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What is History 4: Love

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Featured image: Comedian colleagues demonstrate jealousy, Japan    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 August 2016 What is History? Has love influenced history? Has history influenced love? Introduction I had thought I’d get onto the meat of this series, but I’ve been diverted again by a charming topic reminiscent of What is history 2: Sleep patterns. This article is about love and how …

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The Rest Catalogue 2016

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  5 July 2016 The Rest Catalogue, Breadtag Sagas 2016 The banner for Breadtag Sagas says tales of science… The dot dot dot is meant to mean The Rest. So far I’ve only posted one science article but there will be more. The Rest category in general is a repository for longer analytical articles. Main Catalogue The Rest …

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Breadtag Sagas Catalogue 2016

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  29 June 2016 Breadtag Sagas Main Catalogue 2016 This catalogue represent roughly a year of Breadtag Sagas: Tales of travel, food, books, art and science… It is intended as an annotated browsing guide. Finding stuff on the website The alternative, navigating the website isn’t difficult but perhaps gaining an overall perspective is. One can …

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Classic SciFi 5: William Gibson’s Art of Prophecy

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  10 June 2016 Classic SciFi 5: William Gibson’s Art of Prophecy Introduction The articles Classic Scifi 4: William Gibson Neuromancer 1984 and The Art of Prophesy & William Gibson provide a necessary background. The articles to follow on Count Zero 1986 and Mona Lisa Overdrive 1988 will complete the series. I introduced the Guardian article by Ed …

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The art of prophecy

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Featured prophecy image: Tiger & Crow Mannequins, Shop Display Bangkok    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  Friday 13 May 2016 The art of prophecy & William Gibson  Introduction I hadn’t intended to write this article about prophecy at all. Following Classic Scifi 4: William Gibson Neuromancer the next step was to analyse William Gibson’s prescience and his ability to prophesy elements …

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Marie Kondo, Tidying

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 14 March 2016 Introduction Marie Kondo The life-changing magic of tidying 2014. 2016 might be my year for getting excited over weird books. The Big Twitch in January and Gut in February are good examples. I mentioned my normal views on self-help books in my discussion of Gut by Giulia Enders and how I lean towards Steve …

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Giulia Enders, Gut

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 21 February 2016 Introduction Giulia Enders Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ 2015. Enders honesty about herself in the beginning of her Foreward is astonishing and endearing. I was born by caesarean section, she says and goes on to say that she couldn’t breast feed and was lactose intolerant until the age …

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What is History 3: The Medieval Mind

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Featured image: The Medieval Mind, Bode Museum, Berlin 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 1 February 2016    What is History? Can we comprehend the medieval mind?    Introduction    As in What is History 1 and What is History 2 about sleep patterns, we are looking at the difficulty in understanding history in a conventional sense. Later articles cover 4 Love,  5 EH …

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J.B.S. Haldane The Origin of Life, 1929

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Featured Image: Detail from the cover of My Friend Mr Leakey    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 18 December 2015    J.B.S. Haldane The Origin of Life, 1929    Introduction    The fact about science, is that everyone who has made a serious contribution to it is aware, or very strongly suspects, that the world is not only queerer than anyone …

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What is history 2: Sleep Patterns

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Featured image: Good, shop in Bangkok Mall, 2011    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 14 December 2015    What is History? — Sleep patterns    Preamble    The next two articles are about how relatively ordinary people (like us?) lived in other times. It is a quirky question, but one I’ve often asked. And, I must admit I’ve rarely been satisfied …

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What is History 1: Introduction

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Featured image: Ishtar Gate Relief, Pergamon Museum, Berlin    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  8 December 2015    What is History? An Introduction    A confession I am not a historian. I didn’t study it at school or university. But as with most things I am interested in history, particularly its process. I am also interested in the general rather than the specific. …

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Paris Terror November 2015

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 19 November 2015  Ross Gittins and the Paris Terror Attacks    Preamble After setting up BreadtagSagas in April and migrating it to a hosted site in May, this is post number 38. Learning WordPress and blogging was a huge learning curve and beginning writing posts also a major task, but I have to say …

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Large dams 3: Oustees India

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Feature photo: On the Godavari River, 2009    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  10 October 2015 Oustees across India : The tragedy of displaced people Introduction This is the last of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 1: An Introduction and Large Dams 2: Aswan High Dam. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes a similar issue in Australia. …

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Large dams 2: Aswan High Dam

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Featured photo: Satellite image: Insightdigital & Google, Aswan High Dam 2009    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  21 September 2015    Case study: The Aswan High Dam and the Nile in Egypt    Introduction This is the second of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 1: An Introduction and Large Dams 3: Oustees India. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes …

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Large Dams 1: An introduction

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Featured photo: Palmyra Sculpture Centre, boats Aral Sea     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  15 September 2015 Preface This is the first of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 2: Aswan High Dam and Large Dams 3: Oustees India. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes a similar issue in Australia. Another related article is Rukmini Rao Woman …