Monthly Archives: May 2007

Blair’s real legacy

I was talking the other night to a defence intellectual: I mean an ex army officer who now lectures at a college for real ones. He’s an old, not close, friend, and was pretty drunk as well, so I have … Continue reading Continue reading

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Short sillies

* At last, I’ve found [“where GNER buys their coffee”:http://www.sawilsons.com/coffee_enema.htm?gclid=CK_gxbrx_IsCFSSQYAodAF3WWA] though there’s nothing on that site about the importance of serving it tepid. I suppose that’s self-evident, when you click through. * Band names that don’t quite make it: “And … Continue reading Continue reading

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Stop me before I code again

As usual at the end of a long project, I suddenly feel an urge to do all the things I haven’t been doing even if many of them also involve sitting at a computer and typing. In particular, I have … Continue reading Continue reading

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In partibus infidelium

I will be in Princeton and — for at least one day — New York City next week, arriving on the evening of Wednesday 16th and leaving in the late afternoon of Sunday 20th. This is, of course, a work … Continue reading Continue reading

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Feeding the hungry

I looked at my stats the other day, and realised that I get something like 1800 visitors a day; more than 2000 when I am writing a lot here. So I feel I owe you something (you all owe me, … Continue reading Continue reading

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More mediaeval horror

The real point of all this, though, was to remember just how ghastly the middle ages were, and, by extension, just how ghastly various places around the world are right now, some, at least, as a result of our interventions. … Continue reading Continue reading

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An early example of lay participation

in the affairs of the Catholic Church: bq. Du Guesclin, having completed his levies, led the army first to Avignon, where the pope thea resided, and demanded, sword in hand, an absolu­tion for his soldiers, and the sum of 200,000 … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hume meets a modern business leader

I forget who this was, but it is interesting that these are exactly, it seems to me, the character traits celebrated in modern American business: bq. He was courteous, affable, en­gaging, eloquent; full of insinuation and address; inexhaustible in his … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hume on Scots cuisine

While I was not blogging last month, I did fool around a bit with using “my phone”:http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=gb&lc=en&ver=&template=pip1&zone=pp&pid=10407 as a note-taking device. The idea is to photograph whatever pages seem interesting, using the “document” setting on the camera, and then OCR … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Buggering Hedgehogs

An interesting example of cultural deafness came my way this morning: a “blog entry”:http://fistfulofeuros.net/afoe/the-european-union/witch-doctors-of-the-eu claiming that there are licensed witchdoctors in Bulgaria, one of whom had advised a patient to cure his premature ejaculation by attempting congress with a hedgehog. … Continue reading Continue reading

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