This is the first day my head is not in fog. Ordering a macchiato is safer. Near a river is a joy, a city on a river (a working river) is even better. People are good, it is the ideas that are the contest. Old cities, low cities, are better than new cities, tall cities. […]

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A Certain Loneliness

I still find travel strangely affective. I fly across half the world with the hardest part of the exercise always the queueing – security, passport control, boarding, disembarking (Dubai), a bit more security, boarding, disembarking, passport control – get on an express train, cross a couple of platforms, find the train to Bristol and, about […]

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DRHA First Taste

Sunday morning, 9am kick off and I did a workshop on RDF and marking up literary works. Used the Brat Rapid Annotation Tool with the OntoMedia ontology. Now have a much better understanding of RDF and linked objects, and where, why, and how it might be used. The conference is DRHA, and the acronymn spreads […]

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Encamped with a small group of colleagues from the nonfictionLab, we have spent the first day presenting creative nonfiction work in progress, looking ‘inwards’ at what draws us to the work, the material, the idea. … Though as I sit by the window watching the crimson rosellas and king parrots run through their through daily protocol of access to the seed table, I’m feeling a bit intimidated by expectation, the quality of yesterday’s writing, and of not knowing where, how to begin from the list of what now feels like flimsy in my mind.

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Dopplr is a social site that lets you share your travel with others and it works out your carbon footprint. I’m not sure what it means to see that someone else is travelling, though I guess if you see people travelling at the same time to the same place, or who have gone to somewhere you’re new to, that could be handy.

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Two Trains Travelling To and Fro

This is another lumiere rhizome. One was shot while travelling from Paris to Brussels on the TGV while the other is the return journey a few days later. I really like travelling on trains. Much more room than on planes (well, I guess I might not think that if I travelled first class, but like […]

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Brussels Non-Place

My second visit to Brussels. I caught the train from Paris, and as someone from a large country (like Canadians, North Americans, etc) the idea that I can get on a train and only 90 or so minutes later I”m in a different country, different language (well not quite, Brussels is bilingual with French and […]

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On a Jet Plane…

Got Jim White’s “Transnormal Skiperoo” which came out October one, Jenny Owen Youngs‘ “Batten the Hatches”, Joe Henry’s “Civilians” and Mary Gauthier’s “Between Daylight and Dark” as new company on the iPod, still deciding what book I need to read, and a presentation to write. Today I leave for Brussels. A good near eight hours […]

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