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Sunday, November 25, 2007

RE: Henry V - “Once More Unto The Breach”

Just heard - courtesy of Radio 4’s “Broadcasting House”, bien sur - that
this speech actually precedes the battle at Harfleur, NOT Agincourt, as
is the common misconception!

Pretty d*mn sure that I was not taught this at O-Level for which we
studied HV.


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Posted by Dej on 25 Nov around 9am

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Interlude: “Happiness”

Time Out quoting John Nettles (Bergerac/Midsomer Murders?) in “The Hunt
for Middle England” (BBC4):

Happiness is a big bank account, a pretty wife, an approximate Indian
restaurant and occasionally to watch your neighbour falling off the

Posted by Dej on 08 Mar around 1pm

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

” BLAIR: The Inside Story” - BBC2

Great line from a speech I didn’t recall, in Part Two of this excellent,
three-part documentary last night - TB neutralising any expectation that
he would tell Uncle Sam where to get off (as the Hugh Grant character
had just done in “Love Actually”):

“The difference is that in real life, we all have to live another day,
another year…and future generations have to face the ruinous
consequences of easy applause”

Posted by Dej on 28 Feb around 10am

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Paranoia - 9/11

Just heard the intro’ to a new series on BBC 2 - The Conspiracy Files - examining the wealth of theories around 9/11, in which one guy shares the following:

“As the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”

Hadn’t heard this delicious observation in awhile!

Posted by Dej on 19 Feb around 12am

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Carnival - etymology

I just heard some guy on Radio 4 alluding quite convincingly to the derivation of "carnival" as "saying goodbye to meat" (carne + vale? ) - which had never occurred to me, I’m afraid to say.  Interestingly, my Chambers dictionary reads as follows:

"probably from - caro flesh + levare to remove, the original carnival being Shrove Tuesday, the day before the Lent fast".

Posted by Dej on 17 Feb around 1pm

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