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Sorry. I have been operating with my iPhone and one sometimes misses things.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on What does David Cameron tweet? at A Don’s Life
I fear i don't agree (but then I wouldn't, would I!). For a start, Cambridge isnt the leafy place it's cracked up to be. Second, I am not a toff and I believe that I do have some grip (privileged as my life now might seem) on how an "average" person manages. I think the point of my post was to recognise public concern, but to suggest that the solution might be more complicated.. that there might be deeper reasons involved . . . and that the simple answer could actually make things worse not better,
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2014 on A Latin learning parable at A Don’s Life
to be honest, READING and engaging with Latin literature is more than google translate can offer. i've seem what it makes of virgil!
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2014 on A Latin learning parable at A Don’s Life
dear all.. this is now way off topic... some commenter are behaving impeccably, others... well you know who you are. I think that I am publishing no more on this topic. lets move on (and aim for concision???)
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2014 on A day at Cheltenham at A Don’s Life
On shoes! someone will have to tell me how to load a pic into a comment! Else I will append to a futire post. Thanks Jamie, by the way, about intellectual disagreement. Think you have it spot on.. we're not imagining that everyone should agree with each other, but that we ought to DEBATE intellectual disagreement, not just abuse or shit up.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on A day at Cheltenham at A Don’s Life
whoops i seem to have gone back on my scottish referendum decision.. will post what is in the pipeline then .... ok?
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2014 on A day at Cheltenham at A Don’s Life
thanks.. john clarke, looking at laughter!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2014 on A day at Cheltenham at A Don’s Life
I thought someone would challenge that sooner! (and suggest free bus passes for young men)
In CofE weddings certainly. But my recollection is that there is something analogous in Reg Office... crucial legal point is that you have to state that you are not in a position when you cannot get married.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2014 on Marriage à la mode at A Don’s Life
Not those exact words. But I recall ( it was nearly 30 years ago and I confess I haven't rechecked) that there had to be some public statement that you were free to be married as well as willing. Some lawyer will put us right i am sure
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2014 on Marriage à la mode at A Don’s Life
I will have to get the exact text. But these things are mostly half translatable fragments which involve "sucking" (fello) and buggery (pedico) -- with proper names attached.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on My "birthday" at A Don’s Life
We will meet in the signing tent, after the signing.. then we can go together to the writers' room. OK?
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on My "birthday" at A Don’s Life
on the cheltenham arrangements. Suggestion is that we meet after the book signing, after the 5.15 talk. If there's not too many of us we can go to the writers' room.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on My "birthday" at A Don’s Life
no.. it's correct!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on My "birthday" at A Don’s Life
not homogenized presentation at all, but free flowing discussion and disagreement, partly based on a reflection of written work, partly trying to push the discussion on... REAL discussion I mean, not 15 minutes of responses to a delivered paper.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2014 on Laugh-in at A Don’s Life
The other model I should have referred to in terms of conferences is the Aldobrandini Tazze model (on which I blogged a couple of months ago).. where you are getting down to talk about objects you have in from of you. (have known great occasions also when a group of classicists get together to read a text...)
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on Laugh-in at A Don’s Life
Almost all conferences even if they charge (which most do) have to raise money to cover some costs. Including to make it possible for graduate students and early career scholars to come. Most academics can only get costs covered by their own uni if they are giving a paper (see vicious circle here).
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on Laugh-in at A Don’s Life
Dear all.. sometime around the 5.15 event would probably be best. I will ask the organisers (in case they have other things planned...but very much doubt it). I will have a book signing directly after the event. I will report back.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
One or two paintings are referenced but not illustrated. I think copyright issues.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2014 on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
what a lovely idea! i should look at when I have the best gap in the prog
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
Here is (sorry) wiki on Moocs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
I think that is rather unfair actually. I am certainly not asking for special treatment. However, there is a purpose in exposing likely idiocies. The point about the carhire is, as I said (and thought I had lightly implied in the original, but far too lightly I can see) that there was no explanation that was plausibly given. It is possible that there is an insurance rule (but that was not said). We were told "the rules" and security". What this means is that the people working in the store have been given no responsibility or discretion (that's easiest for the firm...but it is treating people as automatons..). (Interesting contrast with John Lewis, where people in the firm saw that this couldnt be right.. and started investigating and fixing not just for me but for everyone. I was pleased that I had brought my little problem into the open)
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
I am afraid that you missed the implications (about employment etc) that I discussed in my last comment. There is subversion (and more importance than may be obvious at first sight) in tales of the everyday. And sure.. no one suggest a car hire deal has the same importance as world poverty but does that mean that stupid practices in the UK (still) just get off without comment.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2014 on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
That is absolutely true, but i worry about the dismissal of 'first world problems'. The fact that one might want to get minor sillinesses here put right (or even just exposed) doesnt mean that one ranks them above the big issues of world poverty etc. You might say similar for ancient history. Why waste time writing about the controversies of 63 BCE when so many in the world are starving? Well I think we know the answer to that. In this case the issue I think (as some have seen) does not come down to my inconvenience, but to the nature of employment, to the company's lack of trust in the judgment of employees, and to the fact that it is easier to hand out a rule book and say do not deviate an inch.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2014 on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
I am sure you are right... but a little complaint might help 'get it off the chest'. The HSBC assured him that so far as they knew there was NO reason at all for the card to be eaten.. there were sufficient funds etc etc
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2014 on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life