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23 Apr 2014
Downing College-Cambridge, 1978. Special Consumers Association. Where are you now?  There was a white... · Google+ Posts View the site
Downing College-Cambridge, 1978. Special Consumers Association. Where are you now?  There was a white Cortina Mk1 automatic with Jamaica flag roundels round the headlights driven by a guy who worked in the record biz. It expired just short of Harston. There was a vague connection with Regents University and very temporary digs behind Bond St station. Later there was a flat in West Hampstead. There was also a couple who lived in a flat in a big block on Steel's Rd (??? and Carrie). Some of you came to a post-wedding party in 1984 in Downshire Hill. There's a possible connection with Nigel Sharpe. I also kind of think you knew people from Queens and Cranbrook, Kent

Then there's Alex the guitar player who had a flat above Trinity St and played God Save out the window in the style of the Hendrix Star-Spangled. Later had a Guzzi Le Mans, lived in Crouch End before moving into a self build in Docklands. Alex's mate (who played Bass) and was into BASE jumping.

Mentioning Cranbrook. What happened to Ant? And the guy we always thought got recruited by the security services due to his fluent German, frequent trips to "Switzerland" and slightly dodgy dad. The others in that house on Chaucer Road. And what about Sue from Birmingham who went to Goa.

The three Dumont brothers, Max Bell and one or two others from Trinity. Especially the guy who looked after a flat in the posh bit between Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith and a penchant for Tootsie's burgers. There were a lot of people I kind of knew at that afternoon garden party in Trinity Gardens '78. Bring white wine and we'll empty it into a dustbin and add fruit, mixers and spirits.

Did you have a house in Manchester and came to Rivington Pyke in '78 in a VW camper van with a dodgy gearbox? They wouldn't let us up the hill, so we ended up in a field. There was a guy there well known for making hot air balloons. He walked round with one on the end of a string above his head. The student house had a circular "door" hole into the sitting room and was mostly painted in purple.

Did you run a record and buttons stall in Camden Market, lived in a basement flat in Camden and briefly had a record shop in Hampstead? What about the artist who had a flat in S Villas at the back and was in the ambulance to Rivington and later to LA.

Annie, Sue, Droid, John Mac, Peter Walsh, Pete, Tim Palmer, Nick Froome, Dave Harris, Kevin Metcalfe and Steve Angel in the cutting room, and all the others hanging round Utopia studios.

Does any of this ring a bell? Get in touch.

Hodge – Amor Fati · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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123Mrk – Secret Secret · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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123Mrk – Versatile · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Train In Austria · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Thank You · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Enjoyable Employable · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – I Know I Show It · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Feel OK · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – New Beginnings · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Alone Again · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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22 Apr 2014
Glimpse – Things To Do In Denver · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – If I Was Your Girl · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Glimpse – Walk Tall · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Kahn – No More · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Kahn – Cover Me · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Kahn – Snake Eyes (ft.Jabu) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Kahn – Badman City (ft.Flowdan) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Kahn – Prophet (ft.Rider Shafique) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Fort Romeau – Her Dream · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Fort Romeau – Pirouette · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Fort Romeau – I Knew · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Play Your Corner ft. Riko · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Nightcrawler (devils mix) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Signal · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – In · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Time ft. Parris · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Vampin' · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Swingin' (LDN mix) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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23 Apr 2014
What a curious character. Worth investigating. · Google+ Posts View the site
What a curious character. Worth investigating.
http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/
 Paul Kingsnorth »
Welcome to my website. In these dusty e-stacks I store essays, books, poetry, strange maps, scrappy jottings, diaries and other yellowing papers. Enjoy rummaging.

22 Apr 2014
Wen – Galactic · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Wen – Intro (Family) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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LAS & Gantz – Firepusher · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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The La's – Malfunktions · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Lurka – Refresher (Gantz Remix) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Gantz – Second Nature · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Gantz – Baby Face · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Ejeca – Alone (David Jach Remix) · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Ejeca – Alone · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Ejeca – What You Think · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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21 Apr 2014
Hodge – Renegades · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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Hodge – Amor Fati · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
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123Mrk – Secret Secret · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
http://www.last.fm/music/123Mrk

123Mrk – Versatile · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
http://www.last.fm/music/123Mrk

23 Apr 2014
Proper, full on rant about the evil that is pet cats and dogs. · Google+ Posts View the site
Proper, full on rant about the evil that is pet cats and dogs.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/nature-up/2013/dec/09/1

I approve of this message. Not only do they need daily emptying which leads to the poo-fairy and cat shit in the garden, but they kill song birds, and the pet food industry causes untold havoc. Have you any idea how hard it is to get organic, free range, cat food? Even in Waitrose? Never mind the happiness of your cat, what about the happiness of the animals that were bred to feed it? Eh?
 Greenish kitty plague spreads through US websites »
A blight of mindless cat and dog stories has infected US enviro news sites. Who's to blame?

Here's a thought experiment for futurists and especially the Californian Long Now enthusiasts. · Google+ Posts View the site
Here's a thought experiment for futurists and especially the Californian Long Now enthusiasts.

Imagine for a moment that Spartacus had won, Roman slaves had been freed and a mercantilist middle class had grown up. The Roman Empire hadn't collapsed under the weight of decadence and the Goths. And so a Roman Empire version of the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment had happened around AD500-600. A Newton and/or Leibniz would have appeared around AD700 (notwithstanding the problems of trying to do Principia Mathematica in Roman numerals!) The industrial revolution would have followed in AD800 and computers, electronic and computer revolutions would have appeared in AD970. Peak oil would have happened around AD1020.

So now in 2014, we'd be about 1000 years into a post industrial, post global-warming, post unlimited-resource world.

What would it look like?

This post was inspired by http://blog.longnow.org/02014/04/19/the-knowledge/ I'm really quite conflicted by the Long Now foundation and the idea of getting futurist darlings like Eno to produce lists of books for a "Manual for Civilisation" or rather a "Library to reboot civilisation". Somewhat in the style of A Canticle for Leibowitz, because this civilisation is doomed and it would be a shame if the last 200 years of growth were lost when it inevitably collapses. See http://blog.longnow.org/category/manual-for-civilization/ It feels like this has changed from a thought experiment to try and get people to think about what we're doing to ourselves into a business selling books and seminars, feeding vampirically on a very western insecurity.

Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a Clock for 10,000 years ( http://longnow.org/projects/ ) or the Long Player song that doesn't repeat for 1000 years.  ( http://longplayer.org/ ) I just wonder about the way Doom (with a capital D) is becoming an industry in the same way as Self Help, Lifestyle Coaches and all the other WooWoo. There's VC, donations from unbelievably rich tech people, celebrity endorsement, TED talks and so on and on.

Remember the words of Philip Dick; The Roman Empire never ended.
 The Knowledge »
One of the early inspirations for creating the Manual for Civilization was an email I received from Lewis Dartnell in London asking me for information...

"Because Darwin" is NOT the answer to everything. If the Social Darwinists weren't bad enough here's... · Google+ Posts View the site
"Because Darwin" is NOT the answer to everything. If the Social Darwinists weren't bad enough here's the Cosmological Darwinists. Apparently the universe is just the black hole's method of producing more black holes.

http://io9.com/whats-the-purpose-of-the-universe-heres-one-possible-a-1564636270
 What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer »
It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve.

21 Apr 2014
Glimpse – Train In Austria · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
http://www.last.fm/music/Glimpse

Glimpse – Thank You · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
http://www.last.fm/music/Glimpse

Glimpse – Enjoyable Employable · jbond's Recently Played Tracks View the site
http://www.last.fm/music/Glimpse

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