I’m Reading Biggles

To be strictly accurate, I’m reading the foreword by the author to the first book. He’s telling truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales about the RFC. My eyes are wide like saucers at his attitude. Anyone ever read this series? Red? Brett? Half (although it’s rather less nautical than your usual fare)?

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXI

A Tumblr photo archive: Better Book Titles Half Empty sent me this and I’ve been howling with laughter. Beware of language.

Categories: Art and Literature

“Symbolic Annihilation of Women” and the Chauvinistic Male Heroism of Piglet

Line of the day: Young children of either sex aren’t aware of the crushing fist of the patriarchy as exemplified by Wibbly Pig, unless they have exceptionally tiresome parents. From The Times (£): Sweetie, we don’t care if Winnie is a sexist Pooh, by India Knight

Categories: Art and Literature

Peter Recommends CXXXIII

A tale of money, intrigue, and flies: Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies

Categories: Business & Media

I’ve Read 39

I think it’s silly that the Harry Potter series is counted as 1, so I’ve counted The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as 1 even though I can’t guarantee I’ve read all of it: Topic: BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

Categories: Art and Literature

Women in Literature

The Times – I need a fictional hero — and not a male one, by Janice Turner An interesting point. Women get emancipated and now they just fail to impress in men’s roles. (Unless you take Sex and the City, which is about the only recent movie that passes the Bechdel Test from the previous […]

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They’re Making a “YouTube Bible”

But not in the way you might think! The Prince of Wales records a passage for the YouTube Bible, a project launched by the King James Bible Trust.

Categories: People and Current Events

New Genre: Bureaucracy Thrillers!

A bear has just excused himself into the woods: Guardian – Wang Xiaofang exposes world of Chinese bureaucracy Bestselling author exposes shady world while readers buy his books to get insight into how to become government officials Far from glorifying the Communist party apparatus, these books offer readers a glimpse into a shady world where […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Lost 17 of Los 33

It’s funny to wrap up the end of the Egyptian Saga, which I haven’t mentioned at all here, with this story about the Chilean Miners, the Story That Gripped The World of 6 months ago or so. The Sunday Times (£) – The lost 17 days For nine weeks the fate of 33 men trapped […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Lumberjack Checked Shirts

I’ve just finished a Simon Brett mystery, one of the Charles Paris series, Situation Tragedy. There’s lots in his books to want to transcribe (for instance the Anglican vicar in on of his Fethering novels, oh man was he funny), but in this book, about some Suspicious Deaths that happen during the filming of a […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Peter Recommends CXXX

“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLV

Wheat & Weeds – I Burn My Books One Word At A Time Hehehehe classic.

Categories: Art and Literature

2010 In Review:

Off the top of my head, these are my tops. Apologies if I’ve completely forgotten anything that happened towards the beginning of the year; I haven’t spent much time exhaustively researching this. But I figure if it stuck with me for a moment’s reflection in the middle of a New Year’s Eve, it must rank, […]

Categories: Entertainment

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLIV

Brief note: I love the Sunday Times iPad app. Honestly, everybody should subscribe to the paywall (it’s not that hard paying, oh children of the interweb), buy an iPad (I mean you should all have one of these anyway; just ask Half) download each edition of the Sunday Times free with your paywall subscription and […]

Categories: Food

Jesus and Buddha Walk Into a Pachinko Parlor…

I kinda wanna read this: Guardian Blogs – What would Jesus and Buddha do … on holiday? A new manga novel lightheartedly depicting the two as everyday young men may inadvertently raise interest in religion in Japan What would Jesus and Buddha do if they were suddenly thrust into contemporary society, and how would they […]

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