E.E. Cummings, I have found what you are like
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The Price of Rising Fees →
”If you pay up to £50k for an undergraduate course, you don’t want a good education, you want a good degree. The two are not identical. A word that is much out of fashion nowadays in academic circles is “discipline”, as in “the discipline of history”, or even “fine art”. The flabby term “subject area” is preferred. But if it’s to...
Baffling movie posters. →
These are… Something special. It makes me really want to know more about the Polish psyche!
Medieval advice on raising daughters.
Essentially: Wild animals, unused to men, don’t like being touched. Apply this wisdom to ensuring your daughters remain chaste…! For зif yong wenches ben wel ikepte and iholde þat þei go not astraying aboute, þei ben not onliche schamefast but also hauen þerby a manere wildenesse þat is best to saue and kepe chastite in зonge wenches. For we seen þat ful wilde beestes bycomen tame...
Favourite Middle English word of the day
LEME (n.): 1. (a) A flame, fire; (b) a flash, gleam of light, comet’s train, lightning; (c) a ray, beam of light; lemes of light, rays of light; lemes light, bright beams; ?light of a beam; also fig. 2. (a) Light; radiance, brightness; (b) daylight; loftes ~, ~ of the lift, lightes ~, ~ o (daies) light, daylight, light of day; bi this ~, by this light of day. 3. (a) Fig. Christ, God,...
Transgender Day of Remembrance →
Many of my friends have been aware of LGBT activism around issues of queer youth suicide etc, but often the T in that acronym gets forgotten about. Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I’ll also add a note from this blog, which makes the useful point that this shouldn’t just be a dead to remember death-by-violence, but also by apathy. “[T]transphobia kills not just by...
I say to myself: what a wonderful world. →
I love National Geographic, and their photo competitions also bring out some amazing talent. This one in particular made me gasp aloud: (Montana; Sean Heavey) More extraordinary shots here.
What fresh hell is this from the UN? →
“The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and ARC International are deeply disappointed with yesterday’s vote in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly to remove a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and ARC...
The War on Irony | Science | guardian.co.uk →
What if a terrorist tweets about the suicide bombing they’re about to engage in (“heading to parliament - gonna explode in those MPs faces innit, lol!! #salafijihad #ftw #virgins”) and nobody takes them seriously? The risks are just too great.
November 11th // Grass
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo, Shovel them under and let me work— I am the grass; I cover all. And pile them high at Gettysburg And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor: What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass. Let me work.
Certain Songs: Craigslist missed connection... →
certainsongs: You hooked up with my buddy and he brought you an envelope - m4m - 36 (Columbus) Date: 2010-11-07, 1:29PM EST Reply To This Post Hey there. I chatted with you but lost your e-mail address and chat name. You hooked up with my buddy about a couple of weeks ago after I posted an item on… Blair always finds the best Craigslist stuff.
Tom Lubbock: a memoir of living with a brain... →
This is beautiful and intensely sad. It made me cry.
The 55 Funniest Signs From the Rally to Restore... →
two tier fee system = two tiers of opportunity
Nobody wins in a two tier system. And that is what these changes are going to bring. Top universities will all charge the top rate. The government proposes first year scholarships for poorer students. Because of course less economically able students won’t be thinking about beyond their first year. For many people I know, going to university - with fees of between £1000 and £3000,...
24 Hours to Save Sakineh →