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2017 Fern of England Annual Photo Caption Contest

It’s been awhile since we did one of these; at least a year, obviously.  I’d forgotten how much fun the last one was, and we had lots of great entries.  The photo is courtesy of Yalensis, from the Russian papers, … Continue reading

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Comment Thread

Nothing else. Just a comment thread, to alleviate the browser issues. Hey, WordPress, what’s happened to my pagination?

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 360,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Counting The Dead – Soviet Losses in the Second World War – New Comment Thread

I concede defeat: I am too busy to post a new article right now, don’t even have one started, so it’s probably a couple of days away, and we have gone way over the comfortable level for comments to the … Continue reading

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The First-Ever Fern of England Photo Caption Contest

This is a fortuitous moment to take action on an idea proposed by Fern, as the comments are beginning to stack up in the previous post and I am going to be doing “family time” again and will be drawn … Continue reading

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Just Wait a Friedman – Then You’ll See/New Comment Thread

Stuffy, pompous New York Times columnist forever Thomas Friedman begins his most recent offering – reprinted in the Kyiv Post, where I saw it – thus: “One thing I learned covering the Middle East for many years is that there … Continue reading

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The Business of Disinformation – The West Gets Ready to Roll the Bones: continued/new comment thread

    It’s up to you how you wanna live: go out and have your fun You don’t wanna be a fugitive from the things you never done; Ain’t nobody gonna throw you a bone, to keep your hopes alive: … Continue reading

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Neighbouring Giants Edge Closer

The world is closing in; did you ever think that we could be so close like brothers? The future’s in the air, I can feel it everywhere; blowing with the wind of change… Although German metal band The Scorpions’ “Wind … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin Keeps Playin’ That Rock and Roll

Don’t you know that I was sittin’ back in Moscow I was playin’ those rhythm and blues And then I got a big offer For more money than I could refuse I had the chance to make it Playin’ anything … Continue reading

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Dancing With Delusion – Military Strategy 101 with Yulia Latynina

Everybody knows someone who is terrible at a particular hobby or chosen field of interest, but who stubbornly continues their pursuit of it in the face of considerable evidence that they have no aptitude for it. Motorhead and music, for … Continue reading

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