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|Saturday, November 2nd, 2013|
|Sunday, March 17th, 2013|
my friends page is completely empty. i don't think this happened before. how sad.
boo to lj for disallowing longer periods (long ago) on the friends page, but still.
|Sunday, January 13th, 2013|
putain les posters discipline.
|Saturday, July 28th, 2012|
1. "Lieutenant George: Oh, sir, if we should happen to tread on a mine, what do we do?
Captain Blackadder: Well, normal procedure, Lieutenant, is to jump up 200 feet into the air and scatter yourself over a wide area."
2. "At the epicenter of the blast was recovered Basayev’s upper-torso, while smaller pieces of his remains were scattered over the distance of a mile."
|Friday, June 1st, 2012|
plus ca change...
"According to Financial Times, another major problem of the LMU was that it failed to outlaw the printing of paper money based on the bimetallic currency. A weakness which was exploited by France and Italy that printed banknotes to fund their own endeavours, effectively "forcing other members of the union to bear some of the cost of its fiscal extravagance by issuing notes backed by their currency". Greece also caused problems. According to the BBC, "its chronically weak economy meant successive Greek governments responded by decreasing the amount of gold in their coins, thereby debasing their currency in relation to those of other nations in the union and in violation of the original agreement". Greece was formally expelled from the Latin Monetary Union in 1908. It was readmitted in 1910, however."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_Monetary_Union#Failure
|Sunday, May 20th, 2012|
the valkyries are upon deptford!
|Saturday, May 5th, 2012|
democracy in england:
no id (or anything really) required when registering - name, nationality, signature;
no id to get your ballot at the polling place - state your name and address, several attempts permitted;
not much privacy in the voting booth (no curtains), not sure how queues behind you would be managed;
you mark your man on an oversized font ballot with a pencil;
do not fold your ballot!!
voter fraud? postal fraud? never heard of it.
|Friday, March 9th, 2012|
when things were still raw and real.
|Monday, February 13th, 2012|
"What a happiness this must have been seventy or eighty years ago and upwards, to those chosen few who had the good luck to be born on the eve of this festival of all festivals; when the whole earth was so overrun with ghosts, boggles, bloody-bones, spirits, demons, ignis fatui, brownies, bugbears, black dogs, specters, shellycoats, scarecrows, witches, wizards, barguests, Robin-Goodfellows, hags, night-bats, scrags, breaknecks, fantasms, hobgoblins, hobhoulards, boggy-boes, dobbies, hob-thrusts, fetches, kelpies, warlocks, mock-beggars, mum-pokers, Jemmy-burties, urchins, satyrs, pans, fauns, sirens, tritons, centaurs, calcars, nymphs, imps, incubuses, spoorns, men-in-the-oak, hell-wains, fire-drakes, kit-a-can-sticks, Tom-tumblers, melch-dicks, larrs, kitty-witches, hobby-lanthorns, Dick-a-Tuesdays, Elf-fires, Gyl-burnt-tales, knockers, elves, rawheads, Meg-with-the-wads, old-shocks, ouphs, pad-foots, pixies, pictrees, giants, dwarfs, Tom-pokers, tutgots, snapdragons, sprets, spunks, conjurers, thurses, spurns, tantarrabobs, swaithes, tints, tod-lowries, Jack-in-the-Wads, mormos, changelings, redcaps, yeth-hounds, colt-pixies, Tom-thumbs, black-bugs, boggarts, scar-bugs, shag-foals, hodge-pochers, hob-thrushes, bugs, bull-beggars, bygorns, bolls, caddies, bomen, brags, wraiths, waffs, flay-boggarts, fiends, gallytrots, imps, gytrashes, patches, hob-and-lanthorns, gringes, boguests, bonelesses, Peg-powlers, pucks, fays, kidnappers, gallybeggars, hudskins, nickers, madcaps, trolls, robinets, friars' lanthorns, silkies, cauld-lads, death-hearses, goblins, hob-headlesses, bugaboos, kows, or cowes, nickies, nacks necks, waiths, miffies, buckies, ghouls, sylphs, guests, swarths, freiths, freits, gy-carlins Gyre-carling, pigmies, chittifaces, nixies, Jinny-burnt-tails, dudmen, hell-hounds, dopple-gangers, boggleboes, bogies, redmen, portunes, grants, hobbits, hobgoblins, brown-men, cowies, dunnies, wirrikows, alholdes, mannikins, follets, korreds, lubberkins, cluricauns, kobolds, leprechauns, kors, mares, korreds, puckles korigans, sylvans, succubuses, blackmen, shadows, banshees, lian-hanshees, clabbernappers, Gabriel-hounds, mawkins, doubles, corpse lights or candles, scrats, mahounds, trows, gnomes, sprites, fates, fiends, sibyls, nicknevins, whitewomen, fairies, thrummy-caps, cutties, and nisses, and apparitions of every shape, make, form, fashion, kind and description, that there was not a village in England that had not its own peculiar ghost. Nay, every lone tenement, castle, or mansion-house, which could boast of any antiquity had its bogle, its specter, or its knocker. The churches, churchyards, and crossroads were all haunted. Every green lane had its boulder-stone on which an apparition kept watch at night. Every common had its circle of fairies belonging to it. And there was scarcely a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit!"
