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Life at № 42

Cooking this season – let’s call it vintage style: Cordon Bleu, Madhur Jaffrey & Edouard de Pomiane

The other day I found a complete set of the 1968 Cordon Bleu home course for sale online, and of course bought it immediately. It was designed by Rosemary Hume … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · 38 Comments

The End is in Sight!

The fabric above is a 100% linen fabric called Water Iris, by Zoffany. Only £78 p/ metre. It’s what we’ve settled on for the dining room chairs. I’ve been working on … Continue reading

September 8, 2018 · 24 Comments

If the grass is greener on one’s own side – does one stop watering?

So confusing! I opened an upstairs window this week to this image. People here let their grass go brown in summer. I went looking around and it seems everyone does … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · 37 Comments

Let’s talk about good stuff. Mazamet, August 22nd, 2018

The wallpaper is up and I’m thrilled. The effect is even better in person than in the pictures. The room is alive. The dark table will anchor the whole thing, give … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · 47 Comments

So – Sarah Porter – What can I say?

It’s true that the day after you get bad news is a little bit easier. Just a little, though. Memories have been flashing in my mind all day yesterday and … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · 21 Comments

LET THE FUN BE-GIN!!! Until it ends.

Summer girls have come and gone. We had a glorious time as we do every year. They went exploring this year in a way they hadn’t done before. They say … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · 10 Comments

This map shows what white Europeans associate with race

“… Each country on the map is coloured according to the average score of test takers from that country. Redder countries show higher average bias, bluer countries show lower average … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 75 Comments

Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth by Keith Kahn-Harris

“In recent years, the term has been used to describe a number of fields of “scholarship”, whose scholars engage in audacious projects to hold back, against seemingly insurmountable odds, the … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 35 Comments

Mazamet: Being Gazumped & Hot August Real Estate

Okay, so we weren’t actually gazumped – I just like using that word. An apartment came up for sale in the building across the street (Residence du Haut Languedoc) and … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · 36 Comments

Fundraiser by Swarndeep Gill : Road to Independence

    “… relocating to a deeply religious sect in the South to be closer to her parents who had been transferred there by the military. The trauma of her … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 11 Comments

Mostly pictures

Summer girls are here and out for the day to Albi – I was going to go with them but when I saw the temperature was going to be 35º … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 45 Comments

More dining-room-inations and some pergolating

The blue-grey is going up as I type. The blank space in it is for the Palmeraie (wall)paper after Carl Blechen. I’m in the last stages of the ebonising of … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · 24 Comments

Of ridiculous things to say

Yes, Richard, it must be cultural. Either that or senility. Church bells are an absolute invasion of people’s right to reasonable peace and quiet. I make an effort not to be … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 43 Comments

Mazamet: Creating a new life in the South of France – Interview for MainlyMale on Medium

“We moved to France in December of 2014. We rented a little cottage smack in the centre of the country, outside of Bourges, and used that as our base for … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · 43 Comments

For Brexiters, truth is what you believe – even if it’s a lie | Opinion | The Guardian

“… It was shameless, a degradation of our public life. But sealed in the bubble of her ideology, protected by a right-wing press locked in the same bubble, she was … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · 14 Comments

Religion as a Tool in Social Dominance Theory

“Social dominance theory was put forth by two researchers, Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto, in 1999. Specifically, Sidanius and Pratto attempted to explain how, and why, social structures seemed to … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 33 Comments

Dame Gillian Lynne 1926-2018. Once upon a time.

