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Classicist. Hon Research Fellow, Dept of Greek and Latin, UCL. Working on Homer, Religion, and Historical Linguistics. Solicitor (no longer practising). RTNE.

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@liamsims @AbeBooks This cannot be happening! 😬 @Digitalnun 🙏 @GregHGilles @cguyver As they say about Yorkshire, you can take the man out of Tower Hamlets but you can’t take Tow… https://t.co/8L7T0mItiNIn competition with @cguyver’s Beautiful Surrey, may I present you with Demonic Tower Hamlets? https://t.co/biyEMDSbs4 @EdwardQuine @RobinWardSSH @FrPeterAnthony 🤣🤣🤣 @RobinWardSSH @FrPeterAnthony I think my cat is frankly a far better advert for the church. Here she is in page-tur… https://t.co/HNf7Wy12jc @RobinWardSSH As @FrPeterAnthony has noted, this looks more like an advert for a washing machine.
11/25
2020
@carlosfnorena @thomsen_cph I used to sit in the basement of No 10 Merton St when it still housed the squeeze colle… https://t.co/tWjwYgbdAk @adriandkelly By no means for the first time, I reflect on what a decent place Scotland is. @SophieGraceCha1 know… https://t.co/zcKt8jsyty @FaraiUnVers @FrPeterAnthony The church has to be Bolder. There used to be a soap powder called Bold. @liamsims @aglmasters @danieljtmckay Happy Birthday! Many happy returns!! @liamsims @DrFrancisYoung @theUL That said, my own collecting has gone down a different path. I take pleasure in ge… https://t.co/KLnERbsLwg @liamsims @DrFrancisYoung @theUL As an undergraduate in the 80s, I was president of the Oxford University Society o… https://t.co/fODr4r4XhW @liamsims @theUL Perfectly reasonable to have multiple copies. I do exactly the same. Sometimes for less good reasons than you. 😬
11/24
2020
@UNGLambert @DrDadabhoy I remember my old tutor once remarking, with a characteristic Oxonian sniff, “What do they… https://t.co/oYCpfhZBgt @beaversnducks 🙏🕯🕯🕯Very happy to receive @Disc_light’s beautiful 2021 Yorkshire calendar today. I shall enjoy a year of looking at his… https://t.co/GDlfNt2VMN @FrPeterAnthony So there was some sort of manufacture of something like but unlike Chinese silk that the Romans cal… https://t.co/ODQkFhwcoG @FrPeterAnthony That said, the Elder Pliny (Natural History 11. 26. 76 knew that it came from grubs). He also says… https://t.co/mR2Y2O9vyi @FrPeterAnthony Virgil Georgic 2.121 refers to the Seres (~Chinese) combing silk from the leaves of trees. They cle… https://t.co/JO6khh3All
11/23
2020
@john_ritzema I always expect there to be an episode of The Archers where either Peggy or Jill earnestly explains t… https://t.co/hNjin0FFxN @JWartke It’s a good film with some great lines. “Auric Goldfinger? Sounds like a French nail varnish.” @mission_priest Much nicer. @mission_priest I entirely share the pleasures and satisfactions of typography and printing. But Gill Sans? I read… https://t.co/FQj3yBzTpk @FrDidymus I remember a rather arresting sermon where we were told, “OK, so you’re not Hitler or Pol Pot or Jack th… https://t.co/e0wyXJUaQ3 @rbnmyr I don’t know what any of this means but I am very happy for you, Robin! 🙂My cooking today has been bumpy My roux has become rather lumpy But I'm not out in Oz Which is lucky because The ro… https://t.co/Ie6I7vLW6h
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @DrFrancisYoung Odd mix: three-day week, power cuts, long hot summer of ‘76, Queen’s silver jubilee, ABBA, Grunwick… https://t.co/VGlStFwoZu
11/22
2020
