wellinghall: (Puffin)
"Thus, Lewis became even more influential, even the conversion of J.R.R. Tolkien, not to mention many children through the years."
Is the writer saying that Lewis was involved in the conversion of Tolkien? To what, precisely?
http://mobile.buffalonews.com/?articleRedirect=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buffalonews.com%2Fopinion%2Fletters-to-the-editor%2Fletter-lewis-influenced-many-with-his-works-of-fantasy-20160227

"JRR Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings on a stone table in the gardens of Merton College where he taught English."
Really?
http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/travel/2016/02/26/oxford-a-thoroughfare-into-history--and-magic

This fine fellow had crept into the breakfast room at our B&B.


And the breakfast bar at our B&B. I use the word "bar" advisedly ...
wellinghall: (Sea otter)
Sea otter at 21 minutes 29 seconds. Sea otter pup at 23 minutes 19 seconds.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0520t2w/alaska-earths-frozen-kingdom-1-spring
wellinghall: (Battleship)
Reading CJ Sansom's Dominion prompted me to find out more about this.

The Great Smog of '52 or Big Smoke was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather.

Although it caused major disruption due to the effect on visibility, and even penetrated indoor areas, it was not thought to be a significant event at the time, with London having experienced many smog events in the past, so-called "pea soupers". Government medical reports in the following weeks estimated that up until 8 December 4,000 people had died prematurely and 100,000 more were made ill because of the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the total number of fatalities was considerably greater, at about 12,000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog
wellinghall: (Tiger)
This is so good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-jo&feature=youtu.be

(Especially for the benefit of my overseas friends, who might not have seen this before)
wellinghall: (Honey badger)
One for the gamers -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28865399

The Economist on stories; worth reading, if only for the name of the writer quoted therein.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2014/08/children-and-religin?fsrc=gn_ep&google_editors_picks=true

For people who like WorldCons, this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMga-1TVZWc&feature=youtu.be
and this crib sheet: jacquemarshall.net/words/Seacon79_faces-140821.pdf
(warning: large pdf file)
may be of interest.

The YMCA sonnet:
http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/post/92079420643/ymca

Trundling lidar-guided printerbot will find you and deliver your hardcopy
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/26/trundling-lidar-guided-printer.html
wellinghall: (Jimmy)
Having watched Hitchcock's film "Spellbound" yesterday (with an impostor and psycho-analysts), I am now thinking of a Hitchcock-directed film of Blandings Castle. Cary Grant could play Galahad, with James Stewart as Lord Emsworth, Gregory Peck as Sir Roderick Glossop, and Jessie Royce Landis as Lady Constance Keeble, with the theft of the Empress of Blandings being the McGuffin. Alfred Hitchcock's trademark cameo appearance would be as Beech the butler.

What Happens When A Walrus Falls Asleep On A Surfacing Submarine?
http://observationdeck.io9.com/blockquote-lang-en-p-such-sleepy-rt-a-href-https-1549207124/1549433448/+rtgonzalez

Some vintage cameras:
http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/03/04/an-online-vault-of-the-most-awesome-cameras-ever-made/

With My Little Cthulhu Pony, Friendship is Madness
http://io9.com/with-my-little-cthulhu-pony-friendship-is-madness-1493243877

Shiny books
http://waterloobook.co.uk/

And shiny guns
http://www.purdey.com/guns-rifles/damascus-guns/
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"And so here, once again, is my annual plea for a proper biography to replace the original volume written by Humphrey Carpenter as long ago as 1977 ... A N Wilson, among half-a-dozen suitable candidates, would do a splendid job and should be signed up forthwith."
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/tories-please-note-money-isnt-everything-8210311.html

"Tolkien fans at Frankfurt Book Fair"
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/photos/7814617/Tolkien-fans-at-Frankfurt-Book-Fair

"An antiques dealer has gone on trial accused of selling books on eBay signed with fake autographs of public figures including Winston Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson and Pablo Picasso ... Police also found the forged signatures of JRR Tolkien, Oliver Cromwell, Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette at Mr Formhal's home, the court was told."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-19888984

"Tolkien fan paints her fantasies"
http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1517533--tolkien-fan-paints-her-fantasies

"'No decision is taken lightly. It's unbelievably painful at times trying to find the core essence of Tolkien...,' he said."
http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/14173-the-challenge-of-making-book-based-films
wellinghall: (Polar bear)
'Drunken' Broker Sent Oil to 8-Month High in 2009
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49197769

ETA: Franklin artifacts 'very exciting' find for archeologists
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/09/13/f-franklin-archeology.html?cmp=rss
wellinghall: (The Inn)
"Canada cheese-smuggling ring busted - policeman charged"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19751695
wellinghall: (Islip)
There's some publicity for Oxonmoot: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/9896402.A_feast_of_Hobbits_at_ready/

It's official: chocolate is good for you! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19402143

I've posted about this before, and now it's one of the most-read news stories on the BBC website ...
"An average of just 10 motorists a day are using a £1.3m car park built near Bristol, a council has admitted."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-19368355

Hundreds of racing pigeons disappear in North East: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-19374950
Attempted stingray theft reported: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-19398679
Hmm ... pigeon and stingray casserole, anyone?

ETA: This is an interesting way of putting it:
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/110123/pictures-of-uks-destroyer-off-alleged-malvinas-shore-unveiled

These guys are fantastic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tazf3xxeIos
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"Tolkien stayed many times in our house on visits to Ireland. These visits started in the 1950s. He came to Ireland for a couple of weeks each year acting as an external examiner of English in UCD."
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2012/0317/1224313474042.html

"Denmark is hosting a Tolkien event, a reading from The Hobbit no less, approved by royalty."
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012/03/07/54118-a-royal-tolkien-reading-in-denmark/

"European Union funds cross-border co-operation between Tolkien societies."
http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de/en/6852/europaische-union-fordert-grenzuberschreitende-zusammenarbeit-von-tolkiengesellschaften/

"Letter to a Friend: Coleridge Through Newman to Tolkien?"
http://www.hogwartsprofessor.com/letter-to-a-friend-coleridge-through-newman-to-tolkien/

"[Priscilla] had many wonderful insights into her father and his relationship with CS Lewis. She has vivid memories of CS Lewis coming to her home to visit her father on a frequent basis when she was a child."
http://southernorderspage.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/c-s-lewis-and-j-r-r-tolkien.html

"An interview with Tolkien´s Icelandic au-pair"
http://svanurg.blog.is/blog/svanurg/entry/1065767/

"An Interview with JRR Tolkien from Oxford June 1961"
http://larsgustafssonblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/interview-with-r-r-tolkien-from-oxford.html

"40 Years Ago, Checkpoint was not afraid to report the Tolkien Society AGM in full statistical detail."
http://news.ansible.co.uk/a296.html
http://checkpoint.ansible.co.uk/cp016.html#04

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