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Aug 27, 2014

Hm, I’ve already posted a ‘wow, I’ve been away for so long’ message. I guess this is an ‘I’m gonna try and be more Back, properly Back on tumblr’ message.

Aug 27, 2014 / 127 notes

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Roald Dahl, author of Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

By the end of his life Dahl was bitter at not receiving the knighthood that he felt he deserved, and he became increasingly self-important, ordering a Rolls-Royce from his publisher’s to collect manuscripts from his home. He was 6 feet 6 inches tall, a chain-smoker, a lover of fine wine, a collector of contemporary painting, a grower of roses and orchids, a picture restorer, and a gambler on horses. He looked after 100 budgerigars that flew wild around his garden. He was a chocaholic. In the garden hut where he wrote he kept a huge silver ball made by packing together the silver paper from all the chocolate bars he ate. He also kept there as a trophy to show visitors one of his arthritic hip bones which had been replaced.

The story of Roald Dahl is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Roald Dahl, by the Library of Congress. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I downloaded vita sacklike-west, who is one interesting badass.
Aug 21, 2014

I’ve been away for aaages. Or it feels like it anyway. I hope everyone’s doing good, and a special hello to those few new followers that decided to tag along on a pretty dormant looking blog ;)

Hopefully I’ll start posting random crap again soon! xx

Aug 4, 2014 / 35 notes

Installation of poppies outside the Tower of London commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. There will be a total of 888,246 poppies planted, with each flower representing a British military fatality from WWI.The last will be added on November 11th.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins

Aug 4, 2014
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The Dreaming Spires, Oxford by Lawrence OP on Flickr.
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Jellyfishes by (Yoshitada Kurozumi)
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guardian:

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.
• Full story here
Jul 31, 2014 / 9,829 notes

guardian:

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

Full story here