  Dame Gillian Lynne, who has died at the age of 92, quite simply changed the way we think of dance. Her husband, actor Peter Land, announced on Twitter the … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · 15 Comments

​A marble bust of the Roman Emperor Commodus | Christie’s

  “… Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus (161-192 AD), or Commodus as he was more commonly known, was the last emperor of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty, which ruled the Roman Empire for … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 89 Comments

(Almost) July at number 42

Mike got an umbrella because when summer girls are here we sit outside most days and his skin is prone to those lesions (caused by the sun) that have to … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · 39 Comments

The Magnificent Hannah Gadsby Monologue

” … because I still have shame. You learn from the part of the story you focus on. I need to tell my story properly. Because the closet, for me, … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 40 Comments

Pot-pourri —– is a stupid title

Did you know pourri means rotten? The French term came about during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain. It began life as the name of a typical Burgos dish which mixed … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 39 Comments

Former inmates of Good Shepherd homes want compensation for forced labour – DutchNews.nl

“In the Netherlands at least 15,000 young girls and women were forced to work in the laundries and sewing rooms of the Catholic order of the Sisters of the Good … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · 25 Comments

An Evening with Patrick Melrose or why the worse thing that ever happened to me was that I wasn’t an orphan.

Saturday evening in Mazamet. June 9th. The weather is mild. There’s a street party in the centre of town. From the garden we can hear music in the distance. For … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · 71 Comments

June at number 42

Firstly, the garden. Above is what I’ve added to the garden in the past week. Today I’ve added 6 more astilbes (purpurkerze), 2 hostas (big daddy) and three lathyrus pink … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · 44 Comments

In research this week: The Commode en Console

“… It’s French name, commode en console, indicates that it is, in fact, a console table designed to stand against a wall and a commode or chest of drawers. A … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · 18 Comments

Yippee: a crucifixion, abortion, ducks and pretty things!!!

And it’s only Wednesday! – In case you missed the exceedingly popular last issue of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, there’s a fascinating article on the second case of crucifixion ever found. … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · 52 Comments

Author Didier Eribon: ‘What was difficult was not being gay but being working-class’ | Books | The Guardian

“What was difficult was not being gay but being working-class,” he says. ‘People who say they are proud to be working-class are really saying they are proud to no longer … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 33 Comments

Christie’s: The Kenneth Neame Collection, Including Arts of India, English and European Furniture and Works of Art

“This June, discover the refined taste of Kenneth Neame, one of London’s most respected antique dealers. Ahead of his forthcoming relocation, Neame is offering a curated selection of pieces from … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · 5 Comments

Number 42: Upstairs Landing Update

The bedrooms side of the landing is now painted. Scaffolding will be needed for the stairs side. The Baudson Wisteria mirror (from the charity shop) has a new glass and … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 40 Comments

The “Governor’s Residency” at Tel ‘Eton, The United Monarchy, and the Impact of the Old-House Effect on Large-Scale Archaeological Reconstructions

“… This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon, and it also … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · 16 Comments

The Elegant Atheist: Keeping away the Jehova’s Witnesses and the Mormons

I finally decided to get a sign having been woken up today by the doorbell and the consequent dog barking. I ran downstairs flustered, stopped at the inter-phone to say … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · 94 Comments

Dining room-inations

So we were talking the other day about what to (finally) do about the dining room and Mike said it would be wonderful if we could make it feel like … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 35 Comments

Princess Margaret preferred a vase – 

The Queen’s sister was so miffed at the tiny glasses on Concorde that she used a vase for her G&T, according to a recent report. But what is the best … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · 26 Comments

Amazing deal: Maison Bourgeoise in Mazamet for 85 000€

Source: Vente maison / villa 12 pièce(s) à Secteur de Mazamet : 245 m² avec 7 chambres à 85 000 euros – Lopez immobilier Apparently this is in a fantastic location … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 17 Comments

Les Floriales 2018

This year’s Floriales (open air garden fair) is from the 27th to the 29th at the usual spot, the Jardin des Promenades. It’s definitely worth a visit, there’s a lot … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 23 Comments

A student pod – experimenting with space

This was a challenge. So much so that I’d been putting it off for months. I was so uninspired I was leaning towards just leaving the two studios in building … Continue reading

April 14, 2018 · 38 Comments

That was quick + The visit of flexitarian millenials.

