Comments for The Virtual Stoa http://virtualstoa.net Chris Brooke's Weblog Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:21:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Charing Cross Road by Ashley Pomeroy http://virtualstoa.net/2002/07/12/78857561/comment-page-1/#comment-1659601 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:21:11 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=201#comment-1659601 2002. Thirteen years ago although my instinct is that 2002 was only three years ago. Google brought me here while I was writing a blog post of my own; thirteen years later Charing Cross road is still clinging on, although it seems in terrible shape.

The Crossrail extension has transformed the northern end of it into a building site and post-2002 the rents skyrocketed, and a lot of the shops have either closed or seem to have been gutted spiritually.

It’s interesting because I’m nostalgic for the Charing Cross Road that Chris Brooke gave up on. I fondly remember the large Borders and the shops selling used synths and DJ gear and guitars; but even then I remember thinking that the new-fangled internet and eBay was going to wipe them out, and nothing since 2002 has convinced me that there is a future in used bookshops in central London, or any shops apart from shoe shops.

But as this post suggests, Charing Cross road has been in decline forever. I wonder if people in the 1980s were convinced that Charing Cross road’s heyday was the 1960s? And perhaps people in the 1960s fondly recalled the 1930s, etc forever.

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Comment on Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot… by Should old Aquinas be forgot | Oriente e Ocidente http://virtualstoa.net/2006/11/01/should-old-aquinas-be-forgot/comment-page-1/#comment-1659312 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:50:06 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/2006/11/01/should-old-aquinas-be-forgot/#comment-1659312 […] (Link) […]

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Comment on First World War Height Chart by Matt http://virtualstoa.net/2014/08/04/first-world-war-height-chart/comment-page-1/#comment-1657048 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:03:05 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4198#comment-1657048 If those big-ass penguins were still around, I would gladly recognize them as our rightful overlords. It would certainly beat the dreadful pecking that we’d otherwise endure.

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Comment on First World War Height Chart by chrisbrooke http://virtualstoa.net/2014/08/04/first-world-war-height-chart/comment-page-1/#comment-1656644 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:42:36 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4198#comment-1656644 A helpful comment from Fatema Ahmed on Twitter, who observes that “If George V was 5’6 and this newsreel shows all the French bar Clemenceau nearby, they were not tall.”

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/george-v-1

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Comment on The Sleepwalkers by Magnifique! @ Sore Eyes http://virtualstoa.net/2014/08/04/the-sleepwalkers/comment-page-1/#comment-1656631 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:11:19 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4195#comment-1656631 […] Brooke has been reading The Sleepwalkers, Christopher Clark's book on the outbreak of the First World […]

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Comment on First World War Height Chart by Paul Stevenson http://virtualstoa.net/2014/08/04/first-world-war-height-chart/comment-page-1/#comment-1656630 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:25:02 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4198#comment-1656630 I wonder how tall Balliol alumnus Edward Grey was

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Comment on Winch on conversation by chrisbrooke http://virtualstoa.net/2014/08/03/winch-on-conversation/comment-page-1/#comment-1656597 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14:27:50 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4182#comment-1656597 From the same lecture:

*** I can best make this plain by saying that my starting point would be recognition that, far from being proto-Austrians, proto-Marxians, proto Weberians, or even little Liberals and Conservatives, terms they would not have understood as substantive nouns, Smith, Burke, and Malthus were all species of that large political genus called Whigs. Given the immense variety within the genus such a description may not take us very far, but it has the minor virtue of ensuring that we do not set off confidently in the wrong direction at the outset. ***

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Comment on Roger Scruton on Elvis Presley by The Daily Decibel http://virtualstoa.net/2007/08/16/roger-scruton-on-elvis-presley/comment-page-1/#comment-1655121 Wed, 14 May 2014 02:13:48 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/2007/08/16/roger-scruton-on-elvis-presley/#comment-1655121 First of all, I must castigate “Cliche Guevara” by making such an ugly joke (ostensibly, his screen name). Pity the fool who makes use of such an ugly play on words. I doubt you’re ignorant as to who Guevara really was, and that makes you all the more accountable and therefore, more guilty. And the play on words involving the sac of skin in a man’s lower body area is not funny at all. Pity the fool who makes such a play on words.

I must castigate any and every soul who evidences such hatred and vitriol when they speak of Scruton. Scruton may have confused the daylights out of you, but I’d pick him over you in music criticism even if I hadn’t read your critical essays on music or aesthetics.

And to “Cliche Guevara”, what in God’s name do you mean by your ignorant play on words (involving a man’s lower body area) and your question about quotation marks?

Ugh.

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Comment on It’s Your Region by ejh http://virtualstoa.net/2002/05/13/76485488/comment-page-1/#comment-1654354 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:51:28 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=182#comment-1654354 its natives’ accents make it sound like the West Country

This is true, though it doesn’t prevent the mocking of the away supporters’ accents when, say, Bristol Rovers are the visitors to Oxford.

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Comment on It Was Twenty Years Ago Today by Josephine Quinn http://virtualstoa.net/2014/02/06/it-was-twenty-years-ago-today-2/comment-page-1/#comment-1653035 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 14:12:07 +0000 http://virtualstoa.net/?p=4151#comment-1653035 Aww indeed. Dusty’s hair is quite reminiscent of Brooke c. 1994.

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