2010 starts here …

Cats, children’s pictures and festive greetings, all in one post — just as well, then, that this is so obviously a very serious blog!

It would absolutely amaze me if anything ends up being read, written or even thought in these parts until school holidays come to an end circa 12 January. In the meantime, though — and rather more to the point — here’s hoping that 2010 turns out to be full of great happiness for all friends of Fugitive Ink.

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7 responses to “2010 starts here …

  1. The face looks like Call Me Dave.

  2. Not smug enough, surely? On the other hand, I guess it could be Dave leaping to avoid contamination by yet another Steve Hilton story …

  3. Good points. If only the artist was available to elucidate on the meaning behind the work, although he’d probably just say it was open to interpretation.

  4. Liberanos

    This key motif, the sweeping yellow line above the central image, is one used often in the artist’s minor works, of which this, at least in my view, is a deeply felt and telling example.

  5. On the other hand, given his more explicitly politicised, less formal reading — sort of like T. J. Clark, if marginally lighter on sarcophagi, snakes, the haute borgeoisie and so forth — Julian H might see that wavery, descending yellow line as something to do with LibDem approval ratings over the first three months of 2010. Or, well, perhaps not.

  6. It was good to discover your website today, and I devoured your essay on the IEA (where I have been media fellow for several years). It was full of lovely writing and interesting comments.

    It’s inevitable, I suppose, that the IEA be lumbered with being thought to love only the unfettered free market and to suppose that all regulation is ghastly. Of course, the IEA’s real role is to celebrate the strengths of the free market and discuss how to produce the right sort of government interference where it’s necessary, as it surely is. Mind you, the IEA’s great value to me was to make me face what a mess had arisen in my own mind from my sloppy vaguely Tory corporate paternalism (of thought, not behaviour).

    I hope you enjoy my own efforts at producing a family of websites, therightsites.com, broadly on the right, with my personal blog, richarddnorth.com, now attracting most of my effort.

  7. Many thanks for the encouraging words.

    Blogging is full of surprises — not least, when it comes to the reaction elicited by individual posts, which for some reason is virtually never what I expect. So it’s perhaps unsurprising that the wealth of responses to that IEA post — sent as emails or comments, by past and present IEA employees as well as miscellaneous fellow travellers, from the UK and places far removed — has been at once surprising and indeed rather moving.

    Clearly, many people care enormously about the old place, agreeing on the desirability of its continued existence even where they agree on absolutely nothing else. Who’d be Mark Littlewood, eh? In any event, I am sure that we’ll all watch the progress of the new model IEA with interest — commenting, doubtless, throughout the performance in a manner that might well test the patience of less obviously engaged members of audience.

    As for your blogs, thanks for alerting me to them – I look forward to exploring them further in due course.