No, I'm not a regular. My football-mad Belgian brother-in-law had never been to an English League match, and, brought up on a belief in the unrivalled passion of the English game, was keen to experience the atmosphere. So off we went. Unfortunately, though, the Emirates is not known as "The Library" without good reason. If it wasn't for the visiting Palace supporters the game - at least in the first half, before we scored - would have been played in a funereal silence. We could have been watching King Lear. Given the current drama surrounding a possible end to the long reign of Arsene Wenger, perhaps, in a way, we were.
From a gallery of aerial shots of London and the UK by photographer Jason Hawkes.
Each guess is marked by a dot - red for more accurate, blue for less.
At least thirty, out of a sample of 2066, place it in Greenland. Greenland! Alaska has a few hits, and there even four or five within the US itself - which might at least explain some of those who feel that intervention would be a good idea.
They had to be joking....surely??
[I do, in fact, think it's likely that a number of correspondents just couldn't be bothered with the map question, and stuck their guess any old where. There's no particular incentive to give an accurate response.]
Well, this is what the Chosun Ilbo are reporting - and because this is North Korea, and because we like to read this stuff, and because it's the kind of thing that might happen (remember the dogs?), it makes the news. Who knows, it might even be true:
The North Korean regime has shut down the Workers Party department once headed by purged eminence grise Jang Song-taek and executed or interned 11 high-ranking officials, sources said Sunday.
One of them was burned alive.
A source said the regime is preparing a third purge of officials who supported Jang. The first purge involved his family, relatives and high-ranking party officials, while the second purge underway. The third will target his supporters in provincial chapters of the Workers Party.
The source said Jang's elder sister Kye-sun and her husband and ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, as well as their son-in-law Kim Yong-ho, who was head of a trading company, were executed. But ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, Jang's nephew, escaped with his life.
He was sent to a concentration camp shortly after Jang Song-taek's execution but was ordered to return to Pyongyang without a job after South Korean media reported rumors of his execution, the source added.
Jang's closest confidants Ri Yong-ha and Jang Su-gil as well as nine other high-ranking party officials were purged, while around 100 lower-ranking party officials loyal to Jang were sacked.
O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security, was "executed by flamethrower," the source said.
The reason for the horrific method that he had turned the ministry into Jang's personal protection squad, the source added. O managed a bureau in the ministry as his personal security service and raised its status to the same rank as officials guarding leader Kim Jong-un.
If the twentieth century was Freudian, the twenty-first is already Lacanian, according to Élisabeth Roudinesco, the leading historian of psychoanalysis. To recall Lacan’s work is to remember an intellectual and literary adventure that occupies a founding place in our modernity, embracing paradox and play, transgressive desire and the rejection of norms. In her latest book Lacan: In Spite of Everything (Verso, 2014), Roudinesco looks back on the secret part of his life and work to evoke a different Lacan confronted with his excesses.
And you have the chance to hear Roudinesco in person later this month, at Tate Modern, speaking on Lacan and the Feminine. Tickets still available.
In this event, chaired by Lisa Appignanesi, Roudinesco presents this Lacan, of the margins, who heralds times that have become ours, foreseeing the rise of racism and segregation and a depressive society. Roudinesco explores the fertile and perhaps unexpected legacy of Lacan’s development of numerous forms of emancipation; for example, of the procurer of Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde, for artists and writers such as Orlan and Charlotte Roche.
That Tate Modern should be hosting a talk on this particular snake oil salesman says a great deal about the intellectual pretensions of our art establishment. Don't just take my word about Lacan though. For a classic take-down of "the shrink from hell", see Raymond Tallis's devastating review of Roudinesco's Jacques Lacan & Co.: A History of Psychoanalysis in France, 1925–1985, which appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1997.
From a gallery at The Big Picture marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide:
[Photo: Noor Khamis/Reuters]
"Mukarurinda Alise, 43, lost all her family members during mass killings in the 1994 genocide, but says she is now living with the man who hacked her wrist off. Alise forgave the man who she says went to the same school as her, after he came back and begged for forgiveness after serving time in jail for his crimes during a three-month killing spree in 1994 They are now married and living in Nyamata."
