Archive for June, 2006

I Like My Students

June 27th, 2006

Here’s what my final-year undergraduates gave me at the end of term, with a very sleepy Enkidu on one side…

… and a very small, sleepy Andromache on the other…


June 26th, 2006

I think I’m one of the few blog-writers to have easy access to a copy of Tutte le Barzellette su Totti (with a preface by the great man himself), so here’s a sample:

Totti cerca di finire un puzzle. ci mette quasi quattro mesi. Poi gira la scatola e legge: “Dai due ai tre anni”. Commenta: “Ah�, ma allora so’un genio!!!”.

Totti jokes are quite similar to David Beckham jokes, but in Italian and with bits of Roman slang (which I don’t usually understand) thrown in. I don’t know whether Beckham or Totti jokes came first, or whether, as with the differential calculus or neo-classical economics, it is basically a case of simultaneous discovery.I thought it was a penalty, anyway. Lucas Neill sort of lay down in front of Fabio Grosso and invited him to trip over him, which isn’t terribly sporting.

UPDATE [27.06.2006]: The resident Italian police-bear is quite pleased, too:

Early Modern Carnivalesque

June 18th, 2006

Welcome to the latest Early Modern instalment of Carnivalesque, hosted for the first time at the Virtual Stoa, and with apologies for appearing a little later than I think I said it would.

Kicking off in Tudor England, we’ve got another entry in the Dead King Watch, conceivably inspired by a regular feature on this blog, who knows?, with this one devoted to Edward VI.

Something Earmarks saw on telly brought Thomas Wright�s 1604 The Passions of the Minde in Generall to mind.

Misteraitch over at Spamula has been considering the artist Jacques de Gheyn, 1565-1629.

And while we’re thinking about artists in the Low Countries, the Interesting Thing of the Day a few days ago was a discussion of the possible use of a camera obscura by Johannes Vermeer.

Crossing back over the Channel, Escalus is advertising the Early Modern English Ballad Archive and shares a favourite ballad, “A Looking-Glass for Lascivious Young Men: OR, THE Prodigal Son SIFTED”, together with a bit of discussion and an attempt to date it to the 1680s.

And it’s ballads ballads ballads at the Carnivalesque, with Blogging the Renaissance telling us all about “My Bird is a Round-head”, a fine ballad from 1642.

Continuing the Puritan theme for a short while, at least, Early Modern Whale interested in face patches, and in what puritans thought about them (not keen).

And moving towards the broad sunny uplands of the eighteenth century, David Davisson has helpfully reproduced the text of a 1773 Connecticut law against mountebanks and told us a bit about his proposed research on itinerancy in colonial America…

Brandon Watson has some valuable words and links about Moses Mendelssohn…

… and we end over at The Skwib with its presentation of lost power point slides of the Marquis de Sade…

Bloomsday Greetings!

June 16th, 2006

“Potted meats. What is home witohut Plumtree’s potted meat? Incomplete. What a stupid ad! Under the obituary notices they stuck it. All up a plumtree. Dignam’s potted meat… With it an abode of bliss. Lord knows what concoction. Cauls mouldy tripes windpipes faked and minced up. Puzzle find the meat.”

DSW, #101

June 16th, 2006

Harry Pollitt, general secretary of the CPGB, born 22 November 1890, died 16 June 1960.

DSW, #154

June 16th, 2006

Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary, hero of 1956, condemned for Right Deviationism and deposed by Krushchev’s tanks; born in Kaposvar, Hungary 7 June 1896, hanged in Budapest, June 16, 1958.

DSW, #153

June 13th, 2006

Stuart Hampshire, philosopher, socialist and Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, born 1 October 1914, died 13 June 2004.


June 12th, 2006

I kept wicket for sixty overs yesterday, and for the first half of the morning it’s been pretty difficult getting down the stairs. When I bent over to feed the cats, I made an involuntary strangulated miaowing sound, which took them a little by surprise, but not so much to put either of them off their breakfast.

Dead Socialist Watch, #219

June 11th, 2006

Enrico Berlinguer, national secretary of the Italian Communist Party, 1972-1984. Born 25 May 1922, died 11 June 1984.

TCB [Sunday Edition]

June 11th, 2006

Here’s Enkidu, a few moments ago:

TCB [Unusual Thursday Edition]

June 8th, 2006

There haven’t been many cat pictures recently. Andromache’s still pretty hard to photograph indoors, and as the weather’s been getting better, Enkidu in particular has been spending longer and longer outside, away from my camera lens. (Although I think if it stays as warm as this, they’ll be spending more time back indoors, as I doubt it’s that much fun being a furry animal in bright sunshine.) Anyway: here’s Enkidu:

And here’s Andromache:

End of an Era

June 7th, 2006

Hildebeeste will now come in two varieties.