Archive for April, 2008

Consecutive errors

24 April 2008

One of the unwritten rules of television football punditry is that the pundit shouldn’t say anything which might suggest that they have private or expert knowledge which is greater than that of the fan watching at home. During the interval of the Liverpool vs Chelsea match this week, Mark Hughes not only broke the rule – but said something which might have relevance beyond football.

Talking about Kuyt’s goal, Hughes said that “in coaching we talk about goals coming from ‘consecutive errors'” – and when you watch Kuyt’s goal you can see that the Chelsea defence does indeed make ‘consecutive errors’, first in nor clearing the ball when they have the chance, and secondly in not dealing with Mascherano’s sliced shot/pass. But it struck me that this idea may extend beyond football: that in other areas of life, mistakes might also come from “consecutive errors” – one mistake, and you’re likely to recover, but two and the position may not be recoverable.

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The birth of the piano

19 April 2008

In Clint Eastwood’s engaging documentary Piano Blues, he says, quite early on, that the piano wasn’t invented until the industrial revolution, and that it had 20,000 pieces. It sounds as if those two facts should be related.

The documentary also features some fine piano players – for me, I enjoyed the footage of Professor Longhair, some of which can be seen on You Tube.

Consumer society

9 April 2008

A line in a review of Henri Lefebvre‘s three volume “Critique of Everyday Life”:

“Consumer society” is actually code, he argues, for “the manufacture of consumers”.

Cycling and painting

9 April 2008

If you have seen my futures blog, the next wave, you may know that I am a fan of cycling and cycle racing. So imagine my surprise when reading an obituary of a painter I didn’t know of, Simon Black, to see it illustrated by a wonderful picture of a local race meeting.

Simon Black

There’s a description at the gallery that represents his work of how the picture came about:

“This was commissioned by a collector of mine with a particular interest in cycle racing. The subject was a gift to me in terms of its inherent dynamism and indeed its bizarre qualities. After observing and photographing a race, my desire was to encapsulate a number of different facets of the activity in the painting. I enjoyed the details, costumes and colours of the cyclists and set them against an expansive perspective leading to the horizon to accentuate the drama and dynamics of the event. The composition and size of the canvas was particularly inspired by Uccello’s Battle of San Romano (National Gallery).”

Worth clicking through to the Uccello picture to see what he means by this, by the way.

‘You haven’t changed at all’

6 April 2008

‘A man who had not seen Herr K. for a long time greeted him with the words:

“You haven’t changed at all.”

“Oh!”, sais Herr K., and turned pale.’

(From Bertolt Brecht, Stories of Herr Keuner).

Rags make paper

3 April 2008

A rhyme I saw in the Openluchtmuseum (opens in Dutch) in the Netherlands – originally from a paper mill in Wookey Hole in Somerset, apparently:

Rags make paper

Paper makes money

Money makes banks

Banks make loans

Loans make beggars

Beggars make rags.

(Rapid internet search suggests it’s a traditional rhyme, and quite widespread. It may have been a work chant.)