Tag Archives: Social History

Flicks

Stumbling along wet evening streets glancing at the jigsaw faces from years ago torn and flapping, trying to recall who they were their names erased by years of exile from the beams of projectors piercing the spiralling smoke with their … Continue reading

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Lamentations

Lemonade on the verandah after supper, discussing Rousseau and Voltaire before retiring to the soft embrace of an easy langour; Expecting tomorrow and its harvest of promise,the lush savannah the tall sheaves and sturdy horses, and yet that tomorrow never … Continue reading

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Tram Journey

Silhouettes embark the theatre on wheels, bantering chattering artistes of the verbal trapeze, accompanied by accordions of folding evening papers, keeping time with stone-tablet timetables clattering through blackened railway arches circumlocating city square, its familiar gargoyled spires furtively conspiring with … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco : A Footnote

When production ceases ( and ) the production line rattles to one last final halt , who then shall have the surplus if there is no surplus to be had ? Arising then out of the contradictions of their own … Continue reading

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Face in the Picture

There’s a face in the Picture , there’s a face in the picture that’s just faded out ; there was a face in the picture that you could clearly see there was a face in the picture that was standing … Continue reading

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The Big Short

  Did they offer you a thought for all your pennies ? did they want your gold in exchange for a goose’s egg ? did they swap your silver linings for a sky full of clouds ? Would you trade … Continue reading

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Posted in Cinema, Contemporary Austerity Economics, Contemporary Society, Culture, Destiny Poets, Dystopia, Existential, Horror, Media coverage, News, Politics, Popular Culture, Social History, social satire, World in crisis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Carnival of the Hours

The carnival of the hours dances its merry way , caught up in the rush of music and fireworks glaring blaring laughing staring faces immersed in a spectral gyre all colour all noise fated and tempting fate , to ignore … Continue reading

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