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Monday, July 28, 2003
Golly. You leave the country for a few all-too-short days of sun, sea and sand, sans any of the accoutrements of your everyday technological life, and the first thing you do on returning is race around the internet, frantically checking this and that to see what’s new, what’s changed, who’s where. The garden, on the other hand, gets only a perfunctory once-over – as soon as it’s been established that nothing (especially important) has died it can take care of itself for a few hours more. Instead, this whistle stop tour of one’s daily stomping grounds is like servicing a beloved car after a winter lay-up, poking around, making sure the levels are satisfactory, that nothing untoward has sprouted, nothing weak has perished or tarnished.

On to the links. The prints of Alex Katz / 360-degree cityscapes in Germany / music reviews and more at Earlash (last three all via tmn, an early port of call) / the new literary lottery: 'Good news for aspiring novelists: Advances for first-time authors have blown sky-high. The catch? If the book doesn’t sell, the fallout can kill your career.' / Armed Service Editions, wartime books via me-fi / hit the road, and the high seas, with the Terrawind, the ultimate all-in-one device.

Glasgow 1938 is a visual resource of the city's Empire Exhibition, a modernist/deco delight that teetered on the brink of a new era and consequently vanished without undue influence. The images could be bigger, but take a tour around the streamlined pavilions (I, II, III) and you get a feel for the age, a bright, airy optimism that was too tainted and distant for the post-war generation to return to and whole-heartedly embrace. The centre-piece was Thomas Tait's steel tower, a 330 foot tall homage to Dudok-esque modernism. It lasted barely a year before demolition. More information, as well as exhibition reminiscences. The exhibition programme. You can see a (small) film-clip here, courtesy of BBCi's Scotland on Film archive.

Staying with cities. Rotterdam, from the banks of the Maas / a photo gallery of Mont St Michel / great photography at Octaplex, including industrial ruins / more Deutsche photographie at photocase.

You dip one toe into the dynamic world of online flash, design and typographic artists and you escape several hours later, your head reeling: excellent time-wasting resources and neat design at Lefthandside.com / m-o-n-a-m-o-u-r.com / links and things at wonksite / tronic studio (including a beautiful little quicktime movie about motorway flyovers) / prmthn.net.