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Stretching It...

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And for centuries there were political links across the North Sea. The first Viking raid on Iona is thought to have taken part [sic] in 794...
The B.B.C. explains Scottish-Scandinavian political ties

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Expected Background Knowledge

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Anyone who has tried to get the address of a brothel in a strange city and has received the most long-winded directions, everything but the name of the street and the house number, will understand...
(Walter Benjamin, The Image of Proust)

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Good Grief

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I generally refrain from commenting on philosophical weaknesses in the writings of lawyers, in the hope that they in turn will remain silent about my tenuous grasp of legal principles, but this is deeply muddled:

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Walter Benjamin, Serial Killer?

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‘...those images that, severed from all earlier associations, reside as treasures in the
sober rooms of our later insights—like torsos in a collector’s gallery.’
(From Excavation and Memory)

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Scarily Improved

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Happy Fearmonger Day, when the time comes to highlight the cloud lurking within the most silvery of linings:

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Misuse of the Word ‘Chemical’ Award, May 2011

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But agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free melons were exploding. They cited the weather and abnormal size of the melon as factors... [One farmer] said he had used chemicals to boost their growth on 6 May, and the following day more than 180 melons exploded. Mr Liu was reported to be the only farmer …

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Lost In Tolkienisation

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Mordor Investments Limited

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From an Advert for Charity Volunteers

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‘To support individuals living in Yorkshire and The Humber regions who have sustained an acquired brain .’

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Church Engine Optimisation

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Sometimes it’s the peculiar sound of a Sermon against clipping (1694) that gives you a sense that either the past is a foreign country or at any rate other people’s doctrinal disputes are. At other times it’s the glut of peroration laced with occasional malice, as though every possible angle of the content of the text …

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Tomorrow’s News Today

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‘Difficult Decisions Ahead on Mars’ (B.B.C. News)

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