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Fortnightly Culture Thread June 26, 2022

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gregtimo proposed in comments recently the idea of a Culture Thread.

It’s a great idea. Currently culture is a bit strange, but people read, listen to music, watch television and film and so on – spread the net wide, sports, activities, interests, all relevant – and any pointers are always welcome. And it’s not just those areas but many more. Suggestions as to new or old things, events that might have been missed, literally anything.

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1. polly - June 26, 2022

Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
Seasons 6 and 7 of The West Wing
(got to move on to the 2020s)
Lynn Ruane People Like Me
Dalkey Lit Festival, Ece Temelkuran
Koestler, Scum of the Earth. Published 1940, feels like the most useful, relevant and immediately applicable of the lot.

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WorldbyStorm - June 26, 2022

Hah, I started watching West Wing again, end of Season One and on into Season 2. I found it oddly refreshing, though some of the gender aspects were a bit cringe inducing. I dislike aspects of it intensely but it’s not a dumb show.

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2. crocodileshoes - June 26, 2022

Anyone watching ‘Sherwood’ on BBC? It’s a murder mystery thing but really interesting on the long term effects of the miners’ strike and features a cast of about ten top-class sixty-year-old actors (Lesley Manville, Lindsey Duncan, Alan Armstrong etc).

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Dr Nightdub - June 26, 2022

The BBC have been on a roll for a few months now in terms of drama series and this is one of their better ones. The chief cop is fascinating – Notts police but seems more antagonistic to the Met than the NUM.

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WorldbyStorm - June 26, 2022

That sounds great. Haven’t seen it but sounds like a recommendation.

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roddy - June 26, 2022

Recording it to watch the whole thing when it’s over as I have’nt the patience to wait a week between episodes!

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sonofstan - June 28, 2022

It’s great so far: most enthralled I’ve been by a TV series since the Wire (but I don’t get to watch much…)
Really hope the reveal isn’t a let down – and if anyone watched it last night, keep it to yourself.

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crocodileshoes - June 28, 2022

Well, I set the box to record the series on series link, watched the first 4 episodes and then last night, instead of episode 5, got a frigging tennis match from Wimbledon. No access to bbc player in Ireland. How can I watch episode 5? Anyone?

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WorldbyStorm - June 29, 2022

Okay, there’s no option to re record? I mean perhaps a vpn on a computer would allow you access. I’m not familiar with series link so I don’t really know.

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crocodileshoes - June 29, 2022

Apparently viewers all over were furious: the BBC switched Sherwood to BBC 2 without notice, so anyone trying to record it got Andy Murray instead. At least UK viewers can see it on BBC Player – but that’s geoblocked in Ireland.

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WorldbyStorm - June 29, 2022

That’s ridiculous on the BBC’s part. Well out of order. Yeah I think a VPN might do the trick. Pain though

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3. Mat - June 27, 2022

West World Season 4 is nearly here (or out already I loose track of these things).
Very impressive how it has reinvented itself each season while driving through a largely coherent narrative thread.

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4. NFB - June 27, 2022

Obi-Wan was OK, a little fan-fictiony in its general feel, and it’s part of this general effort in some media/among certain parts of the fanbase to make the prequels more than they were which I find a bit distasteful at times.

Enjoying Ms Marvel, which probably constitutes the most positive depiction of a Muslim community on screen I have seen. It’s similar in tone to Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming which I like: it’s nice to see a superhero who actually wants to be a superhero.

Getting through Killing Eve bit by bit, we’re in late S2. Very strange show in a lot of ways, but hard to take your eyes off it, the way things just get more and more twisted with the title character as you go on. I get the feeling it’s meant to be a Breaking Bad exercise, where the point is to see a good person eventually turn into a crazed sociopath.

My “on in the background while I’m doing other things” watch at the moment is Frasier. Even while I noted loads of reasons why that show is problematic – you wouldn’t get away with the depiction of Niles as a near-stalker in the first six seasons nowadays – there are still 4 or 5 laugh-out-loud moments in every episode. One of my favourites was on yesterday, “The Gift Horse”, where Frasier attempts to excuse buying a ghastly big-screen entertainment system for his father that does not go with his apartments’ aesthetic at all: “Just think how a screen this size will enhance the majesty of the Metropolitan Opera. Or the thrilling artists of the Bolshoi!” “You’re quite a Bolshoi artist yourself.”

A guilty pleasure watch at the moment is Peacemaker, which is crude, ridiculously violent and more than a little silly, but really brings me back to the style of humour I was obsessed with in my late teens/early twenties.

