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NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Last year 15,391 persons kept bees in this colony. The number of hives was 74,341. — The Nelson Evening Mail, April 10 1907 . It’s not every day a virgin conceives and bears a son. Indifference to facts is not confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. The word ‘minge’ is of Romany extraction. [...]

Around the world in 60 minutes

On microlecturing, the RGS, and a whistlestop tour around the Jaffna peninsula. – For The Oldie

Cannon law

Review of Kim A Wagner’s The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857. – For The Spectator

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. From the deepest pit we may see the stars. — The Nelson Evening Mail, August 28 1906 . Armadillos are incapable of irony. Greek prostitutes bill their clients in six-minute units. One of the stars of early-Nineties cult TV show Twin Peaks was called Suburbis Polaski. It is rarely useful to have studied Latin. A ‘wineglassful’ is an [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. A lady of limited means residing in the country says that her garden clothes herself and her daughter. — The Nelson Evening Mail, August 31 1906 . There is a typo in Punjabi birth certificates. Since January 2013, a Russian cruise ship has been drifting unmanned in the North Atlantic. Toxic trolls are pushing Vicky [...]

Eight debut novels

Currently sitting at 12 to 1 for this year’s Booker Prize, first-time novelist Paul Kingsnorth has set the cat among the pigeons through the disarmingly original expedient of submitting his offering in a fictional language. Composed in what Kingsnorth calls the ‘shadow tongue’ of ‘eald anglisc’, The Wake (Unbound 365pp £16.99) explores one angle of [...]

On the ecstasy of finally getting Sky HD (with the FF, PAUSE, and RW options)

FRASIER: ‘… and I’ve never felt more alive!’ [30x FF] sponsor’sdeodorantad(tagline=grammaticalerror)Channel4fillerhypsersentimentalfilmofIndianmagic realistnovel(youcantellfromtheColdplay)highstreetdrugstoreposhboyadolescentcomedian/AmazonLacoste mansprayoverpricedforeignchocolatewithpurposefully’cosmopolitan’misspellingmakeupArgos1/2Snickers (JoanCollinsnotMrT)supermarketArgos2/2peopleLovin’somethingVinceVaughanChristmasvehicle/C4plug deodorantagain [PLAY] FRASIER: ‘You can’t imagine the thrill I felt…’

Sarnath Banerjee has his own aesthetics

only they’re a bit… wonky. Interview and slide-show with Delhi’s finest graphic novelist. – For theartsdesk

The Canterbury Tale-teller

Interview (and beers) with Rana Dasgupta, enfant génial of Indian letters.