Sunday, August 24, 2008

Capsules, Albarn, Barenboim, Books and a Birthday

As it is my birthday I have decided to write The Sunday Times. I review Daniel Barenboim's book Everything is Connected. I interview Damon Albarn. And, finally I express a view on the strange world of time capsules.
Also, once again, it is the day of the Stiffkey Village Fete or, more precisely, the day of BryPat Books - all the gentry's reading needs, never knowingly oversold, who needs TV, open 1/365 etc.. This afternoon Grabber and I will be flogging mind expanding matter to the grateful Nor-folk. It is a great day, very English, very strange and, by the looks of things, very wet.

10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Bryan. The man for whom time reverses.

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  2. Happy birthday you old bastard. Me I've just arrived at NigeCorp via a two-hour, carnivaaaal-related diversion into the NW London badlands, leaving me stranded first in a hellhole called Kensal Rise, then in one called Harlesden, all in steady drizzle. We know how to enjoy ourselves down here.

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  3. Happy birthday, dear Bryan. From the looks of your t.v. appearance, you really are turning 29 -- again!

    Wish I were at your book fair. Instead, I have boxes and boxes of books in translation to dig through for a review on same.

    Which reminds me: Any of your commenters who speak/read in foreign languages and want to rec me contemporary authors or old authors with newly published stuff in English translation -- do it now.

    I'll be immersed for the next six weeks and am hoping some of what I see will be good ... Only 3% of the world's books get translated into English and yet now that I've begun reading, I'm beginning to see why....

    Oops, sorry Bry-- Happy day to you again. Have fun with your friends!

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  4. Best wishes for your birthday and I hope you get some sun this afternoon. Sell one for the gipper!

    I don't think there's really any need to put anything in a time capsule except a post-it note saying "Have a nice day". Give things enough time and that's about the total extent of our power and influence.

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  5. I would wish you very many but we miserable Geordie gits don't do that sort of thing. Put AA Gill in the capsule, please.

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  6. Excellent, not dead yet, quaff a tankard of liquor and shake your fist at the heavens crying aloud (in public or just at the breakfast table at some ungodly early hour): "Not yet, meine freunde! Not yet!" like the captain in Das Boot.

    If i'd known sooner i would have sent you some kind of weapon.

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  7. Elberry, the pen is mightier than the sword - especially if it's one of those exploding pens.

    Happy Birthday Bryan. Remember: only death is old, life is always young.

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  8. I just left a message for my father on his voice mail, and now leave the same for you here:

    Happy Birthday!

    Of course, here in the states, it still is. And I hope you have a great year.

    Yours,
    Rus

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