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Trains are still running via Waterloo East, and (I think) the Jubilee Line, but that doesn’t help me get to Epsom Hospital in time… :(

Trains are still running via Waterloo East, and (I think) the Jubilee Line, but that doesn't help me get to Epsom Hospital in time... :(
Aug 19

Hm. In case you’re heading this way, Waterloo station has been evacuated. And some staff here don’t handle stress well…

Hm. In case you're heading this way, Waterloo station has been evacuated. And some staff here don't handle stress well...
Aug 19

…and is it worth reminding some of you youngers that the poetry we work on may not be your career, but can be your life? #imjustsayin

...and is it worth reminding some of you youngers that the poetry we work on may not be your career, but can be your life? #imjustsayin
Aug 19

Bit stretched at the moment, hence the "radio silence." Nonetheless, good wishes to all my students who’ve recently received grades…

Bit stretched at the moment, hence the "radio silence." Nonetheless, good wishes to all my students who've recently received grades...
Aug 19

Festival @wordupfestival seeks writers, performers, artists and community groups. See here: http://t.co/jIRlzjR

Festival @wordupfestival seeks writers, performers, artists and community groups. See here: http://t.co/jIRlzjR
Aug 17

Dear everyone who’s asked: Mum’s hip replacement went well today. She took her first steps this afternoon. Tough as nails.

Dear everyone who's asked: Mum's hip replacement went well today. She took her first steps this afternoon. Tough as nails.
Aug 16

And does the fact that BBM gets grouped under "social networks" reveal some people’s fear/misunderstanding of new technology/comms? Hm…

And does the fact that BBM gets grouped under "social networks" reveal some people's fear/misunderstanding of new technology/comms? Hm...
Aug 16

Not to be pedantic, but does BBM really count as a "social network"? It’s more a messaging service, no?

Not to be pedantic, but does BBM really count as a "social network"? It's more a messaging service, no?
Aug 16

RT @katiekitamura: More ‘robust’ policing in the UK: Man arrested under the Serious Crimes Act, for plotting water fight by Blackberry h …

RT @katiekitamura: More 'robust' policing in the UK: Man arrested under the Serious Crimes Act, for plotting water fight by Blackberry h ...
Aug 16

Heading out of London in the direction of Birmingham to meet with a national consortium of youth SLAM poetry producers. Excited!

Heading out of London in the direction of Birmingham to meet with a national consortium of youth SLAM poetry producers. Excited!
Aug 12

RT @daddydark: There is nothing worse than doing an amazing project with some young people and finding out they went back to the old way …

RT @daddydark: There is nothing worse than doing an amazing project with some young people and finding out they went back to the old way ...
Aug 10

RT @daddydark: And make sure that the youth project you implicate has a legacy and is sustainable. The six week poetry project is dead too.

RT @daddydark: And make sure that the youth project you implicate has a legacy and is sustainable. The six week poetry project is dead too.
Aug 10

THANKSGIVING Can beauty save us? Yesterday I looked at the river and a sliver of moon and knew the…

THANKSGIVING

Can beauty save us? Yesterday
I looked at the river and a sliver
of moon and knew the answer;

today I fell asleep in a spot of sun
behind a Vermont barn, woke to
darkness, a thin whistle of wind

and the answer changed. Inside the barn
the boys build bongs out of
copper piping, electrical tape, and

jars. All of the children here have
leaky brown eyes, and a certain precision
of gesture. Even the maple syrup

tastes like liquor. After dinner
I sit the cutest little boy on my knee
and read him a book about the history of cod

absentmindedly explaining overfishing,
the slave trade. People for rum? he asks,
incredulously. Yes, I nod. People for rum.

—via Two poems by Maggie Nelson | machine project

Picked up a recommendation for Maggie Nelson via Eireann Lorsung (@eireannmor), and glad for it. Currently investigating further… 

Aug 10

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

- Freya Stark (via fasteater)
Aug 10

Two incident maps for an overview of London/UK disturbance: http://bit.ly/rtCG3Q … http://bit.ly/qorIsm

Two incident maps for an overview of London/UK disturbance: http://bit.ly/rtCG3Q ... http://bit.ly/qorIsm
Aug 9

RT @godsdog: A key distinction in the digital era: Being smart doesn’t mean keeping up on events, it means understanding them.

RT @godsdog: A key distinction in the digital era: Being smart doesn't mean keeping up on events, it means understanding them.
Aug 9

RT @BlueBirdTail: Just witnessed the aftermath @ Catford Halfords: Sat Navs, car stereo, exp. bikes. Mgr said 9 stores targeted, 6 broke …

RT @BlueBirdTail: Just witnessed the aftermath @ Catford Halfords: Sat Navs, car stereo, exp. bikes. Mgr said 9 stores targeted, 6 broke ...
Aug 9

"There’s a widespread myth that law and order is preserved by police, politicians and other…"

“There’s a widespread myth that law and order is preserved by police, politicians and other forces of authority. Not true. Never has been. If we all decide to go out and chuck a dustbin through Argos’s window and help ourselves, it would take about 15 million coppers to contain it. We actually have about 150,000. Law and order is kept by a collective acceptance of mutual goals. If, as a society, we look after each other, offer everyone a share and a stake in the common weal, maintain some semblance of a Rousseauian Social Contract, then the vast majority of people will mostly stick to the rules without ever needing to see a police officer. When people lose that sense of being looked after, no longer feel part of society, no longer feel like they have any kind of share in any kind of collective, the ties that bind begin to be broken. Rioting, especially the type of vandalism & looting we’ve seen in London, is a sure sign that the social contract is unravelling around the edges. In the days and weeks and months to come, we shall see how far it has frayed. There are few things more dangerous to a society than a populace with nothing left to lose.”

- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored | Nina Power | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Aug 9

RT @brumguvnor: Wonder if the media will comment on the role of social media in organising a spontaneous #riotcleanup ? Yes I’m looking …

RT @brumguvnor: Wonder if the media will comment on the role of social media in organising a spontaneous #riotcleanup ? Yes I'm looking ...
Aug 9

RT @dhothersall: As we digest last night’s horrors and brace for economic storms, Londoners coming together for #riotcleanup is welcome …

RT @dhothersall: As we digest last night's horrors and brace for economic storms, Londoners coming together for #riotcleanup is welcome ...
Aug 9