Beating Jet lag
Pilita Clark on avoiding epic jet lag.
Finally, forget all the guff about resetting your body clock with light, melatonin or whatnot and concentrate on doing it with food. Eat as little as possible at the airport and on the plane, then tuck in at the first meal time in your destination, preferably breakfast at least 14 or so hours later...There is even research to back it up, though admittedly it was done on mice.
Long been a proponent of breaking fast in a heroic fashion.
Again, Michael Skapinker in the FT writing about Marcon's ambitions to make French the lingua franca:
He sees a coming demographic dividend for French. Seventy per cent of Africans are under 30, and the continent’s population growth will be explosive. The number who, for colonial reasons, speak French will balloon.
In colonial times, the French were desperate to impose their language on their empire. As one historian of the French in Africa, quoted in Nkonko Kamwangamalu’s book Language Policy and Economics: The Language Question in Africa, said of France’s colonial policy: “It has always been a cardinal belief of Frenchmen that there is only one valid culture in the world; that it is their duty to lead all men towards it.” In French colonial schools, children learnt French.
As opposed to the British who used language as method of disenfranchisement 😟
The British, for the most part, could not have cared less what language colonial subjects spoke. Educational provision in the British empire was fitful. When imperial civil servants did offer schooling in English, they often concluded that it was a bad idea because it gave the colonised ambitions above their station.
In his book English and the Discourses of Colonialism, Alastair Pennycook recounts an inspector of schools in colonial Malaya saying: “As pupils who acquire a knowledge of English are invariably unwilling to earn their livelihood by manual labour, the immediate result of affording an English education to any large number of Malays would be the creation of a discontented class.”
English - The winners curse
Michael Skapinker on the UKs challenge of being a monolingual society:
One essay describes EU meetings where everyone speaks English without anyone bothering with the interpreters. “But when a British or Irish participant takes the floor, you can often notice that some participants suddenly grab their earphones.”
The problem is native speakers’ over-use of figurative phrases. The essay describes a television interviewer baffling then-French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in a discussion about the rise of the far-right by asking him “So how would you buck that trend?”
I think I'm very guilty of speaking in idioms.
2017AD by DJ Cable
Just in time: DJ Cable drops his annual 🔥.
Treasure trove found in Westminster Abbey attics
From The Guardian:
His wonderful things include buttons and coins, the wrapper from a 17th-century pack of tobacco from a shop just outside the abbey walls, scraps of animal bone from workmen’s lunches, a medieval leather knife sheath, a 17th-century playing card, one patten – a 15th-century wooden and leather overshoe – and Rodwell’s favourite, invitations to the coronation of Queen Anne in 1702.
Asterix and the Linguist
Oliver Kamm on the delicate translations of Asterix to English. I genuinely had no idea jokes don't translate across languages. Surely dwarf shortage would?
In Asterix and the Goths, an early adventure of the indomitable Gauls, a couple of Roman legionaries stumble across two of their colleagues gagged and bound. Mistaking them for the outlaws they’re hunting, one legionary exclaims: “Look! A fat one and a little one! Visigoths!!!” To which his comrade replies: “Visi Goths? Why the past tense?”
Politics in the Music Hall
I possibly had a romantic version in my head of Music Halls being quite base. Sounds like it was much more orchestrated and nefarious than that, by Fern Riddell.
From the 1870s onwards the music halls were manipulated by an increasing level of middle-class control, which sort to neutralize any form of working class political discontent. They were used as a conduit for propaganda, and instead of speaking for the people the halls moulded their political temperament through increased patriotic fervour and a focus on domestic life.
Elmattic takes a well earned bow
Pretty sad to hear this, Elmattics mixtapes are pretty much a staple on LDNiNK playlists:
Thing is, I kinda feel like I did all I set out to do here. It's getting old. There's not really another level to take this to. Once you do the Old and New Testaments in mixtape form, where you gonna go with it? The odes to graffiti, They Live We Sleep--that's as tight as it gets.
His mixes are still up to download. Grab 'em before they turn to internet dust. Elmattic, you brought the best fire, a true Prometheus of Gotham.