Finished Marcus Aurelius: A Biography by Anthony R Birley. Short but solid biography of the stoic Roman Emperor, written by a historian who specializes in ancient Rome. Pretty interesting, written in a crisp professional manner.
Makes a contrast to the highly opinioniated Frank McLynn biography I read recently. Though the overall verdict is much the same, Birley puts things in a much less dramatic manner.
Overall though, not essential reading unless you have a particular interest in the guy.
What I'm Watching
Also saw the The Lion King on small screen. Not into Disney musicals, but it seems to have become a generational touchstone so I thought I'd get it over with. Found the songs a bit hard to take. Storyline does pretty much what you'd expect in an efficient way.
What I'm Watching 2
On Iplayer saw the good BBC documentary When God Spoke English on the creation of the King James Bible.
Thought it was pretty fascinating. It was the work of a committee of about 50, divided into 6 teams: I think it's a good example of how a team can collectively produce something that's creatively brilliant.
Economics. Effect of soaring food prices on North Africa and Middle East. The boxer and the economist. German economists on European debt crisis. U-curve in agricultural productivity?
Random. Inception in C, via. East German bus sim, via. Overlook Hotel children's menu. E.T. game completed, via. (Seems like it's easier without wrestling that controller and with actual instructions.) Streetview zombie apocalypse.
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