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Were The Pyramids Artesian Wells?

I don’t want to think about Brexit. And I bet you don’t want to either. … So instead I’ll think about the Pyramids of Egypt. Several interesting things about the pyramids at Giza: First, they all have long causeways, with … Continue reading

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Hurricane Dorian

I’ve been taking some interest in the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which passed over the Bahamas yesterday, and is expected to turn north thereafter. Even though it’s the biggest storm for years, nobody seems to have been killed by it … Continue reading

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Certainties and Uncertainties

I’m never certain about anything. I regard everything I know as tentative, provisional. I sometimes wonder whether I know anything at all. I’ve always regarded this world as a mystery, and everything in it as almost infinitely mysterious. I think … Continue reading

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Multilingual

The Putin interview I mentioned a couple of days back reminded me that when I spent quite a long time in Spain a decade ago, I could read Spanish quite easily, and also write it, and I could speak Spanish … Continue reading

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The Etymology of Rooms

I had an odd idea this morning for the origin of the word “room”. According to an etymological dictionary: room (n.) Old English rum “space” (extent or time); “scope, opportunity,” from Proto-Germanic *ruman (source also of Old Norse, Old Saxon, … Continue reading

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Such A Calm Night

The continuing Brexit fiasco. Guardian: Donald Tusk is pushing the EU27 to offer Theresa May a one-year “flexible” extension to article 50 with an option to leave the EU earlier once the withdrawal agreement is ratified by parliament, senior sources have told … Continue reading

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Suggestions Please

Time was, not so long ago, when I never got nuisance calls on my home landline telephone. Now I get several every day. Calls to tell me that my internet connection has been compromised. Calls to tell me that my … Continue reading

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