never again

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 27/01/2011

27/01/45 – liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau


i don’t know about you but i’m definately a dog person…

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 26/01/2011


Tribute to Albert Camus

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 22/01/2011

une brouille, ce n’est rien dût-on ne jamais se revoir tout juste une autre manière de vivre ensemble

These poignant words were written by Jean-Paul Sartre following the death of Albert Camus in a tragic road accident in 1960. They are especially moving because of the explosive falling out between the two literary heroes in 1952, after which they never spoke again.

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 22/01/2011

In search of a meaning

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 19/01/2011

Viktor Frankl [wise man]

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Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 16/01/2011

Apparently music changes the shape of your brain, while the visual arts, writing, science…etc does not. Will have to investigate this further, but when you listen to music like this it does seem to make sense…


too good

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 11/01/2011

Dj Fresh – Gold Dust

Filmed in Brooklyn – SUCH a good video! [for SUCH a good song]. The two girls who walk in at the break are so great, what a breath of fresh air this is.

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Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 10/01/2011

ev’body likes a bit of bootay

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 07/01/2011

Sebastien Tellier – Look

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La Tete en Fiche

Posted in Uncategorized by lmass on 04/01/2011

Certain films are so utterly uplifting and charming. La Tete en Fiche, or My Afternoons with Margueritte, is a moving story about the unlikely love affair between Germain [Gerard Depardieu] and Margueritte. The bulky village idiot meets the frail old lady on a park bench one sunny afternoon in a nameless provincial french town, and they strike up an accord over their shared fondness for the local group of pigeons. Theirs is a love story of friendship, and the massive influence a good friend can have on ones life.

We soon learn that Germain is beaten down by years of abuse from everyone around him. His slow-wittedness is mocked unforgivingly by his scathing, unloving mother, malicious teacher and working class friends. He jumbles words and never learnt to read properly, but his heart is one of gold and we learn as the film progresses that he is not quite as stupid as he seems. He is in fact very sensitive and has a wonderful imagination, as we see him visualise the rats in La Peste, the first book that Margueritte reads to him. Margueritte is the lovely, dainty Gisele Casadeus, whose 95 years belies her energy and candour. She immediately notices the goodness in Germain, and patiently reads to him despite the fact that her eyesight is failing. She is tragically destined to turn blind, which provokes Germain to overcome his fear of reading in order to read to her. It is this poignant transformation which makes the film so moving, as Margueritte is the key to Germain finally growing up.

Both their lives are transformed by the other thanks to their serendipitous meeting. The film might be an idealised, pastoral view of french village life, but if it is this idealism which allows you to escape into a world of such charming, slow paced splendour, then amen to idealisation. Drenched in golden sunlight, peppered with the countless hilarious misunderstandings of Germain – Le Guide Maupassant – and the discreet and tender celebration of love and friendship, La Tete en Fiche reminds us that it is the simply things in life which make the difference.

And of course the joy of losing oneself in a great book.