Sunday, July 26, 2015

Look Who's Back!


There I was, on an early morning stroll through Times Square, when suddenly I saw them, lips locked in that eternal, age-defying kiss, as if time itself had locked, and it was August 14th, 1945 again, just after 7PM… 

Imagine the crick in their necks after 75 years! 

"Rigidly they 

Persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths 
Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light 
Each summer thronged the grass. A bright 
Litter of birdcalls strewed the same 
Bone-littered ground. And up the paths 
The endless altered people came, 

Washing at their identity…
"



Monday, July 06, 2015

Are You Interesting!?


If you are boring... please visit our competitor, next door. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Good Grief! London Underground Will Rumble Underground... All Through The Night!


What you see above seems remarkable: London has an overnight subway service, and will no longer screech and clunk to a halt at midnight, forcing thousands of marooned commuters out into the dark jungle of the night bus with curried chips. 

BUT. Before you rejoice, it's only a couple of lines that will run all night, and only at the weekends! That's the spirit, London, ever-cautious, mustn't grumble, keep calm and just put up with it. 

I have more than a passing interest in London's underground and its night schedule, if only from the melancholic perspective of having once had a friend who died in an accident on the underground late at night. Someone I knew in my two final years at college was in London the summer of our graduation, and — well, it was speculated that he fell asleep on a train that was being parked for the night, woke up in confusion and tried to get out of the still-moving train, and he fell between two carriages. 

I can still hear the voice of another friend on the phone, telling me about Edwin's death, his voice calm and unwavering, yet so sad, so somber. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ezra, G., & 'Budapest'


George Ezra (above) is a Brit from Bristol, and is a singer with a voice that seems weathered and worn by far more years than its owner has lived. He is 22. You can hear it and see him in the music video for his top ten song 'Budapest',

I can't get my head around the fact that someone born in 1993 is today 22 years old!

Continuing in a vein musically, I recently started listening to some Anton Bruckner symphonies, prompted by nothing more mundane than talking to someone one day about the south Bronx, and what a horrible stretch of road the Bruckner Expressway is...

At his most heavy-handed, Bruckner may make you feel like you are a helpless passenger in a small, flimsy car, as enormous juggernauts bear down on your tail at hysterical speeds, on the Bruckner Expressway; if you are screaming, no one can hear you, because of the deafening roar of pistons, gasoline, sparks, shocks, thundering wheels...

I was most surprised in listening to Bruckner again, that many themes came up that I would have almost certainly have said were the work of Mahler.

And I also did not know until today that a Bruckner symphony which he did not think was coherent enough, has been designated his Symphony # 0... For what it's worth, here are the opening bars...:


Monday, June 08, 2015

So Good They Say It Twice


As seen on Canal Street, New York, New York. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Puerto Rican Pride, East Harlem


East 119th Street & Second Avenue.

Who Was The McKinley?


At 63 Perry Street, who was The McKinley, for it certainly was not MySelf?

Meanwhile, on West 21st Street: 


…the now-abandoned underground missile silos of West Chelsea? 
 

Ulster Would Say No

Irish voters on May 22nd voted yes to extend the right to marry to same sex couples, by a two-to-one majority.

Several people contacted me to show their approval, to say "isn't that progressive?" and so on. But I had to point out that the referendum was held in the Irish Republic. I am from Northern Ireland, which is a separate jurisdiction. There are two Irelands on the island: 


If that doesn't clear things up, the Guardian put it like this: 

After Friday’s historic referendum, in which the Irish Republic’s voters endorsed same-sex marriage by 2-1, Northern Ireland remains the last country in western Europe where LGBT couples are barred from getting married.

So there! Had they been voting in the referendum on Friday, it's likely that a majority of voters in Northern Ireland would have voted no. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

She's Busy Writing The Sequel


Go now, unto thy laptop, tablet or other handheld device and order, for lo, it hath come down in price to **only** $140.11!



Thursday, May 14, 2015

I Come From...


On the shores of Chesapeake Bay lie many fine fishing ports and sleepy harbors, but none so misfortunate as …Onancock. What an albatross to drag with one into the wider, tittering and scornful world! It's bad enough that cock is involgved, but Onan as well — Onan of course, being in one origin, the Old Testament figure who, well, hmm, became very dead after displeasing God with an act that some (the Catholic Church, for example) equated with masturbation, but more accurately, seems to have been coitus interruptus... 

Anyway, in an age when no one reads, perhaps it's safe enough to admit to coming from Onancock, without provoking snickering. If you're an... Onancockian? Onancockette? Onancockney*?? you can look at the above map and think "others are less fortunate than I..."

For no reason at all, this made me think of the story of the man on the train that was passing through a station in Scotland. The traveler, wondering if this station was his destination, leaned out of a window and querulously called out to someone on the platform, "Leatherhead?" and the someone roared back: "Bum face!" 

* Onancocker? Onancockist? Onancockman/woman? Onancockerel? Onancockonian?!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

James Garner


James Garner died yesterday. He was a one of those tall, dark, strong, square-jawed Hollywood actors whom we've all seen, but whose performances were all the more memorable for the complex vulnerabilities he allowed to show through that tough exterior. 

I saw one of his best, quirkiest performances late last year: Mister Buddwing (1966). The above still shows the stammering Garner, afflicted with amnesia, meeting Angela Lansbury playing a louche woman. The movie is a gem, filmed in black and white, and the plot keeps twisting to the very last scene. 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Apt Aping Apps


Using Etchings and Photoshop Mix


Friday, April 24, 2015

Mad Men: My Only Comment


My, look how authentically real his cigarette smoke is! 

What happened was: someone with a marker had tagged or graffitied the above poster. Then a less-than-zealous subway cleaning person had hit the graffiti with a solvent, but only to smear and obscure... When I came along, it was still wet, so I swirled it into a cloud of smoke.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

The House of Mercedes



Mercedes House is a hot new residential property in Hell's Kitchen. The building has a series of terraces on the diagonal part of what would look like a visit from Zorro if seen from a helicopter or plane: a huge inverted 'Z'.

Why didn't the architect go all the way and make the building in the shape of the tri-pointed logo of its namesake car seller next door? Musing on this, but finding no answers, last night I walked around and peered in the windows of Mercedes of Manhattan, a majestic folly to the magnificence of fast, beautiful, cars. 





Seeing that discreet little 'V12' made me want to run inside, open the hood, and then watch and listen while someone turned the ignition key, pressed the starter, or perhaps it's best expressed as turned it on... 

Then I had to go, but not before noticing that the car's companion, also in black, had its own little silver letters and numbers, but slightly longer:  V12 TURBO



At Last, The Sequel To OMG!