26 Oct 2007
I enjoy your posts about some bit of English culture that previously was unknown to me. Conkers - better than Indian wrestling!
Never had heard of Ludo before, except for Ludo Bagman from Harry Potter books.
15 Nov 2007
Well as long as they don't actually hurt anyone.....
But surely they can use soft fuzzy foam balls for these conker things. That way nobody would have to worry about shooting their eye out. (oops, that's America.)
Never mind, carry on.
Fascinating history, though. The word derives from "conquer". Probably brought over by that rotter William and his men.
16 Mar 2013
I wish Dalrymple hadn't taken the right-wing-populist position of tkiang an anthropology degree to be a piece of academic drek that makes you unable to see facts. Especially when he uses an anthropological concept marking out one's tribal area to explain what Mieville had failed to see. My degree is in social anthropology, and I bristle every time that some right-wing scribbler uses anthropology, or for that matter sociology, as a code word for ideological nonsense. It only shows ignorance and prejudice. Besides, a doctor of all people ought to shut up on these matters. Medicine is the last refuge of eugenics, and is all too obviously dominated by this murderous delusion, which leads the mass of doctors to endorse abortion and quietly practise euthanasia. When it comes to the value and end of my life, I would much rather trust a social anthropologist than a medical graduate. Unless, of course, he has trained at SOAS.P.S.: Mieville is a moron, but we knew that already.