The Week: 17th – 23rd July

Winter sunshine in Canberra on Monday afternoon. This week marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Three years since MH17 was shot down. There was another major service at the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canberra on Saturday, with more ambassadors attending than three years ago (now more countries are worried about the threat from Moscow). Congratulations to Canberra …

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Revisiting the Russian romance book thing…

A while ago, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, I wrote this post, expressing my dismay at romance authors and readers who have been wilfully ignorant about the entire situation (and about Russian history) in order to uphold the popular belief that everything about Russia is exotic and romantic and romance novel-worthy.   Since I wrote …

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