The Exquisite Adonis Blue

The Adonis Blue, loveliest of all the blue butterflies and rivalled only, perhaps, by the White Admiral as a thing of delicate wonder in flight, lending its  grace to the beauty of the chalk uplands of southern England. This is the butterfly of our joyous childhood excursions to Hod Hill, where, I hope, it will continue to flourish long after the footprints of rapacious men fade from view. LJ 

 

Il carrozzone: Renato Zero

Il carrozzone va avanti da sé
Con le regine i suoi fanti i suoi re
Ridi buffone per scaramanzia
Così la morte va via

Musica gente
Cantate che poi
Uno alla volta si scende anche noi
Sotto a chi tocca in doppio petto blu
Una mattina sei sceso anche tu

Bella la vita
Che se ne va
Un fiore un freno la tua ricca povertà
Il pane caldo la tua poesia
Tu che stringevi la tua mano nella mia

Bella la vita
Dicevi tu
È un po’ mignotta e va con tutti si però
Però però
Proprio sul meglio
T’ha detto no

Il carrozzone riprende la via
Facce truccate di malinconia
Tempo per piangere no
Non ce n’è
Tutto continua anche senza di te

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E ti coltivi dove il tempo vola e va
I nostri sogni
La fantasia
Ridevi forte la paura e l’allegria

Bella la vita dicevi tu
E t’ha imbrogliato e t’ha fottuto proprio tu
Con le regine con i suoi re
Il carrozzone va avanti da sé
Il carrozzone va avanti da sé

Acronyms in the French press.

One of the least pleasing things about reading French journalism is the ubiquity of acronyms. They are rarely explained, though here, for once, is  an exception.

I couldn’t help feeling there was something portentous about it, as if it heralded in some sense its own doom. LJ

How our home delivery habit reshaped the world | Technology | The Guardian

Quite an interesting appraisal, notwithstanding its questionable provenance. If only the Guardian could manage a more honest and impartial, less prescriptively “woke” and modish tone, with greater frequency, it might be possible to consider reading the paper from time to time, as one could in the eighties, when Araucaria’s crosswords adorned the back page and the world seemed still to cherish the now apparently vain hope of securing the prevalence of sanity. LJ

The long read: The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes

Source: How our home delivery habit reshaped the world | Technology | The Guardian

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon, review: ‘a marathon pub rant’ – Telegraph

Johnny Rotten’s ridiculously entertaining new memoir shows how he turned
youthful rebellion into a 40-year career
— Read on http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/11150979/anger-is-an-energy-my-life-uncensored-by-john-lydon.html

An entertaining review of a book I have no intention of reading, though I have a soft spot for its author, I confess. He says a number of things that are sensible, not least that “the weather’s too nice to stay angry all the time.” LJ

Éloge de la paresse

Le journal des idées, émission de France Culture disponible en Podcast et s’accompagnant d’une transcription très utile à tous ceux qui s’intéressent à l’apprentissage de la langue. LJ

C’est la fin de la semaine, certains d’entre nous éprouvent une saine fatigue. Mais lorsqu’elle s’incruste et devient chronique, la fatigue tourne au symptôme et nous affecte en profondeur.

Source: Éloge de la paresse

The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure | Theatre Royal Winchester

This was an extravagantly delightful display of coruscating ludic pyrotechnics and sustained intellectual and physical athleticism. Pure entertainment performed with unrelenting energy and an infectious lightness of touch. We enjoyed the ride!LJ

From Le Navet Bete, award-winning creators of smash-hit shows Dracula: The Bloody Truth and Dick Tracy, comes a hilarious new comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside.
Armed only with a baguette and his questionable steed, join hot-headed D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris full of childish excitement and misplaced bravado to become a Musketeer.
Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely. With four actors and over 30 characters, this will be their most hilariously chaotic adventure yet!
— Read on www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/whats-on/three-musketeers-comedy-adventure