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Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
11:28 pm - Rachel Whiteread
Half watched tonight's 'Imagine' on BBC2 about Rachel Whiteread, the first female winner of the Turner Prize. (I will watch the programme again properly soon, to try and learn more from it.)

I noticed a brief visual of her work 'Embankment', which jogged my memory of having been to see it. I checked, it was shown between October 2005 and May 2006. This meant I wouldn't have necessarily filmed it, and certainly not with a digital video camera (as I didn't have one then). I was almost sure I did an entry about it on my LJ, which I had been avidly keeping it going at the time, but I could not find it easily. It could be there somewhere. (LJ search seems only to track things down back to around 2009.)

I found some very early entries I made about Rachel (links below, friends only).

Although I did go through a phase of abandoning LJ entries, looking back at old entries does make me appreciate the thoughts then of my old self - which - it goes without saying - would be forever lost had they not been documented.

Archives are good!

My current thoughts on Rachel Whiteread: she is rather a one-trick pony, her trick being to expose, to visualise, the internal spaces by way of externalising them through a process of taking moulds of an interior and using these to create her sculptures of these spaces. I have to admit there is a certain clean beauty and serentiy about the pieces she creates - they are usually large monochrome - many are white, minimalist blocks that look architectural and somewhat serious, although some recent smaller shapes, like the interior space of hot water bottles, could appear a little more playful. Her works I guess could be about preserving memory of spaces, and in doing so captures an essence of what she feels are important aspects of British heritage.

  • BBC2 IMAGINE - Rachel Whiteread: Ghost in the Room A profile of English artist Rachel Whiteread

    Keith (keith_london) wrote,

  • 2001-07-01 11:22:00 Rachel's Plinth Monument

  • 2001-07-16 09:22:00 Rachel's Plinth II at Trafalgar Square (again)

  • 2001-07-16 21:52:00 Rachel's Plinth - An "Epiphany"
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    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
    4:03 am - Livejournal

    I'm an on-off returnee to LJ land, now virtually a stranger. As I have heard in the past when people stop updating their LJ, "life got in the way". It's not that serious. It's just another social media communication channel, isn't it? I used to rely on LJ a lot, as a way to develop writing, as well as an identity. It did become a discipline. I got disillusioned, and neglected writing on here. 

    Today, I was gripped by nostalgia for days past, and through an old camcorder video footage, cast my thoughts back to August 21st 2001, when I met and filmed Kale, a muscular middle-aged male exhibitionist. There was an element of "oh those were the days" when I re-visited the past. Notwithstanding, that I had also abandoned my male photography and video pursuits (in its place came, I suppose, general video and the arts).

    I dug up my off-line journal, and was pleasantly reminded, through documentation at the time, of the detailed story of Kale, whom I spent some hours with on that distant sunny August day. It now has the status of 'precious' memory — not sure why, but maybe because it was something I did in earnest and enjoyed, back in the day! It really is — nearly sixteen years ago!

    I feel the urge to track down this guy.

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    Thursday, June 1st, 2017
    10:40 pm - Paris 'Accord'
    "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris" - President Trump

    So pleased with Trump's decision to ditch that 'accord' that is unfair to Americans! As someone once said, "no deal is better than a bad deal"! Trump has offered to re-negotiate terms. The European Union has declared, in all its wisdom, that this 'accord' is not open to re-negotiation (even though it's supposedly so desperately important for the future of mankind...) Can't wait for Brexit to really happen.

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    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
    1:00 pm - Manchester (UK) Explosion
    22 dead and another 59 injured in a suicide attack in Manchester Arena.

    The venue was crowded with thousands of children, teenagers, young adults, when an improvised explosive device was detonated. PM Theresa May condemned the attack saying it stood out for its "appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent and defenceless young people." Trump offered condolences and called the attacker, not a ‘monster’, but an “evil loser”. Blast was on (the 4th) anniversary of the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby (by an islamist terorrist). Lone male attacker died when he detonated an explosive device in the foyer as the crowd left the concert. Explosion took place in foyer following Ariana Grande concert. Explosion happened just after Ariana Grande left the stage.

    Children among those killed. Manchester police, this has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester - families and young people were out to enjoy a convert and have lost their lives.” This is the worst atrocity in Britain since 52 people died in 2005. 60 ambulances were despatched to the scene last night. 8 hospitals across Greater Manchester are treating casualties. 400 police are investigating last night’s incident. PM is chairing an emergency meeting of COBRA. Sadiq Khan says “London stands with Manchester today”. The police have been telling us for some time now that something like this would happen, and it has happened in Manchester. Police are treating the incident as terrorism. Terror police are appealing to people with photos and videos to come forward. Political campaigning for the coming general election have been suspended. “Broken, From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry, I don't have words”, tweeted Ariana Grande. A witness said that “they never checked bags at all”. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says a vigil will be held at Albert Square in Manchester tonight.

