Monthly Archives: September 2013

RIP Margi

I’m afraid I’m of an age where I read the obituaries to see if another connection with my past or present has gone. Most of the time they are of somebody famous, a well-known author perhaps, whose work has influenced … Continue reading

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Nothing Can Go Wrong…

…go wrong…go wrong… I was reminded of the old joke about the fully automated system when I looked at Microsoft’s web page for the pre-ordering of Surface Pro 2. Half is in Dutch, the other half is in Portuguese. It … Continue reading

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Surface – The Next Generation

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the next generation of its Surface line of computers: the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 is a substantially upgraded version of the original Surface RT, while the Surface Pro 2 is an … Continue reading

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Autumn Sunset

Just a couple of pictures of a rather stunning sunset that we had here last week…

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Sharing Photos

Long-time readers of the blog know that one of the topics I return to every now and then is that of photography. A couple of days ago, one of my posts had the following comment and question from michaelfanous: I … Continue reading

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Gee’s Swizz

There was a time, round about 2008, when I was a regular reader of Henry Gee’s blog. He’s a senior editor of Nature, and I found his blog writing amusing enough. After a while though, I found I became somewhat … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s Just Me…

…but I really don’t want to play Grand Theft Auto V, despite it getting rave reviews. Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTA V is a sprawling tale of criminal … Continue reading

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“100,000 dead, seven million displaced and a nation turned to rubble”

Kenan Malik sums up the real consequences of the terrible conflict in Syria. It makes for depressing reading. The posturing of Putin in particular is pure politics. However, as Malik says, none of the players come out of this well. … Continue reading

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Strong Convictions

While I often shake my head at some of the religious bollocks that emanates from the US, I would do well to remember that here in the Netherlands we have many examples of our own. The latest is of a … Continue reading

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Mellow Fruitfulness

At the moment, we’re seeing Keats’s poem “To Autumn” come to life all around us. We’re harvesting our fruit trees and shrubs. This year we have a bumper crop of plums, pears, elderberries and blackberries, backed up by a reasonable … Continue reading

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Under The Skin – Again

As I wrote back in 2009, Michel Faber’s first novel Under The Skin will probably get under your skin, and provoke a severe reaction. I see that the novel has now been made into a film. While it sounds as … Continue reading

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TW3 and RIP

It’s been something of a week for drawing breath, what with the announcements of the deaths of first Seamus Heaney, and now David Frost. Both were 74, and both, in very different ways, contributed to the cultural lives of many. … Continue reading

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