Corfiot Easter:



"Η παράδοση θέλει το λαό μας να ονομάζει την Ανάσταση "Λαμπρή". Γιατί έχει μέσα στην ψυχή του ο λαός μας το φως, την αισιοδοξία και τη δύναμη.

Και είναι αυτό το φως που μας κρατάει όρθιους. Και είναι αυτό το φως που θα βγάλει όλους τους Έλληνες νικητές. Χριστός Ανέστη σε όλους".



Editor(s):Anthony Hirst, Patrick Sammon

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Dorchester Sports Centre Pool; Condor Ferries, Weymouth


Not good news:

Dorchester Swimming Pool

Weymouth Condor Ferry Future

More - and Dorset Echo petition

Palikari, a documentary film about Louis Tikas



This sounds like an interesting story and film subject.

Dorset: Weymouth in the 1950s, Photographs



BBC selection

Ellika & Solo, Fiddle and Kora Duo



Senegalese/Swedish duo, violin and kora.

I saw them perform in Stockholm about ten years ago.

Try them!

More on YouTube

On Ukraine and Russia: Possible Scenarios



Could be of interest (Royal United Services Institute)

Walter Russell Mead

BBC report

With a hat-tips to James for the links.

Better news from the BBC: de-escalation

Russia's Military Bases (Aljazeera)

Update, Foreign Affairs, October-November 2014: The Intelligence War

On Average Life Expectancy in the UK


From The Telegraph

How many more years?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

West Dorset Beach Cleanup, Hive and Cogden Beaches



From BBC News

"Volunteers have removed 13kg (29lb) of dog mess from two Dorset beaches.

The clear-up in the Cogden and Hive Beach area on Friday was aimed at highlighting problems caused by owners who do not clear up after their pets...

Helen Freeman, a dog owner who was involved in the project, said: "We were all shocked when we recorded, sprayed and picked up the dog mess and discovered the extent of the issue."

Bridport vet Barry O'Mahony said: "Neosporosis is the most frequently diagnosed cause of abortion in cattle in the UK and cattle become infected through dog poo...

National Trust ranger Rowan Thompson said: "It is not fair that a minority of visitors ruin these beautiful areas for everyone else, not to mention the harm done to wildlife and livestock."

Meanwhile, in Dorchester...

Monday, 14 April 2014

Compared to these storms...(John Donne)




Compared to these storms, death is but a qualm,

Hell somewhat lightsome, and the Bermuda calm.

John Donne, from The Storm



Our storm is past, and that storm's tyrannous rage,
A stupid calm, but nothing it, doth 'suage...

Storms chafe, and soon wear out themselves, or us;
In calms, Heaven laughs to see us languish thus.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christopher King in Oxford American video



Do watch the video - if you like profound music

"Christopher King is a discoverer of lost worlds. Musical worlds... For a number of years he has curated highly sophisticated—and celebrated—collections of music themed around some of the most elemental questions humanity has forever faced: love, loss, pain and work".

See also: Alexis Zoumbas

New York Times Magazine, John Jeremiah Sullivan

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

On The Greek Economic Recovery



John Psaropoulos

CNN Money, Fortune, Cyrus Sanati

Kathimerini, Nikos Xydakis

The official Greek report, delivered to Chancellor Merkel

The Current Situation of the Greek Economy
Ministry of Finance General Accounting Office ,
Athens, April 11th, 2014

'Austerity' lost in translation (EnetEnglish)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Korean Poetry and Books



How to understand Korean Poetry

A Brief History of Korean Literature

The oldest existing metal-plate printed book


Code of Practice

In Korea's oldest books
Few misprints are ever found:
No errors were permitted.
Punishment was most severe,
According to the Code -
Thirty strokes of the cane
For a single mistake -
For everyone concerned,
From senior supervisor to the lowest apprentice.
Thirty strokes. Imprinted pain.
For five mistakes, dismissal.

Mark Twain in Bermuda (and a little Trollope)







From Masterworks Exhibition



See also, Anthony Trollope, Aaron Trow

"There is a sort of prettiness about these islands which, though it never rises to the loveliness of romantic scenery, is nevertheless attractive in its way. The land breaks itself into little knolls, and the sea runs up, hither and thither, in a thousand creeks and inlets; and then, too, when the oleanders are in bloom, they give a wonderfully bright colour to the landscape. Oleanders seem to be the roses of Bermuda, and are cultivated round all the villages of the better class through the islands. There are two towns, St George and Hamilton, and one main high road, which connects them; but even this high road is broken by a ferry, over which every vehicle going from St George to Hamilton must be conveyed".

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"That the Neapolitan sailors of King Alonzo should have been wrecked here, I consider to be more likely. The vexed Bermoothes is a good name for them. There is no getting in or out of them without the greatest difficulty, and a patient, slow navigation, which is very heart-rending. That Caliban should have lived here I can imagine; that Ariel would have been sick of the place is certain; and that Governor Prospero should have been willing to abandon his governorship, I conceive to have been only natural. When one regards the present state of the place, one is tempted to doubt whether any of the governors have been conjurors since his days.

Bermuda, as all the world knows, is a British colony at which we maintain a convict establishment. Most of our outlying convict establishments have been sent back upon our hands from our colonies, but here one is still maintained. There is also in the islands a strong military fortress, though not a fortress looking magnificent to the eyes of civilians as do Malta and Gibraltar. There are also here some six thousand white people and some six thousand black people, eating, drinking, sleeping, and dying.

The convict establishment is the most notable feature of Bermuda to a stranger, but it does not seem to attract much attention from the regular inhabitants of the place. There is no intercourse between the prisoners and the Bermudians. The convicts are rarely visited. As to the prisoners themselves, of course it is not open to them - or should not be open to them - to have intercourse with any but the prison authorities.

There have, however, been instances in which convicts have escaped from their confinement, and made their way out among the islands. Poor wretches! As a rule, there is but little chance for any that can so escape. The whole length of the cluster is but twenty miles, and the breadth is under four".

Anthony Trollope’s Bermuda Chronicles, bernews

See also Chapter 22, from p. 345, from The West Indies and the Spanish Main - Anthony Trollope - a very negative viewpoint, I much prefer Mark Twain!