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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

And so we come, Gentle Reader, to sections Thirteen, Fourteen And Fifteen of the 1851 edition of Josiah Priest's Bible Defence Of Slavery. And we also reach the end of Priest's contribution to the work, though not the end of the book, which contains 'additions' in the form of a piece by the publisher and pamphlets from several other contributors. But this does seem to be a convenient place to pause and take stock.

Firstly, the easy bit. Some advice (which I touched on in a related piece yesterday) for anyone thinking of taking on a similar project.

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And here's the post I wanted to make last night.

Today in 1938 (now yesterday here, but there's ten or so hours of it left in more westerly portions of the globe), the BBC broadcast a live excerpt from Karel Čapek's play R.U.R.. For those who care about such things, this was the first, as far as is known, televised science fiction show. (more…)

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AJP Taylor: The War Lords

Here's some nostalgia for those who, like me, grew up thinking of AJP Taylor as a kind of demigod of history. Auntie Beeb are currently showing his 1976 series, The War Lords. No flashy re-enactments, no hammy dramatics; just a half-hour lecture to camera. Damn, but I miss telly like this.
Daz

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

And so, Gentle Reader we come to part four of what I've previously referred to as 'that horrible book,' Bible Defence Of Slavery. I highly doubt that you'll be surprised to hear that these three chapters are just as horrible as the preceding nine. So, in an effort to make some kind of not quite so obvious point, let's ignore the subject discussed therein for the nonce, and make a more general point regarding its similarity to modern-day argumentation from some religious quarters.

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Well, I finally admitted to myself that the Christmas break is over and, regardless of my loathing for it, it was time to get back to proofing the OCR of what I've come to call 'that horrible book.' Saying it's not fun would be, Gentle Reader, to pass up a perfect opportunity to use the word 'sickening.'

If you've been reading it so far, all I'll say is, it gets worse over the course of the three chapters reproduced below. Much, much worse. You have been warned. Seriously, I am not joking on this.

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Charlie Hebdo Again

[Insert somewhere in the region of 3,000 words here]

Been tapping away for hours, about the recent atrocity in particular, and the topic of The Muslim Terror Religion™ in general. Then I got up to fetch a coffee, and nudged the bloody Power Off button on the computer.

Arrgh!

What follows is a much less comprehensive essay than that which I lost. I'm basically touching all the bases. (more…)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Well, I slogged my way through the next three chapters of Bible Defence Of Slavery. (See the link above, for the first three, plus preamble.)

I could write another long intro, but, frankly, my brain's gone numb. Much of this section involves all those tedious (not to mention overbearingly repetitive—this bloke really did want to drive his point home) Biblical minutiae I mentioned in my Venting post, yesterday and… let's just say it's been a slog.

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