@GregHGilles Hell’s bells. That must be extremely painful. You’ve gouged out rather a lot. 🤕 @stephanuscoombs @adriandkelly @DannyBate4 Yes. Things in Yorkshire like [æstɘ fʊndɪt] for “hast thou found it” and so on. @DannyBate4 Thou and thee were alive and well in Yorkshire in my boyhood among some older people, some people away… https://t.co/ltGe2xxzNr @mission_priest I still can’t get used to the Nova Vulgata psalter. So many psalms are familiar from the Gallicana… https://t.co/ZYK7x3MVIN @FrederickArmour Can #southernengland Twitter advise on clouts? @keenerclassics 🙂 @stephanuscoombs @cguyver It’s an odd expression. Still, as you say, it makes things easier. One of the Balliol por… https://t.co/Pmt32s0By7 @cguyver @stephanuscoombs Mine ran our during Lockdown 1.0. I guess there is no point in (or possibility of) renewi… https://t.co/44h14YgjAe @stephanuscoombs @cguyver I bought an MA gown and hood in the early 90s from S&W. I don’t recollect anyone asking f… https://t.co/aSh1G5xUR5 @stephanuscoombs No. I don’t wear mine much but I have one. I got the most recent replacement at S&W during a storm… https://t.co/YD7uZU93LAA big, big shout out to daughter no.1 Emma Spoor for passing her exams - FRC Path. - excelsior! Hopefully the plagu… https://t.co/xxOvdP8GdQ
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @FrederickArmour That takes me back to my Yorkshire roots. Do people in the south have dish clouts?
11/21
2020
@PriceLaurence @DannyBate4 It has crossed my mind to wonder if those σήματα λυγρά are not a sort of knowing joke (n… https://t.co/waom0ACX62 @rbnmyr Nice. Beside fox cf. cougar. @stephanuscoombs @bluedot_UK Nave - I especially like that. The wheel sense is not at the front of my mind. Brings back words like felley. @EdwardQuine I wondered that myself. OED is cautious about whether the sense of ‘group’ really does belong with the… https://t.co/4G7hJprWW1 @ArmandDAngour This struck me too. But it seems to me that quite a few pairs are metaphorical. Table as in chart is… https://t.co/e2P0UPjBGz @dgmargolin Ha! @ArmandDAngour I did wonder ... @ArmandDAngour Nice one. All the same, I worry that the sense of ‘lavatory’ is too little removed from that of ‘quagmire’.New game. Caddy: tea box or golf slave Gum: tooth socket or tree sap Quarry: stone source or sad animal Band: h… https://t.co/BMiUAHvmTb @cguyver Those old-fashioned manual typewriters are the best! 🙂 @clearlyGG Brain-fag. Interesting. I thought it was brain-fog. Smoker’s complaint?RIP indeed. Very sad to hear of her death. https://t.co/ZjLlvZswVl @FrederickArmour Ah! Better than the TV then. I’m fairly strong of stomach, but even so. But even in this Fox rema… https://t.co/xzxHW1Ab2e @eeprodi @Quatr_us @solisnatus @MagisterConway Well said. Sir Harold Bailey was one of the most polyglot scholars e… https://t.co/NQv7KjLJoN @FrederickArmour I have to confess to not having seen the original. Max von Sydow is, of course, a legend. I baulk… https://t.co/68kZQ82SK7Glancing at Fox TV’s quite slick remake of The Exorcist, I wondered to myself as soon as Mrs Towers came on screen,… https://t.co/dZNq1GGyRf @VicarOfClee Congratulations!!! @mission_priest @ChCh_Oxford Please don’t forget to show us Teilo in Christmas outfit. @hugo_greenhalgh 19 3/4 is fantastic. Long may Mishka continue! We lost Mildred in September aged 19. https://t.co/F9xQA07N8T
11/20
2020
@LuciaNixon @lizgloyn Many happy returns! @stephanuscoombs @eeprodi Yes. One sees MM referred to as The Magdalen. (Also a place, of course, but perhaps forgotten.) @stephanuscoombs I think in Latin Aquino was rendered Aquinas and I have seen him referred to as de Aquinate. @badphilologist There are worse places ... 🙂
11/19
2020
