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Monday, April 09, 2007



I'm from the UK (England), and was reading your article about worldwide 'John Doe' equivalents. I am familiar with Joe Bloggs, John Smith, A N Other, and "Tom, Dick, and Harry", but nor R.Punter or Ronnie (or Ronny) Arbuckle.
However, don't forget Fred Bloggs, Charlie Farnesbarns, and "The Man On The Clapham Omnibus". We also have Gordon Bennett, but that's quite another story ...

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  • The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
    -- George Orwell

    Geography and space are always gendered, always raced, always economical and always sexual. The textures that bind them together are daily re-written through a word, a gaze, a gesture.
    -- Irit Rogoff

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