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12 October: The Battle of the Cowshed

12th Oct 2010

12 October: The Battle of the Cowshed

As anyone who has been through the British education system might know, 12 October is the anniversary of Animal Farm's Battle of the Cowshed. Here’s a snippet of Orwell’s coverage in commemoration. As the human beings approached the farm buildings, Snowball launched his first attack. All the pigeons, to the number of thirty-five,...

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Something for National Poetry Day

7th Oct 2010

Something for National Poetry Day

One of the most entertaining books that I’ve read recently is Richard Holmes’ Age of Wonder. It’s a relay race of scientific achievement contained in the period between Cook’s first trip to Tahiti and Darwin’s famous voyage to the Galapagos, a little more than 60 years later. This was the enlightenment, an age of progress...

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Ancient Japanese Society (a hierarchical lesson)

4th Oct 2010

Ancient Japanese Society (a hierarchical lesson)

I met my dad a few weeks ago for a dangerously strong coffee in a busy Italian cafe/restaurant just off Great Portland Street. Outside it was grey and drizzling. I had just dashed out of the office and he was on his way to Euston Station having spent the previous hour or so in the British Museum. I’ve not yet been to the British...

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Reading Stephen Fry on the Telephone

3rd Oct 2010

Reading Stephen Fry on the Telephone

Just a few years ago I would have dismissed anyone suggesting that I might one day read a book on a telephone as drunk, mad or foolish. Anyway, last Thursday I completed this slightly odd milestone when I finished off the latest part of Stephen Fry’s autobiography. I’d not turned a single page; it was all done through his MyFry...

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Hello Samsung Q330, ByeBye MacBook

1st Oct 2010

Hello Samsung Q330, ByeBye MacBook

Oddly enough, I haven’t owned a computer for the last two years. Ever since the very grim and very heavy Dell desktop that I bought from a second hand shop in Madrid started making a dim mangling noise, in 2008, I’ve relied on a combination of my work laptop and my iPhone. But along with my entry card, my discounted gym...

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