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from raven72d :
Have you vanished altogether?
from teranika :
hoping to inspire response...miss you deeply.
from trinityboy :
Aha... www.irt.org/opera/
from trinityboy :
Aaron here...I'd be happy to try and fix whatever might be wrong, but I'll need a slightly more specific description of the problem than "dances around something rotten!" If all else fails, trinityboy is my new Diaryland site, funneled through an inline frame at aaronorear.com.
from raven72d :
But is it not a fair question to ask whether the Oy-rish want their island to reflect their own vision of history and their past or to become something else? After all-- immigrants have no absolute right to come to Oyr-land at all. The host society can determine who and what kind of arrivals it wants.
from elgan :
Thank you for opening the way. I probably will not post as I say all I have to say right here at D’land. But there is a possibility that I might, if I find myself bursting at the seams, needing a second outlet. When that day arrives, I will keep you informed and add you to my “friends” list as well.
from pontmercy :
hey, thank you for signing my note :). Will be reading yours regularly as i have more time to be online everyday now.
from elgan :
Hello dear. Would you mind terribly giving me the code for glitzfrau? I just can't seem to get enough of you! Bitte?
from raven72d :
So... not "air-ey" or "ey-rie"... Or named after the English word Ire or the German Irrtum? And what about Connaught and Hodgson's "House on the Borderland"?
from raven72d :
I found your diary entirely at random... I'm vur' much one for linking to diaries when I find clever notes from authors in random Notes sections... And you're the only diary in Eire ("Oy-re") that I read... Would Esquimaux born in Ireland be Irish-- even though they're aliens in the full X-Files sense of the word? Is Connaught really like "House on the Borderland"?
from raven72d :
Beware the batrachian Manxmen!
from erato :
I rise at 3 p.m., cold, dazed by dreams, and meet the expanse of Honolulu outside the bay windows lining the room. All right, so it's not that bad. But. How Hallmark can mock in pink and red.
from elgan :
Thanks for your note. I will talk to her, but the timing has to be right. There's also the matter of do-we-let-Dad-in-on-this looming. Unfortunately, kids don't come with owner's manuals and I'm driving here by the seat of my pants. I just remember how much sex messed with head when I was 17, and I don't want to see history repeating itself.
from erato :
Vivaldi! Lovely, I am in envy.
from raven72d :
twenty-eight is the perfect year. You will never again be so happy as at 28-- a year when one can still do "young" and enjoyable things but is old enough to be taken seriously. Every year after 29 is a descent into the abyss.
from erato :
oh, no, I did not take them. They are from a collection I -own-, sorry about that! We can pretend they are my own, though. I do not mind one bit. My Spanish is fairly poor also, I need to practice if I am to do well when I pull all of Diaryland south with me.
from erato :
The pictures are from one of my collections. I am trying to lure people to come with me to the sierra and selva in 2005. I didn't know you could speak Spanish, by the way, what a pleasant surprise!
from erato :
You are a delightful read yourself.
from egbridges :
Hi. Thanks for the comment. Where do you study and/or teach? Elizabeth
from erato :
Ah, Mr. Blair. We wonder how it is he and Mr. Bush get on so well. Tsk.
from elgan :
Hi, it’s me again. I found this site: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/worldreach/assets/docs/israeli-palestinian_conflict/ for you. It might be a little simple, being aimed at highschool students, but it looks like it is unbiased, at least as much as one can be in this matter. Tell me when you want me to stop!
from elgan :
Dear Ilonina: I have looked up some websites which have information about the original establishment of the State of Israel, but for a good fictional read with alot of the facts I recommend "Exodus" by Leon Uris. Here are the sites: http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/History/balfour_commentary.html, http://focusonjerusalem.com/maproom.html, http://www.fourwinds10.com/news/05-government/H-war/04-israel-palestine-war/2003/05H4-05-09-03-why%20israel-became-a%20nation-on-palestine-land.html. That should keep you for a while. I will keep looking for stuff for you. I hope you don't mind me leaving notes in this location, I had some trouble posting to your guestbook earlier, so I'm not taking chances. Just let me know if you have a preferred location for these things.
from elgan :
Dearest Ilonina: Thanks for your note regarding my recent entry. Of course I know that it’s only a small minority of Palestinians who are crazy enough to actually perpetrate this kind of outrage and that most people simply want to get on with their lives, but it doesn’t change the fact that this kind of insanity exists and causes a never-ending cycle of violence and retaliation. I have my own very strong notions of how this all could have been avoided back in 1948 or even 1967, but of course we don’t have recourse to a time machine and are left with a seemingly insoluble problem. Both sides have their fanatics, for sure. You claim not to be connected personally to Israel, but do you have personal connections on the other side of the conflict? I for one would like to get another view of the issue and compare notes to paint a more three-dimensional picture. Love, Elgan
from extatic-wind :
We don't belong in an idiotic country like Ireland
from raven72d :
Whatever is "spiritual backpacking" and why is it a Bad Thing...other than that it sounds like something vile and loathsome hippies do?
