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In summer 2012, occursus – a loose collective of artists, writers, researchers and students that coalesced around a weekly reading group I had set up with Laurence Piercy from the School of English at the University of Sheffield – organised a series of Sunday-morning walks along unplanned routes in Shalesmoor, Kelham Island and Neepsend. As we looped through the chaotic mix of derelict Victorian works, flat-pack-quick-build apartment blocks, converted factories and student residences, sharing stories and sometimes, quite simply, wondering what on earth we were doing there, without umbrellas, in the rain, we came across the acre and a half of brownfield scrubland we’ve named Furnace Park.
The Syrian crisis poses an intense amount of questions for lawmakers across the Globe, with each question just as important and as crucial to the process of peace than every other. Do we arm the rebels? If not, then what next? If we are to provide arms to the rebel groups, which rebel groups to provide arms to? How to know and ensure those arms won't fall into Islamist hands?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.
MICHEL BUTOR EN VOYAGEUR. En parallèle à ses activités d’enseignant et d’écrivain, Michel Butor voyage soit de façon professionnelle (pour participer à des colloques ou donner des conférences), soit de façon exploratoire. Il parcourt ainsi le monde, voyage sur les cinq continents. Il se rend ainsi comme professeur invité au Japon, en Australie, aux Etats-unis, donne des conférences au Brésil, en Chine, au Pérou, en Russie, au Burkina Faso.