@mythsbaby @DocCrom Iliad 2.515 ὃ δέ οἱ παρελέξατο λάθρῃ· It describes Ares lying “secretly” or stealthily beside A… https://t.co/UnJxEj3v2i @mythsbaby @theancientgeeko Hes. Th. 278ff says παρελέξατο. The verb literally means “lay beside in bed”. But it is… https://t.co/uTdAVmivLi @iamunholyjoe @JayneOzanne @OzanneFoundn @EdwardQuine Interesting. I didn’t know Xavier was a place. I thought he was St Francis Xavier de la (Place). I hav… https://t.co/AY4dQwapyr @EdwardQuine Could that be because Xavier isn’t a place and so it’s like using somebody’s middle name? @cguyver Deeply Catholic country! 🙂 @cguyver Ha! Certainly they say Thomas and we are expected to understand thereby the Doctor Angelicus. I wonder i… https://t.co/NFqBn9iFdI @EdwardQuine That’s very odd. Thank you.Just saw TV drama where priest goes to the « St Aquinas Retreat Centre. » Since when do we say St Aquinas? Do we say St Assisi? Or St Padua? @Bloodyromcom 🤣🤣🤣 @peter_sarris The existence of other road users comes as a constant surprise to some. @mission_priest “He ordered for her a life of great austerity - including physical suffering.” Er ..... @FrDidymus Somebody commenting on this once said rather acutely that it was as though those who talk most loudly on… https://t.co/isXCs71jQh @badphilologist https://t.co/JPwCx0lSfK @LinguistJosh You might think it means they had a warming Scots cereal for breakfast. But it’s a long way from bein… https://t.co/VjyMlytwBf
11/18
2020
@sapphicapuella Likewise! 🙂This was really excellent from @sapphicapuella. I learned a lot of interesting stuff about Φ, about censorship, abo… https://t.co/dJjlXhygkpLambeth Bridge on my #dailywalk https://t.co/uMkqDa3m3b
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @stephanuscoombs @tufnelljimmy Ah yes. Very good. When I got my OLD the two-volume presentation was not an option.… https://t.co/cZsbL973RZ @tufnelljimmy How splendid. I feel like that about my very grubby and battered copy of the small Liddell & Scott. I… https://t.co/PGm7uRprN3 @tufnelljimmy Pleased to see Lewis & Short. Fond as I am of my OLD, I am not persuaded to throw out my Lewis & Shor… https://t.co/ZRJCs8Giyh
11/17
2020
Well done for doing this, and God bless you @RobbieRinder
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @cguyver I have a friend in Minsk  Who has a friend in Pinsk  Whose Friend in Omsk   Has friend in Tomsk  With friend in Akmolinsk ... @tonythorne007 @DannyBate4 Austin would have liked this. Daleks are using pro-drop English. So it’s as though they… https://t.co/YaFiSBKnx0 @DannyBate4 Injunctive (Brahminic daleks). @HIVBlogger 😬 @JLC1956 @csoppenhuizen Yes! Without knowing it at the time! Thanks. 🙂 @csoppenhuizen Plumbing.“I’m an expat” • banal • boring • what are you, an American in Florence or something? “I’m an émigré” • classy… https://t.co/aWKzX12XUi
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @ypma_albert @claytonhutchins Good point. You can see why. Pedagogy says to concentrate on what you plan to read, n… https://t.co/sqzUM755NG @ypma_albert @claytonhutchins I don’t know whether it’s either of those. It could be vanity in the sense of emptine… https://t.co/OGOaFalLqG
11/16
2020
@DrMichaelBonner Formosus is an unfortunate name. (Either that or he let himself go rather after he died.) @ryanfb 🤣 @matt_boot_ That’s an interesting idea. Thank you. @matt_boot_ Interesting. Both Lane and Kazimirski list a form زَوٌّ to which they assign the sense of couple or pai… https://t.co/2qX40UZJYJThese photos were taken at the same spot in the Arctic. The first was taken in 1917, while the second was taken in… https://t.co/vUtUfNgBFR
Retweeted by Simon Pulleyn @LuciaNixon @lizgloyn Aha! Thank you. How lovely it looks today.
11/15
2020

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