Archive for 2014

Tranc sebon

December 29, 2014 0 Comments
Tranc sebon

Allech chi ddim dweud bod diffyg sebon, yn ei ystyr fetafforaidd. Er bod rhai yn dadlau bod ein cymdeithas wedi colli pob arwydd o ymostyngiad, mae seboni yn weithgaredd poblogaidd o hyd, yn arbennig yn y byd gwaith. Ac wrth gwrs mae operâu sebon yn rhygnu ymlaen, er bod rhywun yn synhwyro nad oes gan […]

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The religion of inequality

December 21, 2014 0 Comments
The religion of inequality

The other day, for no apparent reason, I pulled off the shelf my old second-hand copy of R.H. Tawney’s book Equality. It still has a ragged and discoloured dust jacket, with a tea stain on the front, and it was well used before I bought it, for £1, on a date, unusually, I failed to […]

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A brief history of austerity

December 14, 2014 1 Comment
A brief history of austerity

John Naughton observed the other day that neoliberal economists and their current weapon, austerity, have gained an unassailable intellectual hegemony. To claim that austerity is self-defeating and should be stopped is to be regarded as either foolish or mad. Ed Miliband, leader of a political party that was established – absurd idea! – to represent […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 2

December 7, 2014 2 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 2

A cold, still morning in Burry Port. The sun, they say, will shine all day. The four of us are the only people in the car park without dogs to share our walk. Feeling inadequate, we hurry on to the path, joining it at the point where the huge Carmarthen Bay Power Station once stood. […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 1

November 30, 2014 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 1

Loughor is a frontier town. Now just an extension of ‘greater Gorseinon’, it was once a place of more importance. The Romans planted an auxiliary fort on its headland, commanding the mouth of the river. The Normans built a small castle on the same spot, with the same intention – securing the invaders and depressing […]

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With the co-operation of William Hazell

November 24, 2014 5 Comments
With the co-operation of William Hazell

Alun Burge’s new book William Hazell’s gleaming vision (Y Lolfa, 2014) is an important work, at once a celebration and an archaeological excavation. It uncovers an era and a culture almost forgotten today, and restores to both the place they deserve in our common history. Thanks to two generations of talented historians the labour movement […]

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Starlings and Coleridge

November 17, 2014 1 Comment
Starlings and Coleridge

“Starlings in vast flights drove along like smoke, mist, or any thing misty without volition – now a circular area inclined in an Arc – now a Globe – now from complete Orb into an Elipse & Oblong – now a balloon with the car suspended, now a concaved Semicircle – & still it expands […]

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Bigism

November 14, 2014 3 Comments
Bigism

The Big Mac, which celebrates its fortieth birthday this year, must have started it. The obsession with bigness. By now we take it for granted, without a conscious thought. Everything you get is going to be big, by default, unless you make a special plea for small. Even then you might get something that’s only […]

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‘Caitlin’

November 7, 2014 0 Comments
‘Caitlin’

Wrth i ‘flwyddyn Dylan’ ddirwyn i ben – ar ôl misoedd o ddathliadau dwys sy wedi ymylu ar fod yn ‘Dylanolatri’ – mae’n briodol iawn bod peth sylw yn cael ei roi i’w wraig Caitlin. Nos Fawrth yn Volcano yn Abertawe fe welais berfformiad byw, rhyw awr o hyd, o’r enw ‘Caitlin’, sy’n dramateiddio’r berthynas […]

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Anselm Kiefer and Rembrandt van Rijn

November 3, 2014 0 Comments
Anselm Kiefer and Rembrandt van Rijn

Visit the big retrospective of Anselm Kiefer in the Royal Academy and it’s unlikely that you’ll quickly forget it. Which is apt, because memory, personal and especially collective, is the big theme that runs through all his work since he began his career as an artist in 1969. For Kiefer memory is seldom direct or […]

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