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5. alanmyler - June 27, 2022

I’ve been MIA for a while so you might have discussed this one already but has anyone watched Pistol on Disney+? I have to say that I really enjoyed it, despite being ready to find it woeful.

Other highlights, Elvis, which again I really liked despite myself, and the latest Borgen.

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WorldbyStorm - June 27, 2022

I liked the first episode of Pistol (bar the guy playing Malcolm McLaren who I last saw in the CS Lewis Aslan films) too. thought it was fun, interesting and while slanted to one perspective still pretty good. Elvis, no haven’t. Borgen is class, haven’t seen the latest one (btw, I always remember in the first season thinking a Scandi SD style party – the opposition IIRC, being tough on immigrants a bit unlikely. How the world has changed subsequently).

I saw Obi Wan and agree with you NFB, very fan service oriented but okay for a watch. Really enjoyed Raimi’s Doctor Strange. Much much more than I expected. TBH the MCU is pretty dull stuff these days but some of the series have been good to great (Hawkeye). Fraiser is still great, but funnily enough was watching Seinfeld for the first time in ages last night and really enjoying it, mind you it is the last season of which I’ve seen next to no episodes.

Just finishing up Call My Agent which for my money is – along with Maisel – the best thing on television in ages. Tried the UK version and … just not at the races for me. YMMV.

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yourcousin - June 27, 2022

Great to have you back Alan!

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alanmyler - June 28, 2022

Thanks Cuz. I was saying to WBS offline that there was too much going on IRL to allow me the energy to stay connected here. We were actually supposed to be in your ancestral part of the world ATM, cycling along the Danube between Vienna and Beograd, but we had to abandon our plans at the first pit stop in Bratislava and return home. I’m looking forward to getting back there at some stage to resume the cycle. So we didn’t get to immerse ourselves in Hungary but we did visit the Slovakian national museum in Bratislava castle and the exhibitions about the Treaty of Trianon, which created (Czecho)Slovakia from the melange of colocating nationalities of Mitteleuropa was really fascinating. The exhibition on the events of 1989, the gentle revolution, was very well done also. As ever, history as written by the victors in both cases, but none the less interesting because of that.

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yourcousin - June 28, 2022

Well sorry to hear you weren’t able to make it into Hungary. Hopefully though, you now appreciate the terrible injustice of Trianon. Though something tells me others in Eastern Europe may view it differently than the Hungarians. When you do make it back make sure to enjoy the disznótoros, and if there in summer the tokaji is world renowned. As for the collapse of the Eastern bloc. I believe you mean to say that history was written by the Czechs, which is as it should be 😉.

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alanmyler - June 29, 2022

“The terrible injustice of Trianon” sounds like something that’s begging to be explored further here, if you have the time & energy?

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Well, one third of Hungarians live outside of the current state of Hungary. Trianon did that. The interesting thing about Hungarian nationalism (one of the many) is that it’s “homeland” was not tied to the largest that the Hungarian entity had ever been, but to the very specific Kingdom of Saint Stephen, the Hungarian king who converted to Christianity. So the Hungarians in Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia, Romania etc were all dumped into those states promptly after WWI. As my MIL told me, “everyone knows Transylvania is Hungarian”.

So to Hungarians, Trianon is a catastrophic event which signaled the dismemberment of their homeland. As I noted, I’m sure folks in those other states feel differently. You can still buy pre Trianon maps of Hungary in Hungarian stores even now.

The Hungarian clubs used to sponsor the Hungarian mayors of towns in say Slovakia to tour and raise money for their towns as they tend to be neglected by the larger states when things like flooding happens. The old emigres always ask about reuniting with Hungary, but it’s a pipe dream. The mayors always had much more pragmatic thoughts on their minds.

One of Fidesz’s secrets to success has been to be activists in the communities outside of the state of Hungary. This has also led to things like the “election observers” from Jobbik monitoring the “elections” in Crimea after the initial Russian invasion in 2014 wearing shirts that said, “Crimea, is Russia. Carpathia is Hungarian”. This has been enflamed at times by states targeting the Hungarian language, thinking of Slovakia here. And there’s a reason why both Kosovo and Vojvodina were not made into Republics in Yugoslavia with the right to secede. Because the sheer number of ethnic minorities in them made them problematic as non slavs.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Here I am getting rusty/sloppy with a 5am start today. What a terrible Hungarian I would be.

https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna32881272

From the above article.

