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Category archive: History

Monday April 29 2019

Earlier today, Patrick Crozier and I recorded another of our recorded conversations (by and by it will appear here).  Patrick laid out the agenda which was Christianity, and how, although he could never believe in it, henevertheless regrets the diminution of its influence on our world.

He mentioned the way the Western Roman Empire fell apart after it had been conquered by Christianity (echoing Gibbon, although I didn’t say that; he mentioned ecclesiastical architecture; he mentioned the intimate relationship between Christianity and secular power; and at one point we rather digressed, into the matter of French domestic architecture.

Here are four photos I photoed in Quimper, Brittany, exactly one year ago to the day, which illustrate these various talking points:

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Photo 1.1 a history lesson inside Qumper Cathedral which covers the ground Patrick alluded to about the Roman Empire (protected by glass, hence the reflection of the stained glass window)..  Photo 1.2 is a view of one of the towers of Quimper Cathedral, as seen from the other tower.  Photo 2.1 is of an equestrian statue, from the same spot.  And finally, 2.2, also from the same spot, is a photo looking out over the city of Quimper.

The weather could have been a lot brighter, but you are only allowed to the top of Quimper Cathedral on the one day each year, and April 29th 2018 was the day that it was

I will greatly miss Quimper and its Cathedral, now that my friends in France no longer live there.  I won’t be going back on my own, just to see it but not them.

Wednesday April 24 2019

Fifteen years ago today, on April 24th 2004, at the Parliament end of Westminster Bridge, I took a clutch of photos of a guy who was photoing the London Eye from that spot:

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So far so ordinary.  Not so ordinary, however, is that he was using a mobile phone.  This is one of the earliest sightings I have found in the archives of mobile phone photoing, a trend only resisted now by freaks like me who care lots about photoing, but almost nothing about instantly communicating, of photos or of anything much else.

My camera was a Canon A70.

Thursday April 18 2019

More sport.  This time in the form of a striking (literally) little passage from the preface of a book by Richard Tomlinson about the famed Victorian era cricketer W.G. Grace:

By the time he was twenty-seven, Grace had scored fifty first-class centuries.  He performed this feat at a time when pitches were so poor, and cricket gear so flimsy, that batsmen risked their lives whenever they took guard.  In one match at Lord’s – a ground where he would pick stones out of the rutted pitch – W.G. scored a hundred and then saw another batsman killed by a ball that smashed his head.

Despite the gear having got a lot less flimsy, cricket deaths, even now, occasionally happen.

Wednesday April 17 2019

Yes, telling you about how I’ve been in France.

So. where was I?  In France?  Well, to give you an idea, here are some of the excellent places I visited:

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Whenever I am in foreign parts, I always photo signs, adverts, and the like.  Every place has its own style for doing such things, so signage photos can be very evocative, when you look back at them.  Also, they tell you where you were, and hence what all the other photos taken at the same time were of.

Click on the above photo-fragments to get some context.  If you are curious about any of these places, well, you now have the words you need to go searching.  Words are already links, in the sense that you don’t need me to turn them into links.

I especially like how, when you leave a French town or village, you get a sign with the name crossed through with a red line (2.3).

I also photo war memorials, keeping a particular eye open for repeated surnames.  In Lagrasse (3.1), Baillat, Fontvieille and Jougla are surnames that each get two mentions.

I also like to photo the stuff in tourist shops, especially the postcards (1.1 and 3.2).  That way, you get what tourists generally consider to be the best views, and are alerted to interesting local things which you otherwise might miss even learning about.  Although, in St Cyprien, I got a bit of aggro from a couple shopkeepers who objected to me photoing their produce instead of buying it.

Tuesday April 16 2019

There you were, waiting for a good time to con your way past the front door of my block of flats by saying you’re the postman, to climb my stairs, to bash in my front door and to plunder my classical CD collection.  All that was stopping you was the fear of me bashing your skull to bits with my cricket bat, which I keep handy for just this sort of eventuality.

So anyway, there you were reading all about how my life for the last week has been complicated.  But, I clean forgot to tell you that the reason for all this complication was that I was off in the south of France.  Silly old me.  I’m getting old, I guess.

Here’s how the south of France was looking:

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Those are the Pyrenees at the back there.  In the foreground, lots of little wine trees.

The weather looks slightly better in that than it really was, what with it having been so very windy.  Especially on the final day of my stay, up on this thing.

Friday April 05 2019

On June 13th 2008 I was wandering about in Quimper, photoing photos.  Mostly the photos were of such things as Quimper Cathedral with its twin spires, photoers photoing Quimper Cathedral with its twin spires, that kind of thing.

