Monthly Archives: August 2005

The French Atomic Empire

One of the most “perfectly done spoofs”:http://www.johnnyalucard.com/hugos.html I have ever read. ([“via”:http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/006630.html#006630]) In this context, there is a Kingsley Amis poem, below the fold, in which the Englishman appears more interested in sex than his French crewmates … Continue reading

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Smarter than Feynmann

“These videos”:http://www.lmm.jussieu.fr/spaghetti/ depict one of the purest pieces of research I have ever seen: research so pure that it is, in fact, impossible to think of a use for this discovery — at the same time, I defy you not … Continue reading Continue reading

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A slogan for our times

A fine anecdote about Claud Cockburn from [“a recent TLS review”:http://www.the-tls.co.uk/archive/story.aspx?story_id=2111525] of Patrick Cockburn’s memoir of illness: bq. “My father regarded going to St Mary’s (Church) as largely a cultural activity of the Anglo-Irish which he was happy to go … Continue reading Continue reading

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What are you doing here?

all you people who were told by some search engine that my site had the answer to your questions: 1: lincoln cathedral disputes 1995 1: andrew brown darwin 1: katrina skepper flake 1: worst or worse 1: who is the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Coarse fishing in Scandinavia

There’s a short story below the fold that I think I might flog somewhere but everything I write looks like crap to me at the moment, as if my heart had turned to pumice stone. Continue reading

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Clearly an excellent book

My first agent, and continuing friend, Xandra -Hardie- -the Countess Gowrie- Bingley has published a memoir of her childhood which has been “getting”:http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1542969,00.html “excellent”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-534-1719489,00.html “reviews”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-1461-1712037,00.html all over the place. Not that I’m suggesting you buy it, or anything … Continue reading

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The Onion

Does [“something like justice”:http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4131&n=2] to Iraq. Continue reading

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