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Monthly Archives: August, 2016

Ideal reading for warm weather: Marcel Pagnol, Rabindranath Tagore & Jorge Amado

In case you haven’t heard any of those names, I urge you to investigate. Each is a legend in the country of their birth: France, India (Bengal) & Brazil. In … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · 9 Comments

Social Comparison Theory

That paragraph from Marx’s Wage Labour & Capital distills the entire concept of Festinger’s Social Comparison Theory. It’s the backbone of the psychological manipulation that occurs/occurred in communist and fascist … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · 36 Comments

New Feminism – via Unapologetics

by Agrudzinsky “Based on the newest French initiative, I propose a new way to eliminate oppression of the women in our civilized society.  Oppressed women shall be fined.  There must … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 16 Comments

Heat & more heat. Vegetarians look away now.

Today is supposed to be the hottest day yet this summer (in France). Fortunately not here in Mazamet. Albeit 29 isn’t exactly refreshing. Last year the weather was really great … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 22 Comments

A room full of many loud televisions

All on and each one on a different channel. That’s how my head feels on some days. It’s absolutely exhausting.

August 21, 2016 · 27 Comments

Christopher Biggins and the fall of civilisation

“Suppose you’d invited me round to dinner to celebrate my engagement to your daughter, which do you think would be more offensive? If a) I got violently drunk, threatened all … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 5 Comments

Racism Thwarted Thanks to Social Media – Cloak Unfurled

Burbank, CA – Thanks to a cadre of people on Twitter Monday, racist Ellen Degeneres was thwarted from spreading her divisive, white privilege message to the world when she tweeted … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 13 Comments

Fascinating concept: Trepalium

I’m usually not inclined to science fiction- but having read the description I couldn’t just walk away: “In a world where jobs are scarce, in a city where only 20% … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 12 Comments

What would real men look like in underwear ads?

This was from 2013, but as we’re being bombarded by images of athletes because of the Olympics, I thought it would be amusing to bring back. Have a peek at what … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 17 Comments

Superb. The importance of not being earnest.

Every year when the girls visit, they spoil us with the most wonderful things. Super-chic, super-stylish things that one buys in London. This year we got the Moët twin set, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · 24 Comments

When the livin’ is easy

That’s Mike and the girls looking at Mazamet from a medieval village on the Black Mountain. A tiny, cute village with a pleasant restaurant. The weather’s been amazing. The girls … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 7 Comments

A Fine Example of Civilized Behavior – Unapologetics

Among the few things making humans different from animals is clothing.  No animals clothe themselves.  People who don’t use clothes are often looked down upon as savages.  I also thought … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Love him

August 11, 2016 · 14 Comments

A Saturday in August

Morning in Castres We went to the market in Castres where the girls bought all sorts of cheeses, we got charcuterie and that became lunch here on the terrace with … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · 26 Comments

Super-cute. Down the street & around the corner.

This house has just come on the market. I know because I still get real-estate newsletters for our town even though we’ve already bought. It’s a very decent size, 450m2 which … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 20 Comments

The problem with narratives.

In the context of the recent troubles of race/religion/violence a couple of analysts doing the rounds on 24 hour news channels are going with the story that France stands apart … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · 25 Comments

Does This Rock Explain Why Egyptians Are Biblical Villains? – The Daily Beast

“… Perhaps the biblical description of dominance by Egyptians actually has very little to do with enslavement and more to do with the cultural memory of the more distant Amarna … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · 17 Comments