Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

‘Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal’ by J.K.Rowling


1997, 259 pages, translated into Spanish by Alicia Dellepiane Rawson

Si! He terminado de leer mi primero Harry Potter!

Yes- all in Spanish, all 259 pages of it! It only took about six months. I hadn’t read the books or seen the films, and I quite enjoyed it. It’s very reminiscent of those British children’s books of the 1950s or 1960s (Swallows and Amazons, Enid Blyton) etc. with the perennial unhappy child’s wish of having parents other than the ones they do. I’ve gathered lots of new words about wands, brooms and spells. Now I just have to find the opportunity to use them.

I hear with my little ear: Podcasts 1-8 May 2019

the-vagabond-papersRoyal Historical Society of Victoria. After reading Jill Giese’s The Maddest Place on Earth, I’ve become rather fascinated by the Vagabond, the alias for John Stanley James who also went by the name Julian Thomas.  The RHSV has a podcasts page with a list of recorded lectures over the last ten years or so. They’re taken direct from the lecture, so there are no bells and whistles here, but they’re a good way of catching up on things you might have missed – or as in the case of The Vagabond, of catching up on things that you didn’t know you were going to be interested in. In September 2016 RHSV hosted two speakers who contributed essays to the republished Vagabond Papers in 2016, supplementing the essay by Michael Cannon in the original 1969 edition. Robert Flippen, from Virginia, speaks about John Stanley James’ life in Virginia- a really engaging if somewhat evangelical talk. Willa McDonald, a lecturer in media from Macquarie University, talks about James’ career in New Caledonia, where he travelled as a journalist after his career faltered in Australia after such initial success. She speaks of him as a journalist, particularly in view of the immersive journalism that we’re used to today. The sound quality isn’t great- I found McDonald in particular a little hard to hear- but it’s all fascinating.

Russia if you’re listening (ABC). Oddly enough, I can’t find this program on the ABC website, but I can through the ABCListen app. Anyway, in episode 5 on 18 April he talked about Julian Assange, suggesting that Mueller would have a particular interest in him and his connections with Russia, and in episode 6 on 25th April, he talks about Trump’s lawyer and Mueller’s star witness Don McGahn- someone who’s been in the news a bit recently. Episode 7 looks at Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire and his contacts with Paul Manafort. The podcasts seem to be easing off on the excessive sound embellishments, which is good.