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Thursday, January 25, 2007

FASCINATING FACT OF TODAY - language/Sicily

Just heard (courtesy R4) that there is no future tense in the Palermo dialect.    This was suggested as a reflection of the prevailing, fatalistic state of mind - nothing will ever change.

Posted by Dej on 25 Jan around 2pm

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Your Man in Hermosillo - A Dispatch from the Desert

Once I was a senior lawyer and Vice President at a major record company, but I went out in search of even more variety in my career…the rich fabric of life. Today, as a consultant to one of the U.K’s top ad agencies, my mission is to fly out to a remote town in north-west Mexico, with a view to, er, obtaining a B1/B2 U.S. visa for a beautiful, local, transsexual. ‘’Is that enough rich fabric for yo’ ass?’’ she herself might reasonably have asked! This is ‘’Miriam’’, to her friends and fans, a new transgender, entertainment force coming to a screen, stage or loudspeaker near you…very soon.

 

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 3pm

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” The Leaning Fence of London”

For several months at sometime during the first half of the ‘90s, it became quite common for young guys going about their own business in and around Central London to be accosted by men leaping from white vans, which would usually have screeched to a halt at a ridiculous angle in a totally unfeasible roadside spot. These ‘white van men’ of yesteryear were not officers of the Flying Squad - they were in fact flogging gear and for reasons which soon became obvious, they had preferred a mercantile method that was more Starsky&Hutch than market stall. The gear in question was ostensibly a consignment of Acoustic Research speakers worth £1,500 a pair, but ‘available to You, sir ( it being of course your very lucky , pre-National Lottery day ) for a mere 150 notes.’

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 2pm

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Land of the Rising Sun - Snapshots

I had never been too excited about visiting this fabled land. It was more, something on the to-do list; a bit like going to the supermarket – other trips you’d rather make, but you know you’ll be glad to have this one done and dusted. I had worked for a Japanese-owned company, Sony Music, for over twelve years and I like to think of myself as a modern, cosmopolitan kinda guy. Fifa’s World Cup 2002 seemed like the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - as if you’d known that the supermarket’s aisles were going to double as a catwalk for a surreal lingerie and swimwear show during your visit. Better still(?), my companion at these global festivals of sport, Alex, only lives a jet-fuelled hop and a skip away - in Hong Kong.

 

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 2pm

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Foreign Exchange (revisited): Caen 1975 - Letter to John Peel at Radio 4 (Home Truths)

John, belated congratulations to you and the Home Truths posse on your success at the Sony Radio Awards! I attended the ceremony last year for the first time and thought it was a great event - unfortunately, I was away this year.

The subject-matter of this note is by now no doubt well out-of-date in terms of the content management of your show, as it relates to my first and last experience of a ‘‘foreign exchange’’ trip. In fact, as my parents have always lived in Africa, it was thankfully never intended as a reciprocal exercise.

 

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 2pm

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