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Off for a bit
I'm about to leave to go to Cairns for the week. I don't know how much time or inclination I will have to do these posts, although I suspect that I will at least give a short one after my talk.
Anyway, I just finished reading Pygmalion. I thought about doing a review with Eliza Doolittle being taken on as a phonetics PhD, but it just seemed too easy. Either way, I have now read two books in a row where none of the protagonists die in the end. Admittedly, one of these books was a list of special features about all the numbers from 1 to 100, and I could make some bad joke about 7 8 9, but I won't.
But without any further ado, here's Pygmalion, with references to the screen adaptation. Eliza Doolittle, played by Julia Roberts is an attractive young woman working on a street corner. She is found by the ruthless, self-centred, unfeeling Henry Higgins, played by Richard Gere, who believes that, given some time, he can turn her from a common slut (language used in the book, not my editorialising) into a respectable lady. He is successful. In the end (in the book) she falls in love with someone else and they marry and they work hard and build a business not un-related to her original profession. In the movie, she falls in love with Higgins, and he wants her to use her professional expertise for him alone. Flower arranging, that is.
My favourite procrastinations
The Head Heeb - Jonathan provides a balanced view on various Israeli and (former) colonial states in less developed regions of the world.
The Bladder - a sports satire site. Well worth a look.