Two brothers [illegible] one kingdom. One dreamed of peace for his country, the other fought valiantly for his ideals:
This photo (scroll to no 25) is from the University of Hawaii’s brilliant Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands collection. Sfida al re di Castiglia (“The Tyrant of Castile”), a 1963 Hispano-Italian, helmet-clattering, bodice-busting epic featuring Mark Damon and Rada Rassimov, had taken roughly seven years to get from Europe to a cinema on Yap, Micronesia.
Do you think the lead looks more like John Kerry or the Tin Man?
- More consonant-thicket dyslexia: Joan B. Culla and “Augsleich”
Sorry, transcription again, not translation. No idea how Joan Culla finds time between his telly and radio gigs to teach contemporary
- Help with Milanese?
I’m troubled by a scatological sonnet.
- A riffraff in the Rif
We all know, don’t we, that riffraff is from Middle English riffe raffe, from rif and raf, one and all, from
- Curse of the glacier mummy
Sad and strange: Helmut Simon, the guy who, with his wife, found Ötzi, the prehistoric iceman, has disappeared while walking at
- Bilingual betrayal
Rodrigo Fernández de Santaella, Vocabulario eclesiástico (1499) says that a bilingual person is one who sings a different song depending on