Feb. 6th, 2006

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I was reminded, by a dream that I had last night, that I've a WAV format audiofile of my late maternal grandmother laughing. I'd recorded it in late 1997 on my PC before this one. You can listen to me speak to Grandma, trying to prompt her to say something, only to have her laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
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I posted two alternate-historical WIs on soc.history.what-if last month, "WI no Holocaust in Hungary?" and "WI Greek Jews included in 1922 population transfers?". The point of the first WI is obvious, since the Holocaust came late to Hungary. The second WI relates to the post-First World War population exchanges between Greece and Turkey, and the survival of Turkey's Sephardim and the extinction of Greece's during the Second World War.
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[livejournal.com profile] matociquala appraises the various appraisals of the various portraits of Shakespeare (well, the portraits taken to be Shakespeare's, at any rate).
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I was surprised to meet, entirely by chance, not only [livejournal.com profile] schizmatic et al. at Not Just Noodles, but [livejournal.com profile] finfin heading westbound past the Spadina TTC station. Chance encounters both, but that's how Brownian motion works in the GTA.
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I picked up Kazuo Ishiguro's latest, Never Let Me Go, up on seven-day loan at the Toronto Reference Library this evening. The ending has been spoiled for me by the numerous reviews, but then I spoiled myself for the end of Season 6 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and still enjoyed the conclusion. It's all about the mechanics, about how it gets to that conclusion, I tell myself.
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Does anyone know if this new item from Today.az is correct?

As APA informs quoting the website of Foreign Ministry of Austria, which chairs the EU, Egypt, Algeria, Ethiopia, Iran, Jordan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the Palestine have been declared "risk territories".

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik has instructed the Austrian Embassies in Muslim countries to meet with high ranking officials of these countries and demand security of European citizens. U.Plassnik calling the Malaysian Ambassador, the Head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, required him to ensure security of Europeans and diplomats living in Muslim countries.

It should be noted that these concerns appeared after the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspaper which insulted Islam. During the protests staged in Muslim countries' stones were thrown to the EU Embassies and other ways of protest were demonstrated.

Nothing appears at austria.org, so this might well be a false alarm. It might also be inadvertantly predictive.

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