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Death: A Self Portrait

December 31, 2012

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What better time to visit an exhibition exploring mortality than in the midst of an impending apocalypse? Dramatic interpretation of the end of the Mayan calendar meant that death was very much in the public consciousness on December 21, and as usual we were being nothing short of hysterical about it. So I wandered down […]

Christmas marketing and the hysteria illusion

December 23, 2012

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“Why do they call it ‘Christmas time’, when ‘time’ is the one thing you don’t have at Christmas?” sighs the Curry’s voice-over man on the radio. Before we have a chance to ponder whether this is true, he’s chipper as a grotto elf and explaining how the electrical shop plans to make buying their wares […]

Postcards from Berlin II

December 16, 2012

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You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed, And no man claimed the conquest of your land. But gropers both through fields of thought confined We stumble and we do not understand. You only saw your future bigly planned, And we, the tapering paths of our own mind, And in each other’s dearest […]

Postcards from Berlin

December 12, 2012

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Fog has laid its cool soothing cover On a fevered pulsing Berlin Calming down the tempo Transforming the sin. Misty haze brings new quiet calm To a city once wild with fear The swirling air brings peace The relief elicits a tear. Sleepy days and lively nights Outside is so very cold But inside it’s […]

What snow?

December 7, 2012

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There’s been a lot of talk of the white stuff these last few days. “IT’S SNOWING!” shrieked my Facebook feed on Tuesday morning, and Twitter lit up with talk of planes being grounded as temperatures plummeted. Throwing open my curtains and expecting to see a magical winter wonderland coated in several inches of snow, I […]

The Master

December 3, 2012

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It’s been thirteen days since I watched it, but countless review reads and several empty attempts at foraging for subtext later, The Master still doesn’t mean a lot to me. In the eyes of those that seem to know best, Paul Thomas Anderson can do no wrong. His back catalogue of critically acclaimed movies is […]