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Monday morning links

Unsuitable Christmas gifts: The children's railway FROM HELL (hat-tip yhlee).
the Engrish is fun enough ("Run quickly when on the iong bridge with loosing planks!"), but surely cultural differences cannot explain why a toddlers' play railway needs a logo with dripping blood. To say nothing of the demon in the corner.
A reflective commentary from James Graham on the trouble with Torchwood (hat-tip matgb).
One suggestion just made to me is to make Lembit Opik a consultant for the show, given that he is an authority on Wales, intergalactic phenomena and sex with odd-looking aliens.
A brilliant piece of forensic investigating from those people at snopes.com:
Claim: While interviewing the mother of a large number of children for the show You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx made a risqué remark about his cigar.
Status: False.
This last from the snopes_dot_com feed. The last sentence of the piece appears to be unfinished at the moment, which is I suppose a metaphor for historical research in general...


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Jan. 8th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)

Ehm, I'm not sure if I should bother you with this, so if i'm out of my way, just don't respond! it certainly isn't a rection on your actual blogs!

My name is Victor Engbers, and I'm embarking on a project to find out more on a forefather of mine, onf whom it is said he was born in Kyrgyzistan somewhere in the first half of the 1800's (and went by the name of Robert Alexander Cholhzmus, or Kolmus. The story goes that he left the country and went to France, where, after his wife and son died, he joined the foreign legion.

What i'am trying to find out is this: why would someone leave Kyrgyzistan in this period (something to do with the Khanat of Kokand maybe?). Economic reasons? But then: why go all the way to France?

I am going to France to try find out more on his past with the legion, but when i saw your site i thought: let's give it a try.

as i said, i'm just trying out some stuff. but if you would have a clue, it would be more then welcome!

(and sorry for my engrish!)


Jan. 8th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
Re: kyrgyzistan
Sorry, no idea!
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Now I know what I should have gotten the kids for Hannukah. Well, Robin's birthday is coming up next month.
Jan. 8th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thought you might like the Torchwood one, I liked the article overall, then nearly spilt my drink on the keyboard with the last bit.

As for the snopes thing, always did like that site. I'll move the feed onto a more read filter, I seem to have been missing it recently.
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