Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Greeks win (2)

On the question of metavariables — relaxed italics versus Greek letters. Which do you prefer? Those who voted in the poll  (and too late, I realized I should have had added a  “really don’t care” option), preferred Greek letters by 4 … Continue reading

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The Greeks win (1)

To the Cambridge Greek Play a dozen days ago. Every three years, student actors and a professional directing team put on one or two plays, in the original Greek — this year, a double bill of Antigone (predictably wrenching) and … Continue reading

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“My heart in hiding/Stirred for a bird”

When we lived in Aberystwyth, long since, there was only a handful of pairs of red kites left in the whole of Britain, living in the remote mid-Wales hills. But we would see kites occasionally gliding down the Ystwyth valley, … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

Another extraordinary concert from the Pavel Haas Quartet last night. They began with Webern’s Fünf Sätze of 1909 – extremely condensed, emotionally unsettling music, which for me works better in a live performance than it can ever do listening to a recording. … Continue reading

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How do you like your metavariables?

Ok, logic people: it’s time to vote on a Grave Matter of Great Pedagogic Import! So here I am, revising my intro logic book — which, recall, is intended for first year philosophers. I try to get things fairly precise, at least … Continue reading

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