Sunday, January 14, 2018 | RECENT NOTES

Digital detox, my arse

Irma took a copy of the Finnair magazine, Blue Wings, with her when we arrived at the airport last Friday. Today I sat down and thumbed through it. An article caught my eye and made me despair at the rapid recycling of potentially interesting ideas as cheap promotional stunts for dimwits. If I still despair about that kind of thing.

We might also notice several interesting points about the man with the unnecessary hat and beard in the accompanying illustration.


McDonalds in miniature

The Reef Mall stands opposite the Star Metro hotel in the district of Dubai, not far from the airport. About half the units in the mall lie empty. To my delight the McDonalds still exists.

It might count as the smallest McDonalds in the world. Certainly it counts as the smallest McDonalds I have ever seen.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | THE TIME OF DAY


Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | ESSAYS

A Primer on Refugees

I did not write this essay. David Rovics wrote it. I subscribe to his newsletter, which is always informative and sometimes amusing, and this arrived this morning. For those who don’t know, David Rovics is “an American indie singer/songwriter”.

The essay does exactly what the title suggests. It provides a clear and detailed historical background that explains how and why the current situation arose.