“Hungary lost around half of its population and two-thirds of its territory when the empire crumbled at the end of World War I, a painful issue for many Hungarian even nearly 90 years later.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Trianon#Borders_of_Hungary

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

A nice recent article about Fidesz and the diaspora. But take note good lefties, this is from Radio Free Europe, so it’s probably a CIA plant 😉

https://www.rferl.org/a/hungary-election-diaspora-orban-marki-zay/31712662.html

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alanmyler - June 29, 2022

Thanks YC. I was reading that Wikipedia page earlier alright. I suppose it bets the question whether there can ever be a fair division of territory, in the sense of nation states, in a region where the various peoples are geographically integrated / intermixed? Given a century of population adjustments, both voluntary and forced, one might have hoped that those comprise borders would be accepted by all at this stage. Perhaps the EU, as the replacement supra-national state for the Empire of old will eventually bury the irredentism, for a few more generations at least?

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

“I suppose it begs the question whether there can ever be a fair division of territory, in the sense of nation states, in a region where the various peoples are geographically integrated / intermixed?”

Welcome back, am. Hope the stuff happening IRL is all good. So anyway, now you’re back, I really hesitate to ask but … where do you stand on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Alan,
I would say *centuries* of population adjustments. I don’t hold that people can’t get along and that we are forced to simply veneer reactionary ethnic violence. Reading a book and Romanian and Hungarian identities in a Transylvania town right now as a matter of fact. These identities are part of us. Even when superimposed by “socialist” politics. You can adhere to a British leveller socialism or an Irish James Connolly vision and “not mention the war” type deal, because there are bigger fish to fry (supporting the RMT or say addressing discrimination against Travelers). For right now, for me at least, that’s as good as it gets. The work never ceases.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Da’
Lets let Alan get settled back in, grab a pint and knock the frost off so to speak prior to ambushing the man! Where is the hospitality?

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

Da’
Lets let Alan get settled back in, grab a pint and knock the frost off so to speak prior to ambushing the man! Where is the hospitality?

Alan’s a big boy. It wasn’t an ambush. Straightforward question. In my day I was a member of the WP and indeed up to quite recently I was sympathetic to them. That ended completely and utterly with their takes on the Russian barbarian assault on Ukraine.
Alan afaik was also a member of the WP and for all I know may still be a member of one WP or other.
Tbh I won’t be offering much hospitality to any Putin sneaking regarders of any stripe.
But I don’t know what Alan’s view on the murderous barbaric Russian invasion is. Maybe the stuff going on IRL that he mentioned was him having the same epiphany I had. I hope so.

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alanmyler - June 29, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Sorry Banjo, it’s a fair question but I’ve bigger concerns closer to home occupying my energy for the past few months, so I’ll pass on that one. I didn’t watch Eurovision so I’ve no opinion on their winning that either.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

I’ve bigger concerns closer to home occupying my energy for the past few months, so I’ll pass on that one.

Pretty big question to pass on, Alan. Anyway I hope the concerns closer to home work out well. Mind yourself.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Da’
It’s a fair question, but it’s also not one easily answered by many. Now everyone here knows I am a virulent supporter of Ukraine. Have been since before this latest kerfuffle. Hell EWI and Liberius would probably love to jump me in an alley I’ve been so, “blood thirsty”. Heck I’ve even heckled Alan about this very fact prior to the start of this latest invasion.

But here’s the deal, you could volunteer with Ukrainian refugees. Support Irish neutrality, critique NATO, work with Ukrainian leftist organizations and everything in between. There’s so much to actually do that can make a REAL difference without running purity litmus tests. I know Alan is (or was WP BC [or WP handshake]). I believe we’re all familiar with their line (found something here…https://workerspartyni.org/2022/02/28/ukraine-nationalism-capitalism-and-human-misery/). I’m sure someone could even link to it. Alan has his hands full right now. If people pop their heads up on this issue, I’ll be the first to address it and hold them accountable, but just being an asshole here without committing time and resources to actually helping the work on the ground seems to be facile, which is exactly what I’ve accused others of. When in doubt, be polite online and actually do work in the real world.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 30, 2022

First up, son. Mind your manners. I’m the one who gives the lectures around here. Honour thy father and thy mother. The hand that strikes the parent shall perish.

