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NEWS AT A GLANCE

. The typewriter is more largely used in Mexico than in France. — The Nelson Evening Mail, August 2 1906 . In 1943 a British pilot made an emergency landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa, only to have it surrender to him. Kelo trees live for up to 3,500 years, and remain standing for another 700. [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. By a recent edict, the cultivation of opium in China must cease entirely by the year 1917 The crop is reduced by one-tenth each year, and all those using opium in 1917 will be banished. — The Nelson Evening Mail, June 14 1907 . The Sports Direct on Baker Street has actually closed down. A [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Though Russia is fast developing her oil lands, the United States produces more petroleum than all the rest of the world. — The Nelson Evening Mail, June 22 1912 . In English maritime law a ship is not ‘wrecked’ if the cat survives. Ezra Pound heard many performances of the Bellringers’ Guild. Kale is a [...]

Mortality 101 – or; Catullus at the graveside

‘I want to explain about the Catullus poem … Catullus wrote poem 101 for his brother who died in the Troad.’ — Anne Carson . I have come, my brother, over lands and oceans, to this field of bones to observe the rituals of the final hour, and mumble pointless words above your ashes. Misfortune took [...]

WHAT’S YOUR FULL NAME, RANK, AND SERIAL NUMBER (SPECIAL OPS EDITION)?

Your Full Name, Rank, and Serial Number (Special Ops Edition) is: ‘Bob’ .

WHAT’S YOUR CARTHAGINIAN-GENERAL-WHO-IS-UNFAIRLY-DEEMED-LESS-NOTEWORTHY-THAN-HIS-CARTHAGINIAN-GENERAL-BROTHER NAME?

Your Carthaginian-General-who-is-Unfairly-Deemed-Less-Noteworthy-than-his-Carthaginian-General-Brother Name is: Hasdrubal .

Heroes in error

Review of War Porn. – For The Spectator

Missing in action

Review of A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka. – For The Spectator

Our foreign colleagues

Review of Tell Spring Not to Come This Year. – For The Spectator

‘Beyond describing’

A documentary about a documentary about the Holocaust – reviewed. – For The Spectator