– That took five minutes to sell, which is a rather good sign for the strengthening market of the area. Asking was 470 EU which is 580 US$ (at today’s … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · 15 Comments

The Léon Daures Archives

The descendants of architect Léon Daures have donated all of his files/notes/drawings to the government of the Tarn. You might not recognise his name but if you’ve been to Albi … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · 24 Comments

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March 27, 2018 · 26 Comments

Hommage à la famille Hessel : mécènes et modèles | Christie’s

“The Hommage à la famille Hessel : Mécènes et Modèles auction, to be held on 23 March, offers one of the rarest art collections of the 20th century, including works by French … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 12 Comments

Chris Hayes: What ‘Law and Order’ Means to Trump – The New York Times

“… In this view, crime is not defined by a specific offense. Crime is defined by who commits it. If a young black man grabs a white woman by the … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 28 Comments

The Dilemma(s)

I spent a good long while last night examining the console table. The damage goes far beyond what I initially presumed. There’s over-painting throughout. And it’s not just the gold … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 43 Comments

A Horrendous Day

I had planned on posting wonderful pictures of a stunning parcel gilt lacca povera console table from the first half of the 18th century this afternoon – but that will … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · 68 Comments

Fabulous news! Dame Gillian Lynne Theatre

‘Andrew Lloyd Webber has today announced that the New London Theatre is to be renamed in honour of the trailblazing choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne. The Theatre will be formally recognised … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · 20 Comments

Older Than Springtime

The weather was lovely over the weekend and again today. I’ve taken advantage of that to start pruning the wisteria. Nightmare job. Terribly frightening to be that high up a … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 27 Comments

The Mezzaro & Other Textiles (an update)

The person you see in the video is J.C. Bordes. He’s a local artisan with shops here in Mazamet, in Labastide Rouairoux and in Albi – and he makes woodblock … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 20 Comments

Countdown + the newest family member

  It’s countdown to Holy Week when the family arrives. People from Holland, (the) Ukraine and Britain. One of them is heavily pregnant with this child above! They don’t want … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 34 Comments

From a 2014 Sale: An Italian green and gilt-japanned chinoiserie bureau cabinet, Venetian, circa 1750

“This striking bureau cabinet, decorated with chinoiserie scenes imitating Oriental lacquer, takes its inspiration from the form of early 18th century Anglo-Dutch examples, which quickly took root as important pieces of … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · 28 Comments

Demystifying Maison Jansen by James Archer Abbott

“Befitting its rich heritage, the name “Jansen” has multiple connotations. First, it identifies a century-long, global offering of decorating services that focused on both historical revivals and contemporary trends, largely … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 20 Comments

On this cold winter afternoon

  Last night was the coldest night in France this winter. It snowed on the Côte d’Azur and in Corsica. Here the temperature went down to -7, but that was … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 30 Comments

The Heart is a Burial Ground: The lost, wild world of Caresse Crosby

“She is credited with inventing the modern bra, launched Salvador Dali on the international arts scene and founded a publishing house for writers including Hemingway, Joyce and Faulkner. But the … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 27 Comments

Beautiful Things: Indian Palampore or Genovese Mezzaro “Tapestries”

“A palampore is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover that was made in India for the export market during the eighteenth century and very early nineteenth century. Only … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 15 Comments

The African Textiles Are in Place

  I’ve missed these terribly. They’re either Ajar veils or Bakhnug shawls, which are part of the attire of Berber women. We had them in the hall in Sotogrande (the … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 28 Comments

Mazamet: The property market this week

This just came on the market this week. I recognise it as I’ve gone by many, many times. This house faces the park on Avenue Albert Rouvière, almost directly across … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 37 Comments

Les belles demeures des anciens patrons mazamétains – 11/02/2018 – ladepeche.fr

“…Face au château, trois belles et grandes demeures. «Elles ont toutes appartenu à la même famille Vidal, propriétaire d’une des grandes fabriques de délainage. C’est d’abord le père qui a … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 15 Comments

