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The Lisbon lament | Matthew Engel
Once a backward country in the grip of a grim dictatorship, Portugal has become a hot spot for tech migrants, surfers, foodies and yoga gurus, with a popular socialist prime minister.
22nd  january  2020  matthew  engel  portugal  politics  travel 
10 weeks ago by pnjman
Europe basically told Johnson to play with his toys for 30 days – that’s no breakthrough | Mark Steel
We’ve been told twice already that the EU will wait until the deadline and then back down. They haven’t yet, but perhaps the prime minister knows the third time’s a charm.
22nd  august  2019  independent  mark  steel  politics 
august 2019 by pnjman
The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies | Siddhartha Mukherjee
New “living drugs”—made from a patient’s own cells—can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?
siddhartha  mukherjee  new  yorker  22nd  july  2019  science  medicine  immunology 
july 2019 by pnjman
10 Years of Fuss | Jonathan Hamilton
21 Beers that Defined the Last Decade of British Brewing.
pellicle  jonathan  hamilton  22nd  may  2019  beer  uk 
may 2019 by pnjman
Damn those Europeans ‘jumping the queue’ and taking all those jobs we’d rather not do anyway | Mark Steel
Meanwhile, the people we send to Europe are clearly vital to the economy, performing essential tasks such as completing word puzzles, and living in a country for fifteen years without learning how to count to three in the language.
politics  mark  steel  independent  2018  22nd  november  brexit 
november 2018 by pnjman
Dressed for success: Royal Ascot is a day at the races like no other | Matthew Engel
The logic reveals itself only slowly but Royal Ascot’s ability to host the best thoroughbred racing in the world comes because of its baffling dress code not in spite of it
22nd  june  2018  guardian  matthew  engel  horse  racing  royal  ascot 
june 2018 by pnjman
Jeremy 'Stalin' Corbyn really does have some explaining to do now it's clear he gave Czech spies information about Margaret Thatcher's breakfast | Mark Steel
The Conservative strategy for winning back support is to try to convince people the Labour leader supports a regime which he always opposed and which no longer exists, which I for one think is admirable.
22nd  february  2018  independent  mark  steel  politics  jeremy  corbyn 
february 2018 by pnjman
Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset | Christian Neef
A unique Russian mindset that Putin did not create but is brilliant at exploiting.
christian  neef  spiegel  22nd  august  2017  politics  russia 
august 2017 by pnjman
Covehithe | China Miéville
A trip to the Suffolk coast takes on a new urgency when Dughan decides the time is right for a night-time adventure.
china  miéville  22nd  april  2011  literature  fiction 
july 2017 by pnjman
Crazy Marxists want to give homes to Grenfell survivors – but thankfully we live in a fair capitalist society | Mark Steel
It’s the same with those communists who went down with blankets and food. They should have set up a pop-up bedding and hot chocolate store to tap into extensive market opportunities.
politics  mark  steel  independent  22nd  june  2017 
june 2017 by pnjman
Pardon the American Taliban | Paul Theroux
In the mid-1960s a young American teacher in a small central African country became involved with a group of political rebels — former government ministers mostly — who had been active in the struggle for independence. They had fallen out with the authoritarian prime minister, objecting to his dictatorial style. The country was newly independent, hardly a year old. The men advocated democratic elections and feared that the prime minister would declare himself leader for life in a one-party state.
22nd  october  2016  nyt  paul  theroux  politics 
june 2017 by pnjman
The Battle of Raging Bitch | Amanda Whiting
A look inside Flying Dog, the company that made a bestseller out of a beer with a naughty name—and launched a First Amendment fight to call its brews whatever the hell it wants.
22nd  january  2017  washingtonian  amanda  whiting  beer  flying  dog  politics 
january 2017 by pnjman
Salad Days | Paul Theroux
Several delicous courses of food foibles.
22nd  november  1987  nyt  paul  theroux  food 
january 2017 by pnjman
Thank God Nigel Farage took a stand against whining Brendan Cox | Mark Steel
There’s a consensus that when someone is grieving that it’s polite to take their suffering into account before publicly insulting them. This goes to show what a poncey effeminate society we’ve become.
politics  mark  steel  independent  2016  december  22nd 
december 2016 by pnjman
The Labour leadership battle will soon be over – for about three minutes | Mark Steel
We were more than willing to give him a chance,’ his opponents will say. ‘Indeed for the first 40 seconds some of us even nodded, but over the last minute our poll ratings have failed to improve so we have no choice.
mark  steel  independent  22nd  september  2016  politics  labour  jeremy  corbyn 
september 2016 by pnjman
An Affair She Seems Not to Have Remembered | Paul Theroux
DIANA The Goddess Who Hunts Alone. By Carlos Fuentes. Translated by Alfred Mac Adam. 218 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $22.
