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What I’m reading

The history of the word worrying is itself revealing. Deriving from the Old English wyrgan, meaning ‘to kill by strangulation’, it was originally a hunting term, describing what dogs did to their prey as they caught it. The Oxford English … Continue reading

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What I’m reading

Photographer George D. Valentine, a consumptive Scotsman who came to New Zealand in the early 1880s for his health, spent a week on Rotomahana in 1885 and took a series of photographs of the terraces. Later, after the eruption and … Continue reading

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The point at the end of the world

“When Bill Clinton was inaugurated,” Alpert (Herb) said, “they had ten saxophone players at the party. It was mostly the young guns, but Gerry Mulligan was in there too. Afterward, he called me and said, ‘Man, you know, these young … Continue reading

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Tunnel-inappropriate vehicle

“When you suffer an attack of nerves you’re being attacked by the nervous system. What chance has a man got against a system?” – Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973) I was very nervous on Thursday. I … Continue reading

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