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Good things and a dull one

The world is full of tiny goodnesses.

  • I have learned, from Olive magazine, that there is a restaurant in Bristol, Flinty Red, which is named after a Roald Dahl short story.

  • There is a critical volume on Robin McKinley coming out at the end of the year.

  • What if Hobbits went on strike? (See also, the writing of.)

  • If I work a little ahead on NaNoNoWriMo this week, then I will be less behind next week; so far, so good.

  • I am excited when new countries come into existence. A small note in the Economist from last week alerted me to two new ones: they used to be part of the Netherlands Antilles, but that dependency is no more, and there are now new countries, St. Maarten and Curaçao, the latter of which I will be writing a Peppercorn post about, because how could I resist?

  • I am deeply certain I used a full volume of flour when I meant to halve the recipe for pastry, and certainly did for the other ingredients; nevertheless, it turned out reasonably enough. Relatedly, I have pie.


In less interesting news, nearly all the University of Toronto reunion events in London are targeted at MBAs. I would be more interested in economics-related lectures and workshops if their announcements bristled with fewer buzzwords.