Words used in English that I have to look up: nebbish

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nebbish: a timid unfortunate simpleton

as used in a piece on writer and playwright Saïd Sayrafiezadeh in The Guardian

BBC’s Glasto army: Why does it take 415 people and cost £1.5m to cover a pop festival? | Mail Online

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Indeed. Rarely am I on the same wavelength as the Daily Mail, but in this case I am. Why can’t the Beeb produce intelligent, cheap and exciting telly about modern music (think Tony Wilson) insteading of sending the posse to Glasto?.

BBC’s Glasto army: Why does it take 415 people and cost £1.5m to cover a pop festival? | Mail Online

BBC iPlayer – My Weapon Is a Dog

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Disturbing documentary about the menacing attack dogs and their owners patrolling London’s streets. There are more pitbullls than ever by the looks of it and the police are not doing much. If there ever was a British The Wire then these dogs would have to feature.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 



BBC iPlayer - My Weapon Is a Dog

Boom days are over in Las Vegas | Business | guardian.co.uk

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Good imagery in unexpected places, Don Taylor head of a Vegas union on the recession hitting Vegas,
There’s a lot of steel sticking out of the ground in this valley that’s just sitting there.

Boom days are over in Las Vegas | Business | guardian.co.uk

Victoria Moore – top ten wines

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Another one of these annoying sites without an RSS-feed.

Victoria Moore - top ten wines

Two places you will never find…

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Two places you will never find me: Facebook and Glastonbury.

Brazil beat a tired USA 3-2. S…

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Brazil beat a tired USA 3-2. Still, good tournament by the US.

Brazil 2 – USA 2. All Brazil i…

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Brazil 2 - USA 2. All Brazil in the second half.

Brazil 0 – USA 2. Excellent se…

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Brazil 0 - USA 2. Excellent second goal on the break from the US.

Rock stars for private hire (Stones, Dylan, McCartney) – Times Online

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The article speaks about credibility, but none of the dinosaur acts listed in the article had anything left in their credibility accounts (their bank accounts a different matter): The Rolling Stones, Dylan, U2.

Rock stars for hire (Stones, Dylan, McCartney) - Times Online

Roast grouse recipe (with watercress and raspberries) | Times Online

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Roast grouse recipe (with watercress and raspberries) | Times Online

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Walking Lloyd’s Park, Croydon….

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Walking Lloyd’s Park, Croydon. 26 degrees C. http://twitpic.com/8o5c1

IanVisits » Website listing all (eventually) of London’s Gardens and Squares

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IanVisits » Website listing all (eventually) of London’s Gardens and Squares

Time Out Book of Country Walks & Saturday Walkers Club

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The Saturday Walkers Club (SWC) is a London based walking group.

Southeast England is criss-crossed by public footpaths, it includes the chalk cliffs of the South Coast, the gentle hills of the North, South and Wessex Downs, the blubell woodlands of Kent and Surrey, the Chiltern beechwoods, the Thames, the secluded valleys of the Weald, ancient forests, remote heathlands, fields full of wildflowers, and Purbeck’s dramatic coast.

Time Out Book of Country Walks & Saturday Walkers Club

John Geiger’s response on The Third Man Factor review link.

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The comments are a bit hidden in the T1 template in use on tlog.halvorsen.org and it’s not every day I get a response from an author (the power of Google?), so here’s some space for Mr Geiger. I actually read a review of The Third Man Factor in The Times, but could not find that link at the time of posting; so I used the Scotsman’s review instead (stories of survival are of great interest and I am currently reading Al Alvarez’s Risky Business which has a chapter on The Worst Journey in the World).

Here is Geiger’s response in full,

Don’t believe everything you read — especially in the Scotsman. Here is a sample of other reviews of The Third Man Factor:

“Call it a guardian angel, call it hallucination.it’s fascinating. Geiger’s account combines history, scientific analysis and true-life tales to haunting effect. I couldn’t put this down, and when I did I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it.” – The Bookseller

“Fascinating to read … This deeply humane book is more than the sum of its parts: Geiger elegantly demonstrates how these divergent and very personal experiences reveal our profoundly social nature. … Geiger is relentless and persuasive in investigating the science behind the experience, and describing the cascade of factors involved.” – Maclean’s

“Riveting…truly relevatory…an important book” – The Explorers Journal

“Geiger’s book has a lot going for it: The many accounts of Third Man visitations in perilous situations make for edge-of-seat reading, and the citations and explorations of the theory of the sensed presence give the book scientific weight. It even contains a moral.” – The Globe and Mail

I enjoy your site. John

First swim ever at Serpentine …

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First swim ever at Serpentine Lido after work. Dodgy water, plenty of space. Home after pint of cider at O’Neills on Carnaby St ( I know).

No Cars! at Brixton Windmill. …

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No Cars! at Brixton Windmill. Crap cam - apologies. http://twitpic.com/8e9bd

Sunny before the thunder tomor…

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Sunny before the thunder tomorrow. Good gig last with Japanese power-punk/pop from No Cars! and Shonen Knife. Diane Arbus lunchtime.

