Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Latin forms of address from Plautus to Apuleius” by Eleanor Dickey

Beautifully written and produced – hardly a single typo throughout. Her introduction is a fascinating survey of forms of address across languages, and is particularly interesting on English. Although much of the detail is there more for scholarly completeness than … Continue reading

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Mark 11.12-26 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, … Continue reading

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No one knows the origin of the Old English word “gylt” (“a crime”), but by the late 17th century it had developed its modern meaning of “a sense of having done wrong”, rather than just the “doing wrong” in the … Continue reading

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“Rambling on the Path to Rome” by Peter Francis Browne

For decades I’ve been an admirer of Hilaire Belloc’s The Path To Rome, so in a charity shop in Lancaster I grabbed at Peter Francis Browne’s account of his late-20th-century retracing of the same journey. Belloc’s walk had been a … Continue reading

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“The New Jerusalem” by Emanuel Swedenborg

Starts as a promising attempt to work out a spiritual life from first principles. Swedenborg’s (admittedly naive) mutually-derived binary oppositions (so Good and Truth give respectively Will and Intellect, which, again respectively, give Charity and Faith; so, Good leads to … Continue reading

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The Courtauld Gallery

A first proper visit since sixth form. Lots of very good stuff, particularly the Impressionists. Quite a revelation, in my recognising for the first time, through looking at the Impressionists, how all artists construct what is always in some sense … Continue reading

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