Monthly Archives: September 2008


In today’s Guardian, Philip Pullman reacts with some glee to the news that his book The Golden Compass (aka as The Northern Lights) is in the top five of the American Library Association’s list of most-challenged books in 2007. In passing he … Continue reading

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Round the Hurin

Henry Gee, over at his blog, The End of the Pier Show, pens a pastiche that views Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings through the lens of Round the Horne. British people of a certain age and sensibility (e.g. me) will … Continue reading

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The author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel blogs about the strange phenomenon of segregated drinking fountains in Indianapolis airport…

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Proofs of God

Ontological, Teleological, Physiological… I can’t help feeling that we need to add in Psychological in there somewhere as well…    

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We had a bit of excitement this morning. First of all, we were woken up at 7 am by a maize harvester working the field that is ten yards away from the bedroom window. Then, while I was letting the … Continue reading

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Two Analyses of a Disaster

My understanding of economics is pretty basic. I can understand, and try to follow, the financial principles espoused by Mr. Micawber in Dickens’ David Copperfield: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income … Continue reading

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