Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What I’m reading

Fur chickens. A true confession by Joshua Drummond.

The living wage: a history and economics lesson from Tim Worstall.

Never say that the RIAA lacks a sense of humour.

The link between eating organic food and moral depravity.

The Renaissance choral repertoire expands with the years: don’t we all. Peter Phillips enthuses about Cornyshe and Gombert, understandably, but now he’s bigging up his new discovery Jean Mouton, who was in the French team at the Field of the Cloth of Gold: Cornyshe played for England. We’re talking 1520.

A more recent composer is Michael Nyman who has a big sulk on: the Royal Opera House has declined to commission an opera from him. This English artist’s response to just criticism?:
Maybe I should withdraw my tax from supporting such public institutions in “my” country!
Roger Law was half of Spitting Image. He is now based in Australia, working in China, going a bit potty. He is brilliant. This half-hour film screened on the ABC last week.  

Did Putin cheat? Hmmm:
So unusual were the Parliamentary voting figures, the researchers said, that the odds of them happening by chance would be roughly one in 10^70, or one in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
For context, this number is about a billion billion times the total number of atoms in the entire planet, The Times reported.
The Economist’s Johnson on sniggerable names of world leaders. Look who’s talking. Please don’t tell Paul Henry.

So here is the Band at Woodstock in 1969:

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