    Police know the identity of the attacker but it is not known if he was acting alone. Armed police have arrested a man in the Chorlton area.

    Police have issued an emergency number for those concerned about anyone who was in the Arena last night - 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

    current mood: distressed

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    Saturday, January 21st, 2017
    4:05 pm - Trump Inauguration and DAY 1
    So happy to see Trump as president, and so glad that Obama has gone.

    Very sad to see all these very silly people protesting about a democratically elected president who has yet to prove himself. And please, women's rights? Laughable really, to see a religiously head-scarfed woman protesting, when her freedom seems curtailed more by her religion (and possibly men in her religion) than whatever Trump could possibly have done against women's rights. Grow up, and get a life, you stupid protestors!

    Funny old world, when people should really protest against Obama for being such a do-nothing president, and for blood on his hands in regard to Syrians being slaughtered by Assad.

    By the way, I'm really warming to First Lady Melania Trump! She looks so beautiful, dignified and elegant, and with such a wonderful sense of fashion. I'll be watching her. Do people really think that a woman like her would marry and have children with a misogynist? Come on people, get real (and grow up!)

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    Friday, December 30th, 2016
    12:17 pm - Syria - 470,000 dead

    As seen on the front page of i News, 470,000 killed in Assad-led, Obama-permitted, Syrian civil war. Nearly 5 times more deaths because of Obama's inaction than estimated deaths allegedly caused by Bush's war in Iraq (that removed a hated murderous tyrant, and democratic elections to Iraq). Yet hardly a pip-squeak of protest or "indignation". Stop the War could not be arsed to protest, it would seem. Obama and the "liberal" left have untold blood on their hands.

    (Oh, and 11 million refugees!)

  • I AM SYRIA Death Count in Syria: 450,000 - Children: 50,000
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    Sunday, November 13th, 2016
    11:04 pm - Hate trumps Love
    So much for that glib slogan 'Love trumps Hate'. Quite the reverse, when hate-filled anarchists protest, sometimes violently, because they didn't get their way in a democratic election. So much for wonderful leadership from Hillary. She may be, as Trump points out, smart and put up a great fight, but she is rubbish as far as leadership goes. I have not heard her come out to condemn the protesters. I hate left-wing so-called liberals. They have a narrow agenda that precludes any viewpoint that does not fit into their worldview. In the UK none of that lot protested outside the Russian embassy when they bombed civilians in Syria. Putin seems to be getting quite an easy ride, compared to what Bush received when they were trying to put things right in Iraq.

    I'm so happy that Trump won. Hope he wins another term as well. It's a delight to see all those 'liberals' choke with anger because democracy won!

    I can't wait to see Hillary in jail. She's so toxic, as is Obama. Utterly cruel in their inaction - she over Benghazi and he, Syria.

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    Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
    7:49 am - Independence Day
    Just heard that Hillary has conceded. Hope she is prepared to go to jail! Happy Independence Day, America, and very well done for re-gaining Independence from corrupt Obama central government. Congratulations President Trump. Please make America great again!

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    4:54 am
    “I’m excited! I’m so happy that I can’t even stand” - female Trump supporter in Ohio

    24 states including key state Florida have now called for Trump. The Clinton rally admits things not looking good for them. Unlikely at this stage, that Clinton will win either Michigan or Wisconsin. I'm really happy at this stage, that Clinton looks like she will lose (and hopefully end up in jail in due course) and that Trump is looking like he could win! Very very pleased! Come on Trump!

    current mood: optimistic

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    Sunday, November 6th, 2016
    1:10 pm - 'Love Trumps Hate'
    What a stupid inane slogan! What I have observed of Hillary is that she is dishing out HATE in spades - inciting hatred against Trump, constantly making sweeping allegations, resorting to dredging out 70's alleged misdemeanors of Trump to assassinate his character, and constantly implying that Trump followers (of which make up nearly half the electorate) are somehow dangerous, misguided, racist people filled with hate. Hillary, when they go low, you have gone even lower! She seems so desperate for power, and what a lame excuse to say she wants it to defend 8 years of Obama. She wants it for herself. She pretends that she will continue to be Obama's puppet, but I'm afraid if she ever gets into power, she'll just do her own thing, possibly extending the Clinton agenda. She lecture about "respect for the law", yet she has show utter disrespect for the law over the emails scandal. I'm for "Hillary for PRISON"!

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    Monday, October 31st, 2016
    8:50 pm - Hilary Sucks
    "Hilary SUCKS - but not like Monica" - as seen on a placard at a Trump rally (via C4 News)

    Anyone married to Bill Clinton should be automatically disqualified from running for office.

