Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eurovision Looms

Well, it’s a new year, and the annual spectacle of Eurovision is on the horizon. Last night, we were treated (if that’s the word) to the selection process of the Dutch entry. This year, the Dutch banner is being lofted … Continue reading

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The Indefatigable Elena

When I was living in London, back in the 1970s and early 80s, I was fortunate enough to be able to dine at L’Escargot in Soho a couple of times. The restaurant was ruled over by Elena Savloni, the tiny, … Continue reading

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The Value of Libraries

A couple of days ago I mentioned someone’s idiotic idea to stop funding the UK’s libraries and use the money to give everyone Kindles. The idea came about because local government in the UK is looking to close many public … Continue reading

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Reaping the Whirlwind of Hate

David Kato has been murdered. Given the climate of hate against LGBT people that has been encouraged in Uganda by both the State and organised religion*, it comes as no surprise. It still shocks though, and for those still in … Continue reading

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Ken, Ken, and their Operas

I’ve just watched the version of Mozart’s Magic Flute filmed by Kenneth Branagh. I was absolutely blown away by its sheer bravura. From the opening single tracking shot beginning in the trenches of World War 1, then rising far above; … Continue reading

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Dinner Table Talk

Mo seems to have captured the false logic expressed by Baroness Warsi to a tee. As Ophelia points out, Anthony Andrews has also demolished the Baroness’s claims quite effectively: She wants to give greater voice to religion in the political … Continue reading

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Titter Ye Not

I found it hard to suppress a titter, let alone a guffaw of derision, when I read today that the Astrological Association of Great Britain is sending a petition to the BBC. In one of the brilliant Stargazing Live programmes … Continue reading

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Libraries Versus Kindles

There’s an interesting post over at Stumbling and Mumbling that asks the question whether it would be more cost effective to stop funding the UK’s public Libraries, and to use the money to buy everyone a Kindle instead. My immediate … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Marketplace Mess

Following on from the last post about Windows Phone 7 and the shortcomings of its Marketplace infrastructure, here’s some information about the different types of services offered by the Marketplace around the globe. As you can see, it’s a bit … Continue reading

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Review of Windows Phone 7

There’s an excellent in-depth review of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 over at MobileTechWorld. Well worth checking out if you’re interested to read a clear-eyed view of WP7. I note also that the reviewer has pointed out the problem that Microsoft … Continue reading

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It’s Not Your Body

Eric MacDonald writes a good deal of sense in his blog Choice in Dying. Today’s entry is a case in point where he takes to task the trite observations from a hospice chaplain and puts the fundamental point that it’s … Continue reading

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La Cage Aux Folles

For my birthday this year, Martin proposed that we take a trip to Amsterdam for a meal in old haunts (O Sole Mio – we’ve been going there for the best part of 25 years), and to see the new … Continue reading

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The Dream Machine

I’ve always had a soft spot for Adventure games, ever since the original Myst. I much prefer this genre of game over the first-person shooter type, which, frankly, I find appalling. After Myst, and its various sequels, there were a … Continue reading

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It Gets Better, Sorta…

After the last post featuring Rebecca Drysdale, here’s a rather tamer effort in the same theme from Ricky Martin. http://www.youtube.com/v/kzxoQ9rbDAA&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3 While it’s really good to see that he’s dropped the pretence that he’s straight, I still don’t find this latest … Continue reading

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It Gets Better–Part III

I’ve been here before – but here’s a video from Rebecca Drysdale that rocks. I’ve never heard of her before, but this is very good – I particularly liked the homage to Vogue. You go, girl!

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Service Interruption

Just a heads-up to note that I may well be out of circulation from the blogosphere for a few days. I’m heading to Blighty to visit an old friend. My connection to the Intertubes is likely to be interrupted. So, … Continue reading

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Religious Poison

Very depressing news from Pakistan about Salman Taseer being shot by one of his own bodyguards. While the bodyguard was clearly influenced by his religious beliefs to commit cold-blooded murder, it would seem that he’s had ample encouragement from his … Continue reading

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The Bird Feeder

There’s a couple of bird feeders hanging in the tree just outside my study window. At this time of year, there’s a collection of the usual suspects hanging around making use of them, or scavenging the seeds that fall to … Continue reading

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The Blog: 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading

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