Books alfresco

I was looking at my ever-growing Woolamaloo Flickr site today and was a bit puzzled as to why a fairly simple B&W photo of some books in the garden which I posted months ago had suddenly had 60 odd viewings in one day:

Books alfresco
Don’t get me wrong, its an okay pic but not one of the best ones on there and its been up for months, so why the sudden flurry of interest in it? Turns out that the Book Bench blog of the New Yorker had spotted it, liked it and re-posted it. How very cool to get a mention by fellow book folks involved with such a cool journal! In case you are wondering, the book on the table is Guy Delisle’s excellent piece of travel literature in comics form, the Burma Chronicles (published Drawn & Quarterly in North America, Jonathan Cape in the UK) and on the chair is Kurt Vonnegut’s fascinating take on human evolution, Galapagos, which I was reading for my Book Group that month. One of the nice things about posting so many pics on Flickr is you can never tell when someone will come along, see them and enjoy one in particular. Which is part of the reason I do it and part of why I’ve always liked the web for so many years. (click the pic for the larger version on Flickr)


I’m indebted to my good mate Linus in Michigan for this link to an article by the great author Kurt Vonnegut called Cold Turkey. The meaning of life, politics, philosophy, war and human abuses (and that’s just Bush’s foreign and domemstic policies). You know you need to read this.

Elsewhere on the same site (Common Dreams) there is an article by Scottish MP George Galloway (probably the most litigious parliamentarian around – helps pay for the big house in sunny Spain and the fancy, expensive foreign car – hey why buy British, right?). Not my favourite person. Actually I think he’s more than a little full of himself and get the feeling a lot of what he does is carefully constructed for the media, but he does say some good things sometimes and has been very outspoken on the war. Here he ridicules – deservedly – those right wing wankers in certain outlets of the Brit media who in turn ridiculed those who marched against the war last year and made fun of them. Now, boohoo, they all say they were ‘hoaxed’ – note they don’t admit they made a mistake nor do they apologise to those of us who spoke against the war. Tony Parsons, we’re talking about you you little talentless Spiv tosser (by the way his novels are even worse than his right-wing journalism). Perhaps this gives the impression I don’t like Parsosn much. That’s not true you know. I bloody despise the wee wanker.