Monthly Archives: March 2006

Country Living

Well, it’s now a week since we took possession of the farmhouse. We arrived last Friday afternoon at 13:45 for an inspection of the property before trooping off to the notary for the signing of the contract. The previous owners … Continue reading

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Jumped-up Walkmans

Lucy Mangan, in today’s Guardian, has a most satisfying rant against iPods and their witless owners. She sums up my feelings precisely.

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The Dutch Citizenship Test

Last January, I mentioned the test that would-be immigrants to the Netherlands would have to take. It went live last week. There’s an article on the Radio Netherlands web site describing the procedure. I certainly don’t share the journalist’s touching … Continue reading

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The Sub-Editor’s Art

Forget the actual article, just savour the brilliant headline that has been provided by an anonymous sub-editor to this review in today’s Observer.

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Art and Reality

I decided to pull together two things that I came across on the Internet in order to illustrate the polar opposites of what we are capable of.   First, the horror.   Dr. Crippen, in his NHS Blog Doctor, documents … Continue reading

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A Book Review

This review of this book has instantly made me put it on my "books I must read" list. Clearly, anything that shows what a weird and wonderful world we live in courtesy of millions of years of evolution will get … Continue reading

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Service Slowdown

My blogging is likely to be somewhat sporadic for the next month or so. We’re entering the final phases of the house move, and I’m somewhat preoccupied with that. Once the move occurs, I shall also be returned to the … Continue reading

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