Couldn’t agree more with this though:
But here’s the deal, you could volunteer with Ukrainian refugees. Support Irish neutrality, critique NATO, work with Ukrainian leftist organizations and everything in between. There’s so much to actually do that can make a REAL difference…

So what have I done so far. Well, posted my views on here and told them to anyone who’d listen. Happily enough pretty much everyone I’ve met has been on the same page. Delenda est Putin.
Attended the trade union rally outside the Russian embassy. Texted a WP member friend while there wondering was he in attendance. He wasn’t and I won’t be meeting him for a pint any time soon.
But it gets better. Met up with a Ukrainian friend soon enough after the start of the invasion. She had spent three days crying, worrying about her mother in Kyiv. Since then the mother has arrived here. But anyway we had a little money, us and some friends, and we offered it to our Ukrainian friend. She said no first but we insisted and she said ok and that she’d make sure it was put to good use. We met her a little while later and we asked her where the money had gone to. “I got it to the Army”, she said. That felt good.

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WorldbyStorm - June 30, 2022

“The hand that strikes the parent shall perish.”

Brilliant. 🙂

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Liberius - June 30, 2022

Hell EWI and Liberius would probably love to jump me in an alley I’ve been so, “blood thirsty”.

Don’t have the energy to be jumping anyone, and if I did it would be more like this.

RIMMER: Well, that’s certainly an option, David, yes. Erm, but here’s my proposal: Let’s get tough. The time for talking is over. Call it
extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and hit it fast with
a major — and I mean _major_ — leaflet campaign, and while it’s
reeling from that, we’d follow up with a {whist} drive, a car boot
sale, some street theatre and possibly even some benefit concerts. OK?
Now, if that’s not enough, I’m sorry, it’s time for the T-shirts:
“Mutants Out” … “Chameleonic Life Forms, No Thanks” … and if that’s not enough, well, I don’t know what will be.

https://reddwarfquotes.com/polymorph

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 30, 2022

🙂 🙂 :). Excellent, Liberius.

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yourcousin - June 30, 2022

Da’
I would never violate the fifth commandment.

I knew you were getting out there and making things happen on the ground.

But it’s a good reminder that the fight isn’t slowing down. Those dark days in February were just the beginning. Ukraine is still being savaged on a daily basis. Aid and support for refugees will be needed as fall and winter come on. I think this one thing is something all parties can agree on. And although it may seem like the west is giving Ukraine everything they need and the kitchen sink as units are depleted Territorial defense units are being utilized more and more. These units definitely don’t have everything they need.

https://standforukraine.com/

https://rev.org.ua/ukraine-call-for-financial-aid/

https://operation-solidarity.org/

I’m sure Colm B has some better links.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

I thought your adoptive family were Magyar Deutsch, son. So German minority in Hungary? Or some Magyar and some Deutch?

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Grandfather was born in District 11 of Budapest and Grandmother born in the village of Rothammel in the Volga Oblast.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

Your real great grandfather (on my da’s side, if you follow) was a farmer’s son from Roscommon. Came to Dublin and worked in a men’s outfitters in McBirney’s department store in the twenties and thirties. Bookmaking was illegal except at the track. Customers would come in to him, try on a jacket, and then put a shilling on their horse in the three o’clock at Baldoyle, in the book he kept under the counter. De Valera’s FF got all the illegal bookmakers together before the ’32 election and promised them they’d legalise off-course bookmaking if the lads would canvass for FF. FF won the election and many a life has been ruined since as the gambling industry has exponentially corrupted Irish public life and still does to this day.
On my ma’s side, your Cork grandad was third in command of the Mitchelstown Irish volunteers in 1916. Their original orders were to take Limerick Junction and hold it to stop British forces moving by rail. They got the order that the rising wasn’t going ahead and he subsequently said that they were lucky they got that order, because all they had was a few rifles and shotguns and pikes to take on the heavily-armed British army in Fermoy and Kilworth. He wasn’t rounded up and sent off to Frongoch after ’16, as most of the Mitchelstown battalion were – there’s a story attached to that. Subsequently, he was a founder member of FF and we don’t pay much attention to Béal na Bláth and that overhyped chap but we do mark the filthy cowardly murder of Liam Lynch who they left to bleed to death from his wounds on the hillside.
Up the Republic.
More anon.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Well I suppose there are worse things than being old timey FF stock.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

Indeed.
A conversation I had with your mother yesterday.
She: Any news on the radio?
Me: Yeah. Your crowd started bombarding the Four Courts on this day a hundred years ago. With British guns.

Don’t worry son. I’m not saying it won’t be without its difficulties but me an yer ma will work to get through the next year and a half without starting it all up over again.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

🤣

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6. yourcousin - June 27, 2022

How’s the fishing this time of year? Surely some CLR folks are anglers?

