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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Dr William Ferris; USA Southern Life Films; Folk Art; Blues; Gospel

About Bill Ferris


"Give My Poor Heart Ease"

Films on Folkstreams by Ferris, Bill

Black Delta Religion
Fannie Bell Chapman: Gospel Singer
Give My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen
Gravel Springs Fife and Drum
Hush Hoggies Hush: Tom Johnson's Praying Pigs
I Ain't Lying: Folktales from Mississippi
Made in Mississippi: Black Folk Art and Crafts
Mississippi Delta Blues
Ray Lum: Mule Trader
Sonny Ford, Delta Artist
Two Black Churches

Try Coursera's free online course: "The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art", The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Zagori, Greece: A Song from Zagori (Lyric in English Translation)

I don't know this traditional Zagori song in Greek, but it appears in Hilary Pym's translation in "Songs of Greece, A Companion for Travellers, London, 1968:

Friends, why aren't you eating and drinking?
Maybe you don't like our bread?
We'll send next door and change it.
Maybe you don't like our wine?
We've other casks, we'll change it.
Is it the food that you don't like?
We've other cooks, we'll change them.
Maybe it's my poor wife that you don't like?
She's all I've got, can't change her.

Ghika, Sketch of Chef 
(Benaki Museum)

Can anyone supply the Greek text, or further information about the source of the song?

Monday, 27 April 2015

UK Drivers Hiring Cars Abroad; Car Hire Chaos?

BBC Report

"Motorists going abroad after 8 June are being warned they will need to take a special code with them if they want to hire a car. From that date the paper counterpart of British driving licences - which records endorsements and fines - is being computerised. Anyone wanting to hire a car abroad will officially need a code to show convictions for offences like speeding".

The Independent

The Guardian - Fears growing those hiring cars may be turned away - "Holidaymakers are being warned to expect a summer of car hire disruption after it emerged that the DVLA is to scrap the paper counterpart of driving licences from 8 June, with drivers told to obtain a special online code before heading abroad – or possibly be refused a rental car".

The UK Economy and the EU: What if...

From The Independent - EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds

EU Observer - Juncker calls for 'fair deal' on EU for Britain

Greece: A New Week Begins; New Negotiating Team (Reshuffle/Sidelining?); Tsipras TV Interview

 The Times, front page, 27 April, 2015

From Bloomberg - Greece’s Day of Reckoning Inches Closer as Payments Loom

“Despite the inelegant way the government did it, we will deposit our reserves at the Bank of Greece,” Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, said in comments on Mega TV....Germany’s Bild newspaper reported Monday that Tsipras asked Merkel to convene an emergency European Union leaders’ summit. A Greek government spokesman denied the report in a text message".

Bloomberg - Greece Just Clipped Varoufakis’s Wings (numbers or personalities?)

New York Times - Greece Says It Is Changing Team That Negotiates With Creditors

From Reuters - German Chancellor, Greek PM agree to stay in touch to reach debt deal

The Guardian - Greek government reshuffles negotiating team after eurogroup clashes - live updates

EU Observer

The Telegraph

FT: Varoufakis sidelined?

Protagon: The first measures  "Ορισμένα από τα μέτρα της λίστας Βαρουφάκη έχουν γίνει δεκτά από τους δανειστές (π.χ. ηλεκτρονικές πληρωμές), όμως κάποια άλλα μπορεί να θεωρηθούν μονομερείς ενέργειες, όπως η προστασία από τον πλειστηριασμό πρώτης κατοικίας".

Observing Greece blog - Whose Idea Was the Grab-the-Cash Move?

The Times, leading article - "Instead of reforming a sclerotic economy, Greece's government espouses fantasy"

The Telegraph - Greek creditors rule out massive new bail-out as embattled Varoufakis is sidelined

Kathimerini - Marginalised in negotiations with partners

Kathimerini - University rectors and mayors stall over cash

Tsipras TV Interview, CNBC

Tsipras TV interview with Nikos Hatzinikolaou, Video, - In three parts

The Heat Is On, CCTV, YouTube

' poker game bailout negotiations: KAL's cartoon in

Australia/UK; "Enduring Civilisation"; British Museum; Poms, Critics and Indigenous Art

Jeremy Eccles writes in Aboriginal Art Directory

British Museum

Press Release

Also writing on the subject:

Christine Nicholls

Jonathan Jones

Paul Daley

Zoe Pilger


'Kungkarangkalpa' by Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, (2013), Acrylic on canvas © The artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.15
Dates: 23.04.15 : 02.08.15
Location: British Museum, Fitzrovia, London