Brum, the new Barcelona

Here’s a classic from The Guardian: “I think it is fantastic really,” said Mr Knott-Fayle, gazing at Selfridges’ building. “It rather reminds me of Barcelona with the curvy shapes.”

a pleasant evening out

Very few journalists in any language can compete with Frits Abrahams, who currently writes five days a week for Holland’s best paper, NRC Handelsblad. His current function is that of glocal reporter: documenting clearly and accessibly everyday events that don’t get proper coverage elsewhere and that also happen to be of great importance to the…

turntablism

One of the first questions (ethno)musicologists ask is, “Hey, but what does it look like?” Turntablism now has its own patch of the curriculum at Berklee (NYT), and this is what it looks like in the Turntable Transcription Methodology devised by John Carpaccio: Here (PDF) is an in-depth description, but you should be able to…

Anglo-Saxon spam and the Klingon 5th column

The studied use of archaicisms, vowel transposition and misspelled euphemism means that in spam a couple of hundred English proto-dialects are born and die every day. Here is part of a message received this morning from Jesus: launger eræctoins ma micelnes in eower beran mara sæd betera þe vaigra! When the men in the white…