Monthly Archives: November 2022

A dim but logical student

A science teacher tells his class, “Oxygen is essential to life. It was discovered in 1773.” A puzzled student says, “How did they manage before 1773?”

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Bertrand Russell’s humorous anecdote on faith

“I admire especially a certain prophetess who lived beside a lake in northern New York State about the year 1820. She announced to her numerous followers that she possessed the power of walking on water, and that she proposed to … Continue reading

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The World Cup, 2022

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How to be generous at Christmas

“showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected”1 Generous gifts at Christmas are a balancing act between social duty, economics and expectations. In the definition (above) ‘more’ is important. A generous person … Continue reading

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Chris Rock on Fame

Yeah, I love being famous. It’s almost like being white, y’know?

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George Harrison as a parent

In 1978, George married Olivia Arias and in the same year they had a son, Dhani.  Dhani only discovered his father’s past when he was at school.  “I came home one day from school after being chased by kids singing … Continue reading

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Duck hunting

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Institutional sadism at Repton School 1930s

“Michael [Dahl’s friend] was ordered to take down his trousers and kneel on the headmaster’s sofa with the top half of his body hanging over one end of the sofa. The great man then gave him one terrific crack. After … Continue reading

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Landing on the moon

What are they going to find up there that they can’t get down here?

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Book Review: Lee Child ~ Bad Luck and Trouble (2007) (Reacher 11)

The problem for ‘book-a-year’ authors is keeping characters simultaneously the same and different. If the trick isn’t pulled off characters become stale and repetitive. Reacher is a very strong character and Lee Child can’t deviate from his Maverick strongman. A … Continue reading

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