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 27, 2022

Mackerel have arrived on the east coast. Only small trout in the Tolka – wasn’t stocked for a couple of years due to Covid.
All my rods and gear are in the shed. Uncleaned and getting rusty. Some kind of melancholia has stopped me from getting down to the riverbank or the rocks so far this year. It will lift. The fish are pretty safe one way or the other!

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yourcousin - June 27, 2022

Da’,
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Use a fishing trip as a reason to enjoy a good cigar, a good thermos of black coffee, and/or a cold beer in the afternoon or evening. Said actions will not guarantee any fish come home with you, but I will personally guarantee that it will chase away any melancholia. A day on the water can’t help but put you in a better mood.

That ne’er do well brother of mine. I ought to cuff him around the ear, letting the fishing gear fall into disrepair like that. I knew all that word play would lead to no good.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 27, 2022

A day on the water can’t help but put you in a better mood.

Never a truer word was said.

The melancholia. Some days low on energy. A shortage of iron according to the blood tests. Not a big deal, fingers crossed anyway. Stop drinking tea with your meals sez the doctor, the tannin (I think) stops the iron absorbing into your system. Funny enough it was only after she told me that I’m probably lacking in energy, that I noticed I was lacking in energy some days!
Anyway yc, keep an eye on your iron levels. It might in the genes.

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yourcousin - June 28, 2022

Well get out there and scout those good spots so that when the prodigal son returns with his brood you’ll have all best spots figured out!

As for the iron deficiency, I’ll add it to the list of things to be on the look out for. Now that I’m middle age I’m finally going to the doctor and have do a work up. Already getting yelled at for drinking, smoking (cigars), high blood pressure, and generally acting likes it’s still the 1950’s in terms of diet. The blood work will just confirm what we already know.

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7. 6to5against - June 28, 2022

I get the widespread popularity of Borgen, but I cant understand why Occupied – also n Netflix – doesn’t get more love.

The basic premise is this: a green party comes to power in Norway, promising to cease oil production. The Russians respond by taking over, leaving the government in power but struggling to find a way through the mess. The situation is complicated by the EU’s luke-warm support for the Norwegians as they say that they too need to oil.

I nearly finished season 3 and its maintained the drama and plausibility throughout.

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WorldbyStorm - June 28, 2022

I liked season one but didn’t see it second hand on dvd at the time so that was that.

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Wes Ferry - June 29, 2022

I didn’t take to ‘Occupied’ first time out; it just didn’t grab me. After events in Ukraine, perhaps I should give it another try.

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8. sonofstan - June 28, 2022

Manchester UP summer sale: as always, plenty of Irish interest and more general politics/ history/ society stuff
https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/sale/

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9. Tomboktu - June 29, 2022

Do documentary podcasts count as ‘culture’?

Trailer: https://www.eatthispodcast.com/grain-persephone/

Episode 1: https://www.eatthispodcast.com/transport-grain/

Episode 2: https://www.eatthispodcast.com/finance-grain/

Final episode next week.

Trailer blurb:

Many people take the myth of Demeter — Ceres in Latin — and her daughter Persephone to be just a metaphor for the annual cycle of planting and harvesting. It is, but there may be more to it than that. Why else would it be worth scaring participants in the Eleusinian Mysteries into saying absolutely nothing about what went on during these initiation rites into the cult of Demeter and Persephone?

Maybe the story hides a secret so valuable that it was worth protecting.

Elucidating the Eleusinian Mysteries is one small element in Scott Reynolds Nelson’s new book, Oceans of Grain. It looks at the many, many ways in which wheat and human history intertwine, which he’s been working on for years. It was finally published on 22 February this year.

Two days later, Russia invaded Ukraine.

Today, what the story of Persephone is really about. And over the next three weeks, Scott Nelson and I will be talking about how wheat has influenced human affairs, as it is still doing today.

Blurb for episode 1

Cereals provide their offspring with a long-lived supply of energy to power the first growth spurt of the seed. Thousands of years ago, people discovered that they could steal some of the seeds to power their own growth, taking advantage of the storability of seeds to move the food from where it grew to where it might be eaten. Wheat, the pre-eminent cereal, moved along routes that were ancient before the Greek empire, carried, probably, by ox-drawn carts and guided along these black paths by people remembered in Ukraine today as chumaki.

In this episode, Scott Nelson, author of Oceans of Grain, tells me about the various ways in which the ability to move wheat more efficiently changed world history, geography and economics, for starters.