The Paranoid Style in American Politics | Harper’s Magazine – 1964

Richard Hofstadter was DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. His book “Anti-intellectualism in American Life” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1964. This essay … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 51 Comments

V.I.Poo

So we’re watching television last night when this advert comes on. I kid you not. V.I.Poo. Not a documentary about reality tv stars, but an air freshener. I’d like to … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 27 Comments

Entirely Unreasonable

From -3 on Tuesday to +17 on Friday. Insane. Snow doesn’t have a chance in these conditions. Here’s Rudy in his work clothes. We have the impression the power’s gone … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 17 Comments

Mazamet Under the Snow

Last night was the coldest night in France this winter. And this morning we had our first proper snow of the season. This year I was prepared and all the … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 52 Comments

Enlightenment Now by Pinker via Bill Gates

Five interesting facts Gates liked from the book:  You’re 37 times less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than you were at the turn of the century—and … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 12 Comments

Bidding on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions furniture

  Artcurial Sale “The Ritz hotel in Paris is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects. The hotel, founded in 1898, reopened two years ago after four years … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 33 Comments

Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person? – via Macleans.ca

Tabatha Southey delves into University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson’s work and finds his secret sauce—and what makes his work unnerving Tabatha Southey “…Western civilization is, after all, a delicate … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 44 Comments

Satan Come Forth!

Someone was kind enough to tip me off to this having been put up on youtube. Utterly hilarious – and what an absurd wig they put on Mike. They all … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 32 Comments

A Carpet for the Study

A very attractive silk and wool Bidjar from the first half of the 20th century in just exceptional condition. It fits the room beautifully leaving about the same distance on … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 27 Comments

Titles are boring

This was the last Christmas of my 30’s. Then the last New Years of my 30’s. Then the last January 4th of my 30’s. Today it’s the last January 17th … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 80 Comments

Many days are irritating, this wasn’t one of them.

Sorry, the pictures are awful; but what you see resting on the desk is a wonderful Belle Epoque mirror frame we found earlier today (I put another mirror behind it … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 49 Comments

Tradução: Um Menino A Ser Sacrificado

Abdellah Taïa para o New York Times Paris, 24 de Março de 2012 ”No marrocos da década de 1980, onde a homossexualidade evidentemente ‘não existia‘, eu era um pequeno menino … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 26 Comments

Exceptional weather

17º C and sunny. Even warmer than the last New Year’s we spent in Spain. How much alcohol does it take for someone to get alcohol poisoning? It must really … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 37 Comments

Experimentations in Shallow Breathing

We watched Call Me by Your Name today. Undoubtedly the film of the year. It’s only going to be released in France in February, so it was excellent to see it … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 34 Comments

Happy Holidays!!!

Wishing you all the best of everything – just as long as it’s just that little bit less good than whatever I get 😀

December 21, 2017 · 56 Comments

Big-nosed Jesus and God as a second-rate Santa: the worst Christian art | Art and design | The Guardian

“… Instead, Kermani does something both refreshingly cheeky and philosophically instructive. As he wonders what Christian art says about Christianity, he meditates on works ranging from Old Masters (Leonardo, Caravaggio, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Exceptional Beauty: Up Close and Personal with Goya

Boys with Mastiffs, de Goya y Lucientes Prado Museum 1786. Oil on canvas, 112 x 145 cm. “Two boys hold two large, muzzled mastiffs by their leads. On the collar … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 67 Comments

Annette Glasmacher’s Rosemary Chicken

November 27, 2017 · 7 Comments

Not a great day

Annette Glasmacher, interior designer and former director at Chanel, has died. I spent the day trying to get my head to stop replaying images of her, her terrace, her house … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 18 Comments

Autumnal

‘Tis the season to be raking – which is tiresome; but at least I like looking at the red ivy. It gives me a chance to exercise silencing my mind, … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 29 Comments