But in among all those, and with no accompanying explanation (like a context photo with less zoom (memo to self: always photo a context photo if it might help)), this:

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KanaBeach seems to be some sort of Brittany based clothing brand ("Kanabeach est une entreprise de vêtements bretonne"), which a few years later seems to have crashed and burned, after which catastrophe it may or may not have made a recovery.  (A recovery attempt which involved a giraffe, for some reason.)

But, I have no idea who Jean-Francois Kanabeach is.  And I am similarly baffled by the Nuclear Rabbits From Outta Space.  Google’s basic reaction to that was, first off, to ask if I meant “Nuclear Rabbits From Outer Space”.

A rabbit was, so it says here, launched into space in 1959.  And the Chinese did some stuff on the Moon in 2013, with something called the Jade Rabbit (aka Yutu).  But Nuclear Rabbits, from Outta Space?  Quesque c’est? Usually the Internet has something to say in answer to questions like this.  But in this matter, rien.

Tuesday April 02 2019

So tweets City AM’s Christian May.

Everybody is now bitching about this Thing, just like they did with the Eiffel Tower.  Do “we need” it?  Blah blah.  Well guess what: I want it.  And more to the point the people paying for it and wanting to build it want it.

Although, I did agree with the Dezeen commenter who said that maybe a Tulip is not the sort of thing you want in the middle of one of the world’s great financial districts.

LATER: Julia H-B:

Like all of London’s new skyscrapers, I’ll hate it.*

*Until I love it.

Precisely.

Thursday March 28 2019

Today, thanks to GodDaughter2, who is a singing student, I got to see a dress rehearsal of a new opera being staged by English National Opera called Jack The Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.  I had my camera with me, but these places don’t encourage photography, so I was assuming I’d emerge from the Coliseum with only the memories of what we’d seen and heard.

The story was, of course, gruesome, and GodDaughter2 grumbled about the lighting, which was relentlessly dark and depressing.  However, the music was pleasingly tonal, drenched in melodies, and most especially in harmonies, of a sort that seemed, in my youth half a century ago, like they’d vanished from the world of new opera for ever.

Back in that stricken post-Schoenbergian musical no-man’s-land, posh music was thought to “progress”, like science.  And it had progressed up its own rear end into unmelodious, unharmonious, unrhythmic oblivion, and because this was progress, no way back was permitted.  But then, that was all blown to smithereens by the likes of Philip Glass and John Adams.  Iain Bell, the composer of Jack The Ripper, operates in the musical world established by those two American giants.

So even though we were about a quarter of a mile away from the action, up near the ceiling, and thus couldn’t make out anyone’s face, just being there was a most agreeable experience.

And then come the curtaln call at the end, there was another nice surprise:

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That being the final surtitle of the show, to be seen in the spot up above the stage where all the previous surtitles had been saying what they had been singing.  So I got my camera out, cranked up the zoom to full power, and did what I could.

The curtain calls looked like this:

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I was particularly interested in the lady in the yellow dress, on the right of the four ladies (guess what they all had in common), because that lady was Janis Kelly, who is GodDaughter2’s singing teacher at the Royal College.

Rather disappointingly, for me, was that most of the photos I took of Ms Kelly were better of the lady standing next to her when they were taking their bows, a certain Marie McLaughlin:

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But I did get one reasonably adequate snap of Ms Kelly, suitably cropped (the photo, I mean) to remove Ms McLaughlin, whose nose had been sliced off in the original version that had emerged from the camera:

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My camera now has much better eyesight than I do, and the gap seems to grow by the month.  Okay, that photo is rather blurry.  But there was a lot of zoom involved. I only managed to decipher about a third of those surtitles.  One of the key members of the cast was black, but I only found this out when I got home and saw her in one of my photos (see above).

I hope a DVD, or perhaps some kind of internetted video, of this production emerges.  And I think it might, because this is a show full of pro-female messages of the sort that appeal to modern tastes, and featuring one of the most spectacular exercises in toxic masculinity in London’s entire history.

I’m now going to read the synopsis of the show at the far end of the first link above, to get a a more exact idea of what happened.

