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Hunter S Thompson on United Airlines. Plus ça change 2. cc @dweingrod.
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Hunter S Thompson on United Airlines. Plus ça change 2. cc @dweingrod.

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Hunter S Thompson on Richard Nixon. Plus ça change.
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Hunter S Thompson on Richard Nixon. Plus ça change.

But Beautiful was Geoff Dyer in fan mode, and it made of me an instant fan of him. So, after a brief, slightly unsatisfying dalliance with a Booker Prize winner, I went slinking back to him. Another Great Day At Sea is Geoff Dyer in journalist mode. Alain de Botton's Writers In Residence programme dropped Dyer onto the USS George H W Bush for two weeks. The resulting description of life on board a modern aircraft carrier is funny, poignant and affectionate. This passage describes the Captain's daily tannoy announcements, from which the book takes its title: "What I didn't realise was that the Captain always told everyone what a great day it was. Despite this,he always managed to re-italicise or re-emphasise the 'great', as though yesterday had not been quite *as* great, and today, while in many ways indistinguishable from the interminable days that had gone before, was somehow better and greater, thereby raising the possibility that tomorrow might be *even* greater. It became a standing joke among the crew, and I wondered what would happen when they were making their way back across the Atlantic in November, in Force 9 gales and twenty-foot waves: would he manage to maintain their belief in something they already regarded with a degree of affectionate irony? For now, they expected and looked forward to these daily affirmations of greatness, would have been sorely disillusioned, possibly even mutinous, if he'd summed up the day as merely 'tolerable', 'OK', or 'fine'. There was something very American about this ability to dwell constantly in the realm of the improvable superlative."
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But Beautiful was Geoff Dyer in fan mode, and it made of me an instant fan of him. So, after a brief, slightly unsatisfying dalliance with a Booker Prize winner, I went slinking back to him. Another Great Day At Sea is Geoff Dyer in journalist mode. Alain de Botton's Writers In Residence programme dropped Dyer onto the USS George H W Bush for two weeks. The resulting description of life on board a modern aircraft carrier is funny, poignant and affectionate. This passage describes the Captain's daily tannoy announcements, from which the book takes its title: "What I didn't realise was that the Captain always told everyone what a great day it was. Despite this,he always managed to re-italicise or re-emphasise the 'great', as though yesterday had not been quite *as* great, and today, while in many ways indistinguishable from the interminable days that had gone before, was somehow better and greater, thereby raising the possibility that tomorrow might be *even* greater. It became a standing joke among the crew, and I wondered what would happen when they were making their way back across the Atlantic in November, in Force 9 gales and twenty-foot waves: would he manage to maintain their belief in something they already regarded with a degree of affectionate irony? For now, they expected and looked forward to these daily affirmations of greatness, would have been sorely disillusioned, possibly even mutinous, if he'd summed up the day as merely 'tolerable', 'OK', or 'fine'. There was something very American about this ability to dwell constantly in the realm of the improvable superlative."

La cave Les Buvards. Recommended to us by the caviste @nornrestaurant in Edinburgh. It is run by his aunt and it was well worth a little detour.
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La cave Les Buvards. Recommended to us by the caviste @nornrestaurant in Edinburgh. It is run by his aunt and it was well worth a little detour.

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Only a Snapchat Gauloises and onions filter could have made this street performance in Avignon any more French.
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Only a Snapchat Gauloises and onions filter could have made this street performance in Avignon any more French.

Clever idea. An Israeli stand-up comedian uses his last routine to do some national and some very personal soul searching. He invites a long lost childhood friend, a retired high court judge, into the audience to hear his case. Interesting and funny but I found myself not caring about the protagonist to the extent that the reader is clearly meant to. I think I may still be in mourning over having finished Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful.
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Clever idea. An Israeli stand-up comedian uses his last routine to do some national and some very personal soul searching. He invites a long lost childhood friend, a retired high court judge, into the audience to hear his case. Interesting and funny but I found myself not caring about the protagonist to the extent that the reader is clearly meant to. I think I may still be in mourning over having finished Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful.

Try saying that in your best French accent when you've had a few.
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Try saying that in your best French accent when you've had a few.

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Work, family, pasta, rice. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
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Work, family, pasta, rice. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Marseille from Frioul.
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Marseille from Frioul.

Friday feeling.
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Friday feeling.

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Getting ready for tomorrow.
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Getting ready for tomorrow.

This guy cleared the rocks by about two feet. There was a very loud collective gasp from the watching sunbathers.
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This guy cleared the rocks by about two feet. There was a very loud collective gasp from the watching sunbathers.

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