Many apologies for being such a fairweather friend, only rocking up when there is new Dr Who to be watched.
Some of you may have clocked that it’s been a crazy couple of years. I hope you and yours have all stayed well and in good health.
And also that you’ve remained in good spirits. Apocalyptic turmoil, dread and seclusion can…[Read more]
First off, Happy New Year everyone! 🙂
Ooh, well-played, I did not see that coming. There was even a bit when O offered to show Graham the doctor’s files, when I thought he must he a wrong ‘un. But by the time he was chasing after the plane I’d forgotten all about that and was rooting for him. Ha ha, trust no-one 🙂
Enjoyed, enjoyed, enjoyed a l…[Read more]
@thane16 Thanks for asking, and I hope you and yours are all ok. Savon Manor is looking rather unkempt. This is partly because we haven’t looked after it in the cold weather, and partly because we barely look after it anyway.
What is more, the groundsman (aka Mr Savon) has an…[Read more]
Hilarious, and bang on. She reminds me of Kathy Bates in Misery.
And it seems she’s survived yet again. Perhaps she’s handcuffed herself to the radiator?
I cringe thinking about the UK’s international reputation at this point.
Although I’m a passionate Remainer, I cling steadfastly to my belief that Remainers and Leavers…[Read more]
Ah, David Lidington. The man who insisted in Parliament (when he was Minister for Europe) that there would be no need for a double majority – or indeed any kind of threshold – because the referendum was “advisory.”
And who now, in spite of clear evidence that the whole thing was riddled with fraud, continues to treat the marginal outcome as an…[Read more]
@thane16 Thanks for the little @ragnarok. It did make me laugh. 🙂
We got our turkey from a really great local butcher. It was massive and got its own oven. (We’ve got a tiny kitchen, but 50% of it is one of those “range” things with two ovens.)
Mr Savon is the chef in our house, and…[Read more]
Happy New Year one and all, and I hope your festivities have been thoroughly brilliant.
We had a few hiccups here at the Manor. A heavy Christmas cold, a “kerthunk” in the car chassis at the exact least convenient time a chassis could possibly kerthunk, and – worst of all – giblets undetected in the turkey!
Still, a good time was had by all. The…[Read more]
I absolutely love this forum because it’s open to all while maintaining standards of civility and intellectual rigour, and a genuine sense of community.
It’s sad but no surprise that occasionally commenters…[Read more]
@mudlark I’ve enjoyed learning from our discussion and it would be nice if I could find some point of disagreement just to carry it on! But I think we see eye to eye and I just got a bit fixated on the common ancestor idea. 🙂
Ha ha, from my perspective, Middle English is a good example of what I’m talking about because it entailed such…[Read more]
@pedant I see what you’re saying. I think we’re probably on the same page but maybe the problem is my understanding of the word convergence.
My take is this: If you put two different groups of people together, speaking different languages, the people will want and need to communicate, as you say.
So the first generation will establish a very…[Read more]
Thanks for that @craig, yes that’s really interesting. I was convinced the Scottish vote made a big difference just because I’d heard it said so many times. I would add that I was joking and I don’t believe for a second there should be any onus on Scottish voters to take the English into consideration at the ballot box. In fact I think the idea is…[Read more]
@mudlark It’s a fascinating topic. Apologies, I misunderstood your original point about the German-ness (or not) of the Grimm tales. And thank you for your response. You have me curious about those ancient Irish tales 🙂
I take your point (and agree) that the similarities between myths can be explained in terms of the cross-fertilisation that you…[Read more]
@mudlark That’s fascinating. I always thought the Grimm tales were regional folklore.
I was introduced at uni to the enormous contribution that Jacob Grimm made to linguistics and philology. His work was on Indo-European languages (similarities in vocab and predictable, systematic differences in phonology.) He helped cement the hypothesis that…[Read more]
This episode for me is the gift that keeps giving, it’s so rich with allusions.
Thanks @nerys for your post. 🙂
@cathannabel I absolutely love Gide, The Vatican Cellars and The Counterfeiters being among my all-time favourite books. Haven’t read Theseus though, so that’s really fascinating thank you.
Sounds like a good game, let’s play.
*dons Poirot moustache* ‘Ello mah leetuhl Ehngleesh chuhms…
No hang on, that’s Eurotrash.
I have a couple of suspects in mind, but how do we know the culprit would come…[Read more]
I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine how it must feel to lose a partner or parent. I wish I knew the right words to say. Language is rubbish sometimes.
“if it seems we’ve wandered too far afield from the episode”… or maybe right to the heart of it?
Such a beautiful photo, Craig. I hope you get your dream tonight.
“this propensity to civility and this use of reason in the development of an argument”
Oh come on now that’s a bit strong. Did it never occur to you that some of us on here might not be the polite, reasonable people you take us for? Maybe we’re just really, really incompetent trolls.
I come on here with every intention of trolling. It…[Read more]
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