January 12th, 2020

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Given that the English language has established a clear difference between the words habitable and inhabited, this is either a mistranslation (the original was, of course, habitable, which isn’t much to write home about) or an indication that the Russian language hasn’t developed such a difference. I suspect the former, but off the top of my head, I don’t know of a pair of words that will express this difference.

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Clippings from the press...

1) I thought that the Australians are known for having a large proportion of climate change deniers, but this article in the Spectator describes how strict their government is on protecting trees and even dead wood, and suggests that this excessively green policy may be responsible for dangerous fires. I’ve no idea whether it’s right or not, but it certainly is a perspective I am not familiar with:



2) Rod Liddle on the saber-rattling about Iran. Quite funny:

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So, there are people, "a few" people, who want to be speakers at conferences, but don’t know what to speak about. Why do they covet that speaking role then? Isn’t it perverse? I can understand the situation when people are asked to speak, or when they apply because they have something they want to share, — but this?