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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Presque vu XI has an article on influential blogs, looking at surveys of American, Italian, French, German and UK blogging and some of the differences are interesting and worth noting.

While technology, business and politics dominate the overall rankings, personal diary-style blogs are far more popular in Europe, accounting for 43 per cent of the top blogs in Italy and 30 per cent in Europe. In France, blogs about food accounted for 19 of the top 100 blogs, although this category was insignificant in other countries.


On the beach at Crosby, near Liverpool, stand 100 lonely figures.

‘Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. Anthony Gormley says: “The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements, and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth’s substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body, no hero, no ideal, just the industrially-reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet.”‘

Clare Dudman has a photo essay on the installation on her site. Don’t miss it.


Quote of the week comes from Dick Jones’ Patteran Pages:

I’ve always been a deeply reluctant optimist.


Over at Black Coffee-Red Pen, Miss Java has been offering to critique up to 300 words of fiction for writers’ who might need a taste of an editor. There’s been no takers up to now, maybe you’ll be the first . . .

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