Dr Johnson And The Absolutists

‘This is the proportion. Let me see; forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman.’ Samuel Johnson made this remark after signing a contract with William Strahan, worth 1,500 guineas, on 18 June 1746, to publish a commanding dictionary of the English language…

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Spot The Bollard

The idea of simpler times, even as recently as two decades ago, is often jeered at. But it is in some respects true. Those who usually argue such a case, though, tend to be far too theocratic for my liking. Say what you like about the reactionaries and religious conservatives who wish to purify our society, but when I was a child, we didn’t have bollards from Geelong to Cairns…

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Russian Threats And The Anti-war Response

Georgian mythology would have it that a hero of sorts, a plagiarism of Prometheus to a certain degree, who is named Amirani, originated at the beginning of the first Iron Age. It is said that he had defied God by making humans familiar with the use of metal, just as Prometheus had once done. As a punishment, he is chained on the Caucasus and, further similarly…

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Censor Is As Censor Does

The authoritarians and despots have outdone themselves. As The Intercept reported, a leak has just shown that Google plans to have a customised version of their search engine that would be diluted to suit the needs of the communist government in Beijing…

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