Blurb for episode 2

Having moved your wheat from where it grew to where it was needed, there was a matching need to transfer the money to pay for it. Bills of exchange, invented in Venice and Genoa, created a piece of paper that increased in value as the time for delivery of the wheat drew near, but it was the need to avoid rank profiteering in times of war that created the futures market. Standard amounts of standard quality grain made buying and selling the crop even more efficient – and saved the Union army during the Civil War in the US.

Scott Reynolds Nelson traces the ways in which the wheat trade affected financial matters in his book Oceans of Grain. The story goes far beyond merely paying for the grain, extending to huge infrastructure projects and the consequences of their failure.

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banjoagbeanjoe - June 29, 2022

Do documentary podcasts count as ‘culture’?

Indeed, what is culture?

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Tomboktu - June 29, 2022

Paging Stephen Dedalus, paging Stephen Dedalus. Question for you on the CLR.

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yourcousin - June 29, 2022

Damn you Tombuktu, like I need another podcast to listen to! I was quite content with ones talking about patterning your shot gun and doves. And of course Mark Galeotti’s ever excellent ruminations on Russia.

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10. mal - June 29, 2022

Screening of The Butcher Boy at the IFI next Tuesday. (https://ifi.ie/from-the-vaults-the-butcher-boy/)

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11. Liberius - June 30, 2022

So the Steam summer sale is on and in an effort to improve my state of relaxation I’ve picked up Sunless Sea which is a Lovecraftian exploration roguelike where you captain a vessel through a strange underground sea filled with oddities. Much of the story elements are text based so even with its horror elements it’s still a relaxing game.

Also picked up shapez.io which is a minimalistic conveyor belt game, also quite relaxing, you can play the demo as a browser game in the link. It is also a open-source GPLv3 licenced game, a rarity, worth supporting just for that.

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WorldbyStorm - June 30, 2022

Sunless Sea sounds v interesting

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12. mal - June 30, 2022

Not culture: Bono spotted just now in Temple bar outside that Irish Rock museum thing. You have been warned.

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Alibaba - June 30, 2022

The Phoenix tells us about Bono’s choice for last weekend’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ according to the Sunday Times:

‘Bono also chooses Ice Cream Sundae by Inhaler, a band fronted by his son Elijah, as one of the tracks he would take with him because it’s “a brilliant song” with a great opening line: “I’m in pursuit of happiness, I’m gonna get it”.’

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WorldbyStorm - June 30, 2022

I know this is all subjective, but… it’s not exactly the greatest line in the universe is it?

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Alibaba - June 30, 2022

Sounds like a foolish line. It is subjectively understandable that people want to applaud their kids and the childers get proud or irritated or simply engaged with their parents. But in Bono’s case it’s ego, entitlement, ego. Move over Oscar, Joyce, Shaw, Beckett – a new Irish word-smith is born by Bono. Wince-inducing.

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WorldbyStorm - June 30, 2022

+1

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13. banjoagbeanjoe - July 4, 2022

Been watching The Band on BBC 1 telly on Monday nights. Tells the story of families in mostly rural areas of Ulster and their obsession with being part of various kinds of bands – pipe bands, flute bands, brass and drums. Seems to be mostly Presbyterian folk. They have these gatherings and parades where they all wear uniforms and walk under orange arches and there’s lots of union flags and all. Some kind of kind of weird subculture up there.
Reminds me of another series a while back about folk up north, mostly teenagers and young folk also from rural parts, who were obsessed with jive dancing at shows by country n Irish singers and bands.

Wild cultural people up there altogether.

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14. NFB - July 5, 2022

Finished Stranger Things. There’s an interesting debate being had in the discourse about the length of its episodes, with the last a full 2.5 hours, between those who find it a ridiculous indulgence and others who commend the Duffer Bros for, as one commenter I saw put it, “breaking the rules”. Episodes lengths of Netflix and other streaming sites have always been all over the place anyway. I suppose it comes down to the quality of the product, and I do think the last Avengers-sized episode was very good, even if I have problems with the rest of S4. The final season is set-up quite nicely. And the show has me listening to Journey again, so I have to give it that too.

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WorldbyStorm - July 5, 2022

This differing length can be a pain – Apple TV+ is particularly prone to it iirc. So you sit down to an hours entertainment and intend to switch over to something else only to find the hour us an hour and x. But I think if it’s well flagged up like this that’s grand.

Journey. Both good and bad!

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