Me and my camera at the ENO
New Big Thin Things in New York
When natural selection trumps sexual selection
A classic episode
The Welbeck Street Car Park then and now
The Park Hotel seen from the park
When Elvis met Tommy in Bermondsey
Three birds and a clock
A new book (which will be available in English) by Emmanuel Todd
Photoing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
The Michelin Man stained glass window
Smartphone photoers on Westminster Bridge
Yet another Big Thing alignment
More photos by Dominique
Just did a posting for here …
Three top bloakes all playing for England
Spurs win 0-1?
Big Ex-Thing
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How Twitter works
Books and a telegram
The Penmarc’h Lighthouse
City views from 2004
A flash photo of Stephen Davies
Transcendence
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Statue with roof clutter
Challenging a Victorian myth with Twitter
Regimental Remembrance
A design success and a designfail
There should be more fake antiquity
The original Sloane
Albert Memorial photos
Transport chat with Patrick Crozier (and sorry for the delay telling you about it)
Peak Remembrance?
Sign of our time
The title of my talk at Christian Michel’s on Jan 6th 2019
Sardar Patel goes large
BMdotcom financial quote of the day
More modern architectural colour
22 dwarfs 42
At the Grafton Arms (after recording a talk)
The performing horses of Warwick Castle (2): After the show
Homage to Hartley: The V&A under a very blue sky
How the London Underground pioneered credit cards
The performing horses of Warwick Castle: Nice legs – shame about the faces
“That wealth can be created and not just rearranged or come at someone’s expense …”
The last really fine day of 2018 (2): Scaffolding wrapped and unwrapped - and the Reichstag wrapped
Photoers from 2013: Varieties of facelessness
Apartments on a bridge in Stockholm
How the Shard was looking nine years ago
Lines of birds over Rye
150 great things about the Underground: Number 122
Michael Jennings explores Tehran
The Great Pagoda of Kew Gardens – and its dragons
La Taupe
Robert R. Reilly on the nature of Saudi power
The man from Glint
A Brunel bridge seat and the Brunel museum
Sun and rain in Brussels – February 2005
Photoing architectural change
Lady photoers holding other cameras beside the ones they’re using
The Blackfriars ghost columns make themselves useful
Pimlico roof clutter
Do they know it’s them?
The Boomerang still being constructed
Photoers ten years ago today
From the age of bridges to the age of bridge collapses?
Helping hands
That Bartok statue again
A spinner with the wrong stuff and batsmen with the right stuff
IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor (and more Samsung overheating)
Recovering with McFarlane
Cats - Dogs - Hitler - and Surrey don’t win
Tim Harford at Think 2018
Photoer with street map
RAF 100 flypast
Cromwell with a plain background
Now you see it – now you don’t
A Jordan Peterson dating site?
The notes for my talk
More photoers
The Guy’s Hospital Tower in 2000
Back in England
Inside the spire and looking upwards
The men but not the luggage - and a round of golf
Talking with - and without - a microphone
Photoer photos from five years ago
The centre of London from Alexandra Palace ten years ago
I need a link dump
On April 7th 2008 …
A picture of a not missing cat and the link to the story
An encouraging picture for Spurs
No daisy eating
Faces on a Monument
The biggest exercise in keeping up appearances that I have so far heard about
Leo McKinstry on British resistance to the German Sealion
Deidre McCloskey on how genetic diversity in a rich Africa will yield a crop of geniuses
Goodnight and see you tomorrow
ENO Traviata dress rehearsal
Assorted Twitterings
Wartime Encryption for Pigeons
A talk by me to Libertarian Home
Creature photos
But are we any happier?
Snow
Worse than bad form
Television – video games - crime
Penis park
A quote from when Venezuela was socialism being done rather than socialism not being done
Everyone can now do beautiful “art” with one click
War and peace
A face and some windows
A Mickey Mouse posting
The London skyline ten years ago
The City of London Cluster in 2026 (and now) - plus some family history
I like Prince Albert’s backing
Deidre McCloskey praises the Bourgeois Deal
BMdotcom insult of the day from Bette Davis (or from Legend)
The Gayer-Anderson Cat
Me and Patrick talk television
“I’m calling you from Windows about your computer …”
Antique Austins near the Regency Cafe
Vinyl Empire
Adriana Lukas tells Libertarian Home about the experience of communism
Monument dwarfed by Walkie-Talkie
Naughty old adverts in The Star
The RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican
