• Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Whisht  @blenkinsopthebrave  @winston  @pedant @thane16

    Sadly I didn’t see the first moon landing live, although I was well aware it was happening. At the time I was working as a supervisor on a large excavation in southern England. The hours were long, the work demanding – not to mention the after-work social life – and I simply didn’t have th…[Read more]

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Re-evaluating the Third Doctor

    @JimTheFish

    The opinion of the third Doctor which you expressed in the opening paragraphs is, as you may or may not remember, similar to mine. On reflection, though, I wonder how much in my case this is the […]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Oh you are just showing off now

    And the list wasn’t even complete 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the fainting episode, and commiserations. It’s a horrible feeling just before you black out and, as you say, very embarrassing when it happens in public. At one time I had quite a history of that kind of thing (low blood pressure) but not so much…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @JimTheFish

    Very sad news. I remember him chiefly in Blake’s 7 in which the sardonic and amoral Avon was my favourite character by far. Anti-heroes for me, every time, and he played the part so well.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Sublimi vertice are in the ablative singular masculine

    You are, of course, correct; very sloppy of me. I think that initially it did register subliminally that sublimi couldn’t relate to sidera,  but I must have been thinking more about the sense and not paying full attention to the grammar. Anyway, I told you my Latin was very…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16  Syzygy

    The above post is addressed to you, but I’m not risking an edit to rectify my having messed up the @

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    This site seems to have taken a dislike to me 🙁   That’s the third time in a row that it has messed up my post with code and then cast into oblivion when I tried to edit it.

    @thane 16

    lofty stars will move my way”  is either a translation so free as to significantly alter the sense – which is that Maecenas approval of him as a lyric poet…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    *Sigh*  Another post lost to the ether. Try again.

    @thane16

    But spade and palm could be considered similar? Under Callimachus’ rules spade and palm are ‘open’ and an ‘offering’ -or so I thought…..

    Not so much in this case. <i>Pala</i>: a spade i.e. a long handled tool used for digging (or, according to my dictionary, the socket in a finger ring…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Second attempt, the first having disappeared into the ether.

    I’m not sure what you are asking here. If it is an opinion on whether or not the verse is Pindaric, I’m not the person to ask. If it is a comment on the meaning and ‘the last word’, I’ll have a go.

    Although I studied Horace’s Epistles, which was one of our set books for ‘A’…[Read more]

  • Has anyone here in the UK been watching the latest from RTD – ‘Years and Years’?  The reviewers – at least those I have read – have been enthusiastic, though there has, been the inevitable carping BTL  -‘ third rate imitation of Black Mirror’, ‘diversity-by-numbers’, ‘BBC left wing agenda’ etc. etc.  But, since I regard the BBC as far less left wi…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @janetteB

    the historical integrity of a building ….. is always difficult to balance that against maintaining livability

    The Listing system in England, when it works as intended, is supposed to accommodate this balance, and certainly isn’t intended to prevent alteration or additions, so long as Listed Building Consent is applied for and the p…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @janetteB

    I think the wooden structure is organic enough to “fit”

    That was my reaction also, especially as, so far as one can tell from the photo, the structure appears to be at the rear of the building where there were probably various outhouses and lean-tos originally. The problem over planning consent has arisen, I suspect, because the bui…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @craig

    I just talk to them.

    And that, and above all listening, is the first and most important thing and what the Samaritans are trained to do – not to counsel or comment or advise, just to listen. Because in many cases it seems to be the lack of someone to talk to who will actually stop and listen to them which drives people to that desperate…[Read more]

  • @Craig  @janetteB

    I believe he was viewed as a safe pair of hands

    And therein, I think, lies a problem. Because if a safe pair of hands is all the producers of the show have to fall back on Doctor Who will inevitably, whether in the short, medium or longer term, stagnate and lose the magical element which has, with a intermittent hiccups, kept it…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    TV in reception areas is a menace, but in the clinics and outpatients departments in the hospital here (as far as my experience goes – six different clinics and outpatient departments and counting) the TVs in reception and waiting areas are generally tuned to the BBC News channel and have the sound off and subtitles only, so…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16

    How do you solve a problem like a vinca? On the assumption that your problem plants are catharanthus roseus and you grow them as annual bedding plants I was sufficiently intrigued to look up the recommended growing conditions and possible problems. In its original habitat it grew on sandy and limestone soils in woodland, grassland and…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    I have a strong suspicion that we are not talking about the same plant. The vinca minor in @pedant ‘s photo and the vinca major which lurks at the back of my shrubbery – aka lesser and greater periwinkle – are the common varieties in these parts, native to Europe and adjacent regions,  and they are low growing hardy, e…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    Scrub my tentative identification above; it’s evident that my visual memory is becoming less reliable. Yesterday, working in the garden, I came across some Greater Periwinkle lurking at the back of the shrubbery – it rarely flowers, which is why I tend to overlook it. With that as a more immediate basis for comparison I can confidently…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    Periwinkle certainly, but without a measure of scale it’s difficult to be certain whether greater (vinca major) or lesser (vinca minor).  Judging by the shape of the leaves alone I suspect that it is probably vinca major. The leaves of vinca minor are narrower and more lanceolate and the plant as a whole, needless to say, is smaller. One…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    The way I’ve been feeling lately, Madlark wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate.

    It’s definitely not Dog Violet, although that was my first thought until I took a closer look.  Ground Ivy was the next thing that came to mind, evoking memories of my rural childhood, but considering how long it is since I last saw the latter I did check in…[Read more]

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