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  1. Thread: Astronomy

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    Astronomers couldn't care less how important...

    Astronomers couldn't care less how important astronomical objects are to astrologists.

    So *within astronomy*, is Pluto still considered a planet? A quick Google search seems to indicate there are...
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    Really?! Ham and pineapple is as British as fish...

    Really?! Ham and pineapple is as British as fish and chips. Try it, a pineapple chunk on a cocktail stick, with an equal square of ham is the usual way of indulging.
  3. We love it! Especially the war scenes. Olivier's...

    We love it! Especially the war scenes. Olivier's 1944 film version was designed as a morale booster for Britain during WWII; it succeeded in this, as well as being a great work of art. I wonder what...
  4. Thread: Astronomy

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    New game: mention works of literature that...

    New game: mention works of literature that include astronomical phenomena and other astronomical matters. I'll start

    Northern Lights in Knausgaards's "Dancing in the Dark". (He's also relates how...
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    I just finished this a few days ago and didn't...

    I just finished this a few days ago and didn't like it. It was a totally humourless slog, with a "hardly anything happens" plot. I was very disappointed because An Artist of the Floating World is one...
  6. That's more a test of accent than intelligence....

    That's more a test of accent than intelligence. Does ate rhyme with eight? Maybe in Spanglish...
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    Objective correlative? T.S. Eliot: “ The only...

    Objective correlative?

    T.S. Eliot:
    “ The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an "objective correlative"; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of...
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    Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist , or any of his...

    Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist , or any of his other novels in Oxford World's Classics!
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    Easier to say which might be the first to be...

    Easier to say which might be the first to be dropped from the canon :)

    I think A Tale of Two Cities may go, I think someone might write a better novel about the French revolution and render it...
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    Absent-minded - those who run away when the going...

    Absent-minded - those who run away when the going gets tough.

    eclipse
  11. Thread: Astronomy

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    As I'm writing this I'm watching the solar...

    As I'm writing this I'm watching the solar eclipse in the uk - not total, only 80% where I am. It's 9.45 am GMT here and 80% happened around 9.30, I could see a crescent sun that indeed looked about...
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    Should we keep it in the ground?

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2015/mar/16/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-climate-change-campaign
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    Specious - of, or pertaining to, a category of...

    Specious - of, or pertaining to, a category of animals or plants.

    desideratum
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    A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

    A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
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    Ecliptic - The path of the sun as he traverses...

    Ecliptic - The path of the sun as he traverses the celestial sphere. There are other more modern definitions, but these are superfluous.

    conductivity
  16. Sticky: Italics - those I have tried very hard to read...

    Italics - those I have tried very hard to read and like but had to admit defeat, and gave up before finishing.

    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante...
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    Priest: a person who pretends his imaginary...

    Priest: a person who pretends his imaginary friend has a large baseball bat so others will give him money and power.

    Gangster
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    Good advice. I bought it at a remaindered book...

    Good advice. I bought it at a remaindered book store, read the first ten pages, then gave up. I found it dull, complicated, and not entertaining.
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    RIP Terry. His comic novels are great light...

    RIP Terry. His comic novels are great light relief after trying to tackle some of that serious literary stuff.
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    I agree with Jonathan B - that's the edition I...

    I agree with Jonathan B - that's the edition I own. I would get the hardcover version (the version Jonathan links to...) It's nicely produced and should last a lifetime.
  21. Thread: Dickens

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    Probably my favourite book as well. There are lot...

    Probably my favourite book as well. There are lot of characters, but Dickens makes them so vivid that they stick in the memory, and one wouldn't be without any of them.
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    Hamlet, the scene where Polonius is sending...

    Hamlet, the scene where Polonius is sending someone to spy on his son to make sure he keeps to the straight and narrow in Paris, and Ophelia expresses anxiety that Hamlet has gone barmy because she...
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    Schedule - a fictional construct, never to...

    Schedule - a fictional construct, never to become factual, taken to be possible.

    tractability
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    Timetable - a fictional work based on arrival and...

    Timetable - a fictional work based on arrival and departure times chosen with a pin.

    ubiquitous
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    Ice Age - what follows Old Age in the cryogenic...

    Ice Age - what follows Old Age in the cryogenic facility

    transcendental
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