22nd  october  1995  paul  theroux  literature  nyt  book  review 
august 2016 by pnjman
Echo in the Dark | David Remnick
A radio station strives to keep the airwaves free.
22nd  september  2008  new  yorker  david  remnick  russia  radio  politics  media 
may 2016 by pnjman
If trade helps improve human rights, it's time Isis ran a UK industry | Mark Steel
Then we’ll be in an ideal position to chat to them about the ways they kill all their innocent people.
22nd  steel  mark  china  politics  independent  october  2015 
october 2015 by pnjman
Sale of the century: the privatisation scam | James Meek
Privatisation promised to turn the UK into an island of small shareholders. It failed: the faceless state bureaucrats have been replaced by faceless (better-paid) private bureaucrats – and big foreign corporations. How did we get to this point?
22nd  august  2014  guardian  james  meek  politics  economics 
october 2015 by pnjman
An SNP takeover? Whatever happened to democracy? | Mark Steel
Because Labour will be dependent on the SNP, they’ll probably give all our money away to Scotland, and replace the Premier League with curling.
mark  april  independent  22nd  steel  2015  politics 
april 2015 by pnjman
Give Chilcot a break – he’s probably still working on his inquiry into the Battle of Hastings | Mark Steel
Or maybe the report’s taking so long because it’s being handwritten by Franciscan monks .
independent  iraq  january  mark  steel  2015  politics  war  22nd 
january 2015 by pnjman
Cutesters: Where the Fuck Did They Come From? | Clive Martin
Tracing the origins of London's newest and most annoyingly infantile youth tribe.
22nd  december  2014  vice  clive  martin  london  culture 
december 2014 by pnjman
'Film my books? It's easier to film The Odyssey' | Charlotte & Denis Plimmer
What is God's place in Middle Earth? Why does he hate 'fairy stories'? Why was he such a naughty child?
22nd  march  1968  telegraph  charlotte  denis  plimmer  tolkien  interview 
december 2014 by pnjman
Why is the European court of human rights hated by the UK right? | Jon Henley
Court designed to protect the vulnerable is respected in Europe but despised by many Tories and UK newspapers
22nd  december  2013  observer  jon  henley  politics  europe  ECHR 
october 2014 by pnjman
"It has been a very difficult start at Manchester United - but I will deliver" | Gary Neville
The Manchester United manager speaks about the philosophy he believes will transform the club, his tough opening to season and winning the title back.
22nd  august  2014  telegraph  gary  neville  football  manchester  united  louis  van  gaal 
august 2014 by pnjman
The Last Big Piss-Up at One of London's Doomed Local Pubs | Clive Martin
The regulars at The Admiral Mann aren't going down without a pint.
22nd  august  2014  vice  clive  martin  culture  london  pubs 
august 2014 by pnjman
The Ninety-Minute Anxiety Dream | Simon Critchley
Soccer is an oddly amnesiac activity, in the sense that spectators tend to look toward the next game rather than remember the last one or the lost one.
22nd  june  2014  nyrb  simon  critchley  football 
june 2014 by pnjman
Grantland Dictionary: Tennis Edition | Brian Phillips
Get ready for Roland Garros by brushing up on the most important tennis terms with our helpful guide.
22nd  may  2014  brian  phillips  grantland  tennis 
may 2014 by pnjman
Those selfish separated couples plunder our economy with relentless greed | Mark Steel
No need to drag the Child Support Agency into things. Surely you can work it out amicably and save those poor taxpayers money.
22nd  may  mark  steel  independent  politics 
may 2014 by pnjman
MasterChef is the best television show in broadcasting history, if you ignore all the other ones | Charlie Brooker
The omnipresent TV cooking show resembles a Grimm fable in which terrified peasants have to concoct a dish to placate a bespectacled ogre and his keeper.
22nd  april  2014  charlie  brooker  guardian  tv  culture 
april 2014 by pnjman
Oh, Canada! | Brian Phillips
Celebrating the no. 1 sports fan among our neighbors to the north — Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
22nd  november  2013  grantland  brian  phillips  rob  ford 
november 2013 by pnjman
Iraq was such a laugh, let's do it to Iran | Mark Steel
Why can't our leaders think up new stories to justify a military attack?
