In Norwegian, an umbrella is called paraply. It takes its name from the French (presumably) parapluie. It means defence against the rain. A parasol is designed to use as defence against the sun. This lady in front of me today was using her umbrella to protect herself against the snow. I wonder if there is… Continue reading Linguistic question
I rather like this article: Does having a king or a queen make a country stronger? – Sentinel & Enterprise. Mainly because it articulates why I follow royalty – the historic ties to the past and the future is what gets me interested in it. It also makes me remember a Danish newspaper comment after both… Continue reading Does having a king or a queen make a country stronger?
I was at a book talk tonight. The journalist who talked about “books that had been important in his life” was funny and made most of the books sound interesting. The problem was that I have read some of the books he talked about. And I did not like them at all. The first one… Continue reading Important books in your life?
If you have Twitter: Which famous people do you follow, and why?
*giggle* Originally uploaded by librarian_triumphant Tina Brown’s Diana is a great Christmas gift for “Your Grandma” according to the Borders staff. I’m not sure what this says about the general perception of royal watchers (that we’re all 80 year olds?). I do own a copy of it. And I wouldn’t classify myself… Continue reading Borders and royal books
Evidently, the big topic with Prince William of Wales these days, is that he’s growing a beard. Or can’t find a razor. Whichever you think is likely. The issue seems to be when he will shave it off, as the RAF doesn’t quite see the necessity of beards in their service.