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January Pieces Of My Mind #1

The introductions to academic paper anthologies often consist of descriptions of the contents. I never read them. That information is in the title to each contribution. Pointless. H.G. Wells became public domain on 1 January! My new project is writing a Latin grammar in Pidgin English. Have you ever been to a Yule Spruce Looting…

December Pieces Of My Mind #3

If you’re a bricklayer with unusually high qualifications, being unemployed is frustrating. But very few customers in the construction business make any kind of public promise to always employ the most qualified bricklayer. Now imagine that they did. Imagine that it were illegal for builders to employ anyone but the most qualified bricklayer. And imagine…

December Pieces Of My Mind #2

Would it be cruel and unusual to wake Cousin E with a rousing rendition of the Brigands’ Song from the Ronja movie? Went to the snow-covered golf course, sat down in the moon shadow of a spruce tree at the edge of the fairway, watched until I had seen three meteors, went home. Place-name scholar…

December Pieces Of My Mind #1

OK so Google Inbox is excellent and I use it all the time. Takes so much of the stress out of e-mail. But I wonder, when are we getting Google Imbolc? Hehe. This Swedish author intends to talk about the actions of the Medieval aristocracy, instead puts “their acting”. And his language reviewer does nothing…

November Pieces Of My Mind #3

There was a major 19th century arts magazine titled Glissons, n’appuyons pas. This means “Let’s glide, not support”, that is, “Let’s live an easy life without having to support ourselves”. Opera reviews were a big thing in the mag. Private parking is “idiot parking” in Greek, because here the word idiot means “private person”. Our…

November Pieces Of My Mind #2

Thanks to metal detecting, the 7th century material has exploded with duckbill brooches / næbfibler in Denmark and conical brooches in Norway. The making of every one of those brooches resulted in a pile of durable, easily identified mould fragments. Where are those? Ground up into grog / chamotte for new moulds? Distinguished older Slavic…

November Pieces Of My Mind #1

Fear me! I make bad puns in really, really bad Mandarin! One Celsius and sleet. I have to drive for four hours today, so I’m switching tyres first. Skänninge is dying. So many empty shop premises and housing properties. Facades flaking. Railway has cut off the eastern approaches to the town square. Last wave of…

October Pieces Of My Mind #3

Leonard Cohen got from the used books store to the cake shop ahead of me. /-: Wish somebody would demolish all the modern houses on top of the ruins of Visborg Castle. The ruin of St. Olav’s church in Visby is a protected ancient monument. It is being damaged by the ivy that covers it.…

October Pieces Of My Mind #2

The New Dawn rose I’ve been pampering has almost outgrown its trellis. Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings. Oddly titled Japanese fantasy story with beautiful imagery and sappy moral. Grade: Pass. The UK imports roughly the same amount of tea annually as the rest of Europe combined. About the Trump campaign’s response to the “just…

October Pieces Of My Mind #1

Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Two film-making high school boys befriend a girl just as she is diagnosed with leukaemia. Grade: Pass With Distinction. Heard this ad for contact lenses offering prices that are “up to 70% of what you usually pay”. You may want to think that through again, guys. Swedish…