A new Croydon carbuncle!
A recognisable Lancaster and a recognisable Vulcan
Maps!
Mugabe knows best
Adam Zamoyski on Pilsudski
Better batteries in the pipeline
Fewer Big Things then
A different sort of Remembrance photo
David Starkey on how Handel trumped Shakespeare
A Nelson photo of mine finds a new home
An imperfect posting (with a photo)
Le Corbusier gets Dalrympled
Rodelinda at the ENO tomorrow evening
Nadar takes photos from his giant balloon
Manet (and Nadar?) makes Olympia look like a photo
Solid light
Nieuwerkerke
Gerald Elias on classical music performance style(s)
David Hockney likes having servants!
Frollicking outside the Abbey (a decade ago)
Ross King describes how Louis Napoleon became the most important man in the world
A lot of people used to go to see the paintings in the Paris Salon
Solving the puzzle of pictures
Ross King introduces Meissonier
An interruption ends
A disruptive book about nineteenth century French painting
Taxi with tree
Video cameras from yesteryear
Me and Patrick Crozier talking about WW1: If only?
War Memorial outside Westminster Abbey
Aug ‘17 OSB9: Brutalism in London
August 2017 Old School Blogging (4): The exceptionalness of Don Bradman
August 2017 Old School Blogging (3): Birth of the Camera Phone
Two Seifert roof clutter clusters
On my need to photo dullness
Boycott pranked but Micky feels okay
The Sinatran origins of cool
A classic car and a modern classic car in Lower Marsh
Sculpture with greenery
Beau Brummell and three smartphoners
Just how Polish Chopin was and how he played
Food photoing
The Roman Empire as a tube map
A recital by GodDaughter 2 at the Royal College of Music
The same piece quotulated twice
City peddlers etc.
How the West defeats its enemies
Our Sea (and the trade we did in it)
Me on war and sport - quotulated two years later
On the popularity of high-rise living: People in high-rises like to look at other high-rises
Lincoln Paine on how Rome mastered the sea by turning sea battles into land battles
London is being Benidormed
Barcelona photoers 2005
A new British canal
Barcelona Big Things (and Barcelona Big Thing graphics)
London statues
Lincoln Paine: A ship in the desert
2012 and 2016 times 2 – London on the rise
A picture of a book about pictures
Lincoln Paine shifts the emphasis from land to water (with a very big book)
Classic cars in Lower Marsh
Stabat Mater at St Stephen’s Gloucester Road
A selfie being taken a decade ago
The past and the future
Three Walkie Talkie photos
Indian sign cautions against selfie sticks
Photoing the faces of strangers (or in my case: not)
Tim Marshall on ‘Sykes-Picot’
The Robert Stephenson statue at Euston
Tim Marshall on the illiberal and undemocratic Middle East
Making blue by copying tarantulas
And Africa’s rivers don’t help
Africa is (still) big
Industrial predictions from Peter Laurie in 1980
Softening the brutalities of brutalism with colour
Men on Gherkin
World War One questions
Trumping the Opera House
A list of well-known currently performing classical pianists
To Tottenham (7): Building the new Spurs stadium
I Love You Will U Marry Me
A snip at £7,499.99
A vintage photo
An Eiffel Tower at Wembley?
Some more Christmas cheer
When photoing with mobile phones began (and when I began photoing it)
To Tottenham (3): The Railwa
Alice Robb on how cats look like babies
Trump makes headlines a year ago
Arthur Seldon Centenary photos
To Tottenham (2): Seven Sisters?
Clocking clocks
Remembering ten years ago
Smith versus Marx
Where shall I go tomorrow?
Happy Halloween
The internet is for telling me what’s on the telly
Snake on a car
Coastline politics at Samizdata
Wembley Arch lighting contrast
A blown up airplane and a dodgy internet connection
Rod Green on Boys and Men at the time of Magna Carta
Dangereuse
Not a shot tower – no longer a pumping station tower
Quota thatched roof
I never thought that we could win
Matt Ridley on how (fracking) technology lead science
John Croft: Composition is not research
The cuddly killer
Strand Palace Hotel footbridge
Wooden Citroens and black baby dolls
Six dials at Seven Dials
A direct hit
1666 remembered - with another fire
Pletnev plays Haydn and I own it!
When welfare means lavatories
Another fine day at the Oval (1): Vans
Modernism now works
Did the ghostly Blackfriars Bridge columns make the new station more buildable?
The hottest day of the year (5): Old Citroens in Roupell Street
The hottest day of the year (4): An antique view from Waterloo
Gherkin in splendid isolation
Illness and coolness
The view from Docklands ten years ago
Comparing London then with London now (and the Oval then with the Oval now)
A “What If?” concerning the Battle of the Atlantic
Are London’s cranes about to depart for a few years?
