Monthly Archives: June 2006

Le Roi Est Mort…

…Long Live the King. Well, depends if you believe marketing speak or not. I’m talking about Microsoft’s WinFS – the object-oriented file system that was supposed to be one of the major pillars of Vista. It had its roots in … Continue reading

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Gerald the Gorilla

An oldie, but goldie, from Not The Nine o’Clock News: Gerald the Gorilla. My type of absurdist humour. Good, also, to at last have the translation of "As Aristotle once said…". Apparently, it’s "here is a cucumber, the woman is … Continue reading

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A Dutch Ark Exhibition

Peter Greenaway has built an Ark at Fort Asperen in the Netherlands. He says: “The ice cap is melting, sea levels are rising and American experts have advised the business community against investing in Dutch companies because this low-lying country … Continue reading

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A Time There Was…

I’ve just finished reading John Bridcut’s biography of Benjamin Britten: Britten’s Children.   Simply superb!   I have a nodding acquaintance with various parts of Britten’s work: Serenade, Prince of the Pagodas, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, etc. Now, … Continue reading

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Hugo Winners Meme

Nicholas, over at the From the Heart of Europe blog, brings the Hugo Winners meme to my attention. The Hugos are the annual awards given to the best writing in Science Fiction for the year. Nicholas has read every one … Continue reading

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An Embarrassment of Riches

An embarrassment of riches in today’s Review section of the Guardian. First up, the lead article explores the writing of Angela Carter, in particular, The Bloody Chamber. First published in 1979, it "remains as shocking today as when it was … Continue reading

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EuroPride 2006

I see that EuroPride is being held in London this year. I had an email this morning from an old colleague to say that Shell Companies in the UK have announced that they are supporting the Gay & Lesbian Employee’s … Continue reading

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