Breaking News: ISIS claims responsibility for When Calls the Heart, Season 4

If they claim responsibility for series 1-3, then Canada can breathe a sigh of relief. Maybe Trudeau could ask his offshore money manager to speak to their offshore money manager … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · 25 Comments

A very good blue & Larkin

“A Louis XV ormolu-mounted blue and gilt Vernis Martin bureau en pente. By Pierre IV Migeon, circa 1735-40, the vernis decoration attributed to the Martin Frères. Estimate: £120,000-180,000 The brothers … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 43 Comments

Sophisticated Theology™ in Group Structures (and politics)

Something absolutely fascinating happened to me yesterday. D.P. Monahan, who sometimes comments here, pointed me to a blog by someone called Hoyt who’d written a post on Matriarchy/Patriarchy. She (and … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 37 Comments

20ème siècle | Paris | October 2017 | Christie’s

“This October, Christie’s presents Giacometti’s colossal Grande femme II alongside Basquiat’s masterpiece, Jim Crow. Drawn from two exceptional French collections, the two works lead our series of auctions dedicated to … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

This week in that other part of my life

I’m overseeing the restoration of this rather wonderful Dolorosa (Madonna of the Seven Sorrows, to be specific). She’s circa 1750, carved wood, applied gesso and polychrome painted with glass eyes. … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · 25 Comments

It’s not my fault | Edouard Louis

“It was a chase scene. In the foreground was what looked to be a middle-class man, wearing a white shirt and suit pants. He was trying to get away from … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 13 Comments

How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece | Ganesh Sitaramanan | Opinion | The Guardian

“To understand that, we can turn to an instant classic from a few years ago, Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy. Winters argues that the key to oligarchy is that a set of … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 11 Comments

You weren’t wondering – but anyway

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been doing stuff. On occasion my mind becomes exceedingly unpleasant. Critical and negative, to an almost crippling degree. This has been one of those periods. … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 45 Comments

If Goodness Is Represented by X

Last night I couldn’t sleep and I was thinking about that tired line on how can there be goodness without “god”… But – what is goodness really? Isn’t the very … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 56 Comments

Now Canada Has Gone Too Far

I’m afraid this is a much more serious declaration of war on the entire world than any test North Korea might attempt. I have rarely, if ever, seen so many … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 66 Comments

Just a thought

One of those email forward things going around, but an amusing one. This woman is 51 yrs old. She is TV health guru Gillian McKeith, advocating a holistic approach to … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 29 Comments

(Translation) Tradução: 40 Anos do Movimento Anti-Gay

Versão original in English: aqui. Em 2005 a SPLC publicou um cronograma da história do movimento anti-gay nos Estados Unidos. Usando aquele trabalho como base criei uma versão alternativa, mais detalhada, … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 25 Comments

It’s an alpha male thing: what dominant chimpanzees and Donald Trump have in common | via The Guardian

“Chimpanzee politics can be intricate, but they always obey the rules of social dominance. Because chimps and humans evolved from a common ancestor going back 5-7m years, we humans know … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 13 Comments

Using the scale provided

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September 12, 2017 · 43 Comments

How the aristocracy preserved their power | Chris Bryant

“Historically, the British aristocracy’s defining feature was not a noble aspiration to serve the common weal but a desperate desire for self-advancement. They stole land under the pretence of piety … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · 32 Comments

The value of ancient religions in life today

So now it’s even the nice little Buddhists! Seeeeeeeeeeeee! See why I keep saying creating a hierarchy of which religion is least rubbish is pointless? All it does is give … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 23 Comments

Film, Dance and Life – not necessarily in that order

The great dancer Tamara Tchinarova died two days ago. She was the first wife of actor Peter Finch (remember Network?) It was all very peaceful. She was up one day, … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 31 Comments

Protected: Before-ish, the After who knows?

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Protected: Screaming for silence; In which one loses it.

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30 Day Exercise Challenges?

