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The Semiotics of Smoking

Commemorating 20 years of a razor sharp love of the English language and satire in the Juvenal-Swiftean tradition. Here’s to the The Chap. The Decadent Schoolboy best captures my style.   humoursatiresemioticsthe chap

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi

For Spanish speakers: Conferencia Bicentenario de El Periquillo Sarniento. I’ll pick up again on posting English extracts from the Frye translation of The Mangy Parrot shortly. Here is Danny Anderson’s entry for Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, pp. 213-214. José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (b. 15 November 1776; d. 21 June 1827), Mexican writer. Born in…

David Nobbs

Born on this day. Nobbs’ novels were the basis of the TV series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, a scathing precursor to Ricky Gervais’ The Office. Below is a clip of what I’d term a Cathy Newman (Colin Pillock) moment. david nobbshumourreginald perrinricky gervaissatirethe office