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  • The weak draw

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    Commander in Chief Minamoto no Kur Yoshitsune† (1159-89), during the shore battle at Yashima in early 1185, drops his bow in the water and struggles to retrieve it even as… Read more

  • L’umana fragilita

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    The Neapolitan artist Salvator Rosa painted perhaps the most moving of all memento mori, entitled simply L’umana fragilita (Human Frailty). It was inspired by an outbreak of bubonic plague that… Read more

  • Papers please

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    ‘Inject this into your body, or we will get your employer to fire you and your family might starve to death because no one will risk hiring you’. – Democracies… Read more

  • Gays with Guns, growing Ganja

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    *Joey sticks a golden star on his ample forehead* Alliteration ftw, yay me. I can’t really speak to the rest of the green areas on the map, but in South… Read more

  • Pincushions et al.

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    I feel like every blog I post these days starts out with a recitation of the litany of adult-onset gripes, the foremost of which tend to be muscular-skeletal in nature.… Read more

  • Dr. Livingstone I presume

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    I am not a kooky off-grid libertarian. Although maybe I want to be. I haven’t decided yet. With city living, you tend to become ‘domesticated’ by the convenience of electricity… Read more

  • Bunkering down

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    I’m leaning towards tendonitis. Which is a weird thing to get in your left shoulder my physio off-handedly remarks… because you’re right handed she clarifies. I think about it for… Read more

  • Penguins et al.

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    I’ve been strictly Paleo this week. Except for the half bag of meringues… and the ice-cream I bought from the man in the vintage VW van at the beach earlier.… Read more

  • Hemel en Aarde

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    I’m feeling quite sorry for myself. I’ve pinched a nerve in my shoulder. Or maybe I’ve ripped my rotator-cuff, although my range is still pretty good… so I’m leaning towards… Read more

  • Flapdoodling

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    I had a boonie backwater sort of day. When I compare it to my quite sedentary urban life before I mean. I think this is largely because our internet here… Read more

  • Morning walks

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    Took the German around the promontory that is our little… its not quite a suburb… but its not quite a town either. Wikipedia refers to it as a settlement. Whatever… Read more

  • Newly domiciled

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    If it were up to me, (and personally I think it should be) I think we should confer sainthood on whoever invented the chocolate croissant. After all we’ve bestowed the… Read more

  • Shinrin-Yoku

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    I sometimes wonder if I’m more of a Japanophile than a Teutonophile. I should gravitate towards the latter being mostly that. But really, for the most part, ‘my people’ irritate… Read more

  • Freedom

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    In 1974 Robert Nozick wrote a book called ‘Anarchy, State and Utopia’ in which he detailed how he had been drawn to Libertarian conclusions (about society) despite not liking the… Read more

  • Delta’d

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    I decided to up the difficulty of my life by moving house and picking up Corona at the same time. Which was… quite hard. I’m mostly over it now, I… Read more

  • Getting Whacked

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    It’s feels everyone I know has got Covid at the moment. Here, at the bottom of the planet we are solidly into our third wave. South Africa is doing this,… Read more

  • Dalliances with en-route phenomena

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    Brrrrr. I’m overnighting in the desert. Well… a town whose geographical location is in the Karoo. Which I’m sure is classified as such. The Karoo is a semi-desert natural region… Read more

  • Anarchism one-oh-one.

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    I had leftover Penne Alfredo for breakfast. With more garlic and chili than a reasonable man might mash into his food. I’m not even entirely sure those are traditional accompaniments… Read more

  • Three-letter-abbreviations

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    To frame this correctly I need to gripe (right near the beginning) that the things me and AOC would likely agree upon could be counted on one (machine shop assistants)… Read more

  • Foxholes, Forests and Felines

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    Alliteration ftw. My wife had to go into work today. Two broken feet (I imagine) would make driving herself a challenging exercise. Fortunately she has a chivalrous and devoted husband…… Read more

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