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Here is a response to this blog from a librarian In self defence, I DID say that ' I realise that libraries do have to weed books. And the two festival books might be thought surplus to requirements, given the excellent British Library website that 'publishes' many of these festival books, including this particular pair'... but the same is not true for the valuable German book disposed of by Historic England!
but Truthlord, it was Bellini who stopped the infanticide, not the producer!
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2016 on Norma: look back in irony at A Don’s Life
no.. and i am not sure it ever did!
THIS IS PASSED ON FROM TRUTHLORD Many thanks to Carol Sims and ADennis for their kind thoughts .I am OK but in London and tangled up with lack of broadband access and laptop problems etc. Its terrifying how suddenly one can electronically vanish from the world these days But Im writing with some excitement because at last I can reveal to the word an absurd piece of (boring and useless?) information that I discovered years ago when I used to play the NYSE (its important for us socialists to know our enemy) At that time there was a sudden financial scandal about the worlds largest agricultural company,an enormous farming conglomerate owning enough land to make a strip twenty miles wide across America. The name of this farming conglomerate was ADL (stop snoring for heavens sake and listen) But what does ADL mean? It means ARCHER,DANIEL,MIDLAND. Now thats a surprise isnt it? It isnt ? But its surprising that Geoffrey Baselys creation carries the name of Americas biggest farming company Ive spent years hoping for the opportunity to tell the world that fact....But boring as you will say it is ,it is a strange coincidence...Dan Archer a Midland farmer.... Incidentally I actually remember listening to the first episode of the Archers and watching Coronation Street...and never listened or watched them ever again Its a curious thing about British soaps.They are all full of the most horrible unpleasant people imaginable. All the constrained hatred and bitterness of the British twelfth century feudal class system is revealed like a weekly puss filled pimple.. Other countries have blatently escapist dramas revolving around absurdly trivial things Neighbours in the seventies was a delight..One arrived home exhausted after teaching spoilt brats and one became enmeshed in the problems someone had with their malfuctioning Epresso machine..In Hungary they would have soaps from Venezuala surprisingly the Hollywood of South America.One centered on the family of a rich lawyer who was the spitting image of PM John Major.The house was full of pretty servant girls in mini skirts,one being the the lawyers illigitimate daughter.They both knew this ,the mother didnt.There was always the old servant possessed of the Devil etc..It all ran smoothly The ugliness and brutality of British soaps goes with the hideous ugliness of the actors and characters of people on British TV today and in real life.. Its all very very sad...
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2016 on The Archers: is it legal? at A Don’s Life
Please do! I'd be delighted.
best pun of the month!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2016 on Taking Suetonius seriously at A Don’s Life
Ah.. now I have checked, I had read that article in Artibus and Historiae. And, to be honest, it was one of the things that made me the attemt to match up Suetonian descriptions to what we see in images (try that with Augustus!) and a rather mechanistic approach to cameo sources. In fact the Tiberius here is not at all unlike the Tiberius seen on Roman coins (eg the so-called Tribute Penny)
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2016 on What's in a name? at A Don’s Life
You will find different perspectives in Peter Heather's books and Bryan Ward Perkins's. Enjoy!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2016 on What's in a name? at A Don’s Life
as you will have guessed, I havent yet gone back to the nitty gritty of this (still remember being struck by the bad arguments of much of the literature on Agrippina and Tiberius). Thanks for the reference.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2016 on What's in a name? at A Don’s Life
Of course I agree with both of you... but I challenge anyone who has taught Tacitus' Annals not to have used it (and I bet that was true for the teachers of the second century AD too!)
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2016 on What does the Latin actually say? at A Don’s Life
so far as i can see, this iso 9000 is not to do with the eu.. i fear it may be a myth that bureaucracy will disappear after brexit. maybe the reverse.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2016 on Feedback loop at A Don’s Life
mmmm... need to work on that! Pity the snow above Delphi isnt reliable!
thank you!
Hi Jackie, I dont mind people enjoying them...honest. It's just the wholesale takeover of the BBC that I find a bit depressing... BBC4 seems to be almost entirely sport. I miss it!
yes indeed there is... you will have to wait for my review!
It was the paper version!
Dear Sergio and Hilde, Glad we ALL have pleasant memories... review will be in the TLS over next couple of weeks I think.
Indeed I do!
i fear it s as I said the fruit of experience, and the desire not to feel obliged to send dozens of emails along the lines of "I didnt actually say that...!" Expertae crede on this one.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2016 on The slipperiness of democracy at A Don’s Life
I can tell you from experience that on a subject like this (especially in online media) if you dont say that loud to start with, some people will get cross, not finish the piece and then write to you more or less aggressively ('so you dont approve of democracy then..'). Then you reply to say, err read on, and can spend hours on it. Once bitten...
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on The slipperiness of democracy at A Don’s Life
and we dont yet fully know... when the 'leaders'commented, they were assuming it was what it appeared to be.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on The slipperiness of democracy at A Don’s Life
trouble is that legal deposit (in england, bl, bod and cambridge ul) only applies to books published in uk....
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2016 on What happens to dead library books at A Don’s Life
In case you are wondering... I published Fred's comment as a reminder of the kind of response we are usually free of here! (I dont think he had actually read what I wrote)
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2016 on How not to run a referendum at A Don’s Life
let me assure you that it was me and me alone who paid for the wine and curry! mary
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2016 on The long wait at A Don’s Life
and thank you too (flavour of today)
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on 'Thank you' goes a long way at A Don’s Life