Monthly Archives: December 2013

QUOTES: SOME MORE ON ALL SORTS

QUOTES: SOME MORE ON ALL SORTS To be added into the Quotes collections … On SAINTLINESS … Diarmaid MacCulloch, reviewing a book on saints, Teleg, 14.12.13, said: “My favourite definition of a saint is someone who has not been researched … Continue reading

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QUOTES – POLITICS & ECONOMICS

Beginning of a new file here … On ECONOMICS: Tim Adams, Observer, 8.9.13, reviewing a new book on economics, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, says the authors are starting from the “provable belief that scarcity captures the … Continue reading

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SOUNDS INTERESTING: SOME MORE

Note to attentive readers: I do seem to have mixed up the ads for Dior and Chanel, although I think both MM and Charlize appear in both? Anyway, to be sorted later … All a bit random, here, but for … Continue reading

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FILOFACTS of JOKES: MUSICIANS’ JOKES

See some banjo jokes at http://bluegrassbanjo.org/banjokes.html And some accordion jokes at http://www.accordions.com/humour_jokes.aspx and drummer jokes at http://www.drumjokes.com/ And then see http://tinyurl.com/mxn5jl6 where Gdn columnist Simon Hoggart reports that the viola player, or violist, is the Irishman of the orchestra, for … Continue reading

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READING FOR BOYS: ON WHALES, WHALING AND CANNIBALISM.

  On December 22, 2013, the BBC will run a documentary on some of the true whaling stories behind the book Moby Dick.  An expert on the subject, Philip Hoare, wrote an essay for Seven Magazine, in the Telegraph of … Continue reading

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COOKING BASICS: RICE

Alex Renton on rice, Guardian 20.6.13 … ‘Surrey-based Shahid Mehdi recently co-founded a company that aims to widen British rice horizons. A visit to Pakistan reminded him that long-grain basmati rice (as used in any curry house) was still being … Continue reading

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MUSIC –SOUNDS INTERESTING

These articles often start with a saved cutting, so I keep saving cuttings, but sometimes you’ve got to have a clear-out. Mark Beaumont, Gdn 29.10.13, made me interested in Mac de Marco. His review  includes several links to records – … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG – WHY IQ IS BOLLOCKS, TUNES TO CHECK AND NEGOTIATING BOTTLENECKS

Tim Stanley, Sun. Tel. 8.12.13, put up a good defence of Boris Johnson’s failure to answer IQ test questions after making that speech suggesting IQ was important.  It was a good stunt to throw them at him, I have to … Continue reading

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FILOFACTS – WORLD’S BEST WHISKY AND OTHER SHOPPING TIPS FOR MEN

My eye was drawn to a Sun. Tel. story, 8.12.13,  quoting a former colleague of mine, Jim Murray, author of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, saying that a fashion for maturing Scotch whisky in old sherry barrels has led to a … Continue reading

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RICH PEOPLE: BE GLAD YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT WITH THEM

Good rant from Jay Rayner, Observer Food Mag, 8.12.13, started with a quote from Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov, complaining about the customers he gets at his Mayfair joint. Rayner said: “If you haven’t heard of Novikov be grateful.  It’s a … Continue reading

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