After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Bit of a return to his older surreal style as in "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle", though a lot shorter. I liked it a lot, has a pensive mood as interesting characters move through a single night in Tokyo's underbelly.
What I'm Watching
My Week with Marilyn. Movie about a novice Third Assistant Director interacting with Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during a British film shoot. Might work better if you're a big Marilyn Monroe fan, I thought it was OK.
Been crazy busy lately. Finished up my last job now, still starting a new one mid-June. Have put down a "holding deposit" on a rented bungalow in Twickenham, planning to move in with Girl B there by early July, if it doesn't fall through. Going to Berlin for a short holiday on Tuesday.
Also had a bit of bad news, but can't talk about it.
Socioeconomics. Fair pricing fails. Does Britain have more capacity for growth than policymakers think?
Politics. Beecroft report is dodgy, Britain has less employment protection than BRICs. Effect of Greek political system: "The party that receives the largest number of votes gets a bonus fifty seats ... [which] has become a destabilizing instead of a stabilizing factor. " By targeting elderly, Lansley plan will channel NHS resources to wealthier, Torier areas with longer life expectancies.
Pics. Abandoned train stations
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