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Oh dear oh dear - Special master wants Trump to provide evidence...

And there I was thinking they were good buddies, like he is with Kim Jong Un. What's more his hand-picked Special Master says he'll finish by Oct 6 -...
168121Sep 26Sep 2834 mins ago

Chocolate makes some cough it seems

In 1968, living then in Christchurch, and two years into a 50 year programming career, I went alone to a performance of Claudio Arrau, then a w...
216260Sep 14Sep 2622 hrs ago

With God on our side

... the American assumption, presumption. God on your side? In the nineteen-sixties c...
15690Sep 23Sep 2524 hrs ago

Well Bob Dylan, 2016 - why not?

Didn't he do something, something big For poetry you and I hear and think and speak? So this award wasn't a straight up and down award, was it? So...
5720Sep 23Sep 237 hrs ago

I chanced on a Canadian movie 'Beans' about a 1990 conflict - Mohawks & Government

... of which I had never heard. Perhaps that's true of most of us. An armed protest with barricaded roads and bridges, two deaths, many injuries and...
4810Sep 21Sep 234 hrs ago

How fashions and people change - for your entertainment/amusement

Myself,...
16080Sep 21Sep 224 hrs ago

Timeout for a Martin Gardner puzzle

With my 10 year-old VN student today we took a break from Physics and Chemistry (vector diagrams with billiard balls was a bit too heavy and the webwh...
5300Sep 17Sep 17Sep 28

skulduggery or suspicion in the chess world!?

Multi-time world champion Carlsen withdraws without explanation from the fourth round of the Sinquefield cup having been soundly beaten by a lower ran...
8500Sep 10Sep 1030 mins ago

It must be 'like-me' day

Because today I've have 10 like-me's (a record for me, I think) none of which I could respond to if I wanted to, because all are 30-36 seeking...
10540Sep 7Sep 84 hrs ago

Polarisation and retreat of democracy in the USA

This in a nation claiming to be the flagstaff of Democracy. You don't want to know. The rest of the world knows.
227220Sep 7Sep 84 hrs ago

A shrill strident voice here seems to have fallen silent

or have been silenced. Wasn't me this time! And the offensive blog thread also seems to have disappeared. I may be mistaken of course (I have a vag...
26783Sep 5Sep 74 hrs ago

Making contact with my young Ukrainian student again

We haven't had sessions since February and they have fled twice at least - but as soon as I said to him in Skype 'Usyk beat Joshua for the second t...
6700Sep 4Sep 44 hrs ago

In a pig's ear

Why did that phrase pop into mind just now? Pigs might fly? As it happens I am this very moment eating sliced pig's ear (which I do quite reg...
111140Sep 3Sep 34 hrs ago

Songs I never tire of (continued)

Brecht/Weill was a marvellous collaboration. Here is Lotte Lenya singing the wonderful Surabaya Johnny auf Deutsch - what fabulous diction! [youtube...
7910Aug 29Aug 304 hrs ago

Today I had a 7-year old student for coding lessons

Really smart - and her English really at 7yo+ level - her mum attended as I had requested. We worked through Hangman and Bulls and Cows and some othe...
8410Aug 29Aug 294 hrs ago

A maths nerd as you know

Following a Mathologer youtube I looked up a movie he had recommended - Fermat's room - Spanish and no subtitles.
11830Aug 15Aug 29Sep 25

According to articles published by 'trusted' sources, officials in Xiamen are testing fish for Covid

BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, SCMP amongst others have repeated these reports. Fish? A bit thick don't you think! Is someone pulling a leg and have the me...
5700Aug 24Aug 24Sep 23

She's crewed up with some pretty good musos

Well no, fabulous actually....
17271Aug 22Aug 2313 hrs ago

Three 'Hello Handsome's today - whoopee-doo my lucky day

and every one of them younger that my daughter! Of course I'll be "In like Flynn" Naturally, I had always associated that expression with our...
15461Aug 21Aug 22Sep 26

Looking for a challenge for a fairly advanced Japanese student tonight...