    Why would anyone want 4 more years of an Obama administration run by his puppet?

    current mood: amused

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    Thursday, October 20th, 2016
    2:04 pm - US Presidential Debate (III)
    "Such a nasty woman" -- Donald Trump (re: Hillary Clinton)

    So true! She is really nasty, and persistently attacking on personality issues, when she should really be providing a vision of how she could improve as president, and how she could achieve that vision. Sadly, she had 30 years and not apparently attempted during this time to address some of the problems she identified (e.g. her claims that Donald hadn't paid any federal taxes). Well, I'm glad she is nasty, because she probably is dishing out hell onto her pathetic alleged women-abueer husband Bill. I really would like Trump to win, shake things up a bit, but alas, a lot is going against Trump, and it would be a miracle if he did win. Best plan is to let her win, let her mess up big time by giving more of the same Obama rubbish government, and then get her out in 2020.

    I genuinely liked her in 2008, but now detest her, because she isn't living up to much of what she claims she stands for. "When they go low you go high" - my ass! She went low, and then even lower! I'm also pleased that her toxicity is also punishing a substantial chunk of her party - those who supported Bernie Sanders, who absolutely loathe her - and I can see why.

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    Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
    10:34 am - US Presidential Debate (II)
    "America is beginning to look like a cartoon" - exasperated American voter (as seen on BBC News)

    I thought he did very well, in spite of all the goading from holier-than-thou Hilary. Trump's campaign did not implode as many might have liked. The media are portraying Hilary as the one that tries to keep to the issues, but watch her closely, she is super-toxic, in never missing an opportunity to use Trump's 11-year old 'locker-room' banter against him. This is not surprising, from someone who has relied on underhand tactics to 'win' the Democratic primaries to become the Democratic nominee for president. It's really sad to see that from a supposedly seasoned politician with 30 years' experience going so low, when she really should be going high (as advised by her 'friend' Michelle Obama, the same who took out vicious attack ads on Hilary 8 years ago). She didn't have much to say when confronted by the issue of women (allegedly) abused by her husband Bill, and her (alleged) role in silencing those women. If she's so indignant over Trump's ill-advised and indefensible private remarks about women (which he has apologised for), then she should be equally tough on her own husband's indiscretions - but she is not, which makes her an anti-feminist hypocrite. Trump's offence against women were just words, whereas Bill's actions are, if true, actual physical abuse against women. I believe Trump when he calls Hilary a liar. Why would you destroy 33000 emails from your private email account after being subpoena-ed? She didn't have a satisfactory answer to that, which makes her a liar in my view. (Recall how she mis-spoke all those years ago during her campaign vs Obama, when she claimed she came under gunfire when frying into an airport in some war-zone.) Trump is so right about many of his charges against her and Obama, including the failure of Obamacare and the Obama administration's creation of a power vacuum when they refused to intervene in Syria. Expect more of the same should she get the reins of power.

    P.S. I really like the idea of Hilary in prison! (as suggested by Trump)

  • The New York Times Transcript of the Second Debate
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    Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
    5:05 pm - US Presidential Debate (I)
    "I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer's wishes — when [Hillary Clinton] releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted" - Donald Trump

    I found Clinton to be quite a toxic bat, baiting Trump with silly traps about his tax returns, and more fool him, Trump fell for those traps. I think Trump needs to up his game on the debating front. She apologised for the evasive e-mail 'mistake - but was it really a mistake? Especially after they made such a big deal of it when Sarah Palin (remember her?) did the same thing. She must be hiding something when she chose to delete those emails (just like Trump 'must be hiding something'). I don't approve of Hillary anymore, nor of course her useless boss, Obama, when all they do is talk nicely, but in the meantime innocent people in Syria are being slaughtered everyday, and they're doing not a lot about that. (Nobody seems really too exercised about all those deaths, which I believe can be prevented if the US and UK did something about it).

    G remarked about Hillary - "I don't think she has anything interesting to say". Someone like her would be very good at spin.

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    Thursday, July 21st, 2016
    1:45 pm - Misc
    I'm very pleased that Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination as their presidential candidate, and sincerely hope he can beat Hilary Clinton and become the next president of the USA. As for the Obamas, they surely have good career prospects in the comedy and light entertainment business, especially Obama as a joker. Michelle delivers a good song, so she could be on America's Got Talent, perhaps. And maybe as a speech writer for Melena Trump! (A jolly good speech I thought! I like the bit where she said - I paraphrase - 'you are only limited by the reach of your dreams'.. )

    I'm also very pleased that not only does the UK now have a female Prime Minister, but also in Theresa May, we see a bit of Margaret Thatcher mark II, as tenacious and brutal when needed, but yet with a better presentation of the caring side of "social conservativism" (think that's what they call it), meaning a better focus on social justice. I am sure she will tell Nicola Sturgeon, jumped-up 'First Minister' of a tiny country Scotland, (that pretends it's so important to still be within the EU, yet had they been successful in their campaign to leave the UK they would necessarily have been out of the EU then). Who else? Jeremy Corbyn is essentially toast. How he struggles on pathetically to cling on to power as a Labour leader overwhelmingly unwanted by his own parliamentary party, and even more so by the British public at large. Get out, a-hole!

