September Pieces Of My Mind #3

Follingbo church. Romanesque structure from c. 1200 gets its trim little chancel replaced with a big fat Early Gothic one c. 1280, creating a pack-saddle roofline.
  • Calendula tea, Sw. ringblommete, is not a very enjoyable drink.
  • “There have always been village idiots. The difference is that now we don’t just have to put up with our own, we have to deal with idiots from every village everywhere.” /Hans Persson
  • “Have you ever played Monotony? It’s a bored game.” /Phillip Helbig
  • Just found another third cousin through DNA. Useful because each new one makes it easier to pinpoint the next.
  • “There is no pain, you are receding / A fish-and-chips shop on the horizon”
  • I’m super relieved not to be living in the US or UK.
  • 2010s netiquette rule: you do not thank anyone publicly for letting you join a Facebook group. Nobody wants to read that message of yours.
  • A man on the park bench outside my window has been playing the guitar for hours. His style is simple: he fingers around randomly somewhere on the upper half of the neck and strums vigorously and hectically.
  • Movie: Gone Girl (2014). Several layers of deception around an unhappy couple. Grade: OK.
Making rose hip soup.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

4 thoughts on “September Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. Re village idiots – Or indeed, idiots who are presidents/prime ministers.
    Re Comfortably Numb – Wonder if it is a proper “mondegreen” if someone makes it up deliberately / for fun?

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  2. “he fingers around randomly somewhere on the upper half of the neck and strums vigorously and hectically.”
    Must be a disciple of Manitas De Plata. In the 1960s MDP toured Australia and was featured on a number of tv shows. Despite being billed as a Flamenco master, his music actually sounded terrible and he quickly faded from the local scene. According to Wikipedia, in the larger world he became famous, influential, and highly respected, and eventually died at the age of 93. There must be a lesson there somewhere, but I’m not sure what it is.


    1. He was strongly criticised and greatly disliked in Flamenco circles because he paid no attention at all to the traditional Flamenco forms. Seems like he was self taught and had no understanding or appreciation of real Flamenco music – in the modern Flamenco era, guitarists are given a lot of latitude to experiment and cross over into modern jazz, but it needs to be good musically and they need to be skilled musicians. Plus, as you say, his ‘music’ sounded terrible – just a lot of frantic, very showy thrashing that might impress someone with no appreciation for Flamenco music and not much musical sense.

      The lesson is that you don’t need to be a good musician or singer to be wildly popular with a lot of people, because a lot of people have very poor musical sense without realising it. I could reel off a whole string of people who are currently or have recently been extremely popular, but are actually lousy. It’s almost as if lousiness is a prerequisite – that certainly applied to Punk. Plus in Baliardo’s case, I think there was a lot of sentimental romanticism in Western audiences around his origin, having been born in a ‘Gypsy caravan’ and the whole Gypsy mystique thing – it’s no doubt a lot easier to think that they are interesting, ‘romantic’ and exciting if you don’t have any of them actually living in your country. The epidemic of heroin addiction that occurred in Spain can largely be put down to Gitanos and their role in the drug trade.

      I do feel a kind of affection for Andalusian Gitanos because of their contribution to Flamenco music and dance, but I have the luxury of being able to appreciate their better side from a suitable distance.

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  3. “I’m super relieved not to be living in the US or UK.”
    You and me both, brother. Although our own PM, Scott “pet lump of coal” Morrison, would love to emulate those clowns if he could.


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