Part of my RIP VIII reading. Oliver is visiting his old Oxford tutor when Theo begins to tell him a […]
Posted on 19 September 2013 | By Fence | 2 responses
This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not […]
Posted on 31 August 2012 | By Fence | 1 response
Giovanni moves to a new city, and finds that his apartment overlooks an enclosed garden where beautiful flowers grow. And […]
Posted on 25 August 2012 | By Fence | 6 responses
Conrad Scalese’s latest opera was a great success. Unfortunately the theatre in which it was performed has just been stuck […]
Posted on 23 June 2012 | By Fence
It is hard to blurb this book. On the one hand it is about Vesuvius and volcanic explosions and disasters both natural and man-made. But it is also a book about the origins of the earth, of the universe, and about how precarious our existence is. How so much of what we are today is dependent on natural events a thousand years ago, or a millennia ago, or so long ago that it is almost pointless to count the time because it is so difficult to grasp those sort of numbers.
Posted on 8 May 2011 | By Fence | 2 responses
First things first, this is an awesome show. Awesome! Anyone who says different is just plain wrong!
When I first started watching Spartacus : Blood and Sand I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed. Obviously influenced by the style and look of 300 it seemed to be a show that existed only to show glossy violence and sex. And boy did it ever show that. But after the first few episodes it developed into a very enjoyable, almost addictive, show. But then its star was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and so film making was delayed as he underwent treatment. And so instead of a second season we got a prequel. Spartacus : gods of the arena. Don’t be fooled by that name in the title, this has no Spartacus as all, instead it tells the story of how John Hannah’s Lentulus Batiatus comes to run the family ludus, and how Crixus becomes a gladiator.
Posted on 23 March 2011 | By Fence | 6 responses
by Gail Carriger
If you haven’t yet read Soulless and Changeless then I am afraid that this review will contain spoilers for those two books. Always the way with reviewing books in a series.
I’ve just realised that I’ve never really mentioned the covers in my review of these books, but just take a second to take a proper look at them. Aren’t they wonderful! I’m not sure if that is exactly how I picture Alexia, she always seems, how would she put it, more substantial than the model on the cover, but the are so very appropriate. And just look at that othnithopter over Paris. Oops, spoilers, because yes, Alexia heads to France and then on to Italy. How exciting.
Posted on 31 October 2010 | By Fence
ISBN: 9780552772884 A simple answer to a simple question. That’s all Werner Schramm required. This book I loved. Loved. But […]
Posted on 14 August 2009 | By Fence | 2 responses
The final episode. I’m going to miss Lamb and Chicken, and even scheming Caesar/Octavian, not to mention bitch-Atia and all […]
Posted on 23 July 2007 | By Fence | 2 responses
We start off this episode with Brutus and Cassius riding along with their army. Brutus is in good form, he […]
Posted on 10 July 2007 | By Fence
After the excitement of the last episode it seems that Timon has refound religion as this episode begins with him […]