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A moment of indexision

On Bram Stoker, #indexday, and the weird and wonderful history of the hapax legomenon. – For The Spectator

Tripping hither, tripping thither

When I went to the bar as a very young man, it was often enough in the company of the Oxford University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. My relationship with G&S had started early, specifically the argument in Three Men in a Boat over which song Harris is trying to sing (I remain confused to this [...]

I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Pineapples are so plentiful in Natal at certain seasons that they are not worth carting to market, and so are often given to pigs. — The Nelson Evening Mail, September 27 1906 . The French king Louis XIII was known as ‘the Just’ because he was born under the sign of the Libra. Maxwell [...]

Thoughts on air travel

I If your children do not go to church or read tales of Greek heroes you will need to take them on a plane to learn the meaning of ‘descent’. II The aeroplane toilet is the nearest thing we have now to a mythical beast.