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    Saturday, July 9th, 2016
    9:18 pm - Various Nationalities Butts
    I've been meaning to post these. Let's start with the French.

    Followed by - Panamanian, Italian, British and American.

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    Monday, July 4th, 2016
    11:33 pm - Independence
    We'll rejoin Europe if the USA rejoins the UK. Fair?

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    Friday, June 24th, 2016
    12:27 pm - Brexit
    Yay! We're OUT of the EU! I knew the British people had sense.

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    Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
    11:59 pm - EU Referendum
    I like going to the polling booth. It's the usual one, at a residential hall within a housing estate. When we got there, in the last hour of voting, I found, to my surprise, a long-ish queue. This is quite unusual in my experience of voting. There were evidently quite a number of young-ish people voting, which could be a worry for us Brexiters, as the conventional wisdom is that the oldies would vote leave, and the younger ones tend to vote remain. The younger ones tend not to bother voting, and if they do turn out in numbers, it is taken as a good sign for Remain. A nice young man in green shorts, showing bare muscular legs, was at the door to the hall, when we first joined the queue. The guy in pink shorts a few places in front of us, was a jovial chap, and seemed to be well-known and well-liked. His friends would pass by and they'd exchange friendly hellos and sometimes hugs. he laughed when one of his mates came out of polling and said "I hope you'll vote the right way!"

    I spotted some pet dogs that came along, a black poodle-type dog, carried by its middle-aged female owner as she walked out of the polling hall, and one, a white and black terrier-mongrel, on a leash, inside the room, owned by a middle-aged man. G wondered which way it voted. The man in front of us told the woman with him that any mark in the box that indicated a clear decision would be valid. The mark didn't have to be an 'x', he said. The woman followed up with a mention of 'hanging chads' (remember them?). She sounded American, and as we neared the desk, she let the queue, which I took to mean she didn't get to vote. EU nationals aren't entitled to vote in this referendum. I did hear some women, who were leaving the polling station, speaking in a language that sounded Italian. They are probably British by nationality.

    A ginger haired young man cast his vote, and on leaving the booth, seemed a little confused. He appeared to be walking out the room with his polling slip, which he had not folded up (so you might have been able to see where he placed his 'x'. Then he turned around and put his slip into the black polling box. It looked full, from the way the voting papers stuck out and had to be pushed in by hand. The mood seem to be one of calm and determination to vote. History will be made, as voters have been told by so-called expert commentators and politicians.

    At the desk, manned by two ladies, a younger black female in her 30s, who did the initial checks of our polling cards, and an older white-haired white female who crossed out names on her list on checking the polling card, before we were handed our polling slips. There are only two choices, and as Cameron pointed out, there is no 'undecided' box!

    I am pleased to say I voted to get OUT. We've been treated like shit by Europe, and also because I see it as my personal vote against arrogant Obama. Who the hell he think he is, telling us how to vote, and worse, threatening a less than favourable process to enter into a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA.

    Post-voting, we took in a curry for dinner.

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    Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
    6:22 am - Orlando
    “Islam is a religion of peace” -- Pedro Julio Serrano, as heard on Newsnight. The guy instead turns his invective on Trump. This is what I don't understand. idiots like him are so quick to blame Trump, and yet let religion off the hook all too easily. Mindless people keep asserting that this or that religion is "a religion of peace" without offering any evidence, and almost like wishful thinking. Yes, there may well be muslims who are peaceful and want peace. But a religion that in its extreme form prescribes hatred (and worse) for gays cannot be free from blame. I also wonder how long before chatter turns from homophobia (of which the Orlando massacre is a consequence) to the usual charge of "islamophobia". Trump does have a point. We need to be more vigilant, tougher, and smarter. How has America become safer under the cowardly rule of Obama, who refuses to take the battle to ISIS? Instead, the battle seems to be fought in dribs and drabs in the US homeland, by evil, maladjusted, fanatical killers who have easy access to legally purchased rifle and handgun. I don't remember that many radical islam influenced killings in the US under George W Bush (seems to be golden years in comparison!) And why are Obama and CLinton so afraid to call it for what it is - radical islam - which we must all - right minded muslims included - fight and abolish entirely.

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