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  • (Overblown imperial anxiety about such faqirs or akhonds, Pashtun religious leaders, inspired Victorian satirists such as Edward Lear, who began one poem, "Who, or why, or which, or what, Is the Akond of Swat?")

    Juan Cole: Armageddon at the Top of the World: Not!

  • Her first novel will be called Other Waters… FOR HIKING AND NATURE"I think no place on Earth can be lovelier than this," said Edward Lear, describing Corfu in 1856.

    Insiders' guide to Greece

  • Looking out for their pea green boat from Edward Lear's poem?

    Tattenham Corner

  • Keith ChaterNorwich• In his enthusiasm for Edward Lear's limericks, Ian McMillan neglects to say that they are the captions to pictures whose simplicity of line revolutionised cartoon, and heralded the work of Saul Steinberg and James Thurber.

    Lear's forgotten past as an artist

  • Ian McMillan's welcome reminder of Edward Lear's imminent bicentenary did not mention that Lear "is perhaps the greatest draughtsman of birds in European culture", in the words of Philip Hofer, of Harvard's Houghton Library There was a lad called Lear, 28 December.

    Lear's forgotten past as an artist

  • Burnett says he'll add documentation of the rich history of 8-tracks, including stories of such colorful pioneers as Earl "Madman" Muntz -- who married seven times, named his daughter Tee Vee and invented the 8-track's predecessor, the Muntz Stereo-Pak 4-track tape cartridge; and 8-track inventor Edward Lear, founder of the Lear Jet corporation, where he expressed the importance of leanness in aviation by saying, "I'd sell my grandmother to save one pound."

    Michael Sigman: Eight-Track Museum Gives Slice of Music History a Place in the Sun

  • Only by going there, after obsessing about it for eight years, did Edward Lear conclude the opposite.

    A Fossil With Flesh

  • Our satirical edge runs from Hogarth to Gerald Scarfe, Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson give us fascist fruitheads, the likes of Edward Lear and David Shrigley fly the flag for absurdity, while the in-your-face innuendo of Sarah Lucas's work and Aubrey Beardsley's elegant erotic drawings make strange bedfellows under the banner of bawdiness.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • And "The Owl and the Pussycat" - I mean it's a wonderful Edward Lear nonsense poem.

    Character And Voice: Picks For National Poetry Month

  • Four months later we received a heavily redacted string of memos that made less sense than an Edward Lear poem.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?


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