Posts from 28th November 2007

Nov 07

Lollards Visual Aids: Angry Cartographers

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For those of you baffled by my less than entirely clear descriptions on tonight’s Lollards Of Pop, here are some handy links to some of the map projections mentioned in the programme:

Standard Mercator
Americentric Mercator
Goode Homolosine
Gnomonic Octahedral
Werner (heart shaped)

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 2, Week 3

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Toby Keith is The Angry American. Arno Peters is a lyingmisleading swine (and German), the size of Brazil, the world in the shape of a heart. The sound of rattling pots and pans “Dude, this is Resonance”. Tanya targets the murderer Richard Marx. Sporting National Anthems. The amazing Hey Say Jump’s World Volleyball Championship Theme. The role of bumpkins, poachers and yokels. The midweek number one – congratulations to Swell Maps.

Thoughts On The Hobbit

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For the past few months I’ve been reading The Hobbit aloud to my wife – it’s relaxing for both of us and good practise for future readings to a probably more restless audience. I think it’s the first time I’ve read the book since I was seven or eight – I’d remembered the outline but not the details. Here’s some stuff I thought about it:



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agathaThe seeds of the detective fiction genre were planted with Poe’s 1841 publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue, but it was The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868) that introduced many of the now classic features of the genre – viz – a country house robbery, a celebrated investigator, bungling local constabulary, false suspects, the ‘locked room’ problem, the ‘least likely’ suspect solution.  By the 1920/ 1930s the genre was firmly established, and enjoying a golden age, seeing stories published by the ‘Queens of Crime’ – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham, who introduced us to detectives such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, Chief Inspector Alleyn, Albert Campion (and less well known – Sayers’ other amateur detective – the wine salesman Montague Egg). The golden age helped cement the various characteristics (clichés even) that modern audiences feel are indicative of the genre.
In 1929 the crime writing priest* Ronald Knox wrote his Ten Commandments for detective fiction:

1. The criminal must be mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow.  
2. All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.  
3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable.  
4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end.  
5. No Chinaman must figure in the story.


Pop Open Week 14.1

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No revealing in comments! No theme either – just enjoy the anonymised pop…