Category Archives: Indignation

What makes a classic?

I once flew from Cyprus to Egypt and was stuck in Larnaca airport during a very long delay with a somewhat paranoid guy who does security for missionary organisations. One of the topics that briefly surfaced in our strange conversation … Continue reading

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How I came to terms with Charlemagne

Today is the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne — Charles the Great, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor. Like many people, I used to have a somewhat low opinion of Charlemagne. I considered him an upstart … Continue reading

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My Hobbit rant

I write this now in hopes that, having got it into the ether, I will be able to watch The Desolation of Smaug in December and enjoy myself… Before I really get going with my The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey … Continue reading

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘The Wolverine': Can’t we just have fun anymore?

I just watched the first episode of a horrifyingly ‘real’ and dark miniseries on the BBC called The Escape Artist. This, it seems, is the sort of thing people who like TV like. This and Breaking Bad. Or other shows … Continue reading

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Rome: Engineering an Empire

The documentary Rome: Engineering an Empire (apparently the first in a doc series called Engineering an Empire on the History Channel) is mostly good, and not only because Robocop does the commentary. The history of Rome from Julius Caesar to … Continue reading

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Sagas and the wider world of mediaeval literature

There’s an episode of Frasier wherein Frasier and Niles go out for dinner at a restaurant where everything is almost perfect — except for one, small detail (I forget which) that they can nitpick. Daphne says, ‘Ah, just the way … Continue reading

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No … tea … ?? – Life in Germany

This morning at breakfast, a remarkable thing happened that I could not imagine happening in a British dining hall — probably not even a Canadian one. They ran out of black tea. And this wasn’t the first time this week … Continue reading

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Clues my flatmates and I are of different worlds

While I wait for the police to respond to tonight’s noise complaint (it is almost 1:00 AM — this could easily go on all night; it has in the past, after all), let me share with you a few thoughts … Continue reading

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Not only may I be old, I may also be a music snob

Shortly after I posted yesterday’s piece about being a nearly-thirty-year-old living with undergrads, my fifth roommate appeared. Within fifteen minutes of arrival, he had hooked up his laptop to the speakers in the common area and cranked the music uber-loud. … Continue reading

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Rehabilitating Vikings

This coming Saturday, my wife and I will be joining friends to go to the ‘Vikings! The Untold Story’ exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland. In preparation, I have watched the documentary, ‘The Art of the Vikings‘ by Dr … Continue reading

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