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Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 03:44 pm
Mendacious mendicant wanders Luxembourg

1. I'm in Luxembourg. Later today I'll be dressed as a communist cherub, misleading the public in the role of an Unreliable Tour Guide during the Long Night of the Museums at MUDAM.

2. But this afternoon I'm letting Luxembourg have a sort of pre-emptive revenge by allowing it to mislead and disorient me. I am walking pretty much at random, dressed as a garden gnome / merchant marine.

3. I say "at random", but my trajectory is determined by setting myself arbitrary goals. First, find an open wifi signal. There's one in the bizarre conference centre zone beyond the twin golden towers of the Court of Justice.

4. Next, grab as much Luxembourg map as possible in my iPod Touch's Google Maps app.

5. Then google "Luxembourg Japanese" to find a place where I can eat lunch. Discover a teppan yaki restaurant about five kilometers out into the suburbs. Begin to head towards it on foot, plunging down gorges, skirting electrified railways, and scaling forested mountain paths marked "grotto route".

6. The rain begins to fall. I pass almost no-one; the world is built for cars, not pedestrians.

7. Think romantically about a coming life-post-internet. It would be interesting to spend the rest of my life as a sort of mendicant monk, walking across landscapes. Recall being impressed by a Japanese monk who did this (note to self: google him).

8. Find certain parallels between passing lugubrious Luxembourgeois houses and surfing the internet. The way, for instance, people put little ornaments in their windows, as if they were organising a home page on the web. The passerby sees these trinkets and feels as if he is "visiting a page". In some ways, window trinkets are most intetesting, more pathetically evocative than websites. For instance, this carved wooden sage standing next to a pot plant that dwarfs him.

9. Need cash. Descend from forested hill into the back of a weird shopping mall (its air conditioning hums) featuring an oriental antiques emporium and sporting goods store. Find cash machine and withdraw cash.

10. But not enough for teppan yaki house -- an odd, neglected villa on a main road -- when I reach it. A meal here costs almost a hundred euros! It's also shut, even if one were hungry enough to pay that. I cross the road to a drive-in Quick, eat a King Fish burger, and write this blog entry using the free wifi.

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)

Could the poet be Taneda Santoka?


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parchesss
Parches
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)

Momus, I meant to ask you when you made your big announcement, but I thought it'd be passed over. Why do you think blogging could not and should not be as influential in this coming decade?


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)

Momus is an unreliable blogger. He's lying about leaving blogging behind, just like he's lying about how he found a wifi signal.


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twistyouaround
twistyouaround
twistyouaround
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)

I loved Luxembourg when I went there for a day out in August, but I found it very empty for a Saturday night. The bridge and gardens are beautiful though.


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endoftheseason
endoftheseason
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Have you seen this?

"One nation under a Moog

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands looked forever":

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/10/synth-pop-80s-reynolds


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
allowing it to mislead and disorient

preemptive revenge = prevenge


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: allowing it to mislead and disorient

I like it! Like Dr Woodard's musical coinage, the prequiem.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: allowing it to mislead and disorient

Is that for the nearly dead?


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danielgiraffe
danielgiraffe
danielgiraffe
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)

For Japanese in Luxembourg, I find Yamayu Santatsu on Rue Notre Dame very reliable (if I dare use that word).

Sorry you haven't had a very positive experience of Luxembourg yet. There's more to the place than Quick Burger, though I confess a sneaking fondness for Le King Fish.

Looking forward to catching "unreliable tourguide" later this evening.

Best

Daniel


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sat, Oct. 10th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
sestina

The thought of you tramping beside train tracks and through the wet forest dressed as a garden gnome and a Popeye makes me deliriously happy for some reason :)


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)

as the Russians say, "like veetches teet!"


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)

with your style... I would love to see what you do with that.


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Mon, Oct. 12th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)

no my friend ... you got it all right.


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

The spry young chap clearly does not suffer from bockety knees, unlike some of us..damn his rude health.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
post-industrial ennui---it's contagious

um, the mendicant could a any number of people; basho is the most famous, of course. or you could be thinking of the infamous ikkyu, or the "zen fool" ryokan (no, not that ryokan, different pronunciation)...

or try kenkou yoshida's 14th century "essays in idleness" if you haven't already; probably the most famous piece of renunciate literature in all of japan.


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geeveecatullus
geeveecatullus
clodia pulchra
Tue, Oct. 13th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)

did you see this


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