Archive for August, 2005

The French Atomic Empire

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

One of the most perfectly done spoofs I have ever read. (via) 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 …


Smarter than Feynmann

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

These videos 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 to smile when you discover the secrets of spaghetti which defeated Richard Feynmann.

The original story I found in a paper edition of the Economist, and it increases the considerable reverence with which I regard that paper’s science correspondents.

A slogan for our times

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

A fine anecdote about Claud Cockburn from a recent TLS review of Patrick Cockburn’s memoir of illness:

“My father regarded going to St Mary’s (Church) as largely a cultural activity of the Anglo-Irish which he was happy to go along with for a couple of days a year to please my mother. ‘I may be an atheist but I am a Protestant atheist,’ he would declare jovially. ‘I don’t see why disbelief should be a barrier to religious bigotry’.”

What are you doing here?

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

all you people who were told by some search engine that my site had the answer to your questions:

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Coarse fishing in Scandinavia

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

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.


Clearly an excellent book

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

My first agent, and continuing friend, Xandra Hardie the Countess Gowrie Bingley has published a memoir of her childhood which has been getting excellent reviews all over the place. Not that I’m suggesting you buy it, or anything …

The Onion

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Does something like justice to Iraq.