Monday, 20 June 2016

Those are a few of my favourite things...about London

The cultural and exuberance and the culinary diversity. All the learning opportunities. The ease of travel from here to anywhere. The sheer richness of the urban fabric of communities and architectural variety. The climate even, no extremes, yet with seasons. The choice of living paces: from the fast lane to the vegging out in the sun in the park. The quality of "human material", the daily flurry of all the wonderful people coming my way...

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Ukraine crisis and the end of a "dictatorship"

As long as the old tired trope of "goodies vs. baddies" keeps being rubbed in by the media time and over again, journalism as a profession will remain what it has always been: propaganda-mongering for gullible masses.

Monday, 6 May 2013

The sounds of Brixton

My ideas as per why people would want to turn up music to to eardrum-popping levels on a lovely spring day:

1) they need to drown out the voices in their heads that keep telling them how useless and hopeless is what they are doing with their lives;

2) they need to drown out the shit they say by way of small talk so that they would come across smart and attractive enough to each other and with a bit of luck have sex afterwards;

3) I've run out of ideas. Any suggestions?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Шизоблок

Шизоблок - профессиональный приём политтехнологов (spin doctors), сведение реальности к двум якобы взаимоисключающим альтернативам (плохиши<->кибальчиши, социализм<->капитализм, Ельцин <-> Зюга, республиканцы<->демократы, гей-Европа <-> гетеро-Россия), чаще всего с сильной эмоциональной наживкой: "За детей!", "За наших!", "Бойтесь террора!", "Понаехали тут чёрные!", "А  вот как пропадёт колбаса из магазинов!" и т.д.. Нюансы, другие варианты, весь спектр между крайними проявлениями и т. д. таким образом исключаются из возможного рассмотрения, и все дебаты и политические решения с их  последствиями направляются в организованное русло с предсказуемым результатом. Профессиональный наёбинг мозгов широчайшим слоям населения.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Boston marathon bombings

No matter who and why staged the Boston events, we need to remain mindful of the emotional journey the media would try to take us on and to what conclusions we will be prompted to.