Posts from 19th November 2006

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Nov 06

key moments in the history of management theory

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lincoln’s gettysburg powerpoint

RobEmoWatch 5: i suppose a quick tuck’s out of the question then?

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herneApologies for lack of service — I have somewhat sadly concluded that RH has NOT really er “found its rhythm” this series, even tho I think its badnesses remain ODD rather OBVIOUS, and that this project doesn’t lack for ideas rich in potential (for some of em see below); it just lacks the slightest sense of how to sustain any ONE of them between scenes…
SOME THINGS WE HAVE LEARNT:
i. “Jack” the tomboy saracen is a TWIN!!
ii. The writers have zero grasp of economics in any era whatever. Hoodwork usually riffs round the tension between centralised tax-gathering and yeoman smallholder resistance to same — ie traces the transition between feudalism as a warlord culture and the early stirrings of networked bourgeois resistance, where people who worked for a living are protected from people who inflict violence for a living by people free of the cash nexus who to battle for HONOUR (ie aristocrats of chivalry battle aristocrats of venal bullying). This is much-trod ground; but escaping its cliches into a satire of the corruptions of present-day globalist managerialism is a tall order then the writers seem to know. Though Prince John and King Richard are often mentioned, we have no sense that the Rubbiff needs to keep them much in mind, as regards his own robber capitalist schemes (he is decidely NOT a feudalist). (Maid P this week used the phrase “until King Richard returns” to mean “never”… )

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No Ticket To Wine, No Credibility

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Scattered thoughts on Love by Beatles Band*.

– OK, a lot of this is, or once was, really brilliant pop music. But why does this artefact exist?

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DAVE AND ANSEL COLLINS – “Double Barrel”

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#299, 1st May 1971

 

Like many of the immigrants who brought the music over from Jamaica, reggae found Britain a land of indignities as well as opportunities. The marketing savvy of Trojan Records pushed the sounds to the commercial peak that “Double Barrel” represents – at the same time, Trojan’s policy was to sweeten the sound for the UK market, with plenty of remixed string arrangements and cover versions of pop tunes, especially as more skinheads and suedeheads got into glam and the reggae boom faded. Now reggae cover versions are a Good Thing in my book, and I honestly haven’t heard enough “stringsed-up” reggae to know if it was as baleful as historians like Lloyd Bradley claim. But I do know that it’s seven years before a Jamaican single as lively as “Double Barrel” hits number one again.

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