Art comment
A decade of unrecognisable photographers
New Thin Things in New York (but not in Lower Manhattan)
55 Broadway
Face recognition – face disguise – the age of pseudo-omniscience
Keeping up appearances at One Palace Street
Deirdre McCloskey - The Great Enrichment – Using a smartphone as a mirror
Benevolent Laissez-Faire photos
Why I photo postcards
Second childhood
My next last Friday meeting: Patrick Crozier on the political consequences of WW1
Bard and Shard
Steven Johnson on how technology (such as the Magdeburg Sphere) grows science
Steven Johnson on how coffee replaced alcohol as the daytime drug of choice
The footbridges of Shad
The Waterloo Eurostar terminal is being revived
Benjamin Franklin maps the Gulf Stream
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
W. F. Deedes on the rise of Stanley Baldwin
Bach’s development of the most intense musical vision from a straitened environment
On the triumph of modernism in the kitchen
RIP David Bowie
With GD2 in Richmond Park (3): Scary names
Matt Ridley on the Chinese economic miracle
Out and about with GD1 (6): The journey gets properly started
Cats on an iPhone and Anton Howes on video
Fantasy Vauxhall Bridge with lots of glass
Matt Ridley on Epicurus and Lucretius
Peter Foster on Robert Owen
Antony Flew on the Terrors of Islam
Filling in a Meaningless Triangle near Kensington High Street tube
A Morris Minor advertising a ping pong night club
The sexiest statue in London?
Ronald Harwood on Karajan
Anton Howes on the idea of (and the unstoppability of) technological innovation
Old photos of Enceladus
18/07/2007 - 18:01-19:33
Steven Pinker on the (im)moral message of the Old Testament
A viadukt and a tunnel
Now I know what a Mews is
The culling of the Northern Hemisphere
Big house
An underground history lesson
Here begins the Essex Way
Juliet Barker on Knights of Old: A lot of history in one paragraph
A Real (cat) Photographer
Close departs
William Hague on the collapse of the centre left
On clapping in between movements at classical concerts
Big Ben through the legs of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
Designing and building with glass
Londres
Trois Citroens (et deux chevaux)
One day cricketers playing at test cricket
A blast from the photographic past
How David Irving put himself on trial
Palestra House – then and now
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
White cat – Mick Hartley’s photos and other photos he likes – black and white and colour
When David Irving called a British Judge “Mein Fuhrer”
London dragon
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
A new Grand Chose for Paris
It begins (badly)
Photoing old Dinky Toys in Englefield Green
Smart face on smartphone
Old London by the Buck Brothers
Ed Smith on sporting maturity – Burns and Henriques collide – Secretariat and his jockey
Paul Johnson on Mozart and Da Ponte
The new Wembley Stadium under construction plus a white van
Paul Johnson on what the young Mozart was up against
The view from outside Waterloo Station
OK
A new not very big Thing in Paris
A Shiny Thing and a friend also photoing it - with an iPhone
Reading Anton Howes again
Richard J. Evans on how evidence can become more significant over time
Another from the archives
Marc Morris on how the Bayeux Tapestry ought not to exist
The receiving station at Swains Lane (and the previous version of it)
Paul Kennedy on centimetric radar
You don’t see this any more
Bizarre designer furniture in a Covent Garden window
Marc Morris on medieval evidence (there’s more of it than you might think)
How bet hedging explains the perpetual terribleness of everything
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
Pete Comley talking about inflation on Friday February 27th
The Bayeux Tapestry small enough to fit in this blog
True hearts and warm hands
Miniature photographic fakery
The Bayeux Tapestry – the ultimate horizontalised graphic
Anthrozoology
BMdotcom What if? of the day
A feline Friday at Guido
Hand done photos
Golden Gate being built – Severn Road Bridge ditto – C20 photography – Hitler’s paintings
Colourfully painted modernity
Knackered
Old Quimper Cathedral
Trousers keyboard
Cameras photoing the Wheel (in 2007)
Was Guy’s Tower a key building in the architectural history of London?
A link and a photo of a photographer
Matt Ridley on how technology leads science and how that means that the state need not fund science
To Tower Bridge: Shadow selfie – Peace memorial – Big Things old and new
Dominic Frisby on the Hype Cycle
Phone (and cash) box
Quota photo from Paris (also a selfie)
The Poppies (1): What they look like
Why I am a point-and-shoot photographer rather than a Real Photographer
Pictures of Guy Herbert