“Fifty Quid Bloke, meet Spotify’s 14p man” – The Register

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“Fifty Quid Bloke, meet Spotify’s 14p man” - The Register

How an Indie Musician can make $19,000 in 10 hours using Twitter | Music Business and Trend-Mongering

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How an Indie Musician can make $19,000 in 10 hours using Twitter | Music Business and Trend-Mongering

Giz Bill Nye Explains: The iPhone 3GS’s Oleophobic Screen

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Via daringfireball

Giz Bill Nye Explains: The iPhone 3GS’s Oleophobic Screen

seeing @shonenknife tonight #b…

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seeing @shonenknife tonight #brixtonwindmill. heading for a cold cider in the sunshine #shastonarms (shashton arms) first though

Eraser | Heidi – Internet Security and Privacy

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Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns
Eraser | Heidi - Internet Security and Privacy

Home from Jan Garbarek & the H…

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Home from Jan Garbarek & the Hiliard Ensemble #St Paul’s. A contemplative space and concert. Tomorrow Shonen Knife #Brixton Windmill. Hectic

iPhone 3G to 3G S on O2 – upgrades and insurance | All About iPhone.net

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iPhone 3G to 3G S on O2 - upgrades and insurance | All About iPhone.net

Google Maps Mania: Taxi Fares on Google Maps

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World Taximeter is an international taxi fare calculator. The website can currently work out the estimated cost of a taxi fare in a large number of American and European cities.

To work out the fare for a taxi journey you enter your starting point, destination and the time of day of your journey. World Taximeter then returns an estimated fare and a Google Map showing the likely route of your journey.

Just punched in some London data, looks fine to me.

Google Maps Mania: Taxi Fares on Google Maps

Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton review | Non-fiction book reviews – Times Online

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Delving into the earliest accounts, he points out that Pliny is “a mine of misinformation” and that Caesar, the only writer who might have seen the original druids, is “an unusually devious and self-interested” witness. There is not, it transpires, a single fact, artefact or image that can be securely related to druidry before the early modern period. We know nothing about the original druids at all.

More druid debunking. The King’s Arms pub mentioned is not far from where I currently work. And what is GOD but the Glastonbury Order of Druids …

Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton review | Non-fiction book reviews - Times Online

Book review: The Third Man Factor, by John Geiger – Scotsman.com Living

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THIS BOOK BY AMERICAN AUTHOR John Geiger represents a truly incredible literary achievement. Somehow, against all the odds, he has managed to take several dozen of the most dramatic tales of human survival ever recorded – stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things while stranded on deadly mountainsides or cast adrift on the world’s great oceans – and then, by condensing them into easily digestible gobbets and recounting them in a monotonous back-to-back format, rendered them all spirit-crushingly dull.

Oh dear, the book’s subject seems superb, though. The presence of a ghost helping you along.

Book review: The Third Man Factor, by John Geiger - Scotsman.com Living

Interpunk.com – The Ultimate Punk Music Store

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We Went And Recorded It Anyway
Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store

Clancy Martin on how he turned life into art – Times Online

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For centuries, the jewellery business has been home to trickery and deceit. It is, after all, a business based on illusion: what value is there really to a diamond, except in a drill bit? Why buy a Rolex when any £2 Hong Kong quartz keeps better time? The rubies in the crown jewels of England are now believed to be garnets: the jeweller himself may or may not have known he was passing off a cheap and common stone for among the most precious and prized (although, it should be added, one doesn’t often hear of rubies accidentally being sold at the price of garnets). Used Rolexes are cleaned up and sold as new, with Chinese counterfeit boxes, hanging tags and papers. Used Rolexes are sold as authentic with counterfeit bands — the best of these are made in Italy, and the 18-carat gold is real, so that many jewellers can’t tell a great Italian band from the Swiss product — with little else on the watch that came from a factory in Geneva. Often, the only authentically Rolex part of a used Rolex is the head of the watch — even the movement has been replaced — because the head has a serial number stamped on it that is difficult to duplicate with the precision of Rolex.

Clancy Martin on how he turned life into art - Times Online

Christie’s sold £1.7m Russian ‘forgery’ – Times Online

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Christie’s sold £1.7m Russian ‘forgery’ - Times Online

One night in Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘harem’ – Times Online

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A 72-year old man wearing make-up, telling dirty jokes, crooning and serving beefburgers. The Italian prime minister’s alleged seduction regime (plus throw in some cash and jewelry).

One night in Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘harem’ - Times Online

Kicksville 66, former Cramps member blogging.

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Via The Guardian.



Kicksville 66, former Cramps member blogging.

USA-Egypt 3-0, Brazil-Italy 3-0….

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USA-Egypt 3-0, Brazil-Italy 3-0. USA go through to the Confederations Cup semi-finals. Heart still pounding after dual-watching games on BBC.

Full Commodore 64 Emulator Rejected from App Store | Touch Arcade

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iPhone developer Manomio has been secretly working on a major App Store project for the past year that has just been completed, but may never see the light of day in its current form.

Looks gorgeous though. via daringfireball.net

Full Commodore 64 Emulator Rejected from App Store | Touch Arcade

Burroughs, 1 “Burroughs Adding Machine Model A” (microsoft.com)

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Burroughs, 1 “Burroughs Adding Machine Model A” (microsoft.com)

James Campbell on the gestation and strange life of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch | Books | The Guardian

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James Campbell on the gestation and strange life of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch | Books | The Guardian

Kevin Rushby explores Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures in Provence’s walkers’ refuges | Travel | The Guardian

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Kevin Rushby explores Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures in Provence’s walkers’ refuges | Travel | The Guardian

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YouTube – Rivers and Tides

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YouTube - Rivers and Tides

BBC SPORT | Football | African | In defence of the vuvuzela

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BBC SPORT | Football | African | In defence of the vuvuzela