James Allan james.allan at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 22:08:07 UTC 2012

Dear Wolfgang,

Happy to see you're making a good recovery. That was a close shave.

I never realized you were left handed until I saw the film. Admittedly, I
may have missed you smoking with your right hand before your epiphany. If
that’s the case I applaud the nuanced performance and wish you continued

Sadly, I think you’ve conflated two people. It’s easy to do but as a memory
aid here’s a catchy tune to help you remember, ‘Yasir, that’s my baby, no
sir that’s James the guy who’s still waiting for a picture of you in a
green leather jacket & I’m not getting any younger.’

Anyway, what’s new in NYC?

I have to admit one of the nice things about being an immigrant to the old
world has been the declining influence of Americana on my psyche. New
York’s starting to look like a B movie Hadrian’s Wall and I’m on the side
without olive oil... Mind you, as you see, it’s being replaced by History.
I’m not sure which is more interesting.

(Btw, Yasir if you are in Oxford give me a call)



On 18 February 2012 04:22, w <w at thing.net> wrote:

> dear yasir,
> i remember the contest, unfortunately the green leather jacket doesn't
> exist anymore and neither does a picture of me wearing it.  these days i
> am wearing suits, maybe i can offer this clip as a consolation price:
> http://vimeo.com/34066078
> i cc to peter fend, maybe he'll chip in if he's not busy getting high on
> methane.  he just had a show in some dump on essex street and every dork
> in the art critical establishment had to review it...
> http://artforum.com/index.php?pn=picks&id=30197&view=print
> looks like you're doing fine.  oxford?  i thought you're in pakistan.
> best regards,
> wolfgang
> On Fri, 2012-02-17 at 23:32 +0500, yasir ~يا سر wrote:
> > HaHa
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:48 PM, James Allan <james.allan at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> >         On 26 January 2011 00:47, w <w at thing.net> wrote:
> >
> >                 If nobody says anything I will call in Peter Fend...
> >
> >
> >         "One could call this blog a series of pan-decade reviews."
> >         Peter Fend, 2 February 2010
> >
> >         The series was short lived. One post in a year. Even
> >         Cistercians talk more than that. Compared to him I'm a regular
> >         Bob Hope.
> >
> >         Anyway, I hope it works out with Peter and his biofuel
> >         experiment. Here in Oxford the artists growing things take a
> >         slightly more pragmatic approach to renewables and grew hops
> >         on their allotment then turned them into beer. I've had a few
> >         bottles and can say that it does increase energy and recommend
> >         beer as nice change to drinking petrol.
> >
> >
> http://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/whats-on/the-fermenting-room-return-of-the-rhizome/about/
> >
> >         By the way, before you close the list I'd like to remind
> >         Wolfgang that 10 years ago Blackhawk ran a short contest
> >         online relating to the phrase, 'When I hear the word culture I
> >         reach for my gun.' The prize was a photo of you wearing, if I
> >         remember correctly, a green leather jacket.
> >
> >         I won and I still haven't received my picture. I know you've
> >         been busy but I am getting concerned.
> >
> >         Now when I hear the word culture I reach for my mouse. No
> >         prizes for that.
> >
> >
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