22nd  february  2012  mark  steel  independent  politics 
september 2013 by pnjman
Mad cow | Sue Townsend
Thursday, July 13, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.
22nd  july  2000  sue  townsend  adrian  mole  literature  guardian 
september 2013 by pnjman
Caroline Lucas standing in a field waving a placard? Outrageous! | Mark Steel
The MP obviously took it too far by meeting a bloke with dreadlocks who lives up trees.
22nd  august  2013  independent  mark  steel  politics 
august 2013 by pnjman
Oswald's Stone, the Lost Palladium of Middlesex | Frank Jacobs
Millions live in or near Ossulstone, but only a handful have ever heard of it. Why and how has this place disappeared from common memory? Perhaps the when is easier to trace - to 1869, the year in which the mysterious object that lent its name to the area was stolen. 
22nd  april  2013  strange  maps  big  think  frank  jacobs  uk  london  middlesex 
april 2013 by pnjman
Not Nineteen Forever | Meatbag Manifesto
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since we last spoke. Well, interesting in mind numbingly dull sort of way. Well, mind-numbingly dull in a miles clear at the top of the league sort of way. But you see my point – it has DEFINITELY been a couple of weeks since we last spoke.
22nd  april  2013  uws  Meatbag  Manifesto  Manchester  United  sport  football 
april 2013 by pnjman
Q: How do you spoil a five-year-old forever? | Charlie Brooker
It's not psychologically healthy to develop a burning dislike of a small child. But last week …
22nd  april  2013  guardian  charlie  brooker 
april 2013 by pnjman
Federer vs. Kukushkin | Brian Phillips
Brian will be covering every Federer match at Wimbledon for us. Here's his report from Round 1.
22nd  june  2011  grantland  brian  phillips  tennis  wimbledon  roger  federer  kukushkin  mikhail 
march 2013 by pnjman
My Cup of Tea | Dan Moren
The forgotten art of proper tea.
22nd  november  2012  themagazine  dan  moren  drink  tea 
march 2013 by pnjman
Sydney selling like hot cakes | Bill Bryson
Tills have the Olympic ring with souvenirs all over the shop.
22nd  september  2000  times  bill  bryson  australia  sydney  olympics  travel 
february 2013 by pnjman
Too casual and two polished | Jonathan Meades
Every Sunday, Hampstead turns into the resort it always used to be, thronged with people doing what people do at resorts: promenade, shop, lick ice-creams, shop, lout about, shop, spoon, shop. They also eat; they eat as they shop at places carefully tailored to fashion-conscious day-tourists rather than to locals. They are getting a McDonald's soon, too, and there is already a Haagen-Dazs bringing a whiff of denimed petting ("Eat Haagen-Dazs and Get Laid").
22nd  august  1992  times  jonathan  meades  restaurant  review 
february 2013 by pnjman
Unless Ricky Tomlinson is working for al-Qa'ida, 'national security' is an odd reason for secrecy | Mark Steel
The Government would like the 1972 building workers strike to stay buried. Bad luck for them that one of the strikers went on to become a household name.
22nd  january  2013  independent  mark  steel  ricky  tomlinson  politics 
january 2013 by pnjman
Elizabeth II, Queen of the South Pole | Frank Jacobs
It’s a question on the minds of many, this gift-giving season: What do you get someone who already has everything? The problem gets a bit more pressing if you’re the British Cabinet, and the Queen is coming round to visit. Their solution? Clever: two gifts - 60 table mats, and a chunk of Antarctica.
22nd  december  2012  frank  jacobs  strange  maps  big  think  antarctica  queen  elizabeth  land  ii 
december 2012 by pnjman
Maps as War by Other Means | Frank Jacobs
War, as Clausewitz said, is the continuation of politics by other means.
frank  jacobs  22nd  november  2012  big  think  strange  maps  politics  middle  east  israel  palestine  gaza 
november 2012 by pnjman
The man who found evidence of WMD | Mark Steel
If anyone had acted with such bravery against Saddam, we'd be hailing them a hero.
22nd  april  2004  mark  steel  independent  Mordechai  Vanunu  israel  nuclear  weapons  politics  middle  east 
november 2012 by pnjman
Will Cameron's call for popular films mean more silent comedies? | Stewart Lee
David Cameron's advice to the British film industry is at odds with the nature of creativity.
observer  22nd  january  2012  stewart  lee  films 
august 2012 by pnjman
The monstrosity of the gaze | Allison Harl
Critical problems with a film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
22nd  march  2007  tolkien  mythlore  allison  harl  peter  jackson  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
David de Gea dreams of more Spanish football success | Sid Lowe
The Manchester United goalkeeper is looking forward to yet another unique football achievement by Spain.
