The Israelis win again: Yes, sorry, America, but last night I watched the first two episodes of the original Israeli TV series of 'Hostages'. The 'cousins' attempted to remake it but after about four episodes I gave up. However, so far the Israeli version seems pretty good and anyway the lady doctor in it is hotter than the American one. You see, you do need that sort of keen artistic judgment to really grade these things!
This man really could shag for France at the Olympics: Yes indeed and I look forward to the formation of the SKP, the Strauss-Kahn Party - no, no, not that sort of party, I mean political party!
Assuming Dominic Strauss-Kahn gets off all charges which looks likely then I think he would be mad not to run for the Presidency. After all, he'd get every true-blooded Frenchman to vote for him and also, I suspect, ahem, quite a few of the ladies! Vive La France!
In which I help keep Oliver Kamm in style: Well, it's the least I can do, really. I mean, he used to be a City banker but then he fell on hard times and became a scribbler for my ex-best friend, Rupe, and we all know that he only ever pays peanuts even to his leader writers - Rupe begged me to write some leaders for The Times but he never even got close to my fee! Anyway, in an obvious attempt to put some caviar on the table, Oliver has written a book which I will have to buy. It is called:
This is a book I have been waiting for because, according to the reviews, it will make me feel better about my 'Eng. Lang'. This is a subject which has given me severe psychological problems ever since Miss. Woods, Eng. Lit & Lang, circa 1950-55, transfixed me with terror and a feeling of inadequacy as she lasered me through her rimless bi-focals. With Oliver's book, all my phobias will vanish.
However, in case he fails to cover it I have one question for you all. As you know I over-use commas, particularly inverted commas. Normally that's OK but when the object I wish to emphasise in some way by placing it inside inverted commas is itself a possessive word, say, Roger's, then I am flummoxed. Do I write 'Roger's' which seems a bit excessive in the comma department even for me? Or do I write 'Roger's? I dunno - ooops, bad spelling, don't tell Miss Woods, I beg you!
The DUFF: Not to be missed! It's a film, 'stoopid'! And no, I haven't' the faintest idea what it's about because on the Youtube video-thingie the language is incomprehensible. Well, it's spoken, or regurgitated (hey, that word again!), by sundry American teenagers who might as well be speaking Martian for all the sense an elderly British gent like me can make of them. But anyway, with a title like that it's bound to be a huge hit and I'm only surprised that it's not up for an Oscar tonight!
More Eng. Lang. commentary from Dr. Dalrymple: And he's like Oliver Kamm, you would not voluntarily wish to cross him! The good Doctor now writes regularly at Taki's Mag. He's always worth reading and here he is on the subject of written English:
Whether looseness of language is a consequence or a cause of looseness of thought I cannot say. No doubt it is sometimes the one and sometimes the other. Perhaps—to indulge in a little looseness of thought and language of my own—the relationship between them is dialectical. But certainly there is often a hinterland of notions, even an entire world outlook, behind certain loose ways of putting things.
Looking at the Guardian website I noticed two instances of looseness almost straight away. The first was in an article reporting the death of a New York Times columnist, a man called David Carr, in the newspaper’s office. He was a man unknown to me, either personally or through his writing, though a passage of his work quoted in the Guardian’s article, presumably selected as a representative sample of his style and wit, does not encourage me to read much further in his work:
"If you’re gonna get a job that’s a little bit of a caper, that isn’t really a job, that under ideal circumstances you get to at least leave the building and leave your desktop, go out, find people more interesting than you, learn about something, come back and tell other people about it—that should be hard to get into. That should be hard to do. No wonder everybody’s lined up, trying to get into it. It beats working."
Oh dear, even I could do better than that but would I want to work for the New York Times? Yes, you can take that as a 'No'!
Do those 'Warmers' ever read each other? Two items from the excellent - and hilarious - Climate Change Predictions site:
Fire strongly influences carbon cycling and storage in boreal forests. In the near term, if global warming occurs, the frequency and intensity of fires in boreal forests are likely to increase significantly.
Eric S. Kasischke and others, Ecological Applications, Vol 5, No 2, (May 1995) pp 437-451
Despite increasing temperatures since the end of the Little Ice Age (circa 1850) wildfire frequency has decreased as shown in many field studies from North America and Europe. We believe that global warming since 1850 may have triggered decreases in fire frequency in some regions and future warming may even lead to further decreases in fire frequency…
The simulation and fire history results suggest that the impact of global warming on northern forests through forest fires may not be disastrous and that contrary to the expectations of an overall increase in forest fires there may be large regions of the Northern Hemisphere with a reduced fire frequency. M.D. Flanagan and others, Journal of Vegetation Science Vol 9, Issue 4, pages 469 – 476, August 1998
Well, you won't catch me having a picnic in a "boreal forest" - whatever that is?
No more rumbles today