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    Til hamingju me afmli!
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    My opinion, for what it's worth, is that we hit...

    My opinion, for what it's worth, is that we hit peak-flowery-language in the 18th century, with the likes of Swift, Steele, Addison etc.
  3. A friend of mine gave up on Moby Dick the other...

    A friend of mine gave up on Moby Dick the other day, for the reasons specified above. I don't agree, though I must admit that the chapters on whaling technique were nowhere near as engaging as the...
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    Although it is sadly now no longer awarded, I...

    Although it is sadly now no longer awarded, I used to enjoy the Omnivore's Hatchet Job of the Year Award - awarded to the most scathing published book review of the year. The last winner was the late...
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    There's a lot to like in this one, Aunty. It's a...

    There's a lot to like in this one, Aunty. It's a real avalanche of powerful images and ideas, and you handle it with great deftness and skill. Well done!
  6. Thread: Late Love

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    'Skewbald' is a beautiful word, and used...

    'Skewbald' is a beautiful word, and used beautifully here too. I'm also very taken with 'cracked and dappled'.

    It's a delightful poem, Delta.
  7. Thread: Trump's days

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    I called a Labour majority in 2015, Andy Burnham...

    I called a Labour majority in 2015, Andy Burnham for Labour leader in 2015, 'no' to Brexit and 'yes' to Clinton, so my political antenna have been off recently.

    That said, I called Thursday's...
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    I agree with you to the extent that I think...

    I agree with you to the extent that I think Trump's message resonated in broad terms with middle America, though I'm not sure that's quite the same thing as wholesale support for some of his more......
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    I've been fairly sure we're not alone for a long...

    I've been fairly sure we're not alone for a long time. The maths alone is a convincing argument for life elsewhere in the Universe. I once went to a fascinting lecture on computational cosmology that...
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    Trump is a symptom, I think, rather than a cause...

    Trump is a symptom, I think, rather than a cause - as is Brexit and the Italian 'No' vote. They are borne out of the frustration of the silent majority of ordinary people who feel that politics is...
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    Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
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    She is one of my favourite living people. She can...

    She is one of my favourite living people. She can be a bit... grumpy... but I think she's earned the right. When I was in my early teens I fell in love with her Earthsea books, but discovering her...
  13. It is curious that all human cultures, however...

    It is curious that all human cultures, however separate in time and space, develop a consistent belief in the supernatural. It is also curious how many of these beliefs overlap - almost every...
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    Oh god, where to begin... I'm slowly coming to...

    Oh god, where to begin...

    I'm slowly coming to terms with the idea that a single human lifetime is not enough to read all the books I want to...

    P.S I was unimpressed with The Mill on the Floss...
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    I was flabbergasted by the decision - I thought...

    I was flabbergasted by the decision - I thought I'd misheard it at first. Bob Dylan? Really?

    When you consider that the hotly tipped nominees were Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Haruki Murakami and Philip...
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    Is Social Media Toxic?

    Ive been wondering for a little while now whether social media, particularly platforms like Facebook and Twitter, are actually really toxic to us as people.

    Although I dont use Twitter much, I...
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    "Early one June morning in 1872 I murdered my...

    "Early one June morning in 1872 I murdered my father - an act which made a deep impression on me at the time." - Ambrose Bierce, An Imperfect Conflagration

    This opening line demonstrates...
  18. Sadly for the party, I think that pretty much...

    Sadly for the party, I think that pretty much sums up the attitude of most traditional, working-class Labour voters. And Mr Corbyn is going to find it out at the next election.

    That being said,...
  19. Indeed he did. Hearty congratulations are in...

    Indeed he did.

    Hearty congratulations are in order... for Mrs May, who at this rate has a good chance of still being PM in 2030.

    The Labour Party has moved significantly leftwards (to a...
  20. Thread: alcohol

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    I like a drink, but I'm a complete lightweight -...

    I like a drink, but I'm a complete lightweight - not to mention that I really hate hangovers. So, I'll usually have one drink and one drink only.
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    I was talking more in jest than earnest! I know...

    I was talking more in jest than earnest! I know tofu is perfectly edible, and having lived with a vegan for a year I've understood that is can sustain life. I just can't stand the (lack of) taste,...
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    I too could mention anything-with-tofu, but then...

    I too could mention anything-with-tofu, but then I'm not actually sure it can be classified as a foodstuff. I think polystyrene is marginally more nutricious (and a damn sight better tasting).

    For...
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    It's tough to say, because that means making...

    It's tough to say, because that means making comparisons between poets massively separated in time and space, and consequently with very different styles and intentions. Not to mention the fact that...
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    Happy (belated) Birthday, OrphanPip!

    Happy (belated) Birthday, OrphanPip!
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    I'm not able to use LitNet with Firefox (my usual...

    I'm not able to use LitNet with Firefox (my usual browser) anymore - clicking any link on the main page leads to an error screen telling me the 'server has started a process that will never...
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