Monthly Archives: April, 2010

“Dragon Tattoo” movie: on-screen coffee count

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” — Mark Twain My stars, what a week it’s been. For all of you who have been breathlessly awaiting another posting from the Swamp, my abject apologies for keeping you in unhappy suspense. (For those of you who have not, please accept a complimentary smiting.) Anyway, things have …

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Ann to the rescue: Defenestration demystified

My friend Ann is the best. Not only does she make the best G&T on the North American continent, but within half an hour of my posting my plea for an explanation of “defenestration” yesterday, she had posted me a reply (below) and the mystery was solved. Coincidentally, she had just finished reading a book …

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Word of the Day: Defenestration

Defenestration Function: noun Pronunciation: dē-ˌfe-nə-ˈstrā-shən Etymology: de- + Latin fenestra (window) Date: 1620 1. Throwing of a person or thing out of a window. 2. A swift dismissal or expulsion, as from a party or office. — Merriam-Webster Online Last night I was taking part in one of my preferred pastimes, namely a rousing game of …

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Coffee Count: the final tally

Phew. It’s just after 6 on a Friday and I have finally finished Stieg Larsson’s third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It is, like the previous two books in Larsson’s trilogy, a ponderous tome, weighing in at 599 pages (601 counting the notes at the end explaining the vagaries of Swedish political …

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