10 May 2010

The Lumberjack song in German

Just for a second, I wouldn't be spending any more time here for a while, but this event is too momentous: International Monty Python Status Day. And what could be better to celebrate the day than this:

Back to that vacation now. And thanks to Liza.

09 May 2010


Due to various family affairs this blog will hibernate for the duration of two months.

Take care you all and don't take no wooden nickels from no strangers.

07 May 2010

Dubai police chief arrests himself as a Mossad operative


Falklands oil and Patrick Robinson

It wouldn't be the first time when the reality slavishly follows a writer's imagination. Still, judge for yourself: May 6, 2010, Guardian:

.A British company has struck oil in the Falkland Islands for the first time, threatening to ratchet up the diplomatic dispute with Argentina.

A report about the announcement in La Nacion, Argentina's leading newspaper, prompted anguished reader comments. "They continue robbing us from under our noses," said one. "After a war, the winner imposes the conditions," said another.

Argentina lost a brief 1982 war with Britain over islands it calls the Malvinas. It still claims sovereignty and terms British control an occupation
And now this: Ghost Force, Patrick Robinson, 2006:
The year is 2011.

An oil-hungry world is starving . . .

. . . and Argentina, with Russia's help, is determined to brutally wrest the petroleum-rich Falkland Islands from British hands. Enraged over this brazen act of international piracy, Great Britain dispatches a battle fleet to the islands for the second time in thirty years

Otherwise, it's not a very good book, as the readers justifiably complain. But so what?

06 May 2010

Open letter to NYT editor

The letter below reached our department by mistake, and we feel that it's our duty to make it available to the public:

Dear Sir/Madam,

In the selection of "Chinglish" signs that you have published recently on your esteemed site, there appears a picture that, in my humble opinion, doesn't belong to the selection:
As a person who have purchased and tasted on several occasions the beverage appearing in the picture, I hereby declare that it is not, I repeat, NOT a case of erroneous or, indeed, funny use of your highly esteemed language.

With profound respect,

Your ... [signature]

02 May 2010

Times Square bomb and CNN - the night after

Here come snapshots of the on-line front pages of four different media sources, taken a few hours after the incident (click on the image to enlarge).



Fox News:

And now - CNN:

Find the common missing element. No prizes.