My chance to ride a bus almost as old as me
The illustrations for Christian Michel’s talk this Friday (plus some thoughts from me)
MicheldeMontaigne.fr
How Bill Bryson on white and black paint helps to explain the Modern Movement in Architecture
An old story about colour perception
Michael Jennings at the Rose and Crown
Rob took photos
Chippendale without Rannie
Keeping up appearances
Bill Bryson on the miracle of crop rotation
Headlights with cleaning brush
Happy Friday (eventually)
On not letting either God or (the other) God do everything
Postrel goes for Gray
Bond car
PID at the Times
Something at Samizdata
Smaller Old Thing in front of Big New Things
Round headlights equals an old car
Football comment
Russian tanks in London
Vespa GS in Lower Marsh
The Not-V2 at London Bridge Station
Emmanuel Todd talking in English (about how the Euro is doomed)
Tricycles
The Lib Dem cat is out of the box
Tower Bridge before it got covered in stone
Building as ornament
Bennett and Lotus on how Emmanuel Todd’s family provoked his Grand Theory of Everything
Lilburne on a T-shirt and Lilburne on a mug
A old bus doing regular bus stuff
Michael Jennings talking about Russia this Friday
James II dressed as a Roman
Ten years ago today
VC DSO DSO DSO DSO
Anton Howes – James Lawson – Will Hamilton
Two badly lit views of “Victoria Tower” and why Big Ben is not St Stephen’s Tower or Elizabeth Tower
South Bank signs
Green screen blue screen
A selfie taken in 1955 - another taken in 2014 - another being taken in 2014
Another photographer photo from the archives
Amusing cats versus important people
Remembering another Christian name (and flagging up another talk)
Quota quote
Feline ephemera
Don’t judge a new technology by its first stumbling steps
The Met swoops on the Adams Family
Colour photography
Omaha dead
The text of my talk for Christian Michel last night on the impact of digital photography
Making sense of digital photography
Digital photography as telepathy
How hydrogen bombs work
Boris Johnson’s London
Whitewash
Old London photos
On having written about the 1958/9 Ashes series before the 2013/4 Ashes series had started
Tough going in Australia
I’m not the only one who suffers from rightward lean
Jane Austen’s naval brothers
Donald McCloskey?
Michael Jennings photoes Cape Bojador
Comrade Blimp
Digital photographers holding maps
Victor!
Daniel Hannan’s latest book(s?)
The Kelpies of Falkirk
They did not die to make us free
Heroes?
Rob Fisher on old things not looking old
Eurostar before St Pancras
Wedding photography - old and new
A vanished building and a bendy bus
A Strutton Ground shop and a Strutton Ground pub
Otherwise blogging (and a Burgess Park butterfly)
Anton Howes at the Rose and Crown
Algernon Sidney sends for Micklethwait because Micklethwait is wise, learned, diligent, and faithful
The next four Brian’s Last Fridays (including December 27)
The Times of May 24th 1940
Antoine Clarke on life and libertarianism in Britain in 1913
Billy Fury Way
The Alex Singleton blog
Views from Kings College
An old Mini and a new Mini
Craig Willy on Emmanuel Todd
Steve Davies talk last night
Emmanuel Todd links
Cassette iPhone photographer
Wedding photography (6): The Wedding and the Reception
Pictures from Georgia and Warsaw
Bookshops as Amazon showrooms
Feynman Diagrams on the Feynman van
Wedding photography (3): Technology as sculpture
So painters also used to “take” pictures
Crossrail grubbings
Me and the Six Nations under the weather
Classical CDs from Gramex
Bad times for the NHS
Crusader latrines
Steven Pinker’s description of The Enlightenment
Bomber Command Memorial pictures
How gun control works and how it will defend Libertaria
A camera in each hand
Changing views from the Monument
America 3.0
Remembrance Sunday photos
A review of Detlev Schlichter’s new book (multiplied by 4)
Kevin Dowd last night
76 operas and a monument in the wrong place for Hermann the German
Emmanuel Todd’s latest book - in English
Science can relax about the harm done to it by Climategate
Bizarre History - Johannes Brahms did not murder cats
Do not climb on the Thing!
Pictures of Detlev Schlichter
Shostakovich with cat
Gormley’s South Bank Men
Everything competes with everything
Photographing change from the Monument
Soviet health and safety posters
Let us now trash infamous men
A Spanish geography lesson
Bouncing bombs and spinning cricket balls
Me and Patrick Crozier talk about the banking crisis and its possible consequences
Lancaster
An amazon reviewer defends Alex Ross
October 2007 conversation about modern architecture with Patrick Crozier
St Valentine’s Day talk by me on architecture
Mozart might have become a criminal
Alex Ross on Hollywood film scores
Professor C. Northcote Parkinson on the Edifice Complex