Has anyone done any of these 30 day exercise challenges? If so, how was it? I bought gym equipment again. The teenage boys who lived next door to us in … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 44 Comments

Lady Macbeth (Leskov) & Beatriz at Dinner

We finally got around to watching both films. This Lady Macbeth (as I mentioned in a recent post) isn’t the Shakespearean version, but based on a novella published by Nikolai … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 6 Comments

Sexism, Racism, Classism & Homophobia – Here I come!

Or there I went. Down the rabbit hole, just like Alice. This business of one’s past is dangerous stuff. Here I was, safely behind my exceedingly high French walls, but no, … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 81 Comments

Haircut day!

August 23, 2017 · 33 Comments

The WC. at the top of the stairs, before & after

This was a fiddly affair, but we’re nearly there. All that’s missing now are the windows which are being restored. The floors unfortunately had to be replaced because when the … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 42 Comments

Look what I found

He’s going to be furious 😀 Hilarious. It’s on a site that’s called Movies & Portraits. Very creative, best wishes, George. Who’s George, and how has this picture ended up in … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 19 Comments

As mid-life crises go (come?)

I’m at 70kg. Which is down from 73, but not quite the 64 I was between the ages of 19 and 37. I’m 5’9 and a half, so I know … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · 57 Comments

Soldier, Soldier, Soldier

Three of the apartments are now rented to soldiers, all in building two. But more interestingly a family is moving out of the three bedroom in building one (above, top … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 32 Comments

And then there were sirens

Red, white and blue, and sirens. Maybe yellow instead of white. I don’t really remember that part. I do remember it was dark and cold, and someone covered me with … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 58 Comments

How Well Can We Remember Someone’s Life after They Die? – Julia Shaw for Scientific American 

“Memory is often a social construction. Certainly in the context of grief, memories are often elicited and shared in group settings with family members and friends. Information is disclosed, information … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 41 Comments

Summer at number 42 (Mazamet, 2017)

“And when the Lord said drinketh champagneth, we didith.” Alcoholics 20:17 We’re enjoying summer no end this year. The girls have made it particularly fun and special. They do every … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 26 Comments

A Boy (or more) to be Sacrificed

I watched the men talking on the beach with some degree of suspicion. I simply did not understand what was going on, what they were doing, or why. I’d never … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 16 Comments

Long Night’s Journey into Day

I’ve never used Facebook, not really. I’ve had an account for a few years, but it just sat there. Empty. My name incomplete. I’ve always thought Facebook blurs the lines. … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 39 Comments

A Gap Year at Number 42

The August Girls are here and we’re having a ton of fun. Next year will be the 10th year we summer together. That’s a long time, isn’t it? The other … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 17 Comments

Rulers, Religion and Riches by Jared Rubin – why the west got rich | Books | The Guardian

“Why are some parts of the world rich, and other parts poor? In the west many of us live in conditions almost unimaginably more comfortable than billions of people in … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 20 Comments

Why Are Americans So Afraid? | Class Warfare Blog

“I was reading an article over at AlterNet with the title above. The subtitle is “Facts Take a Backseat to Deeply Ingrained Fears.” That article takes a fact-based approach in … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 8 Comments

1967 to 2017 = 50 years

Found this the other day. Amusing or what? 50 years ago this Agendist’s grandfather was presenting to the world the first long term injectable contraceptive. I’m not entirely sure why … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 19 Comments

Trans discrimination II via Clare Flourish

Trans discrimination II by Clare Flourish “It is not a free speech issue. You’re a man, really has little value as speech. Why would anyone want to be rude to … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 20 Comments

Standards of Real Manhood™

“Segurem suas cabras que meu bode está solto“ That’s a traditional Lusophone saying that means tie up your does because my buck is free. Get it? Keep your females locked up … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 58 Comments

Daniel Douglas: Jordan Peterson is The Professor Who Teaches You How to Save Your Father from the Belly of the Beast

Hello, Everyone Here’s a very interesting blog, and an even more interesting (and thoughtful) discussion. Some of you are interested in gender issues, others in classical liberalism, others in civil … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 34 Comments

Illuminated by Gas

About a year after I came out the dust had settled. All financial support from my family had ceased. Many harsh things were said- mostly by me. And at that … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 51 Comments

Of what we feel – and don’t feel.

