Month: August 2007

succour

Assistance in time of difficulty. To help in a difficult situation.

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aestival

Of, relating to, or appearing in summer. Also: estival

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slugabed

One inclined to stay in bed out of laziness.

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desultory

Having no set plan; haphazard or random. Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected: a desultory speech.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Tafiti Experimental search front-end from Microsoft, designed to help people use the Web for research projects that span multiple search queries and sessions by helping

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scion

A descendant or heir.

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gnomic

Marked by aphorisms; aphoristic: gnomic verse; a gnomic style.

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genial

Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner. See synonyms at gracious. Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild.

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dilatory

Intended to delay. Tending to postpone or delay.

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sedulous

Characterized by steady attention and effort: assiduous, diligent, industrious, studious.

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obdurate

Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted: an obdurate miser. Not giving in to persuasion; intractable.

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You want WHAT for a pair of glasses?

Broken glasses with sticky tape, originally uploaded by bitful. I broke my spectacles one week before going on holiday. I was due my annual checkup anyway, so I went to have my eyes tested – for free now, because my

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beholden

Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Met Office: London: forecast The Met Office – The latest UK and international weather forecast. Global weather services for business and the public. UK weather

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bobbin

A spool or reel that holds thread or yarn for spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, or making lace.

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Sunday lunch: no-hassle boiled rice

About one year ago Dr B. felt like making curry. He seldom cooks, so I welcomed the idea with enthusiasm and sent him off to the market. He came back with two kilos of brown Basmati rice, made two curries

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The contents of our fridge

The contents of our fridge, originally uploaded by bitful. I am considering buying a new compact digital camera for a forthcoming trip, and was not too impressed with anything that’s on the market at the moment (and that does not

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mien

Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind. An appearance or aspect.

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7 things I did not know last week

Pale Male (the Fifth Avenue hawk) is known to have sired 26 chicks with four mates. It is not the only hawk in Central Park, and they mostly prefer nesting on buildings (the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the

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lissom

Easily bent; supple. Having the ability to move with ease; limber.

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dapple

Mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse’s coat. To mark or mottle with spots.

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How to dump…

I was searching for info on how to dump entries into a database via a csv file (or something like that), and Google’s autocomplete revealed that the world is a sad, sad place. How to dump…, originally uploaded by bitful.

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rennet

The inner lining of the fourth stomach of calves and other young ruminants. A dried extract made from the stomach lining of a ruminant, used in cheesemaking to curdle milk.

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gouge

A chisel with a rounded, troughlike blade. A scooping or digging action, as with such a chisel. To cut or scoop out with or as if with a gouge. To thrust one’s thumb into someone’s eye.

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David Hoyle’s ‘Magazine’

Last night we went to see David Hoyle’s ‘Magazine’ at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. I’d declined an invite the previous week, and I had to see why so many people are raving about the artist formerly known as the Divine

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saltire

(Heraldry) an ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew’s cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.

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I am now forty and a half

This morning at 7.30 I was exactly forty and a half years old. Which means that that moment on I am closer to being forty-one than I’ll ever be to forty again. Strangely, the thought does not worry me at

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Facebook Source Code Leaked ‘This leak is not good news for Facebook, as it raises the question of how secure a Facebook users private data

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avuncular

Of or having to do with an uncle. Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.

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Sunday lunch: chicken Caesar salad

There was a time when I used to make this every Thursday night. Then Tesco’s Healthy Eating ready meals made my cooking redundant. The other night I offered to relieve Dr B.’s grumpiness and frustration at not sleeping much because

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