22nd  july  2012  sid  lowe  david  de  gea  manchester  united  guardian  football  interview 
july 2012 by pnjman
Through a dark lens | R. D. Hall
Jackson's Lord of the Rings as abject horror.
22nd  march  2007  tolkien  mythlore  peter  jackson  lotr  hall  horror 
july 2012 by pnjman
Finding woman's role in The Lord of the Rings | Melissa McCrory Hatcher
In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien gives the 20th century a fantasy epic of medieval proportions. It is a story of the littlest person, a hobbit, overcoming the tides of war. In his trilogy, Tolkien fashions a narrative that forcefully asserts the idea that wars should only be fought to protect and preserve, not to conquer and destroy. While a number of critics have accused Tolkien of subsuming his female characters in a sea of powerful men, one heroine, Eowyn, the White Lady of Rohan, is given a full character arc in the novel. After being rejected by Lord Aragorn, Eowyn searches for meaning in life, choosing to follow her brother, Eomer, to fight in the War of the Ring. The White Lady of Rohan chooses as her fate to die in battle with glory and honor. However, after being wounded by a Ringwraith and restored in the courts of healing, she decides to give up life as a warrior and become a healer. Modern scholars have seen this as a choice to accept conventional female submissiveness. However, in choosing the path of protecting and preserving the earth, Eowyn acts in accordance with Tolkien's highest ideal: a fierce commitment to peace. Rather than submission, Eowyn embodies the full-blooded subjectivity that Tolkien posits as essential for peace. While other characters--most notably Sam--also embody this ideal, it is Eowyn who most successfully fulfills the role. In making this argument, I hope to show how modern criticism has misread the role of women in Tolkien's epic, and has thus overlooked much of the importance of his vast and compelling work.
22nd  march  2007  tolkien  mythlore  melissa  mccrory  hatcher  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
Battling the woman warrior | Sam McBride
Females and combat in Tolkien and Lewis.
22nd  march  2007  tolkien  lewis  mythlore  gender  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
Feudal values, vassalage, and fealty in The Lord of the Rings | Colleen Donnelly
The social structure of Middle-earth, in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, is clearly based on medieval historical models. The style of governance and the societal landscape of Rohan and Minas Tirith are modeled on the individual, divided kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England that were united in the later Middle Ages under one king. According to Marc Bloch's socially based definition of feudalism in Feudal Society, the king ruled over all the people of his kingdom, including the various levels of aristocrats. The highest ranked dukes and earls in turn governed fiefs or land holdings and the vassals that dwelt there, including lower ranked aristocrats, barons and knights, as well as the commoners--serfs and peasants. The higher ranked lords conferred smaller fiefs to the barons and knights beneath them who dwelt within their borders. The lords at each level were responsible for distributing the land and its revenues and protecting their people in exchange for their service and loyalty. In reciprocity, the lower level aristocrats, serfs, and peasants pledged their fealty and service--military, domestic, or field/manual labor--depending on rank and ability, to the lords at ranks higher than their own.
tolkien  22nd  march  2007  mythlore  colleen  donnelly  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
Bombadil's role in The Lord of the Rings | Michael Treschow & Mark Duckworth
When J.R.R. Tolkien began to plan a sequel to The Hobbit, his thoughts first turned to Tom Bombadil. His publisher, Stanley Unwin, had urged him to follow up the success of The Hobbit, but Tolkien was initially at a loss as to how to continue in the same vein. In mid-October, 1937 he wrote Unwin saying, "I cannot think of anything more to say about hobbits" (Letters 24). In casting about for another sort of suitable character his thoughts turned to Tom Bombadil, the hero of Tolkien's curious poem "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil." In mid-December 1937, he sent Unwin a copy of the poem and wrote to explain that the fun of hobbits was all used up and that he would have to pursue something different.
tolkien  mythlore  22nd  september  2006  lotr  tom  bomadil  michael  treschoe  mark  duckworth 
july 2012 by pnjman
From isolation to community | Devin Brown
Frodo's incomplete personal quest in The Lord of the Rings.
