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Dear students, young poets and writing fam: please stay safe…

Dear students, young poets and writing fam: please stay safe...
Aug 8

London Riots Map – maps tweets with postcode and tag #londonriots – not sure how accurate. Missing SELon action… http://bit.ly/oxk9C1

London Riots Map - maps tweets with postcode and tag #londonriots - not sure how accurate. Missing SELon action... http://bit.ly/oxk9C1
Aug 8

“@deptfordhighst: still not heard any confirmation of that. Lots of confusion due to Sky News confusing Deptford with Peckham!”

“@deptfordhighst: still not heard any confirmation of that. Lots of confusion due to Sky News confusing Deptford with Peckham!”
Aug 8

RT @mwendelezi: smh RT @FavouriteThing: @mwendelezi yep. West Croydon and north end. Station been closed. Argos and maplin looted #londo …

RT @mwendelezi: smh RT @FavouriteThing: @mwendelezi yep. West Croydon and north end. Station been closed. Argos and maplin looted #londo ...
Aug 8

Police are reportedly threatening punishment for those inciting violence via social networks… Any praises for good uses? #LondonRiots

Police are reportedly threatening punishment for those inciting violence via social networks... Any praises for good uses? #LondonRiots
Aug 8

And tech’s been taking a few digs, with action being organised by Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. #LondonRiots

And tech's been taking a few digs, with action being organised by Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. #LondonRiots
Aug 8

Lewisham – area affected and pinning photos to locations – Google Maps http://bit.ly/r2xara #LondonRiots

Lewisham - area affected and pinning photos to locations - Google Maps http://bit.ly/r2xara #LondonRiots
Aug 8

London riots: live via The Telegraph, updated every 90 seconds. Trouble also in Birmingham and Leeds. http://tgr.ph/oBvAN2 #LondonRiots

London riots: live via The Telegraph, updated every 90 seconds. Trouble also in Birmingham and Leeds. http://tgr.ph/oBvAN2 #LondonRiots
Aug 8

RT @themensah: BBC reporting Hackney, Lewisham & Peckham but Twitter is reporting Croydon, Brick Lane, Bethnal Green, Harlesden, Harrow, …

RT @themensah: BBC reporting Hackney, Lewisham & Peckham but Twitter is reporting Croydon, Brick Lane, Bethnal Green, Harlesden, Harrow, ...
Aug 8

I’ve been told that Argos in Catford and one of the Opticians has been trashed, and there are fires in Deptford #LondonRiots

I've been told that Argos in Catford and one of the Opticians has been trashed, and there are fires in Deptford #LondonRiots
Aug 8

What did we call them back in the day? Ghetto birds overhead. Sirens blazing up the road. Is this it, or more this evening? #LondonRiots

What did we call them back in the day? Ghetto birds overhead. Sirens blazing up the road. Is this it, or more this evening? #LondonRiots
Aug 8

Unconfirmed reports of local police shooting at looters/rioters. A couple of cars on Lewis Grove set alight. #Lewisham #LondonRiots

Unconfirmed reports of local police shooting at looters/rioters. A couple of cars on Lewis Grove set alight. #Lewisham #LondonRiots
Aug 8

Shops in Rushey Green (road from Lewisham to Catford) have been broken into. Mum’s on the phone to elder locals. #LondonRiots

Shops in Rushey Green (road from Lewisham to Catford) have been broken into. Mum's on the phone to elder locals. #LondonRiots
Aug 8

RT @cllr_mikeharris: Lewisham Council’s budget been slashed 30%. We can’t afford this. Please please stop.#LondonRiots

RT @cllr_mikeharris: Lewisham Council's budget been slashed 30%. We can't afford this. Please please stop.#LondonRiots
Aug 8

On my doorstep: "Riots Erupt in Lewisham – Today 08 Aug 2011: http://t.co/ZrxFnix" via @Duhur

On my doorstep: "Riots Erupt in Lewisham - Today 08 Aug 2011: http://t.co/ZrxFnix" via @Duhur
Aug 8

RT @cllr_mikeharris: Lewisham Town Hall being shut down for the evening due to the threat of violence #LondonRiots

RT @cllr_mikeharris: Lewisham Town Hall being shut down for the evening due to the threat of violence #LondonRiots
Aug 8

"I own an Omega wristwatch which I bought nine years ago at Heathrow Airport and which has since then…"

“I own an Omega wristwatch which I bought nine years ago at Heathrow Airport and which has since then produced for me, with reasonable fidelity to nature, about 700 million ticks and tocks. Almost every day, winding it, I am reminded that another day has run out, that I am one day farther down the line. Sometimes I glance too at the hand and wrist beneath the watch, which, with their growing assortment of scars, lines and shadows, are also accurate time-keepers, suggesting not daily minutiae but rather my definite position between the entrance and exit of life. Locating myself in the larger picture, I momentarily leave the thicket of daily concerns and sense a more urgent pulse (days ticking like seconds, ages passing like hours) which animates my life. If some eccentric had his watch dismantled and a tiny death’s head etched upon the face, I would understand and sympathize.”

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Robert Grudin, Time and the Art of Living

I’ve had this book on my reading pile for a while now. It’s one of those you dip into on occasion rather than attempting to digest in a single setting. Today, a Sunday afternoon sipping mint tea in a tea room in Covent Garden, I’ve managed to make a (lamentably rare) stretch of time for reading and reflection. Grudin’s work is not only a welcome text to return to, but perhaps the most appropriate palate cleanser before attempting anything else.

Aug 7

(Pr) NTS (by Protein®) Friday evening. I’m actually…



(Pr) NTS (by Protein®)

Friday evening. I’m actually feeling a little human for the first time in a long time, like there’s been a break on the perennial cloud cover that’s been hanging over my head and obscuring my vision. [Can we pull back on the melodrama just a touch…? -Ed.]

Okay. Friday evening, and I’m inspired. Haven’t been thinking “ideas” for a while, more like “if I can just make it through until…” And then I see something like this Protein video feature on NTS Radio, and the sparks start flying again. I’ve got a while yet before I throw myself back into anything new, but soon, dagnamit. Soon… 

Aug 5

You know I love Woolfson & Tay (bookshop in Bermondsey), right? If you’re also a fan, vote for them here: http://tgr.ph/pecU8l

You know I love Woolfson & Tay (bookshop in Bermondsey), right? If you're also a fan, vote for them here: http://tgr.ph/pecU8l
Aug 5

Though it occurs to me that I’ve been far less than "super social" for much of this year… @KMcCarthyWoolf

Though it occurs to me that I've been far less than "super social" for much of this year... @KMcCarthyWoolf
Aug 5