Leytonstonia
More redirection
Obamanomics dod not work
English will not last for ever shock
James Waterton on a very smart very dumb Russian
Rockets are a great improvement on balloons
Defeating Islam (2): Conversion to Christianity will trump higher birth rates in Islamic countries
More bridge magic
What if the British Empire had stayed together?
St Matthew reinterpreted
Soros and his money
Happy hundredth
Links to this and that
Toby Baxendale on what went wrong and what to do about it
Anti-aircraft guns may not have killed many enemy airplanes but they did point them out
Perfectly clear politics
Obama raises the price of tanning
Everyone?
Farnborough redirect
303 Squadron in the movie and on the telly
I do love a steam train on a viaduct
Castro slams Israel
As strong and sweet as the free market itself
Soviet space leftovers
I love television
Photos of things past
Steve Davies lecture - photoing and videoing the lecture - post-lecture chat
One child poster
Everybody draw Mohammed every day!
God is not One
Why my libertarianism has the look and feel of socialism
Why David Hepworth is wrong about podcasting
The cats from out of town that cleared out the rats during the siege of Leningrad
You had a hard disc?  Luxury!
Cricket talk tonight
Three more headlines and how the internet remembers it all
Photographic coup
Short posting (with short photo) about SpaceShipTwo
ClimateGate roars on and Man(n)-made warming is taking on a whole new meaning
In Gorbachev we trust?
Luxembourg church in hill and Luxembourg footbridge
How building St Peter’s Rome split the Catholic Church and how marzipan was invented in Luebeck
Frank McLynn: “Counterfactual history is the essence of history …”
Going global
Polish anti-semitism - a history lesson at last night’s dinner
Death to all who try to tiptoe past our guards while wearing giant baby costumes!
At least libertarianism is understood over there
Alex Ross on Sibelius
The concrete monstrosities of the South Bank may be about to get colourful
Changing faces of Europe
A little archaeology
What Bercow does next
Model T parts flatvert
Tienanmen + Twitter = Teheran
Hislop fluffs the rhyme
What next for Guido Fawkes?
Handel in London – and an angelic tenor aria
There weren’t a billion of them then
Patri Friedman versus Chris Tame
Lawrence H. White on the Scottish experience of free banking
Signs of the times in Belfast
My confusion about free banking
What the previous two postings here have in common
Daniel Hannan and the shape of the media to come
“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore …”
Bike made entirely of wood
Long platform ticket
Clay Shirky on newspaper doom
Reading Kasparov
Ancient Sheffield dwarfed by modernity
Professor Dowd and I contemplate a stately home from a distance
Monsal Viaduct
Who is Arnold Leah?
Philippa Micklethwait - the Eulogy
Jennings did it
Flat train picture and regular train picture
Another strange Staines statue
Meme for the New Depression
Roll out the Lino
Milk containers ancient and modern
Commenting about the Dowd lecture at Samizdata
“Dying is a fulltime business. You haven’t time to do a lap of honour.”
Making the new look and feel like the old
My parents and my uncle and two aunts
Another antique
Four Minutes
Old postage stamps
Michael Jennings on shoring up the bad old economy versus building a good new one
What-iffing
And here is a real quotation
Quota quotes from Wodehouse
More Englefield Green strangeness
Further thoughts on Karajan’s conducting
P. J. O’Rourke confuses the average with the significant
The Official Story and the Most Confident Alternative
Thoughts concerning FDR’s warmongering nature
Lang Lang crushes Yundi Li!
Billion Monkey hits 40
“I will cause a boy that driveth a plough to know more of the scriptures than thou dost.”
Redirect
Another pendulum theory
Reasons to be a bit more cheerful
Wingtipping a V1
They aren’t complete idiots all the time
Brought?
Chinese Friday?
Rock and roll will die very soon!
Monster buildings and monster people
Mahler’s 9th in Vienna in 1938
Another great viaduct
Cricket chat
John Carey on Shakespeare and the high-art/ popular-art distinction
Keith Windschuttle on history - truth - Robert Hughes
Official bias
Billion Monkey lady! – Gherkin! – Monument!
Strange weather
Modernity dwarfed by church
Photo of some foodski
Resizing Slim with Expression Engine
Cricket misery
Switching from dumb bombing to smart bombing
Non-bio oil
A poetic Hornby
Armed is less dangerous
Star and stripe
Terence Kealey on the Wright brothers and their patent battles
Guido Fawkes gets Douglas Jardine wrong
Photos are better
Were any of them really that nice?
Pictures with words
An impulse posting about procrastination