I listened to a Boyer lecture on Shakespeare by a senior actor with a wonderful voice and turn of word. Here is a quote: This is all Shakespea...
16200Aug 20Aug 21Sep 28

I stumbled across Akira Kurosawa's 'Dreams' yesterday

a collection of 8 idiosyncratic stories. And there was Martin Scorsese playing Vincent van Gogh! Another of his dreams was of a peach orchard that h...
9550Aug 19Aug 20Sep 27

The earnest atheist and the fervent christian met

on an occasion to debate their belief. And what did they say or achieve? (after all some can and some cannot believe) I don't know I walked ou...
426180Mar 2021Aug 1820 hrs ago

Nearly 40 years under a fatwa

Cowardice in the name of a god - almost 40 years. I've read several of Rushdie's novel's but not 'The Satanic Verses' rivetting writing with shocking...
15550Aug 14Aug 163 hrs ago

Donald Trump is not the problem, but the consequence

Robert Reich Jan 2020: America's Great Divide: Robert Reich Interview Donald Trump is what you get when you don't do anything about stagnant...
370321Aug 4Aug 123 hrs ago

The myth of MSG!

Have you heard people insisting that MSG is allergenic? Demanding there be no MSG in their food, particularly in Chinese restaurants? Seen restauran...
30980Oct 2021Aug 123 hrs ago

So what will the doomsayers

and idiot-biden-speakers say of the latest economic and job report in USA? Will they be thinking oh no, woe woe woe, we so liked it when recessi...
262250Aug 6Aug 11Sep 28

So what do Americans think about Kinzinger...

Who sensibly and realistically declared non candidacy? Or Cheney who well may too, or defiantly may compete instead? Both of them seem to me to repr...
253200Aug 4Aug 73 hrs ago

Farewell to Judith Durham of the Seekers

Passed away at 79. Aussie's famous singer from the early 60's with hits like Georgy Girl, I’ll Never Find Another You, A World Of Our Own, I Am Austr...
10381Aug 6Aug 69 hrs ago

So Boris has gone - a little fun at his expense

Strange man strange choice - not quite as strange as the other weird-haired world leader and inveterate liar who seems to imagine resurrection will be...
221141Jul 20Aug 5Sep 28

took the children away

Part of Australia's history - Canada and America too in one way or another. The children came back - Archie Roach
9920Aug 1Aug 36 hrs ago

Reverse engineering the google or youtube algorithm

The youtubes littering the right hand sidebar of my web page left me scratching my head. How on earth did the algorithm turn these up? Usually it sh...
14780Jul 27Jul 28Sep 28

A blast from the past - Clive James hosting R Reagan discussion 1988 Shades of 45?

Clive James (recently deceased) is one of my favourite Australians Here he hosts thre...
8500Jul 28Jul 282 hrs ago

Live and learn - a Greek myth I had never heard

Greek Mythology 3500 BC to AD 2014 Athena about to make Tydeus immortal because of hi...
7900Jul 24Jul 244 hrs ago

Watching a 'Planet America' special abc.net.au

The program is co-hosted by John Barron and Chas Licciardello. It presents America with an Australian slant, open-eyed and entertaining.
7500Jul 23Jul 234 hrs ago

So I have a language exchange contact in skype

from the web-site where I teach claiming to be a deposed/ousted prime-minister from a country I won't name, but subject to frequent revolutions. s...
8500Jul 20Jul 20Sep 28

Gone with the wind - re-examined

I slept late this morning but woke to hear Geraldine Doogue interview Sarah Churchwell - fascinating stuff! Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the...
11220Jul 17Jul 19Sep 28

Do you remember the mask haters? Have you ever seen one say 'perhaps I was wrong'?

I used to question the worth of wearing the anti-pollution masks in Beijing, and they were a common phenomenon in China 10 years or more ago. Things...
399332Jul 16Jul 1810 hrs ago

Day 4 of the Jan 6th hearings

In which we see a demented delusional Potus-45 presenting cajoling threatening suborning officials with an absurd unbelievable story - yet perhaps 70m...
698492Jun 21Jul 132 hrs ago

An American hero of the 20th century

Discussing similes today we traced 'pie in the sky' to lyrics of a song by Joe Hill....
8301Jun 30Jun 30Sep 28

The ABS 2020 statistics have been released

The shrinking proportion of religious Australians Some of these numbers come from ABS some from Roy Morgan. In 2003, almost three-quarters of the...
9400Jun 28Jun 2810 hrs ago

The Legacy of Trump - A SCOTUS loaded with malevolent conservatives

that is indeed his most potent and divisive legacy. America can look forward to many years of division. Land of the free? Or of the free white mal...
559482Jun 24Jun 288 hrs ago

the wonderful brightness brilliance of the guitar

Is it because it is Bach (well yes surely in part) but such guitars did not exist then - Torres in the 19th century. What would Bach have thought of...
172110Jun 6Jun 26Sep 28

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