Counago & SpavesD.I.Y.—Working Class Autonomy or Blokes in Skirts? (10.12.2005, 10:29 UTC)
Hak Mao recently cast an incredulous eye over the mania for property development programs on British TV, which set me to considering why this should be a specifically British idiosyncrasy. Just by chance, I’d been pondering changes in male working-class leisure activity during the 20th century, as one invariably does after two bottles of Argentinean Malbec, and the thought arose that perhaps these social phenomena might be connected.Apocryphal or pure spin it may have been, but during the...
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Counago & SpavesA Sad Night in Lisbon (8.12.2005, 11:57 UTC)
Because the Cork Mardarse wasn't playing, so all his worshippers can blame the defeat on his absence, disregarding past results. What other top club in Europe so depends on a midfield psychopath to sustain morale and bully those around him into playing well?
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Counago & SpavesDon't Tell J. G. Ballard (7.12.2005, 14:16 UTC)
From a review by Daniel Belasco of an exhibition by Michael Rakowitz at Lombard-Freid gallery in New York (Art in America magazine, November). "A second room, at the rear of the gallery, contained an interrelated set of four works on paper and four sculptures that address famous tragedies in the history of modern American architecture and industrial design. Positive Agitation (2005) typifies Rakowitz's method of doubling or tripling historical associations through clever combinations of industr...
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Counago & SpavesShut the Fuck Up #2 (7.12.2005, 13:56 UTC)
Steven Wells tells Bill Buford & Co. a few home truths.
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Counago & SpavesBros: The Movie (7.12.2005, 12:02 UTC)
From the November/December issue of Film Comment: Mining a similar mockumentary vein to more rewarding ends, Brothers of the Head is the narrative-feature debut of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, best known for their Terry Gilliam documentary, Lost in La Mancha. Based on a Brian Aldiss novel and adapted by Gilliam collaborator Tony Grisoni, Brothers is about two conjoined twins who are groomed to become a novelty musical act only to rebel and become punk-rock legends. The faux-documentary form is ...
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Counago & SpavesLorcan's Christmas Present Sorted (6.12.2005, 16:10 UTC)
Although I don't see Norwich or Monaghan on the map.
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Counago & SpavesProper Winter Celebrations (6.12.2005, 15:18 UTC)
If you're in or near New York for the winter solstice, you're one lucky bastard:HERE BE MONSTERS at the Magnet Theater 254 W. 29th St., NYCDecember 21st 2005 at 8.30pmNon-denominational winter solstice observance featuring JON "santa-man" LANGFORD and The SHIP & PILOTDANBERT NOBACON "the wise man" of CHUMBAWAMBAand the Mighty CHRIS "red nosed" MILLSplus more weird performers to be added7pm a tiny intimate reception with Langford's ARRRRTThe bad news: It's a Wednesday.
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Counago & SpavesChairman in good decision shock! (6.12.2005, 09:19 UTC)
Nice to see Kevin Wilson back in charge at Kettering.For someone who took the Poppies to within an inch of having a crack at the Conference last season (not that I'm complaining , being an Alty fan) I thought it was harsh relieving him of his duties fot NOT wearing comedy breasts and NOT being mates with Ally McCoist. Gazza's attempts to defend himself in TV interviews was not helped by the fact that he was obviously pissed. (His "my ex-wife and ex-kids" a bit of a giveaway). And then he gets h...
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Counago & Spaves3 things I'm glad I didn't say to the proctologist (5.12.2005, 09:39 UTC)
1) You call THAT a finger? 2) Are you enjoying this as much as I am? 3) Anything you find, we go halves!
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Counago & SpavesIf you get the chance.. (2.12.2005, 13:09 UTC)
go see Gogol Bordello. The best New York gypsy-punk band I've seen all week. Their tunes aren't so hot but the live show is so much fun I moshed for the first time since Mano Negra. Even better , to my mind , were the support act The Scotch Greens. A cross between a beefed up The Men They Could't Hang and a banjoised Clash. Their version of Janie Jones was worth paying 3 quid a beer for alone. The other support , on a night of US roots punk , was Throw Rag. Not dissimilar to Th' Legendary Shack...
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Counago & SpavesShutting the Fuck Up (1.12.2005, 11:19 UTC)
I'll be taking an extended leave from blogging as of Monday. My fellow Counagoites can and will, I'm sure, be using C&S for whatever purposes they see fit, and I'll be hanging around the blogs of my friends like a banished priest at a garden party to toss in the odd bon mot or unwanted observation, but the fact is I feel like I've become a slave to my creation, obliged to feed it every day instead of letting it feed me. I'm in a blogging rut, basically, and need a long holiday and some hard drug...
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Counago & SpavesA Happy St. Andrew's Day to All Our Scottish Readers (30.11.2005, 14:39 UTC)
There's at least three of you out there! Slainte mhath!
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Counago & SpavesSurprised? Yes, very. (29.11.2005, 16:18 UTC)
The Celtic Note music store on Nassau Street is advertising its wares in the runup to Christmas via a series of TV ads when even its Web site is still under construction. The ads features a list of names, such as Ryan Adams, Josh Rouse, and Manu Chao, concluding with the one-word question above. The music accompanying the ad is "Don't You Forget about Me," by one Micah P. Hinson. Whether or not he's aware of this, I don't know: I just wished they'd used the song "Patience" from the same alb...
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Counago & SpavesAt Home with the Intelligentsia: No. 26. Gyorgy Lukacs (29.11.2005, 14:53 UTC)
(Full image shows Lukacs listlessly stroking a small aardvaark dressed as a Beefeater.)
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Counago & SpavesA Spanish McManus? (25.11.2005, 11:41 UTC)
For those of you who don't read the blog by the CIA's man in Dublin, let me direct you to that of his Spanish equivalent, the esteemed Manuel Estimulo. Es muy bien.