from raven72d :
Just think of the music video.
from raven72d :
The one Arendt-Heidegger question that no one wants to answer is just what the two ofthem *did*? Did Arendt dress up as a shepherdess? Did they do strange sodomy games? It's the underlying facts and not the dull, dull, dull politcal-ethical superstructure that Inquiring Minds want to know.
from raven72d :
Thank'ee.
from raven72d :
A bibliographic query-- can you recommend a couple of good guides to English vocabulary and usage, 1760-1820... for someone who intends to learn here in the Year Four to speak like Mr. Darcy or Dr. Maturin...
from raven72d :
Why do the educated English middle classes hate themselves so? 'Tis a great mystery. [And Charles I was a far better man than any loathsome Roundhead climber.] I've not read the Bainbridge book, but I'm rather a fan of historical fiction. After all-- it was through historical fiction that I decided to do history. A question I always ask (along with, "do you have a wooden leg? a parrot?")-- how should fiction set in the past sound and feel? What is a "proper" portrayal of people of another age?
from raven72d :
Congrats on a successful trip! But decribing oneself as a "bourgeoise" and talking about class is...so twentieth century...
from bexx :
Hello found you at random. Read some pages.-BexX
from raven72d :
Umm... is it true that the Prime Minister of Eire has to wear, ex officio, a Mr. Potato Head suit? Or is that just something I tell my students?
from raven72d :
The Black and Tans joke is vaguely fun, especially since my friend Smylie and I always wanted to walk past the Dublin GPO one easter with Airedales-- ummm, black-and-tan dogs --on leads... And nothing is more horrible than academic conferences. They're full of appalling people, and interviewing is as degrading as any First Date...
from raven72d :
The Incarnation and the Heathen Chinee... I like the Rubicund Canon's sermon. It's pricelessly odd.
from raven72d :
As a Quirister, ummmm... exactly how many sheets of paper are there in a quire? (I like non sequiturs... Vur' much) And how does anyone cope with that ugly symbol for amounts in Euros (I always pronounce it "oy-ro")?
from raven72d :
I like girls in miniskirts. And I like A-4 size paper. And burgundy-colored fountain pen ink on long (8 1/2 x 14) yellow legal pads. I do *not* like the metric system. Or decimal currency. Or clowns.
from raven72d :
Ummm... and it's bad to want to want to restore the feudal order...*why*? And "misogynistic and racist"? Where are you getting that in Tolkien? The denim miniskirt, though-- *that* sounds alluring, as do the 4-inch heel boots...
from raven72d :
Quirister and Quire... I keep thinking of a quire of sheets of paper... Are the two words related?
from raven72d :
"Quirister" is a wonderful, fabelhaft kind of word... Now, quaere: do you sing carols in Latin? And do you do a good version of "Good King Wenceslas"?
from raven72d :
"We got him" matters in that it's now possible to show what happens to insolent native despots: captured , degraded, executed. Call it...pour encourager les autres.
from raven72d :
I'm having panic attacks over having forgotten so much of my German... And I *like* faux-Georgian capitalization!
from raven72d :
The Aubrey/Maturin novels are brilliant looks at the society of Georgian England... And the duets aren't anachronistic; there was a strong tradition of musicality and even poetry aboard ship... Aubrey stands up for the ordered world of the squirearchy, and even the more radical and skeptical Maturin believes in ordered institutions against anarchy/democracy... One *could* be hanged (or at least disgraced) for sodomy (and bestiality...they'd kill the animal, too, just being fair) in the Royal Navy of the time, and in a world where only a captain had even a hint of privacy aboard ship, "activities" were largely onshore...
from wealhtheow :
D'oh! That's supposed to be A-4.
from wealhtheow :
Hi! Thanks for your note on my site. Did you enjoy A-$ last night? I loved it all except for "A Calendar of Kings." Whern that piece was over I longed for someone sympathetic so that I could whisper snarkily, "Well, THAT was different!." But the rest was fantastic. I shall read more of your site after December, post-Holiday Caroling Season of Madess. Cheers!