Who could possibly compete with Gorgeous George, below? Well...
North Korea has launched a vicious, misogynist tirade against the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, after she gave a speech on reunification in Germany.
While the North's propaganda is often vitriolic, the highly personalised and sexist nature of the attack – the latest salvo is titled: "We accuse Park the bitch" – is more unusual.
The three-part series, which ran in the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday, describes her as a lunatic, idiot and "cold-blooded animal". But it also stresses the fact she has never married or had children and claims she "jabbers like a little girl", in a string of insults presented as quotes from ordinary North Koreans. The subtitle of one piece reads: "Old cat groaning in her sickbed".
Perhaps to emphasis the youth of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, it also describes her as a dotard who is "well over 60". Kim took power when his father Kim Jong-il died at the age of 70.
More of those "quotes" from ordinary North Koreans:
“Park Geun Hye had never married, nor given birth to child. It is really ridiculous that such a cold-blooded animal talked about human affairs, feigning to be concerned about our women and children. It would make even a cat laugh,” Pyongyang doctor Kim Jong Hui reportedly told the Rodong....
“During her recent trip to some countries, this ugly old maid let loose a strain of abuses at us…She is a pumpkin, a witch full of hatred for her fellow countrymen,” Kim Hyoko, a student at Hamhung Teacher Training College No. 2, reportedly said.
A leading Egyptian daily falsely claimed that former foreign minister Tzipi Livni conducted sexual relations with Arab officials during her years as a Mossad agent in an attempt to entrap them, and used what it said was a 2009 interview with The Times of London as ostensible proof.
The article in Al-Masri Al-Youm, an independent and widely read Egyptian daily, was headlined: “Livni: I had sex with Arabs in return for ‘political concessions.’” It featured prominently in the paper’s Saturday print edition and was still leading its website on Sunday afternoon. The article went up on Al-Masry Al-Youm’s website Friday night and was its most widely read story over the weekend. It had garnered 20,000 Facebook shares and 1,800 tweets as of Sunday morning, and was quoted extensively in Egyptian and Arab media.
In the 2009 Sunday Times piece - in fact taken from an interview given 14 years earlier, but only just published - Livni was remembering her time as a young Mossad agent in Paris. In answer to a question about whether she'd ever been part of a "honey trap" operation, she specifically denied that she'd ever slept with someone for her country. Still, what's a little bending of the truth when a woman - a Jewish woman - is concerned.
George Galloway takes up the story on Iranian Press TV - in case you were wondering, you know, just how low the man can sink.
Waging jihad in Syria, from disillusioned Saudis speaking about their experiences on Saudi TV:
Suleiman Al-Fifi: In a roundabout way, they suggested that I carry out a martyrdom operation. They said: “The quickest way to get to Paradise is to blow yourself up, killing infidels and polytheists.” To tell you the truth, I wasn’t convinced. I rejected the idea.
I would have felt just the same, to be honest. Then again, I didn't head off to Syria to wage jihad.
I saw that the majority of the people who carried out the operations were Saudis. Where are all the locals, the Syrians, the Iraqis? Why don’t they do it themselves? They were a bit taken aback, and stayed away from me. They kept me out of their meetings and talked in codes....
Most of the commanders did not reveal their identities. They wore ski masks. You couldn’t see anything but their eyes.
Our relations with them were superficial. We couldn’t ask questions or discuss things. We couldn’t tell who he was or what he represented. It was strange. One does not feel comfortable with that. We rarely met the same person twice. We didn’t hear the same voice twice. They kept replacing people, and you didn’t know what was going on.
They spoke mostly in literary Arabic. They didn’t have a Syrian accent or an Iraqi accent, and they wore ski masks. We didn’t know if they were from North Africa, from the Gulf, or what...
They would come and tell us to prepare for battle, because the army was on the move, and a confrontation was imminent. They would tell you that it was for the sake of Allah, trying to make you want to fight.
They would evoke our religious zeal, saying that this was martyrdom for the sake of Allah, and such things....
The FSA, the Al-Tawhid Brigade, ISIS, and Jabhat Al-Nusra all fought [against the regime], but then they started fighting one another, and stopped fighting Assad’s Alawite army, which is the enemy.