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I say, ‘life is too short for bad design.’ Rob says it better: ‘design is everything.’ One of the things that becomes clearer, I think, as you get older, is that there’s no space for crap in your life – the crap of ideology, of sloppy thinking and clumsy, careless, jargon-fed language, no time for political…

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Stars on Queen Street

Toronto’s Queen Street is one of those endlessly fascinating downtown streets – everything from the people to the graffiti to the shop windows and alley-ways entertain, amuse, and surprise the eye. From the ‘photo a day’ series on Queen Street West, here are James Dean and Elvis.

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Carbon print – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks to Mark Lafer for drawing my attention to the Wikipedia entry on carbon printing – and great to see John Bentley’s name listed, the last entry in the chronological history. If reinforcement is needed, the Wiki article surely reinforces the case for collecting John’s work now, while you can! via Carbon print – Wikipedia, the…

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Life after aid work: Beating the addiction | Devex

A second instalment of the sad, true, disturbingly familiar account by Nathan Rabe of the aid world as cult or addiction, and what it means to to break with it all and start over. I can’t help but be reminded of what it was like working for NGOs and politically-aligned education think tanks in South…

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The Last Colour Carbon Transfer Printer in Canada — Harrowsmith Now

John Bentley makes the rarest and most gorgeous carbon colour prints the eye can imagine – subtle, voluptuous, detailed, expressive – and is surely an undiscovered artist whose time has come. Rob and I are lucky to own one of his extraordinary prints, ‘Miracle of Order,’ which you will see in the video clip in this piece…

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Death in the Family

Harper Lee died this week, as the world knows. So too did Umberto Eco. Unnoticed by the media, the cognoscenti, and the society pages, but mourned by those who knew and loved him, my ex brother-in-law Neville passed away too – modestly, as he had lived, without fuss and palaver. As good and decent a…

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I sick

‘I sick,’ I used to say to my mother, as a child. ‘I sick,’ I said to my mother, the other day, on Skype. Some things don’t change. Except that they do, and what the child says innocently is said knowingly by the adult. And, at my time of life, with irony and amusement, and…

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On Valentine’s Day

“Will you put on your nurse’s uniform for me?” I plead with Rob. “You know, with the push-up bra and the fish-net stockings and the little red fuck-me pumps?” “And the bare behind,” she adds, egging me on. “Ooh, and the bare bottom, too,” I coo. And then we have a little chortle, and I…

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Life after aid work: Heading for the exit | Devex

I think all of us wonder, at one time or another, what difference we’ve made in the world, and whether our struggles have been worth it.  Here’s a ‘sadder and wiser’ reflection on this question, from an aid ‘lifer’ – dispiriting reading, I have to say, and with more than a few echoes. It’s an exploration,…

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Friends

This morning I received a ‘friend’ request on FaceBook: I don’t really “do” FaceBook although, yes, I know, this blog will be posted to my FaceBook page. But bear with me. The request was from someone I haven’t seen or heard from in, oh, I’d say more than thirty years. We were at varsity together,…

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’45 Years’ – distilled

Time strips us bare. In ’45 Years,’ the truths and assumptions that underpin a relationship are called into question when the ground – quite literally – crumbles beneath the feet of a long-married couple. The past is always with us, Faulkner told us – it isn’t even past. Director: Andrew Haigh. Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay.…

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Peeing babies

Ageing is the law of diminishing returns, in slow-motion action. Everything takes more effort, and the pay-off is smaller. Sex – some people say, though I wouldn’t know this for certain – is a perfect example. Exercise is another. And don’t even mention weight-loss. Mind you, peeing seems to run in the opposite direction. Where…

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