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Gompas

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Interesting article on the Lonely Planet website…

Know your gompas: a Lonely Planet guide to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

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Shadufs, prodigal sons, cuckolds and other anachronisms

Shadufs, prodigal sons, cuckolds and other anachronisms

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anachronismLanguage in historical and pseudo-historical stories.
We talked about it back when The Great Swape/Shaduf Debate took place, and I also discussed briefly Ancient Profanities, Their Use and Abuse*.

I tend to give a modicum of attention to the words I use and the way my characters speak.
And I realize their speech patterns and usages are anachronistic.
Nennius Britannicus’ men speak like soldiers in…

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Taking a hike

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Owen J. Lattimore did it the old way in Turkestan.

A few posts back, I mentioned watching the sky as a probably normal practice of ancient travelers.
Travel in the ancient world (and not so ancient, now that I think about it) was done on foot.
Walking.
Even if merchandise and goods traveled on the back of camels or horses, humans normally went on foot.
Walking is a way of going that’s close to the…

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Join the Party!

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1c2da034e4b54598aeed1af67cf2ec2fThe launch party for The Hand of Isfet is about to begin.

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The Hand of Isfetis the new…

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Singapore … or Istanbul

Singapore … or Istanbul

NCPortland2014Very short video today – I was discussing noir with my friend Lucy a few hours back.
Onething led to another and we checked the program of the Noir City Portland event that’s taking place in this weekend.
Yes, we sighed a lot, and lamented the fact that we live at the borders of the empire and all that.

BUT!
On the festival website I saw the poster for this 1947 exotic film noir.
Singapore.
Featuri…

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Karavansara on Pinteres

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I seldom post a reminder for the Karavansara pinboard on Pinterest.
Just in case, here it is…

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The story of the guy that opened a pub

The story of the guy that opened a pub

desert_road_near_wakra__qatar_by_giardqatar-d4m6fkbIt’s been a bad few days, with more bad days to come.
And as you’re reading this, my Italian-language blog is officially on indefinite hiatus.

It’s been a painful decision – strategie evolutive has been around for seven years, and it has sometimes been my home much more than the physical places in which I have lived.
It’s been fun, but it was not fun anymore. (more…)

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Talk like a pirate!

Talk like a pirate!

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PiratePrimerHoy, cammarados!
Now stab me if it ain’t the bawcocky Talk Like a Pirate Day, on this nineteenth of September in the year of Our Lord 2014!

This being so, methinks I’ll make ya savvy ’bout a nice fine book that will leran you the pirate lingo proper.

Mark this, The Pirate Primer, by the esteemed George Choundas, printed by the Writer’s Digest Books press and sold by pamphlet peddlers and…

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Writing Prompt – Clouds

The beginning or the end of a story?

Writing Prompt – Clouds

The beginning or the end of a story?