Monthly Archives: December 2005

Social Studies

On Friday I found myself in a “rather grand”:http://www.lewtrenchard.co.uk/ country house hotel, lunching with a widowed -duchess.- countess. This was the sort of place where, if you’re cold, you put on another rope of pearls, made even more enjoyable because … Continue reading Continue reading

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Notes from a literary party

I talked with a woman whom I had not seen for years about the profile business. She told me about interviewing a hero of mine (and hers, perhaps even yours, oh cultured readers), who told her that his deepest romantic … Continue reading Continue reading

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The house troll

Is “ready here.”:http://www.darwinwars.com/troll/archives/cat_tomten_p_toereby.html I mean to go back and turn it into much better English, but at least this is a draft, which shows the storyline. Continue reading

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Miscellanea

* Jeremy Ahouse points me to a small reason for pride in our profession: an “interview”:http://www.newyorker.com/online/content/articles/051205on_onlineonly01 in the _New Yorker_ wth the woman who wrote their (print-only) piece on the Dover trial, in which she points out that the real … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ethical Christmas presents

Some people are upset about the craze for “giving charity goats”:http://www.christianitytoday.com/cpt/2000/006/5.62.html to Africa. In Africa, the real goats gnaw at everything they can reach, still further deforesting a fragile ecosystem; in this country the certificate gnaws at the recipient’s self-esteem, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Longer Andrew Brown

Perhaps I should just change my name to Biggles and get over it. Two people have asked me to day if I wrote a biography of JD Bernal which has just come out. No, I didn’t. That was some other … Continue reading Continue reading

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