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Vita Brevis

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In Kingsor’s Last Summer a character quotes this old Chinese poem

Life passes like lightning  whose brightness there is hardly time to see 

Although the earth and the sky stand still, 

How swiftly time flies over the face of man. 

Oh, you, who are before a full glass and do not drink! 

Tell me, who are you still waiting for?

The book says it’s by Li Tai Pei and I think this is the same poet as Li Bai 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Bai
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I took a PCR test

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 28 Aug 2021, 20:36

Really overpriced!!! I felt I was paying through the nose.

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What I’m reading

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 28 Aug 2021, 00:49

Klingsor’s Last Summer, by Hermann Hesse.

It’s fiction but I guess from what I’ve read so far that Hesse might have been bipolar.

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Syllogism

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 27 Aug 2021, 15:57
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All roses are flowers.
Some flowers fade quickly.
Therefore some roses fade quickly.
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Is this a valid inference?

Source: Thinking fast and slow, by Daniel Kahneman



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Word Of The Day

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New to me, I found this in today’s Times

Emmiserate

Actually I think the word is

Immiserate 

And it means make poor and/or unhappy.



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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road

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For a dare.

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One Liner

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 26 Aug 2021, 02:31

We used to do the washing up in strict rotation. But we got out of sync.

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Mot Du Jour - Pamplemousse

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 25 Aug 2021, 00:34

French for grapefruit, and the name of the chief character in the book Monsieur Pamplemousse by Michael Bond, author also of Paddington Bear.

I don’t know why but the word suddenly popped into my head, and it made we wonder (for some reason) what grapefruit is in other European languages.

Looking at a few, there are basically two strands

1. Many languages, such as German, Danish, Russian, Gaelic ohave borrowed the English word, and that seems to have arisen from the fruits growing in clusters like grapes. I looked at some images and they really do, so the etymology is plausible.

2. Other languages have borrowed from Dutch pompelmoes = ‘fat lemon’, hence pamplemousse and Italian pompelmo etc.

I love grapefruit but I can’t really eat them nowadays because they might interfere with my medication.

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A Proverbial Expression Come True

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They held the card machine to one side of my nose, and I brought my Apple Watch up to the other, to make a contactless payment. I was literally paying through the nose.

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Famous Quote

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The barrister F. E. Smith (later 1st Earl of Birkenhead) was renowned for his sharp wit in court. For example

Judge: I have read your case, Mr Smith, and I am no wiser now than I was when I started. 
Smith: Possibly not, My Lord, but far better informed.

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Love Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 23 Aug 2021, 01:41

Touching your pillow

Watching your pale brown eyes

Never to forget

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Puzzle

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There’s bigots but no smallots. Why is this?

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Time For The Vac - A Poem

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There were three cats sat in a snug,

Purr, purr, purr.

And shed their hairs upon the rug,

Fur, fur, fur.

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Dining and Whining

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Oh god this food is crap.

Hate the decor.

Plates are cold.

This chair is doing my back in.

Really slow service.

Background music is rubbish.

And too loud.

Don’t think much of the view outside the window.

Why did we come here.

Don’t know big mistake.

How many stars?

0/5




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Golden Mean

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I believe in moderation. But only to a degree.

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Governors and Cybergovenors

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‘Gubernator’ and ‘Cybernaut’ are ancestral the same word, which meant steersman, in Latin and Greek.respectively. How remarkable, that govern retains a similar meaning, yet cyber has gone its own way.

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Haiku

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Light morning rain

When it stopped

We could hear a buzzard.

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One liner

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Sad news today. The inventor of the candle extinguisher has snuffed it.

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News From The Garden

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First ripe outdoor tomatoes. They taste wonderful.



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Dad Joke

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Not sure where I heard this one.

How would you organise a wedding in space?

Plan it.

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Dad Joke

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Not sure where I heard this one.

How would you organise a wedding in space?

Plan it.

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Lettuce Knockout

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 12 Aug 2021, 01:05

The Greek physician Hippocrates of Cos recorded in about 430 BCE that lettuce has sedative properties and it does indeed contain a mild narcotic. Perhaps taken to excess it could cause salad daze.

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I say I say I say

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 8 Aug 2021, 22:11

I say I say I say, on the way here I heard some sheep singing.

What were they singing?

I don’t know, I only caught the first few baas.

(Traditional joke)

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Steam!

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This is the terminus of the North Norfolk Railway, which runs from Sheringham to Holt about 5 miles away. At this time of year there are about 9 trains each way a day, and the majority are pulled by steam which is rather thrilling!


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Crossword Clue

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Beat in jug for eggs we hear? (5)


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