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Cat Watch 2014

by Greg Mayer The BBC has been running a new series Cat Watch 2014, which started on October 7. There are three episodes, all of which have had their first run, but there are still re-broadcasts and the full episodes are available online in the UK. They are not, unfortunately, available in the US, so […]

Sofia

Here are a few holiday snaps from Sofia, just so you can see some of the sights of Bulgaria’s capital. The most famous tourist site in the city is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  It’s fairly new, having been completed in 1912. It’s rarely used for services, I’m told, but can hold 10,000 people and, before the Soviet […]

Monastery of the Transfiguration of God

Today we visited a famous monastery near Tarnovo (itself 2.5 hours from Sofia): the Monastery of the Transfiguration of God, reportedly dating to the 14th century. No monks were evident (the place seems to be undergoing a renovation).  Located in the woods up on a mountain, it was very peaceful, and I got a special treat, as […]

Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman: Atheists and Muslims have lots in common and should be pals

When I stayed in England in my younger years, I used to read the Guardian, which I was told was the only good liberal newspaper in the country. But how low it’s sunk!  I find little of interest there, and what we find is polluted with the mush-brained and predictable rants of Andrew Brown, as well as a spate […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John sends us oodles of photos from The Gambia, and I’ve stuck a lizard (my own photo) in at the bottom: Having recently returned from NYC, the reported US cases of Ebola has prompted me to try and highlight the indirect impact of the virus on the West Africa country of The Gambia via […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

And so begins another week, and in one more week I’ll be home. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili snoozes away the day. Cyrus: Are you asleep? Hili: Why do you ask? Cyrus: I would like to go for a walk. Hili: I’m asleep.  In Polish: Cyrus: Śpisz? Hili: Dlaczego pytasz? Cyrus: Poszedłbym na spacer. Hili: Śpię.

Proof of Flying Spaghetti Monster

This image of his Noodliness was found last night by reader Matt on an artichoke leaf. He says the photo was “not altered in any way”: ~  

An experiment: an open thread

My absence in Bulgaria, and inability to post so often, has prompted this experiment: a readers’ thread.  Feel free to post links or even videos that you think might start a conversation, and see if you can keep it going. Feel free to change the subject if you’ve talked one dry. Go!

The Big Nom in Sofia

The night before last, several people connected with the “Ratio” science event repaired to one of the two most famous “local cuisine” (i.e. Bulgarian) restaurants in Sofia: a place called “Under the Linden Tree,” which of course is nearly the name of a famous street in Berlin. Below you can see the restaurant from the outside after it […]

A tame hummingbird

This is a touching YouTube video showing a man and his semi-tame hummingbird. The YouTube notes give this information: João Silvestrini lives in barretos, Brazil. Has two hummingbird mother and child visiting your home. This video is 01/10/2014. João on message reports that this is the puppy, and makes one months that Mom hummingbird presented […]

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