tolkie  devin  brown  mythlore  22nd  september  2006  frodo  baggins  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
Wise warriors in Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling | Ernelle Fife
The phrase "wise warrior" sounds like an oxymoron, like "military intelligence." But wise warrior is an apt description of Athena--goddess of wisdom, reason, agriculture, and civilization, who was born, fully armed, from the head of Zeus, and whose shield bears the head of Medusa. She is mentor and guide to numerous heroes, and is seldom a deity of aggression, but of defensive warfare, battling to protect the city and the home. Her philosophy would be best expressed by Tolkien's Eowyn, in her response to the Warden of Gondor, the master healer who laments that "the world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them." Eowyn points out that "It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two [...]. And those who have not swords can still die upon them" (Return of the King 292)--witness, for example, the death of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In Tolkien's Middle-earth, the Enemy has already begun the war; that is evil's function, to breed enmity and hatred. To do nothing in response does not prevent a death, but merely turns a war into a massacre. Knowing when to fight, what to fight for, and how to fight take wisdom. In this paper I will analyze the role of the wise warrior, particularly the female wise warriors, in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
tolkien  mythlore  ernelle  fife  lewis  rowling  lotr  eowyn  22nd  september  2006 
july 2012 by pnjman
An unexpected Guest | Anne Amison
Influence of William Morris on J. R. R. Tolkien's works.
tolkien  william  morris  anne  amison  mythlore  22nd  september  2006 
july 2012 by pnjman
The shell-shocked hobbit | Michael Livingston
The First World War and Tolkien's trauma of the Ring.
tolkien  michael  livingston  mythlore  wwi  lotr  22nd  september  2006 
july 2012 by pnjman
"Surely you don't disbelieve" | A. R. Bossert
Tolkien and Pius X: anti-modernism in Middle-earth.
tolkien  mythlore  bossert  22nd  september  2006  catholicism 
july 2012 by pnjman
The theory and practice of alliterative verse in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien | Mark F. Hall
J. R. R. Tolkien is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the creator of Middle-earth, but those who look beneath the surface quickly learn that his background lay in the study of philology and of Anglo-Saxon and other Germanic languages and literatures in his position as a professor at Oxford University.
mythlore  mark  hall  tolkien  alliterative  verse  22nd  september  2006 
july 2012 by pnjman
"In the hilt is fame" | R. Andrew McDonald
Resonances of medieval swords and sword-lore in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
mythlore  tolkien  andrew  mcdonald  22nd  september  2006  swords 
july 2012 by pnjman
The Lord of the Rings as elegy | Patrice Hannon
THE Lord of the Rings is a story of loss and longing, punctuated by moments of humor and terror and heroic action but on the whole a lament for a world--albeit a fictional world--that has passed even as we seem to catch a last glimpse of it flickering and fading, disappearing in the mist like the ship carrying the Ring-bearer over the sea to the West. In the very first chapter, after Bilbo has vanished with the help of the magic ring during his birthday party, a surprising note of finality abruptly ends the comic scene: "he was never seen by any hobbit in Hobbiton again" (FR 40). This "never again" moves us out of the present of the birthday party to a point where the scene is long past, reminding us that we are not there with Bilbo but looking back at the day of the party from a great distance.
mythlore  22nd  june  2003  patrice  hannon  tolkien  lotr 
july 2012 by pnjman
Middle-earth: the real world of J. R. R. Tolkien | Brian N. Weidner
In the world of fantasy fiction, perhaps no other writings have found such fame as J. R. R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its companion books The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. They have also been the subject of much controversy as the "true" meaning of them has been endlessly disputed. They have been evaluated numerous times as a stand against the status quo, as shown by counrercultural declarations of "Frodo Lives" in the subways of New York in the 1970s. The question raised following the original publication of the books was what exactly was Tolkien trying to express through The Lord of the Rings? In response to these inquiries, Tolkien published the following statement in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings:
brian  weidner  tolkien  literature  mythlore  22nd  september  2002 
july 2012 by pnjman
Applicability and truth in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: readers, fantasy, and canonicity | Sara Upstone
"Tolkien's critics, not his readers, are our of touch with reality. Never has the intellectual establishment so richly deserved defiance."
tolkien  sara  upstone  mythlore  22nd  september  2002  literature 
june 2012 by pnjman
Transnistrian Time-Slip | Frank Jacobs
What stands between Moldova and European Union membership? A black-market haven and unofficial statelet on its eastern border.
frank  jacobs  nyt  borderlines  transnistria  moldova  22nd  may  2012 
may 2012 by pnjman

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