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    Regarding time and space-time, another thing that...

    Regarding time and space-time, another thing that stuck in my mind was when a speaker on the thought for the day slot on the radio morning news mentioned how Albert Einstein comforted a colleague...
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    I think I've heard that physicists do not know...

    I think I've heard that physicists do not know what time is. I have also heard that we are travelling through time at the speed of light. Well, strictly, we are travelling through space-time at the...
  3. I read it many years ago. I found it difficult to...

    I read it many years ago. I found it difficult to follow because it was so political. The prince was a very shrewd operator. As I understand it, partly from watching the film as well, the prince...
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    I thought that C.F. Forester had made too much of...

    I thought that C.F. Forester had made too much of Hornblower's involvement. I did not know how much effect a flotilla of about seven ships, containing about 1200 men, could have. I was quite excited...
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    Hornblower and War and Peace

    I have been reading Commodore Hornblower, in which Captain Hornblower sails the Baltic and hinders Boney's invasion of Russia in 1812. Why didn't St Petersburg fall? Well, that was down to...
  6. Thread: Clerical pay

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    I don't think you were supposed to like him. The...

    I don't think you were supposed to like him. The Red and the Black seems to be one of those psychological studies. I don't know how well Julien Sorel is portrayed. I am a bit more intrigued about...
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    Mispost

    Mispost
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    Yes, I still have not found an explanation for...

    Yes, I still have not found an explanation for the title. Maybe I will in the second volume.
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    I am reading The Red and the Black by Stendhal...

    I am reading The Red and the Black by Stendhal now. This is a French book. Our young anti-hero, Julien Sorel, is studying to become a Roman Catholic priest at a seminary in Besacon, somewhere near...
  10. George Orwell criticised socialists (I suppose...

    George Orwell criticised socialists (I suppose Labour Party members) in the second half of The Road to Wigan Pier. He regarded many of them as weird-beards, vegetarians and sandal wearers. It was a...
  11. Thread: Rostow

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    Alright, I was wrong. He's not a complete berk by...

    Alright, I was wrong. He's not a complete berk by the end. Do you think Nikolai Rostov is the character most like Leo Tolstoy himself?
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    Another thing, Tolstoy say that force is mass...

    Another thing, Tolstoy say that force is mass times velocity, but I am pretty sure that is momentum. Force is mass times acceleration.
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    Another thing I wondered: Countess Rostov is...

    Another thing I wondered: Countess Rostov is portrayed as an old woman, but she says she was married at sixteen. She has a daughter in her mid twenties, but that still makes her in her forties.
  14. Thread: Clerical pay

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    Now I read about £300 was around the mark that was considered necessary for a beneficed clergyman. A beneficed clergyman was one given a living, or I suppose a parish to be in charge of. I read that...
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    It looks like even curates were generally paid...

    It looks like even curates were generally paid over £100 a year, which was more than most the working class. Most beneficed clergy, that is clergy given a living, i.e. a parish, earned somewhat more....
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    The more I read about the Church of England...

    The more I read about the Church of England clergy, the more I think it was a racket. There were problems with those theological colleges, but the main problem was that the clergymen they ordained...
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    Were they all Catholic families? Their experience...

    Were they all Catholic families? Their experience seems a bit different. The clergy was regarded as a profession for gentlemen in England, even though some of them were from fairly humble...
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    My book on Victorian Clergy is quite interesting....

    My book on Victorian Clergy is quite interesting. It's an edited version of a PhD thesis. Apart from Oxford and Cambridge, I think there were two other universities that offered degrees: Trinity...
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    I have started reading a book called The...

    I have started reading a book called The Victorian Clergy by Alan Haig. It's quite interesting. In the first half of the 19th century, university graduates mostly either entered the law or the...
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    He's a bit less of a berk than he was. He's still...

    He's a bit less of a berk than he was. He's still a bit of a berk if you ask me.
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    King Richard has a go at trying to imagine things...

    King Richard has a go at trying to imagine things are better than they are when he is in his cell. He discovers it doesn't work.

    I have been studying how I may compare
    This prison where I live...
  22. What do Russians think of the high society in Leo Tolstoy?

    I dare say the Russians consider Leo Tolstoy their greatest writer, or maybe Dostoevsky is. I am guessing Tolstoy wrote about aristocrats more than any other great Russian writers. In light of the...
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    Rostow

    Isn't he a complete berk? Maybe over the course of the book he will mature, but at present I do not hold out much hope for him.
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    The bear

    I was wondering about the incident with the bear, which got Dolokhov broken to the ranks. Aren't bears extremely dangerous? Don't they have big teeth and claws. Aren't they very, very strong? Perhaps...
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    In part 1 there was a chapter that was almost...

    In part 1 there was a chapter that was almost entirely in French. Two women were writing to each other. I am impressed by how fluent the Russian nobility were in French. I just think it is weird.
    In...
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