Index

Index, by Dennis Dutton was favourably reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the NY Times and the Washington Post. I put a hold on it while the Greater Victoria library system had it on order. As the reviews promised, the book has anecdotes about British writers, including the historian MacAulay, the 18th century …

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Wulfrunian

A Wulfrunian is a resident of Wolverhampton in the English midlands, once an industrial town in the English Black Country. 1 In the 19th century, many Irish immigrants to England lived and worked there. The English journalist and writer Sathnam Sangera notes in his 2021 social history book EmpireLand: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain …

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Bike Chains 6 – Durable Chain

Bikes Other Drive Systems The Sturmey-Archer 3-speed AW internal gear hub system was used on Raleigh bicycles for many years. There are articles and resources at Bicycle Technical Information (“BTI” – the Sheldon Brown site), such as “Servicing Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hubs“, and other manuals and support resources. There is a BTI article on Internal-Gear Hubs. …

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Curry in England

The London Review of Books (“LRB”) published “Too Specific and Too Vague“, a review by the English culinary writer Bee Wilson of two recent books that refer to the ways that Asian cooking met tastes in England. One book is about the work of 7 women presenting immigrant dishes in British and American restaurants and …

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Giving Up on NPR

In William Deresiewicz’s article in the online service UnHerd March 8, 2022 “Escaping American tribalism” he says that he started to listen to contrarian podcasts including Meghan Daum’s The Unspeakable in 2021, when he thought that American National Public Radio (“NPR”) has become partisan, on the “woke” side of the cultural divide: “Moral clarity” became …

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Bike Chains 3 – Lubrication Science

Lubricants Science The bicycle is made of materials and components “invented” by mechanics and engineers before late 19th century scientists articulated the periodic table of elements or the fundamental modern theories of physics and chemistry. The physicist Carlo Rovelli wrote: The ability to understand something before its observed is at the heart of scientific thinking. …

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