Monthly Archives: December 2015

The halfway point

I’m just a little bit over halfway through my end-of-year vacation – I’ve got the rest of this week and the weekend, and then I’m back to work on Monday. There’s a really painful moment in every vacation from work, … Continue reading

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almost ready and on tenterhooks

Things I did yesterday: Worked a full day Erged 14 km and completed this year’s Concept 2 Holiday Challenge Paid a bill Medicated two cats Cooked a tasty Chicken Francese (A new recipe for me. Recipe note: I do recommend … Continue reading

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How to be Jewish – in 1846 London

I found something fascinating today: The Jewish Manual: Practical Information In Jewish And Modern Cookery With a Collection of Valuable Recipes & Hints Relating to the Toilette, written by Judith Cohen Montefiore, and published in 1846. Judith was the wife … Continue reading

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Dear Simon

Dear Simon Winchester, I know you know your history better than that. I also know you know you’re writing for people who don’t. Therefore, please do not oversimplify to the point of inanity. Thanks, Me I’ve liked several of Winchester’s … Continue reading

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Chanukah poem – peace in contradiction

I think this year’s Chanukah poem came out a little more bellicose than I was intending, so may need some explanation. I don’t actually mind may of the ways that Chanukah has grown due to being close to Christmas, because … Continue reading

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new thoughts on an old favorite

I’m rereading Freedom and Necessity, by Emma Bull and Stephen Brust, a book that’s been one of my great favorites for years, but somehow this time it’s the flaws that are striking me more. I can still feel the love … Continue reading

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Opabinia Chanukkianah

This may be the coolest menorah ever: . (I didn’t buy it, because I’m not really a biology person – more into physics. Now if someone made a nebula menorah this cool…. But I did buy a few other things … Continue reading

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