After posting that little excerpt from The End of Eddy I ended up reading the English version yesterday. Excellent, although the translation isn’t quite as stylish as the French original; … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · 21 Comments

How the middle class hoards wealth and opportunity for itself | Inequality | The Guardian

“… Opportunity hoarding does not result from the workings of a large machine but from the cumulative effect of individual choices and preferences. Taken in isolation, they may feel trivial: … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 15 Comments

Rank reversal aversion inhibits redistribution across societies | Nature Magazine, Human Behaviour

  “Income inequality is pervasive despite evidence of inequality-averse social preferences. We show that people will sometimes support inequality to avoid reversing the rank of others in society. Using a … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 13 Comments

Summer 2017 (at nº 42)

We have a slight pause between the departure of our last guests and the arrival of new ones. Well, we do have a dog guest now, but that’s different. I’m … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 7 Comments

A day in the crazy; A crazy in the day

June 28th I woke up at 5am. That means I slept 2 hours and 40 minutes. When I woke up I considered, as I do every day, how many times … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · 25 Comments

Artificial realities and income

Just found this in today’s El Pais   And I had this one for France already: Does anyone have examples for other countries? You’d never guess those are the real … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 18 Comments

And one day you realise you’re a cartoon squirrel

And all the beautiful and sophisticated things you have are just you hoarding acorns- no matter how many romantic Dostoevskian justifications you may have. And you mostly socialise with other acorn … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · 27 Comments

Aristocratic Ants, New York Times, 1892

July 3, 2017 · 17 Comments

The ecology of human fear: survival optimization and the nervous system | Neuroscience

“In this article, we gather ecological theories and empirical data from a variety of related fields in an attempt to create a unified model of how humans predict, respond to, … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · 14 Comments

The Zurbarán Nearby

I recently discovered that the Zurbarán above lives just 20 minutes away from number 42. It’s at the former Episcopal Palace in Castres (now a museum.) A very nice building of … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · 17 Comments

Safety in numbers?

One of (in my firm opinion) the best interior designers in the world has landed at number 42- bringing along with her a photo of us together many years ago. … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 31 Comments

Update: Ten Types of Human by Dexter Dias

Absolutely worth the time! The title may be off-putting because it’s gimmicky- but the contents of the book are not. He uses the Ten Types format as an outline to … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 16 Comments

Nearly there

We’re still waiting for the moulding that tops off the wainscoting (aka chair rail), and then it’s mostly details. In all I’m pleased. It’s got great light and a welcoming … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 18 Comments

Tentative Uncertainty

When my mother-in-law was first ill, it was a strange time. Sometimes she’d say unusual things. Things that didn’t quite fit in the conversation. Then she’d have the occasional fall. … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 43 Comments

Cultural Oddities: Slave Jewellery

Isn’t that an extraordinary picture? All that jewellery you see, it’s gold. Solid gold. Salvador was the birthplace of slave jewellery. I think the concept doesn’t exist in any other … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

From the Rescuer to the Aggressor – understanding the 10 types of human | Science | The Guardian

“Dias tells the story of human behaviour through 10 tropes. The Kinsman will protect his or her own gene pool at the expense of any other. It’s illustrated in the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 33 Comments

A Mild Headache & Peonies

–I have a mild headache. –We’re entering summer mode. We had guests a couple of weeks ago, but as of Wednesday it’s basically non-stop until September. Cold soups will feature … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 31 Comments

Saturday is Market Day in Mazamet

June 17, 2017 · 18 Comments

‘Are you yellow?’ Red Symons interview with Beverley Wang prompts ABC apology | The Guardian

