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07:57 pm, by kg13 67  |  Comments
Bousure’s urbex world

Four photos from the urbex master of Benelux and France - Bousure. See his Flickr collections @

Bousure’s urbex world

Four photos from the urbex master of Benelux and France - Bousure. See his Flickr collections @

04:59 pm, by kg13 54  |  Comments

Where is Palestine

This activist blog uses Tumblr very effectively for getting info across w/o demanding too much reading and time commitment.
The blogger simply shows maps and screenshots from websites that bring home how Palestine and Palestinians are excluded from so much we take for granted … as if they didn’t exist.

06:44 am, by kg13 54  |  Comments

Artists - a miscellany

Collection loosely inspired by Banksy and RomanyWG’s photos of street art

Click to turn thumbnails into viewable pix in a Flickr gallery, linked to the artists

and see for some of RomanyWG’s pix documenting street art

06:53 am, by kg13 3  |  Comments

Abandoned - the gallery

My Flickr collection inspired by RomanyWG (Jeremy Gibbs), who published the urbex photography book Beauty In Decay in 2010 

Click above pic to see them properly, with links to originals

And for more on the book and this way of looking at the unloved and obsolete, see 

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06:21 am, by kg13 5  |  Comments

This one’s for you, Cloggo

Dear Cloggo, could you please customise a time machine for me and program it for 1870.

I should like to begin in London, visiting Dickens before he dies in June, then travel by train across northern Europe in the summer and arrive in Germany in time for Wagner’s wedding to Cosima in August. Of course I will attend performances of Das Rheingold and Die Walkure (newly completed) in Munich as well. I may also get a handle on his (and Germany’s) anti-Semitism during a few months’ there, and meet Nietzsche.

From there I would like to fly - oops, sail from Hamburg, I guess - to New York and visit Mark Twain while he’s still editing the Buffalo Express and staying in one place.

Then I plan to sail to Dublin, and see if I can spot the young Oscar Wilde at Trinity College (he’s bound to stand out).

Just need to be back in England by late 1871 for the launch of Through the Looking Glass and a meeting with Charles Dodgson, where he can sign a first edition of the book.

After that it will be home to the antipodes for about 50 80 years’ rest so I can be born into challenging circumstances in suburbia, New Zealand. (Different time machine for the return home?)

Thanks, Cloggo. I know you will deliver on this.

05:55 am, by kg13 10  |  Comments

We once drove from an island SW of Greece all the way to Latvia via five other communist countries.
No work there so we decided to drive SW till we ran out of land.
Got some domestic and restaurant work at an outpost in Spain - till we were sacked for incompetence - and drove on down to an island SW of Portugal.
Ahhh, no work there either so back via Spain and France and up to Scotland this time.
From John O’Groats we caught a flight to London, and that was the start of my love affair with Europe - real Europe.                   

  04:11 am, by kg13 4  |  Comments


cloggo: Must try and post something sensible soon, something deep and philosophical like Jude does. Still if I did folk would think someone had hacked my blog.

How about we swap passwords and blogs for a day, Cloggo, to get a real appreciation of each other’s “work” on here? I would find it almost impossible to be you; in fact I’d never pull it off … so vive la difference, as the Normans used to say.

03:21 am, reblogged  by kg13 4  |

If I’m not here I may be unplugged! Otherwise, check these …

"I didn’t fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover" - Germaine Greer

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10:35 pm, by kg13 1  |  Comments

This Q&A with a Swedish lawyer who “has authored a book on cross examination techniques and is noted for his concern for the rule of law” contains insights about what Assange faces in Sweden - the might of a very feminist-dominated legal attitude towards sex.

Samuelson: “He has to turn himself in. Otherwise the perception that he is guilty will win here. I am also sorry that he as a defendant is abused like this by the Swedish legal system.”

  04:24 am, by kg13 1  |  Comments

Well now I’ve finally got it. Julian Assange was brought up in an Aryan supremacist cult — the snow-white hair is no accident! The cult (“The Family”) was set up by a theosophist along the lines of the Nazi “Lebensborn” breeding program; and the Pirate Bay also has Nazi connections. Anna Ardin is a double agent. Join the dots and you end up in Illuminati territory; Assange DOES equal Saddam, or Satan, as American TV has been saying all along!

I have spent a good couple of hours trying to make sense of the logic and theories here, since these and similar ones have done the rounds of crackpot conspiracy sites and forums, and appear to be believed by many.

Well … at least this line of inquiry from Assange to Illuminati balances, or maybe neutralises, the other theory doing the rounds — among 911 “truthers” and some pro-Palestinian groups — that WikiLeaks is an Israeli PsyOps project.

Mainstream Australian papers — which have no interest in defending or protecting Assange — have mentioned two facts that the conspiracists ran with. Julian’s stepfather was thought to have had a relative who was in The Family, and his parents broke up acrimoniously three years after they married.

Maybe mum Christine will say more at some stage but really we don’t know. All *I* know is that Julian is extraordinarily intelligent and well read. The pseudo-scholars and academics with PhDs and crackpot websites and radio shows can safely be disregarded.

As can Fox News, which also spreads the idea that he’s disturbed and deranged. Here’s “Dr Keith Ablow” of Fox’s “Medical A-Team”:

05:38 am, by kg13 4  |  Comments

Dear Cloggo, I thought for your birthday we’d do a bit of time travel.

I nipped up to the attic while you were asleep and brought these pix back down - all surely full of memories for you, ancient or more recent.

So get into the driver’s seat and off you go.

Start where you want; I will be your amanuensis.

And Happiest of birthdays and New Years to a living treasure!


Pic sources:

1. Carpark Austin Seven Cockpit, 2. brothers in arms, 3. Dutch winter carpet, 4. Snow House, 5., 6. Kahlila with Dragline, 7. Piping, 8. Beamish Tramways - in action no matter what the weather!, 9. Waiting for the End., 10. The command post, 11. Thomson Boeing 767-200, 12. Similarity, 13. Journalism BC: Before Computers

  03:55 pm, by kg13 7  |  Comments