This is his description of the dining room before he even gets going on the food :
It’s a long, dark corridor with luggage racks stretching the length of the room. It gives you the feeling of being in a second-class railway carriage in the Balkans. It’s painted a shiny, distressed dung brown. The cramped tables are set with labially pink cloths, which give it a colonic appeal and the awkward sense that you might be a suppository. In the middle of the room is a stubby stove that also looks vaguely proctological.
-more seriously it makes me ashamed that the government of Bangladesh is trying to take over Grameen Bank (Nicholas Kristof) ;
– new word watch : “precariat” – people whose lives are precarious because they have little or no job security, from precarious and proletariat (The Big Picture) ;
– new word watch II : “aerotroplis” – a city planned around its airport (The Wall Street Journal) ;
Martin Luther King, Jr was the only person I have ever observed or known – and I’ve never ever seen or heard anyone do it since – who could compose a speech extemporaneously in real time and while he was speaking. Like we use computer skills, he could cut and paste in his mind from previous speeches or writings and he could insert those excerpts into his real time speech. It was an extraordinary ability. It was a transcendental experience to be there. It was like watching lightning captured in a bottle.
– visual inspiration : photographer Timothy Allen’ stunning images of people living in the world’s most extreme environments (BBC).
Have a good weekend.