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Name your weapons

Sadly, we’ve recently been learning the names of weapons. There’s one name that’s the most successful name for a weapon in human history.

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Writing a wreath – adventures in poetry

From time to time I write poetry, though I wouldn’t want to encourage you to think I’m any sort of reliable guide. This blog post is about writing a type of verse called a wreath. Take from it what you can and disregard the rest. How many senses? A couple of weeks ago, my friend … More…

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Of the muse Clio and other daemons

Do you have a muse? Long ago I co-opted Clio, muse of history, but like Rudyard Kipling’s cat, she walks by herself and isn’t very reliable.