Wow. Remarkable piece, thank you for posting it. Very much made me think of the ideas here http://pressthink.org/2011/08/why-political-coverage-is-broken/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/what-if-journalists-stopped-trying-to-be-political-insiders/244167/ which builds on the same idea.
NZ political journalism is suffering exactly the same sort of problems.
I LOVE Mitsouko, it is an unbelievably beautiful smell, and it can work as well on men as on women. I get why reformulations became required but in some ways it's also rather sad. The idea of spending hours in a vintage perfume house, being able to smell all the scents on offer (in between coffee beans, of course) seems heavenly and also overpowering.
Perfume is so incredibly evocative, partially because people's skin becomes the last ingredient in a scent, and so everyone subtly transforms smells to be a part of themselves. Even more amazing to be able to smell history.
This piece was wonderful reading, thank you.
I'm sorry but there's no longer enough naff rawk in here. So I'm going to post this:
"I told him 'I am the flower you are the seed'
We walked in the garden we planted a tree"
The video just sends the naffness over into infinity.
That version of 'For What It's Worth' *terrified* me as a child.
I thought I was the only one. It terrified me too. And I LOVE The Muppets.
I'm so glad someone mentioned the Cocteau Twins. Love them but so bloody hard to sing along to.
Heh, I can't hear that without thinking about Arrested Development.
Anything with Piggy in it: instant classic. I mean, just look at that snout.
You all heard me!
Any song which includes a spoken word interlude.
And yes, that includes Blerta's Dance All Around the World which makes me want to gouge my ears out.
The only exception to this rule is anything by the Shangri-Las, but only because they are the best pop band ever.
Oh. I woke up this morning in my own funk about our suddenly precarious state but compared to this? Meh. We'll be fine.
As a one year old countrysider may I say the countryside is just lovely. And the sound of cows and sheep is amazingly soothing. I hope the coming months hold a minimum of fuss for you.