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Friday, 28 April 2017

Scotland: Scottish Poetry

I have been reading a lot of Scottish poetry over the last few days, some of the more familiar names like Muir, MacDiarmid, Duffy and Dunn, some less familiar to me.

In this noisy, divided world, the poems (even MacDiarmid's, at times) offer a more subtle sense of identity than much of the aggressive political posturing on both sides of the Tweed.

Here's a poem entitled Scotland by Alastair Reid 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Greece: The True Cost of Education (State Provision and Private Frontisteria)

"Free Public Education Costs Greek Parents €3.7 Billion Each Year", from Greek Reporter

"Total money spent for public and private education in Greece in 2014 was 9,387.4 billion euros (equivalent to 5.3% of GDP), of which 59.8% (5,614.8 million euros) relates to public expenditure on education, while 40.2% (3.772,6 billion) relates to private expenditure on education respectively".

Theodoros Chiotis (Reading Greece Interview) on 'Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis'

From Greek News Agenda

Samos, Greece, Ancient Acqueduct Restored

From eKathimerini - the Eupalinian Aqueduct in Pythagorio on the island of Samos, after its restoration

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Ella's Portrait Photograph

Photo of Jim,  by Ella

Ella, granddaughter-photographer:

At the Diner (Mattia Diner, near Sparkford, Somerset)

Great music, good fun!

A shame it wasn't there when I was going to school, just a mile away,
when most of that music was being made, around 1954-1958

Edwin Muir, The Refugees Born for a Land Unknown

A reminder of a great poet and a powerful poem.

From The Baffler

Two excerpts:

“I have fled through land and sea, blank land and sea,

Because my house is besieged by murderers

And I was wrecked in the ocean, crushed and swept,

Spilling salt angry tears on the salt waves,

My life waste water drawn down through a hole,

Yet lived...

Since then I remember nothing,

But this room in a place where no doors open.

I think the world died many years ago.”

Greece: Reform Measures - Legislation Without Implementation?

From Greek Reporter- PM Tsipras: Greece Ready to Legislate Reforms Depending on Debt Relief:

“We will obviously legislate (the measures) in order to secure a deal on debt relief,” Tsipras stated, saying that he wanted a solution to Greece’s debt burden by May’s end. “They won’t be implemented… unless we get a solution on debt",

Bermuda: The Premier's Speech in Philadelphia

From Bermuda Legal - The Bermuda Government at RIMS, Philadelphia: Bermuda Shorts on display

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dorset, NHS: Response to changes

From BBC News - Rally over changes to Dorset's NHS services

"NHS Dorset CCG said information gathered during a public consultation between December and February was being used to produce a report, expected shortly".

Friday, 21 April 2017

Bruce Langhorne - "Farewell to the Tambourine Man" (Amanda Petrusich) and other Obituaries

Obituary by Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker biography

The Guardian Obituary

The Independent Obituary

Los Angeles Times Obituary

Bruce Langhorne played unforgettable guitar on albums such as Bob Dylan's "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"and "Bringing It All Back Home", and on Joan Baez's "Farewell Angelina".

Copyright Law, Complicated Issues

From BBC Radio 4, BBC iPlayer - Leading copyright lawyer and author Richard Taylor asks whether copyright is an analogue law in the digital age.

Programme Information:

"Everywhere we look, there are examples of copyright - from the music playing in stores to the images on billboards and the trainers we wear. And that is just in the real world. On the internet, users downloading music or posting images can infringe copyright on a daily basis without ever being aware.

Richard Taylor examines the problems with copyright law, revealing the cracks in the current system which can stifle artistic creation, manipulate our view of history and even put hurdles in the way of scientific development. He acknowledges the importance of copyright in recognising and rewarding authorship but questions at what point it becomes more about financial greed and control, with increasing ownership in the hands of big music labels, film companies and publishers.

US judge Alex Kozinski says, "Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as under protecting it. Nothing since we tamed fire is genuinely new, culture like technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before."

Rows over copyright are not new. In 1842, Charles Dickens, at the height of his fame, embarked on a lengthy tour of America, not to promote his books but to stop US publishers ripping him off. Dickens failed - and took his revenge in the American passages in Martin Chuzzlewit.

Dickens would be delighted at the growing enforcement of copyright law. In the early 1970s Terry Gilliam borrowed hundreds of images and paintings for his famous Monty Python animations, yet in 1995 he discovered times had changed when making the film 12 Monkeys. A court stopped distribution of the film, concluding that Gilliam had based a set design on a copyrighted drawing. Gilliam also had to pay for a background appearance of Andy Warhol's Xerox of Da Vinci's Last Supper.

In today's digital age, ownership is more complicated and subject to different legislation in different countries. In France for example a photograph of the Eiffel tower lit up at night would infringe the copyright of the light show creators, even though a photo taken during the day is permissible because the architect has long since died.

More obvious are copyright infringements in music, art and written works. A recent US case sent shock waves through the music industry when a jury concluded parts of Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke were copied from Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give It Up and ordered $7.4m be paid to Gaye's children. Forensic musicologist Peter Oxendale testified in the case and is on record as condemning the judgement as mad. The uncertainty around music copyright judgements has led to a mushrooming of his case load. He now gets hundreds of enquiries from music labels and singer song writers wanting him to check for possible copyright infringement before tracks are released.

The film industry also spends millions to pick their way through the copyright minefield. In the recent film Selma however the King Estate refused permission to use the speeches of Martin Luther King. The film's director was therefore forced to re-write his words.

In the programme, Richard interviews copyright experts, hunts down representative cases and talks to campaigners like Julia Reda MEP who wants better copyright laws and clarity".

Presenter: Richard Taylor
Producer: Sara Parker
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

Athens, Greece: 21 April 1967

50 Years Ago:

"Ελλάς Ελλήνων Χριστιανών"


Translation by Nikos Stangos

The Durrells Series 2 | First Look | 23 April at 8pm

Watch trailer

I don't think Mrs Durrell would have said "Enjoy!" in the 1930s...

ITV Blog: Filming in Corfu, Hannah Bechelet

China: Five places to go near Beijing (Alec Ash)

From The Economist's 1843 magazine

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Dorset: An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1, West, and Volume 2, South east

South east,  British History Online

West, British History Online

Weymouth, Dorset, An Inventory of Historical Monuments

From British History Online

Roman Mosaics in Dorchester and Weymouth

Lyme Regis, Belmont House (before 1952)

After restoration, Landmark Trust:

Sherborne, Dorset, Inventory of Historical Monuments

From British History Online

Bridport, Dorset, Inventory of Historical Monuments

From British History Online

Dorchester, Dorset, Inventory of Historical Monuments

From British History Online

Cogden Beach- Shipton Gorge- Burton Bradstock: A Dorset Walk

Thanks, John!

Earthwork: Shipton Hill