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The private life of rabbits

In Agatha Christie’s short story “The Market Basing Mystery”, Hastings slightly misquotes the anonymous piece of Doggerel verse which in full reads:

The rabbit has a charming face:
Its private life is a disgrace.
I really dare not name to you
The awful things that rabbits do;

Things that your paper never prints –
You only mention them in hints.
They have such lost, degraded souls
No wonder they inhabit holes;
When such depravity is found
It only can live underground.

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The Connection

On a Health Trip in Vienna, Austria

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Coffee with a good conscience! This is a lovely place near the Altes AKH — Uni Campus. Plus, with each coffee you drink, you help young people with a migration background to find a job.

The Connection
garnisongasse 11
1090 Wien
Website, Facebook

Opening hours:
Mo-Thur : 09:00 – 19:00
Fr : 09:00 – 15:00
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“I wanted to make a Merchant-Ivory movie with vibrators”

Sez Tanya Wexler about her movie “Hysteria”

Read the interview in the New York Times, comments on imdb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Want to See!!!

Nowhere in Wien, Österreich??!? Weiß jemand, ob/wann dieser Film in Wien läuft?

Deutschsprachigen Rezensionen:

  • Filmrezenzion auf film.zeit.de/
  • In guten Händen auf film.at
  • Deutschsprachige Pressekritiken zu In guten Händen bei film-zeit.de
  • In guten Händen auf Wikipedia

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Thanks, Feminéma!

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Evelyn Waugh & Father Brown

Brideshead Revisited is on my List of Deserted-Island-Books

One of the most powerful metaphors in the book, and I never spotted it’s origin. Delightful —
thanks to whoever pointed this out, you made my day! 😀

In Evelyn Waugh‘s novel Brideshead Revisited, a quote from the Father Brown story “The Queer Feet” is an important element of the structure and theme of the book. Father Brown speaks this line after catching a criminal, hearing his confession, and letting him go: “I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread.” Book Three of Brideshead Revisited is called “A Twitch Upon the Thread,” and the quote acts as a metaphor for the operation of grace in the characters’ lives. They are free to wander the world according to their free will until they are ready and receptive to God’s grace, at which point He acts in their lives and effects a conversion. In the miniseries made by Granada Television adapting Brideshead, the character Lady Marchmain (Claire Bloom) reads this passage aloud.

Source: Wikipedia article on Father Brown

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Early Monday Morning Delights: That’s how you know you’re really getting old …

It’s a piece of nostalgia cashing in on something I was too old for first time around

Charlie Brooker on the Guardian’s Comment is Free

So, first coffee of the week and already wrestling with age-&-identity questions: what does it mean — at my age *rollingeyes* — to get all of a sudden interested in Dracula, Graffiti, (s)exploitation movies, and Lord Byron for creeps’ sake?

Reverse reverse regression? Being twenty years ahead and already in my dotage?

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Reality check?

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Reality TV is like Facebook in real time?!?? Television is even more real time than FB?!?? The mind boggles.

But then I seem to think that Facebook is just as real (or unreal, come to that) as this weird layer of reality that people adults call the real world. I’m so out of touch with those fellow have-the-t-shirt-adults it’s spooky.

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Can I go back playing with Dracula now, please?