Monthly Archives: June 2014

Never Say Never

Originally posted on longdog2languedoc:
Even Bruno, the village lech, asked me about Jack just before he asked me if I wanted to have a cup of coffee. Ghislaine, at the mairie, asked me if I would get another dog,…

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The Day They Hanged A Banker

How callous would you have to be to invent a country just to lure paying settlers there? Especially if you told them it was an idyllic paradise for Europeans when it was nothing more than an Equatorial mangrove swamp that … Continue reading

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Oranges and Lemons

Interesting piece in the NYT about the potential for analysis of digitised historic records. The particular research looks at the changing attitudes to violent crime as compared with property crime using keywords, though I am not wedded to believing in … Continue reading

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You know all the words and you sang all the notes

We have sown a minefield and thrown away the map as we let the word ‘respect’ remake itself — and not in our image. When you read of a teen hoodlum who stabs someone who “disrespects” him, you can see … Continue reading

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Another wartime anniversary; Oradour

After the rightfully diplomatic D Day commemoration, another event to remember is the war crime at Oradour. If you are reading this today, June 10, it is exactly 70 years ago that German troops heading north to repel the landings … Continue reading

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Warren Zevon; new readers start here

It can never do any harm to remember Warren Zevon once again. His wordplay was sublime in so many unexpected ways. It included such gems as the dark but deliciously assonantal recitative “a little old lady got mutilated late last … Continue reading

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Weather; a lesson from history

UK readers will recall Somerset was an inland sea just this Spring and the Thames valley filled up like a blocked drain. That was unusual, so weird weather must signal that something is happening which has never happened before, right? … Continue reading

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A million pound lifestyle on a clerk’s wage

Meet Walter Watts. In 1844, aged just 27, he burst onto London society with no visible means of support, but with the trappings of a lottery winner. Inquisitive souls who wanted to know where the money came from were baffled … Continue reading

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