from raven72d :
You've got to tell me-- whatever in the world is a "medievalist depiction" of the Portuguese? Mind you-- I'm a fan of Portugal and its 15th and 16th-c. maritime adventures-- C.R. Boxer made me aware of Portugal as an undergraduate, and I decided that Portugal was on my Cool List.I do like Portugal for being a bit out of the mainstream...so I wonder what the "medieval" depiction of them was in the film... I can't fault Bush for keeping Les Batrachiens and the other Weasels out of Iraq contracts. They took no risks in the necessary overthrow of an insolent native despot, so why should they profit from it?
from raven72d :
The gallery sounds delightful.
from raven72d :
You see? This is why Dublin, Wexford, and Waterford need to be given back to the Danes. I've been saying that for years.
from raven72d :
Remember-- small fez-wearing wombats do read Ezra Pound, but only occasionally read Nietzsche.
from raven72d :
Ancient history-- anything by Peter Green, Sir M.I. Finley, and Bernard Knox... I'm a big fan of Green and Knox. Fiction-- John Williams, "Augustus"; Colleen McCullough's seven Roman novels; George Shipway's "Imperial Governor"...
from raven72d :
The day I defended my PhD thesis I knew more Histiry than I ever would again... But the day I got my law degree, I knew that I knew no law at all... Is that age and wisdom, or just exhaustion?
from raven72d :
My God, is Ian Paisley still alive? Well, I'm Unionist at heart-- an anglophile and nostaligic for the Empire, in the way that so many Americans with history degrees are. But Ulster Unionists seem so...dreary and lower-prole. I drink orange beer on 17 March just to spite Gerry Adams, but the Unionists...alas. Where are the Anglo-Irish peers when we need them?
from raven72d :
And how is your week?
from raven72d :
Thank you for the kind note! I hope you'll drop in and read and comment... I'll be reading yours...
from raven72d :
A lovely, lovely, and charming diary!
from elgan :
Thank you for your kind note. It’s mutual admiration time now, since I really do enjoy reading your diary as well. Good luck with your own concert!
from tigerknight :
Thanks! I enjoy DrGeek's blog tremendously, and thought debating would pay adequate homage to someone whose thought I respect.
from aaronorear :
Fortunately you're the closest link my diary has to Germany...besides the guy who found me by using the German Lycos to look for "miniskirts."
from discodave :
Thanks for the nano-nanu note - be kind to me... Dxx
from aaronorear :
Deal...and I've already enjoyed the greasy delight of fish and chips in newspaper in the beautiful streets of Canterbury. When in Canterbury, do as the Canterburians do...
from aaronorear :
Canucks use the word "chips," and if it's good enough for Jean Chrétien it's good enough for moi. There's a lovely old bird in my hometown who came to the States as a war bride in the 40's. To this day she maintains her accent and refers to chips as "crisps," though she's lived here far longer than she ever did in the U.K. She also makes a great show of trying to remember American terms for things she probably never knew in England...hearing her talk about the "telly" is a hoot. "But Elsie, didn't you come to America in the mid forties?" Anyhow, as potato chips were invented in New York rather than Old York, I must claim the title "chips" as the proper one...though, as Eddie Izzard points out, garlic and herb chips shouldn't be pronounced "erb" because there's a fucking "H" in it.
from clam0391 :
I agree with you about George Eliot, Monteverdi and Handel, and I'm glad not to have had interference from parents in my sexual choices.
from fishinmyhear :
Sorry to hear about your family interference. The things we write here are to get rid of our problems and to find help. Sometimes we just want to relate. Family can take it too personally. Never let anyone stop you from free speech. Peace and Love, Bill Perry
from obscurelady :
Wow.. so sorry to see you locked up, I hate to see good writers be silenced by nosy relatives (or whatever other various reasons) i kept hoping maybe it was a template change.. alas, apparently not.
from tcklyrpharsn :
Oh no, dear! I hope nothing too terrible has happened. Of course I would love the password if you don't mind. I would *die* without my daily dose of Ilonina.
from periscopeboy :
I know I don't deserve it what with my non-updates, but can I please have a password? my e-mail address is rotem(at)imagesatintl.com. Thanks, Rotem
from discodave :
Hey, hon - any chance of the password? My email's hanging about somewhere on my page. Dxx
from brideof7less :
Thanks for the note! Actually I'm not German, I'm an Ami, but I'm there quite a bit and will be going to graduate school in Würzburg next year. I love the language and the culture, which is one of the reasons you ended up in my favorites. I enjoy reading your insights especially from the perspective of a non-German National.
from ludbansghost :
Once again dear one, Thank you for tapping the keys just right, and putting down words that make me so glad. by the way, I will be moving to your fair green country in march, any thoughts?
