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Miscellaneous Round-up [Aug. 8th, 2007|11:28 am]
Tony Grist
1. Ailz passed her OU course on the Enlightenment and Romanticism with a Grade 2.  Brilliant!  Next year she's studying Shakespeare.

2. That long, long  thread on the LJ Potterporn disaster has changed my mind about fandom. I used to be unsympathetic, now I'm not.  LJ is a community;  twitch one corner of the web and we all feel it. Six Apart didn't seem to understand that.  Maybe they do now.  

3. Ozu's Floating Weeds (1959) is a remake of a story he first filmed in the 30s. That's probably why it has so much more incident- verging on melodrama- than is usually the case.  People duking it out in an Ozu movie- good grief!  The actors come to town, perform their crummy little play to dwindling audiences, cause a certain amount of disruption,  move on.  I'm thinking he  revisted the story because he liked actors so much.

4. The latest outbreak of Foot and Mouth seems to have been caused by spores escaping from the commercial research facility which has since been commissioned to produce a vaccine.   Isn't that wonderful? 

[User Picture]From: karenkay
2007-08-08 10:59 am (UTC)
An interesting way to get business.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-08 11:24 am (UTC)
Ain't it just?
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[User Picture]From: goddlefrood
2007-08-08 11:53 am (UTC)
1. Congratulations are therefore in order.

2. Similar to comment for 1.

3. No comment

4. DEFRA has been renamed, not by me, to be The Department for the Elimination of Farming and Rural Affairs. Sounds about right, although I missed, except from a distance, the shenanigans of 2001.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-08 12:12 pm (UTC)
i. Thanks.

2. Thanks

3. You should try him.

4. What do I know about farming and the countryside? Just about as much as New Labour did. I think they really cocked things up through not knowing when and when to be understanding and when and where to get tough.
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[User Picture]From: goddlefrood
2007-08-08 12:31 pm (UTC)
3. I might look into it, I'm always on the lookout for recommendations.

4. Rosa Klebb has a lot to answer for and the scientists and vets, both then and now. Private Eye issued an excellent supplement on the last outbreak, well worth a glance if you ever come across it.

By the way, you've probably figured out I'm not really Stalin as my real name listed at LJ suggests. It's a tribute to my Lithuanian Grandfather, at least a tribute of sorts. Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Gavin O'Driscoll. Good night though, it's that time here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-08 01:07 pm (UTC)
Pleased to meet you, Gavin.

I really am Tony Grist, as it says on the front page. :)
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2007-08-08 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ailz passed her OU course on the Enlightenment and Romanticism with a Grade 2. Brilliant!

Tell her congratulations!

The latest outbreak of Foot and Mouth seems to have been caused by spores escaping from the commercial research facility which has since been commissioned to produce a vaccine.

Isn't that the premise for every B-movie?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-08 03:13 pm (UTC)
1. Thanks, I'll pass it on.

4. Of course! I knew I'd come across the story before...
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[User Picture]From: red_girl_42
2007-08-08 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you made the Potterporn post because I found the discussion fascinating. It also launched a big debate between me and solar_diablo that has taken up most of this week. It's good to debate and hear alternate viewpoints. Although my brain is kinda tired lately. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-09 08:31 am (UTC)
That thread is still active. I've never known anything quite like it. And it's been good- I've learned a thing or two and have had my views substantially altered by what people have said.
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From: manfalling
2007-08-10 12:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats to Ailz!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-10 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll pass it on.
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