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Counago & SpavesHappy Thanksgiving (24.11.2005, 11:23 UTC)
I can't better this, so I won't try.
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Counago & SpavesFloundering Dunphy Goes Under (24.11.2005, 10:30 UTC)
Eamon Dunphy lost it on the TV last night during postmatch discussion of Liverpool's game when Liam Brady laid into his beloved Roy Keane. The Irish Independent's Kathy Donaghy reports: "A clearly annoyed Eamon pulled the microphone from his lapel during commentary of the Champions League coverage on RTE 2 in a move reminiscent of his famous pencil-throwing incident live on air during Italia '90." Mmm. World famous in Ireland. "Shocked viewers watched as Eamon took exception to fellow...
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Counago & SpavesAnd the American Word for "Wanker" Is? (23.11.2005, 15:31 UTC)
Mark Steyn has an article in the National Review of November 7 explaining why European-style nanny statism is dooming western civilization. It ends, ". . . there seem to be no American equivalents of the uglier phenomena of European multiculturalism-the Muslim gang-rapists in France or the Muslim yobs in Yorkshire, who on the night of September 11 rampaged through the streets banging on the hoods of cars and demanding the drivers join them in cheering Osama bin Laden. The reason seems obviou...
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Counago & SpavesBullying? It's O.K. I guess. (23.11.2005, 14:24 UTC)
From the latest issue of Contract Journal "A recent worker survey at T5 published in The Site, BAA's in-house newspaper for the project, showed that one-in-ten workers on site think that bullying is a problem. This is an improvement on last year's survey, which revealed that one-in-five workers had seen some form of bullying." Apart from the fact that "do you think bullying is a problem?" and "have you seen bullying?" are two different questions, is it a good thing that fewer people think that...
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Counago & SpavesSaluting El Campion (23.11.2005, 14:01 UTC)
It DID happen. The Guardian (and Reidski) says so.
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Counago & SpavesThe News We've All Been Waiting For (23.11.2005, 12:17 UTC)
Beer helps with bone health, helps prevent cancer, reduces hot flashes, and helps to fend off cardiovascular disease. AND best of all, it gets you drunk (I've done research of my own).
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Counago & SpavesBritish Anarchisms and the Miners' Strike #2 (23.11.2005, 11:13 UTC)
The Benjamin Franks article mentioned below is a brief and generally sympathetic account of the changes that took place within British anarchism during the mid and late 80s. Here's the conclusion: "Since the miners’ strike, liberal anarchism has declined, while class struggle anarchism with a commitment to anticapitalism has, concomitantly, risen. This can be seen not only in the provocative targets of the anarchist sections of the alternative globalisation movements, but also in the ex...
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Counago & SpavesDemocracy & Nature etc. (22.11.2005, 17:24 UTC)
Selected articles from back issues of the journal Democracy & Nature can be found here.Volume 5, Number 1 looks particularly interesting, if you like that sort of thing:"On Freedom of Press and Culture: an Interview with Noam Chomsky" "On Media, Culture and the Prospects for a New Liberatory Project: an Interview with Ken Loach" "Mass Media, Culture, and Democracy," by Takis Fotopoulos "The Myth of Electronic Populism: Talk Radio and the Decline of the Public Sphere," by Carl Boggs & Tina D...
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Counago & SpavesThe Miners' Strike 20 Years On (22.11.2005, 14:09 UTC)
The latest issue of Capital & Class is a special issue devoted to the Miners' Strike of 1984-85, including an essay by Benjamin Franks on "some of the main currents in British anarchism at the time of the miners’ strike. The article explores the effects of these libertarian movements on the conflict in the coalfield, and assesses how the strike influenced the development of British anarchisms."Haven't read it yet but will report back.
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Counago & SpavesWhat's the Australian for "Wanker"? (22.11.2005, 10:32 UTC)
Via the Colonel, an interview with Kurt Vonnegut executed by the clueless David Nason. Early on in the interview, Nason admits he hadn't read a word of Vonnegut's new book until three days before the interview, then proceeds to offer a series of non-sequiturs and denigrating observations that appear to have nothing to do with the book anyway. It becomes apparent that Nason was hoping Vonnegut would be some sort of performing chimp who'd make him laugh out loud and roll on the floor in hysteric...
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Counago & SpavesThat Monkey Joke (21.11.2005, 14:07 UTC)
Two monkeys in the bath First Monkey:Ooh ooh ah ah ah Second Monkey:Well put some cold in then!
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Counago & SpavesSo how will that work then? (21.11.2005, 14:03 UTC)
Somebody at work claimed today that there have been so may storms in the U.S. this year that they have been right through the alphabet naming them, and will now start again using the Greek alphabet!
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Counago & SpavesThe Weekend Just Keeps Getting Better (Part 2) (20.11.2005, 18:54 UTC)
What a great Saturday. I beat my personal best time and came second on my series of 50 butterfly at a regional swimming championships. But, more importantly, Barça hammered Real Madrid 0 - 3 at the Bernabeu with that magician Ronaldinho scoring twice, dribbling past Madrid defenders at will. A perfect day, perhaps slightly spoilt by Sevilla beating Real Betis, the left-wing team in Seville. Still, a great weekend!
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Counago & SpavesDon't Let Amiel Get Away!* (18.11.2005, 17:00 UTC)
Conrad Black is facing criminal charges in the States, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. *If you've ever read one of Barbara Amiel's columns in Macleans, YOU'LL know what I mean.
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Counago & SpavesThe Weekend Just Keeps Getting Better (18.11.2005, 14:03 UTC)
David Irving banged up in the Fuhrer's fatherland. Bet he feels right at home.
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