The absurdly derided excellence of British weather forecasts
Voting for Boris?
Eusociality
Perkins photos
Slow day here
Billion Monkey Alan Little?
Dominic Lawson on Herbert von Karajan
Nothing there
Celebrating a victory
Brian Hitler!
Ed Smith on how baseball defeated cricket in America
A soundbite to describe Britain a hundred years ago
Cuba before Communism
Theodore Dalrymple on the menace of honest public officials and much else besides
Me talking about the great twentieth century musical divide
Flat viaduct and spiral bridge
“At that moment I suddenly started to view Nagi as an enemy …”
Blogging – the end of the beginning
Holiday
Fifty million Bible bombs
Books on the go and on a machine
Probably not right - but definitely written
The romance of new technology – or the drudgery of it
Operation Cat Drop and some Hello Kitty Bags
The bridge that was going to make Westminster a fine city and London a desert
Remembrance photos
Fourteen British viaducts
She’s alive I tell you! Alive!
Socialising with the Social Media
Understanding is the booby prize exclamation mark
Architecture talk
Will China fail?
The Emperor Jones
Yes this is cat blogging
Smelling the smoke in the Microsoft machine
A train called Professor George Gray
Che Guevara was a murderer and your T-Shirt is not cool
New word alert
Did Hitler have a plan to conquer the USA?
A conversation - and another outage
A dreadful age
Juan Bautista Alberdi
American war memorial by the sea at St Nazaire
Three … thirty six … sixty one … a hundred a forty eight …
Blogs are not cacophonous
At the dogs
Lots of links
Test match special
Four Billion Monkey snaps!
Cold War winner
Islam was peaceful and tolerant until the Christians attacked it
Lost Bach
Mean bombers
Emmanuel Todd (5): A CrozierVision podcast
Emmanuel Todd (4): From ideology to economic progress
Zong
Lebrecht daily?
Alan Turing – dead earth and cold wires
Thomas Edison - from cheat to creator
Alessandro Volta feels electricity on his tongue
The Great Global Warming Swindle debate now begins
Random London snaps from last year
Church dwarfed by modernity
Will twentieth century aerial warfare be repeated by toys?
Susan Hill on not having to be up-to-the-minute about book blogging
Svensmark – for and against
Emmanuel Todd (3): Quotes from the Introduction to The Explanation of Ideology
Gandhi on equality for all … except …
Harold C. Shonberg on how to perform Bach
Emmanuel Todd (2): The eight family systems
Micklethwait’s Four Star Theory of the Internet
Emmanuel Todd (1): Anthropology explains ideology
Another link to a friend and that’s your lot today
DMZ
And further talk at Christian Michel’s about water and power
World War One talk at Christian Michel’s
Islam is evil - and that’s me carrying on normally
Geoffrey Blainey on Ivan Bloch - the man who predicted World War One
Back to the future with the virtuoso violinists
Billion Monkeys and people waving blue things!
Happy day after Christmas Day
History of the Middle East as a moving map
Sullivan and Grove find some Schubert diamonds
Rubble
Pictures of and from Albert Bridge
Geek girl I like your thinkings - are nice - I want have sex with it
I really hope that the Samsung SPH-P9000 catches on
Admiral Coward
Alex talks (clearly) with me (not so clear) about classical music
The West disunited versus the Pesky Muslims
Sssssssss!!!! White man!  Take my photo!!
The extreme memes spread by moderate Muslims
“Liberty might be defended, after all” - Tom Holland’s account of the Battle of Marathon
A little transport history
A digital SLR that a Billion Monkey could lift!
Alex and Brian’s latest classical music mp3 – Saint-Saëns etc.
Shaftesbury Avenue over half a century ago
Patrick and Brian mp3 about libertarianism and spreading libertarianism
Quota quote – Victor Davis Hanson on the Western way of war
Adriana’s Thing mp3
Debussy denounces Massenet but Puccini follows him
Roll playing
Theodore Dalrymple is an Islamic Fundamentalist and so am I
On trust and obviousness
Brian and Antoine number 9
Giving up rouge for Lisbon
Four stars at Amazon
Skill and Post-Skill
Quoted but not linked to
The dilemmas of defence
Some economics
Charles Rosen on Richard Taruskin and on the socially unbound nature of some of the greatest music
The problem of long blog postings
Talking about my generation
The Great Gulf War?
Last night’s talk
Still ill
Thoughts after watching Abbado’s Lucerne Resurrection Symphony
What we eat but not what we say
Rylance’s Richard again
“They needed one another”
Two faces of Horatio Nelson and the excellence of Findlay Dunachie
Civilisation turns its attention to Chinese despotism
iPods From Space
Mitchum - MacLaine – Fonda – and Cota
The old USSR: good for thirty more years . . . then it collapsed