- Michael Aislabie Denham
|Tuesday, January 31st, 2012|
|Monday, January 23rd, 2012|
|Friday, September 2nd, 2011|
|Friday, June 17th, 2011|
F793 Commandant Blaison
just passed outside.
|Saturday, May 7th, 2011|
|Saturday, April 16th, 2011|
a nous deux, issyk-kul!
|Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011|
the boxers, the italians, and la confusione
"Seymour assembled within 24 hours a force of more than 2,000 sailors and marines from from Western and Japanese warships and prepared to embark for Beijing from Tianjin, 75 miles away, by train. His force consisted of 916 British, 455 Germans, 326 Russians, 158 French, 112 Americans, 54 Japanese, 41 Italians, and 26 Austrians.
Seymour commandeered five trains in Tianjin and departed for Beijing with his entire force the morning of June 10. The first day the soldiers travelled twenty five miles without incident, crossing a bridge at Yancun over the Hai River unopposed although Chinese General Nie Shicheng and thousands of his soldiers were camped there. The next few days went slowly as Seymour had to repair railroad track and fight off Boxer attacks as his trains advanced. On June 14, several hundred Boxers armed with swords, spears, and clumsy gingals
attacked Seymour twice and killed five Italian soldiers
. The Americans counted 102 Boxer bodies left on the battlefield at the end of one battle. Seymour continued to repair track and advance very slowly. Han Chinese General Nie let Seymour's army slip pas[t] in trains, because Ronglu deliberately issued contradicting orders, which left Nie confused
. However, the muslim forces were not "confused", and immediately set out attacking the foreigners.
|Saturday, January 29th, 2011|
i cannot control a certain amount of schadenfreude at this headline:looters destroy mummies in egyptian museum: official
which is happening so shortly after this one:egypt demands germany return nefertiti
actually i have never really understood why the lovely young rioters who often provide entertainment in western europe's quaint metropoleis never go and ransack a museum for fun, say the louvre. what would the authorities do? shoot them?
i am sure there would be energetic condemnation and calls for restraint by politicians, priests, imams, trade unions, random dudes, the firemen's representatives... but then? let it burn.
|Friday, January 28th, 2011|
|Saturday, January 15th, 2011|
i may have found a cobbler in london. my current preferred cobbler is in amsterdam. the new one seems like he knows his shit but we'll see what the quality of the work will be.
my local pub has been completely screwed with. it used to be a proper east-end pub, with a naval jack, with a smelly couch, with pictures of random shit like old french car ads and other adverts for gasoline and so. people did not care about the decoration much. it was good.
now it has been subjected to an attempt at poshing it up. lame pictures of old maps and gothic churches sketches, lots of fake (?) books displayed. it is all very out of place. the barmaid is checking facefook(tm). it's as if somebody read the let's posh up the pub for idiots book. and they have ads for sambuca shots and spritzers and other drinks. sambuca in a public house??
but at least they seem to have cask ale all the time in this new order.
i shall go play r-type now.
al-x Current Mood: intimidated