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30th June 2011: Florence, a trip report and a plan

What I suggest you do is arrive at Florence by train around sunset. You’ll be flying into Rome, so that’s easy to arrange — the train from the airport takes you to Termini, the same railway station where you’ll get

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22nd May 2011: Layers

A little while ago I wrote a post on about Thomas Disch’s On Wings of Song (1979). And I was thinking wow, 1979, but it doesn’t feel like a dated future, I wonder why that is? And I think

Posted in Human culture, Writing

27th October 2010: Osheen and St Patrick

(A blessing on all those who hear this story, and a blessing on all those who tell it.) One of my favourite subgenres of Celtic stuff is the stories (recorded by Irish monks between the 7th and the 9th century)

Posted in Human culture, Whimsy

11th December 2009: Is This the Kind of World You Want to Live In?

One of the things that’s making me angry about the Peter Watts thing, beyond the fact that it’s happened at all, is the way so many people in comments at BoingBoing and at Whatever and all over are saying that

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9th March 2008 Arcadia

SEPTIMUS: When we have found all the meanings and lost all the mysteries, we will be alone, on an empty shore. THOMASINA: Then we will dance…. Some things are worth making a little effort for. Other things are worth going

Posted in Human culture, Theatre

23rd July 2007: Rome

So, you want to visit Ancient Rome? You’ll find it’s been invaded by Vandals and Visigoths and Ostrogoths and Renaissances and Baroques and Italians driving vespas, and most recently of all by the tourist hordes. “If you come to the

Posted in Human culture, Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face

16th February 2007: Conversation with a Pigeon

Actually, you don’t have to fly away when I come into the kitchen. It was me who put out those oat-crumbs you’re eating. I threw them out into the snow earlier, and the last time I came into the kitchen

Posted in Among Others, Human culture, Whimsy

26th December 2006 Inevitability

Yesterday afternoon we watched a DVD I bought myself for Christmas. The box is all in French, but in English it seems to be called The Gathering Storm and it’s Churchill biography, or as it’s dramatized like a story, fanfiction.

Posted in Human culture, Small Change

25th June 2006: Tangled Web

“Your nightmares are somebody’s daydreams, Your daydreams are somebody’s lies. Lies ain’t no harder than telling the truth, The truth is the perfect disguise.” Kris Kristofferson. I’m not in HP fandom, and I’ve been reading the MsScribe kerfuffle with bemused

Posted in Among Others, Human culture, Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face

6th June 2006: Best Tombstone Ever

After spending most of the morning reading pretty much all the extant Phoenician there is, both online and in Harden’s The Phoenicians which is the only thing I have in the house — must get something more recent — I

Posted in Human culture, Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face