  Symons: “Do they speak Mandarin or Cantonese? Wang: “Who’s ‘they’?” Symons: “The people in Taiwan.” Wang: “They speak Taiwanese and they speak Mandarin. And in Canada, where I’m from, … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 18 Comments

The Changing of the Loos

The one terribly unpleasant thing I found when we moved into number 42 were the loos. From a little distance they look normal, but as one approaches, one discovers they’re … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 60 Comments

Progress in the bathroom

We’re halfway there. The tub is in place, the shower cubicle is being tiled, the cabinet thingy arrived, the loo is installed (and it works, which is always a good … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 19 Comments

Hips, Lovage, Heat & Banks

Lovage: The only good part of the title. I can’t believe I’ve gone 39 years without it. It looks like big flat leaf parsley but with a much stronger celery-like … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 31 Comments

The Day Will Come | Der kommer en dag 

Director: Jesper W. Nielsen Written by: Søren Sveistrup Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Sofie Gråbøl, Harald Kaiser Hermann, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt “The year is 1967, and a blooming youth culture is on … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 16 Comments

I burst out laughing: Trump orders the slaying of Clooney newborns – The Whitechapel Whelk

US President, Donald Trump, has issued an executive order calling for the newborn twins of actor, George Clooney, to be put to death immediately. Source: Trump orders the slaying of … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 6 Comments

Perspective, Priorities & Women in Society

Yesterday I was reading John Oliver’s more than justified criticism of the coverage of the most recent terrorist attacks in London; this was shortly after reading an article someone emailed … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 19 Comments

Free speech is at the core of the left-right divide. But what are we fighting over? | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

by Jason Wilson “… Free speech in the Bill of Rights is not freedom from criticism or disagreement. But this was not what Christian appears to have had in mind. … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 74 Comments

An Agendist’s (Mostly) Private Thoughts

It’s usually a bad idea to put people on a pedestal; Unless they’re blind or in a wheelchair, in which case it might be funny. Three of my grandparents are … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 27 Comments

“Home” of Friedrich Nietzsche – Palazzo Berlendis for Sale

Source: Home of Friedrich Nietzsche – Palazzo Berlendis for Sale 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 300 m2 2,500,000 EUR (2,181,703 GBP) The advertisement is slightly misleading, this is actually an apartment … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 15 Comments

Must See: Betting On Zero

  “From ‘Darfur Now’ writer/director Ted Braun comes a riveting docu-thriller following controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade … Continue reading

June 3, 2017 · 10 Comments

Our Very Own Honour Killings: 15enne uccide l’amico per un like su Facebook – Corriere.it

Un like di troppo e un commento, poco appropriato, sotto la foto di una ragazzina postata sul suo profilo Facebook, ha convinto Alex, 15 anni, che quello era uno sgarbo … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · 15 Comments

The wonderful world of Herbert Spencer

“The presumption that any current opinion is not wholly false gains in strength according to the number of its adherents. Admitting, as we must, that life is impossible unless through … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Hiding in plain sight: how the ‘alt-right’ is weaponizing irony to spread fascism | Technology | The Guardian

Author Alexander Reid Ross agrees that irony has been deployed by the far right in chipping away at whatever prohibitions have existed around publicly adopting far-right politics. His book, Against … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 7 Comments

Ask not what a mirror can do for you-

Above are all Louis XIV mirrors. Fascinating period. As transitions go, probably one of the most significant in the history of art. We leave behind the heavy-handedness of everything that came … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · 22 Comments

Some things never change- mostly the chandeliers

  I was up a ladder cleaning the chandelier in the grey salon today and I started trying to count backwards to figure out the year when I bought it (because … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 41 Comments

Apparently “Chanel needs to understand Indigenous anger” over boomerangs

“If you are an Aboriginal person the idea that someone would pay nearly $2,000 for a designer boomerang is absurd. To pay that much for a boomerang would have to … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 35 Comments