from persacanzona :
Hi, 'tis me again. I just wanted to tell you that the note YOU left ME brightened MY day! I don't often leaves notes for people; I do whenever I think someone truly deserves to be told that they're great. You, dear Ilonina--by the way, what a gorgeous name. Is it your real name or a pseudonym of sorts?--completely deserved it, simply because you have a beautiful mind. I would love to communicate with you more--if you have AIM, my screenname is PiccolaSogna (most of the time, I have a few others), or my email is bellissimame33@hotmail.com. Somehow just reading even one of your entries inspires me to do things of intellectual greatness--which means all my classmates come next month will begin to hate me immensely. Thank you again for your kind words--they made me smile, even when I was angry with a friend today. Cheers!
from persacanzona :
I read only one entry but I was already hooked. Your mind...it simply fascinates me. Your layout is beautiful as well. I hope to God you write frequently, because your writing style...and your thoughts...are awe-inspiring. Cheers!
from aaronorear :
His subsequent books get more and more grim...I can't read them too often...I just get mad.
from angryquail :
YAY! It applied!
from angryquail :
The problem is that when I changed my template (just tweaking it) it only applied to the index, and then I put on a DiaryLand template and that applied to all my old entries, and then I changed it back again and it only applied to the index so now most of my diary is ugly. *sob*
from angryquail :
"friends, what would Diaryland God do?" Well, he might SMITE YOUR DIARY WITH TEMPLATE TROUBLES AND MAKE IT ALL UGLY AND MAKE YOU WANT TO PUNCH A CERTAIN SOMEONE IN THE FACE. :-D (What fun to find academic camraderie/or at least friendliness.)
from angryquail :
Lovely as usual, your writing is particularly stunning.
from angryquail :
AngryQuail: Somehow, I'd rather work a thought out on the computer, even if it is a nonsensical little one mostly connected with footwear, than argue a half-baked case with a stranger atop a wobbly barstool, bellowing over Shakira with smoke in my eyes and rugby-shirted punters constantly pushing my limbs aside to get to the toilet. AngryQuail: mad good description batgirl111: Totally dude!
from straysparrow :
If its any consolation (and I know it is none whatsoever) the Sinn Fein are not the only politcal group who has tried to turn current events to reflect their own cause. We are currently in the middle of a provincial election in Quebec, and the sovereigntist movement, which advocates the Separation of Quebec from the rest of Canada, has made similar standard rhetoric about how the war is a reflection of Quebecers need for sovereignty (I am sure I am mangling it... I have to admit I stopped reading the article in disgust as soon as I realized what Pierre Landry, the head of the Parti Quebecois and Head Sovereignty Guy, was trying to say). Don't give up on peace, even in this time of war. I have to believe that some of the demonstrations and such have helped... maybe not in stopping the US, but Canada has decided not to join the war effort unless UN Sanctioned. France opposed them outright. You never know what could have happened if there was no public outcry at all. Sparrow
from angryquail :
Forgive the brief reply but I am unexpectedly quite tired. There is an entire character missing from the movie. In the novel Julia figures more prominently (ties characters together) and there is this lesbian activist in love with her.
from plaguegirl :
Hi. Thanks for adding me as a favorite.
from angryquail :
Diana Wynne Jones is stunning, just as your diary is. You're going on my favorites.
from embem816 :
of course, after actually talking to you, I liked you even more! =)
from graciela24 :
Hey! Your really cool and I like your profile.
from screamicorn :
hopefully i'll be out of there by may. that's practically nothing. and i'm going to take every musical instrument with me when i leave and learn to play them all.
from oddcellist :
dear i., thank you so much for your kind comments (and no, of course i don't mind the comments or being added. so long as you see something that makes it worth adding to the favorites, then i am happy --) if you mind being added, then simply say so (and i shall likely be changing the comments soon.)
from ludbansghost :
you have filled my glass with marvelous words, thank you
from odalisk :
Hallo. Thanks for leaving such a nice note about me on your favorites list; I stopped by to take a peek at your diary & was marvellously entertained, and I read it all (not so much, really). I haven't read any of the books that you picked up, but I adore Angela Carter, so tell me what you think of that one when you've read it, if you are willing, and I dislike Martin Amis but all I've read of him is Time's Arrow. What do you study?
from screamicorn :
when i was doing co-op for college, i worked in a building just in front of the set of Ros na Run. It was cool, seeing all the actors and suchlike. I even got invited to the season wrap party, but i went to a frames gig instead and didn't regret it at the time, but i do now.
from screamicorn :
did i say triangles? i did mean rectangles. sorry! now i just feel silly.
from screamicorn :
ha. i signed your guestbook too, but then discovered that there were no welcoming yellow triangles in your notes page, so i thought i'd rectify that too.

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