“Fevers of Curiosity”: Charles Baudelaire and the Convalescent Flâneur

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Baudelaire’s birth, the French poet famous for his descriptions of the flâneur: a man of the crowd, who thrived in the metropolis’ multitude. Following Baudelaire through 19th-century Paris, Matthew Beaumont discovers a parallel archetype — the convalescent hero of modernity — who emerges from the sickbed into city streets with a feverish curiosity.


Somebody was after pictures of phone boxes, can't remember who. Anyway, I stopped beside this one on the way back to Broken Hill today.

Ensconced on the veranda sofa, this a bit of the view. Intermittently to Hawkwind's Space Ritual and reading. Hawkwind's track 'Sonic Attack' was a tongue-in-cheek collaboration with the sci-fi author Michael Moorcock. Brian Blessed also provided his fantastic over the top vocals to one of the many versions on the tubes m.youtube.com/watch?v=a8pGS4cW

Buggered the dog. She's lying on the ground groaning. That'll learn her, always bugging me for a walk

My Mum sent me this. She had walked the Camino de Santiago the year before and was now single for the first time in 40 years with the world before her.

How GiveDirectly is finding the poorest people in the world—and sending them cash

The first rollout of the program—which uses satellite and cellphone data to target people in most need of cash—has begun in Togo, where 55% of the population lives on less than $1.90 a day.


Home after a 16 hour drive. For 2 hours the road was straight as a ruler. I was startled by a slight bend in the road.

A historical photo of an Australian barge loaded with bales of wool. 

Found this old photo on the wall of our accommodation in Dubbo. It's a shame Australian rivers are now so dry. The water is today used for agribusiness and politicians to make money instead of an elegant transport system.

Took the boy and the dog for a ride today. We found the old Silverton tram line and followed it through the outback.

Took the dog for a circuit around the boundaries of the living desert park. Many fences, instructional signs and crumpled remains of murdered 'roos. keeping it's history alive....

Hello again Mastodon... The sunrise this morning is as smoky as the impending sunset. Australian bushfire season is upon us!

When I first became interested in art, I was about 4 years old and this was the type of Art I felt deserved a capital 'A' mastodon.sdf.org/media/1kAt5br

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