Author Archive: Eamonn Fitzgerald

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Roast pork

Sunday, 22 July, 2012

The hardest part is getting the spit through the meat. You’ll want it as evenly balanced on the spit as you can get it. Skewer the roast lengthwise through the longest part of the meat while still getting it as centered as possible. Next, drive the spit through the roast and clamp it down tight […]

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Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools

Saturday, 21 July, 2012

Denitza Todorova (MC DENA) was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Berlin. She paid homage to her adopted city by shooting the video for Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools in the city’s multinational Neukölln district. “I live in Kreuzberg. It’s like the Brooklyn of Berlin. For the eight years I’ve been here, it’s getting […]

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The Social Games

Friday, 20 July, 2012

“Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.” So it says in the IOC Social Media, Blogging and Internet Guidelines “for participants and other […]

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What’s a city? And do you live in one?

Thursday, 19 July, 2012

It is said that by 2030, two out of every three people worldwide will live in cities. This is the Urban Century, in other words. The excellent NPR Cities Project looks at the complexity of urban life today and strives to decode the meaning of “urbanism”. To this end, the infographic “Do You Live In […]

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Summer in the Gatsby city

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

Much of the greatness of Edward Hopper resided in his ability to paint silent spaces. His 1949 canvas “Summer in the City” reveals the solitude of two people sharing a hotel bedroom by suggesting that presence can sometime equal absence. Its presence here today heralds the start of the annual Rainy Day Great Gatsby reading, […]

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Hitchens as Orwell’s Successor

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

“When looking back on the life of the late Christopher Hitchens, one sees that his persona is oddly like that of Oscar Wilde’s character Lord Henry Wotton from The Picture of Dorian Gray: loved by an assortment of people for assorted reasons, often when they cannot square with him on something else. Like Wotton, Hitchens […]

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“There is a lot of crisis going on currently in Syria”

Monday, 16 July, 2012

The perpetrators of “advance fee fraud”, which is generally known as the “Nigerian 419 scam“, keep a close eye on international developments and never miss an opportunity to match their message to the crisis du jour. In this case, it’s the Syrian civil war and here’s the message that was delivered to the Rainy Day […]

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Summer reading

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral […]

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The siren Elizabeth Fraser returns

Saturday, 14 July, 2012

Her ethereal voice was at the centre of the sound that made The Cocteau Twins such a ground-breaking band. When the group broke up in 1998, she disappeared from public view and from the music business. And now she’s back. Earlier this year, Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) announced that the great Elizabeth […]

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Digg this: How liberal geeks turned $45 million into $500,000

Friday, 13 July, 2012

Once upon a time, and not that long ago, either, the people behind the website Digg raised $45 million from big-time investors including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. The fools and their money are now parted. Digg, which was once “valued” at more than $160 million, has been sold for $500,000 […]

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“We too want to learn Internet” under a mango tree

Thursday, 12 July, 2012

In mid-May, Boukary Konaté from Mali, who writes the excellent Fasokan blog in Bambara and French, visited the village of Sékoro, where he conducted an “introduction to the Internet” course for local schoolchildren under a mango tree. Google Translate: “This two-hour session was an opportunity for young students to a computer running, plug the USB 3G internet, and go turn a page on Google and do searches.”

The internet on a bike

Language note: The Bambara language is spoken in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal by some six million people. Given the colonial history of the region, Bambara uses many French loan words. For example, the Bambara term for snow is niegei, based on the French word for snow neige. As there has never been snow in Mali, the Bambara language has no unique word in to describe it.