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just about to test drive some of it in two big lectures.. in oxford and yale! will tell you after!
Toggle Commented yesterday on On cloud nine in Asturias at A Don’s Life
require, maybe not. but they like hard science.. and I have been at admissions forums where potential applicants for medicine steered away from human biology toward physics and chemistry
There is thriving Classical Civ syllabus with OCR, dont forget.
Thanks Jamie. I am as big a supporter of Art History as the next person (I am married to one, and count mysef as half one). But I think we need to get the targets right. I hold no brief for AQA (and much of whatthey say may be weasel words) but we will go through this cycle forever, unless we do something to break the link between exam and teaching... indeed loosen up a bit. I did also bridle when i saw the other casualties that noone mentioned!
should be march 1939 (identified as spectator by the hand in the cuttings book.. who i guess could be wrong, but not likely)
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Antigone in 1939 at A Don’s Life
Thanks for pointing out the t/burning Freudian error, now corrected (apart from that, I feel the typos were fairly minorm given the conditions in which the blog was written). ADennis.. all three of your attempts came through, so dont pay too much attention to 'rejected by modertaor'. It's a computer glitch I think. M Bulley, I guess the Spectator for 1939 may be on line somewhere, but I read it in a cuttings book.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Antigone in 1939 at A Don’s Life
Sometimes (as Malcolm McLean suggests below) this is a result of the commitment to impartiality. They would get into trouble if they assembled three historians who were all (say) pro-Brexit or anti-Serb. So they are sometimes looking for someone who will take a particular line. That commitment to impartiality can, in my view, sometimes be taken too far...but there it is.
that is true olivia.. but it is a question I am often asked in 'the academy'. you are right to say that the basic principles extrapolate...
i think that you might not find ready response. but who knows? now .. if i really wanted to do that, i would go to a commissioner at bbc 4 and say hi, why dont we commission a music les documentary.
Dear ADennis. There is no human moderator but me (I dont know about the electronic bowels of the system0. Sorry for delays, I have been away with poor internetconnection and couldnt do much. On the freebie, I think (hope) there is some misunderstanding. There was a special free TLS (with some past highlights, and a few new pieces and a bit of this weeks issue) distributed at the Cheltenham Lit Festival and I thought that many blog readers/subscribers would not have seen it (indeed I thought this a democratic gesture not the reverse). Anyway I see that the piece in question is on the web
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2016 on What is a demagogue? at A Don’s Life
OK.. the quick answer to that is yes. Some smallish panes or fragments do survive, but no sign of anything large. You might almost want to put the translucent marble known as 'phengites' into this category (Plint NH 36, 46). But did you mean a whole post.. I think perhaps yes. And, if I know the answer, that's a good idea for a sporadic series. So ask away, friends
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2016 on What is a demagogue? at A Don’s Life
Can I just say that this ran pretty close to the line your Lordship. But I thought it was useful to hear how the still considerable number of people who will vote for Trump might argue.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2016 on What is a demagogue? at A Don’s Life
Thanks so much. I THOUGHT it was in the Ancient Economy, but searched for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, with so success. Shd have searched for Gotland! Thanks for finding it, m
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2016 on Did the Romans get to Japan? at A Don’s Life
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!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2016 on What happens to dead library books at A Don’s Life
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!