“Démission de Gorbatchev, sacre de Charlemagne, mort de Charlie Chaplin… Ça s’est passé à Noël” : http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2018/12/25/01016-20181225ARTFIG00009-demission-de-gorbatchev-sacre-de-charlemagne-a-s-est-passe-a-noel.php
13 Down took a while. I subsequently discovered that the definition “EVA” refers to “extra-vehicular activity” in the esoteric language of NASA.
15 Across eluded me, perhaps unsurprisingly.
I’d like to think I’m getting better at these, though this one was probably merely easier than usual.
Der Zauberberg – Wikipedia
— Read on de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Zauberberg
Dad would have been 103 to-day! RIP, Dad, never forgotten for a moment!
Interesting. Why was I ignorant of this?
Aarne–Thompson classification systems – Wikipedia
— Read on en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarne–Thompson_classification_systems
I was experiencing some difficulty, then “twerp” led me to “Amenhotep”, whereafter things went smoothly. Patience is crucial. LJ
that I ever watched as a child…
“Vexilla regis prodeunt Inferni” (Canto xxxiv)
Rather too easy to be satisfying, I’d say.
“Combien de cafés peut-on boire au cours de la journée ? ” : http://madame.lefigaro.fr/bien-etre/combien-de-cafes-peut-on-boire-dans-une-journee-181118-151763
It was a real delight to be back on my faithful old Seek & the Brooks saddle is perfect.
and notwithstanding his being of too undiplomatic a disposition for the high office he held until recently, or, moreover, his exhibitions of egregious buffoonery, he is nevertheless emphatically right about the dangers entailed by recent assaults on freedom of speech, be it ever so offensive. It is, of course, possible to argue one’s case “sans toucher aux personnes”, but to choke the human voice is the worst of all follies. The poisoning is effected incrementally, as are doses of arsenic, a metaphor I’ve borrowed from Victor Klemperer’s Lingua Tertii Imperii, a compelling examination of the artificial denaturing of language during the Third Reich. Klemperer demonstrates this to have been a process of which the young were scarcely aware until its toxicity had already taken effect, hence the appropriateness of the metaphor “Arsendosen”. If there is a difference, it is that the current insanity was foreseeable as early as 1985, at least by me, because I remember expressing my apprehensions when teaching in Strasbourg. LJ
We need a campaign for free speech to take on the professionally offended
— Read on www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/11/04/need-new-campaign-free-speech-take-professionally-offended/
“Tomcats” took a while at the end, but it was worth the effort on the whole.
The All Souls fellowship exam confirms everything you already knew about Oxford, yet the brilliance isn’t in the answers but in the institution itself, writes Arabella Byrne
— Read on www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/mighty-all-souls-keeps-oxfords-finest-their-toes-it-just-show
An interesting opportunity to listen to some articulate, if callow, teenagers attempting to resolve the housing crisis.
Exclusive Philip Hammond interview: Budget plan to get UK’s broadband up to speed
— Read on www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/10/27/budget-get-uks-broadband-speed/
“Chantal Delsol : «Ensauvagement des jeunes, où sont les pères ?»” : http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/societe/2018/10/23/31003-20181023ARTFIG00235-chantal-delsol-ensauvagement-des-jeunes-o-sont-les-peres.php
“One spouting about companion frequently”: now that I know what a cachalot is, the clue makes sense, but I was ignorant of this term for a sperm whale. Learning all the time…
An interesting acknowledgement of the organisational and educative strengths of religion in its relation to personal fulfilment and society. Alain de Botton suggests that the western world may have ventured too far in its assertion of personal freedom, implying that this is not coextensive with wisdom. There are yet things to be learned from such practices as ritual discipline,nor should the didactic or instructive dimensions of art and science be ignored. I am reminded, somehow, of the Rabelaisian maxim “Guide de Dieu et compagnie d’homme” and also that I should return to my reading of George Steiner, whose analysis of the problems entailed by post-modernism I find particularly compelling, since it chimes with my own reflections, albeit more eloquently.
“Behold the sea itself!”
He may stretch the truth, but he gets things done.