Is Geordie “the closest dialect to Anglo-Saxon”?

May 20, 2015 by

To continue with the Geordie theme, I was asked today whether Geordie is indeed “the closest dialect to Anglo-Saxon”—and the answers is “both yes and no”. I will use this forum to explain. Since Anglo-Saxon is the ancestral...

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Geordie Mysteries—And the Mysteries of the Geordie Dialect

May 14, 2015 by

In my earlier post on the geography of detective fiction, I noted a trend for mystery novels and TV shows, especially in Britain, to be set in peaceful locations where in actuality relatively few murders occur. Instead, writers and TV...

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Medvedev Could Care Less About Japan’s Reaction to His Visit to Kuril ...

May 14, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in July 2012] As discussed in my earlier news post, tensions remain high between Russia and Japan over the legal status of the four Southern Kuril islands: Etorofu (Iturup), Kunashiri (Kunashir),...

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Japan to Seek Only Two Russian-held Kuril Islands

May 14, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in May 2012] The Japanese government offers to negotiate the return of two rather than all four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, in hopes that the proposed compromise might finally lead to a...

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Tunisia’s Diverse Djerba Island and Its Annual Jewish Pilgrimage

May 5, 2015 by

[Recent news reports of a potential terror attack against Jews in Tunisia make this post, originally published in June 2012, relevant again.] A previous post discussed Ibadi Islam, the predominant faith in Oman. In addition to Oman...

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Oman’s Uncertain Industrialization

May 4, 2015 by

[This post was originally published in June 2012.] As discussed in the previous post, political stability in Oman, a strategically placed Gulf country, hangs in the balance due to an impending succession crisis. The future of the...

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Oman, a Land Apart

May 4, 2015 by

[Continuing with the theme of the Arabic-speaking world, here’s a post originally published in June 2012] Much attention in the conventional media has been focused on the “Arab Spring” events of the past year and a half....

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