Entries from March 2012

Mark Steyn’s Speaking Tour

I’ve had this open for a few weeks and it’s worth finally linking to: The Spectator (Australia) – Silence this infidel Mark Steyn’s recent appearances in Australia remind us why he’s a world leader in defending free speech, by Rowan Dean

Categories: People and Current Events

Ghost Ship

Creepy: BBC – Japan tsunami ‘ghost ship’ drifting to Canada A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada. An aircraft patrolling the seas off British Columbia saw the 15m (50ft) vessel seen floating 275km (170 miles) from the Haida Gwaii islands on […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Roughly the Size of the San Francisco Bay

Heap big boat, chiefie: Mercury News (click for slideshow!) – MSC Fabiola container ship arrives at the Port of Oakland Apparently it’s the largest vessel ever to dock on these shores. That is, it’s the largest containership ever to call any seaport in North America.” So how d’you like that. (That second link via DredgingToday.com, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh Julian, Make Everything Good Again

News to warm RC2′s heart: Daily Mail – Hollywood’s Titanic got it all wrong, says Julian Fellowes as he attacks film’s factual inaccuracies Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has attacked James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic for its factual inaccuracies. He says that his own four-part TV mini series about the 1912 disaster will ‘set the […]

Categories: History

Other Books What I Been Reading

I read more than just The Hunger Games, people. Honest I do. Please don’t judge me. I’ve also read these worthwhile and erudite works: Pigeon English: This was very good. About a young boy from Ghana who moves into a council flat in London with his family, leaving his father behind to finish some things […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Eurovision and the Humperdinck: This Blows My Mind

India Knight today tweeted: *tiny voice* I rather like Englebert Humperdinck’s Eurovision song. I do too: Azerbaijan is still not in Europe though.

Categories: Entertainment

The Hunger Games: Mea Culpa

So, where was I all last week? Reading The Hunger Games. I’m sorry! A coworker lent it to me! And it’s one of those stupid books (then series of three books) where if you don’t just finish the damned thing you’ll be up all night every time you pick it up so you might as […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Coastal Towns: Italy Vs the US

I just came across this on one of my fashion blogs: It’s a photo of Cinque Terre, in Italy. I’ve never heard of it. For comparison, here’s some beachfront property in Aptos, California (which I have heard of but only because I live here, so you probably haven’t): *cries*

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

I Would Read These Books

Lists of Note – The Fake Books of Charles Dickens When Charles Dickens moved into Tavistock House in 1851, he decided to fill two spaces in his new study with bookcases containing fake books, the witty titles of which he had invented. And so, on October 22nd, he wrote to a bookbinder named Thomas Robert […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIV

This is amazing. I love the bit about the cat. Language alert. Extracts from Emma Thompson’s diaries while shooting Sense and Sensibility, from ‘The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries’

Categories: Entertainment

Andrew Breitbart Died Today

He was 43 years old and I’d probably only known he existed for 5 or 6 of them. He wasn’t the sort of person I fanatically kept up on, just cuz I didn’t think I’d need to horde his works since he was young and I wasn’t aware there was such a need for urgency. […]

Categories: People and Current Events