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17 Apr 2014 (updated 17 Apr 2014 at 22:06 UTC) »

I was just at Tesco

I was just at Tesco. I did not previously know the checkout person.

CHECKOUT PERSON: So, that'll be £16.48.
MARN: (long pause) What happened in 1648? I thought it was the Spanish Armada. But that sounds like it should have been in 1548.
CHECKOUT PERSON: Yeah, that's definitely the Tudors. It was under Henry, wasn't it? The Mary Rose and all that.
MARN: I thought it was Elizabeth. Didn't Philip of Spain send the Armada because he wanted her to marry him?
CHECKOUT PERSON: Well, what you've gotta remember is, Spain as such didn't exist at the time. There were, like, two or three different states there, and then you've got the Holy Roman Empire making things more complicated...

(discussion continues for a while)

More of this, please.

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Syndicated 2014-04-17 20:19:11 (Updated 2014-04-17 21:12:31) from Monument

Aubergine song

Most of my set last night wasn't quite this lewd, but this was the only song that got recorded!



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Syndicated 2014-04-16 22:03:12 from Monument

airlock

It's an airlock!



yes, I am pathetic.

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Syndicated 2014-04-09 23:25:50 from Monument

Homer's ghost in Hitchin

Here is something wonderful. The poet George Chapman (1559-1634) was born, like me, in Hitchin. He is best remembered for his translation of Homer (as in Keats's sonnet "On first looking into Chapman's Homer"); he claimed that he made the translation because Homer's ghost appeared to him on Hitchin Hill and asked him to. This entry was originally posted at http://marnanel.dreamwidth.org/294116.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Syndicated 2014-03-30 21:23:21 from Monument

"little girl lost"

ITN has made a documentary where they put two children in a crowded shopping centre and told them to pretend to be lost. One person helped them; six hundred did not. I gather that part of the reason people didn't stop was that they were worried someone would mistake them for a child molester.

You remember that in the Good Samaritan story, the priest and the Levite passed the injured man by because they were worried society would stigmatise them as ritually unclean if they touched a corpse. And here, people ignore lost children because they're worried society will stigmatise them as dangerous perverts if they talk to stranger children.

(FWIW, I decided a long time ago that I would *always* question unaccompanied children despite any risk of misinterpretation by others.)

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Syndicated 2014-03-24 12:16:22 from Monument

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