Destination Java: It’s smokin’

  This article first appeared in Gafencu magazine, September 2015 Type “Java” into any standard search engine and you’ll be faced with page after page of links to an innovative bit of software that helps your browser browse better. Impressive as it may be, however, it is something of a shame that this object-oriented programming language is now better known than the island that shares – if not originates – its name. It’s even more galling that the island itself could well be the gateway to one of the most beautiful, inspiring and magical holidays you’re ever likely to experience. […]

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Kublai: Yes, He Khan

    This article first appeared in Gafencu magazine, September, 2015   In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree. Most schoolchildren will have heard of Kubla – or to be more accurate, Kublai – Khan through Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem (or, if you’re of a certain age, Frankie Goes to Hollywood). But who was KK, and what, exactly, is a pleasure-dome? Where can you find one? Is membership required? Coleridge conceived ‘Kubla Khan’ as a 200 to 300-line work that apparently came to him in a dream after reading up on the Mongol warlord one night. Oh, and […]

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