Word of the day: quiete (Italian)

Still(ness).

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World Water Monitoring Day: a reading list

In recognition of World Water Monitoring Day, we have put together a reading list of articles that cover all aspects of water monitoring, from environmental impact to policy to distribution.

These articles are free for you to read online for a limited time.

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From our colleagues at OUP Southern Africa (via Oxford SA Blog | Commonly Confused Words)

From our colleagues at OUP Southern Africa (via Oxford SA Blog | Commonly Confused Words)

Jon Burlingame, author of The Music of James Bond, talks about the commercial success of the theme tune for the film Goldfinger, which celebrates its 50th anniversary today.  

More significantly, the public seemed to be paying equal attention to Goldfinger’s bold, brassy Barry score. “The musical soundtrack is slickly furnished by John Barry, who also composed the title song,” noted Variety’s film critic; its music critic later praised the album as “the strongest Bond film score to date.” In the United Kingdom, the soundtrack album made the charts on October 31 and reached number 14. But in America, it appeared on December 12 and rocketed up the charts, reaching number 1 on March 20, 1965. It edged out the Mary Poppins soundtrack (which in turn had displaced Beatles ’65 at the top) and remained the most popular album in America for three weeks.

Goldfinger would be the only Bond soundtrack album to reach the top of the charts. Barry was nominated for a Grammy Award, and although there was no Oscar attention—for Barry, that would come later, and not for James Bond—there was the satisfaction of worldwide commercial success. United Artists Records released Barry’s driving rock instrumental of Goldfinger (with Flick on guitar) and, a few months later, an LP titled John Barry Plays Goldfinger (acompilation of his arrangements from the first three Bond films plus a handful of easy-listening tunes).

You can learn more about temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the unforgettable theme tune behind Bond, James Bond in The Music of James Bond

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Very Short Fact: Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction is publishing this month and is number 400 in the VSI series. Do you know the difference between a fact and an item of knowledge?

It’s tempting to identify knowledge with facts, but not every fact is an item of knowledge. Imagine shaking a sealed cardboard box containing a single coin. As you put the box down, the coin inside the box has landed either heads or tails: let’s say that’s a fact. But as long as no one looks into the box, this fact remains unknown; it is not yet within the realm of knowledge.

[p. 2, 3, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer Nagel]
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Very Short FactKnowledge: A Very Short Introduction is publishing this month and is number 400 in the VSI series. Do you know the difference between a fact and an item of knowledge?

It’s tempting to identify knowledge with facts, but not every fact is an item of knowledge. Imagine shaking a sealed cardboard box containing a single coin. As you put the box down, the coin inside the box has landed either heads or tails: let’s say that’s a fact. But as long as no one looks into the box, this fact remains unknown; it is not yet within the realm of knowledge.

[p. 2, 3, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer Nagel]

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What did it mean for Salamone Rossi to be a Jew among Jews in Renaissance Mantua? What was it like for Rossi to be a Jew among Christians? And how did the musician cope with both pressures simultaneously?
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What did it mean for Salamone Rossi to be a Jew among Jews in Renaissance Mantua? What was it like for Rossi to be a Jew among Christians? And how did the musician cope with both pressures simultaneously?

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Word of the day: 浮泛 (Chinese)

Float in water.

Image: Vitória Régia Water Lily at Pantanal Matogrossense, Brazil by miquitos. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

The Oxford Companion to Food fact of the week

The word ‘supper’ is derived from the Germanic root for ‘sop’ which are pieces of bread soaked in broth before consumption.

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The Oxford Companion to Food fact of the week

The word ‘supper’ is derived from the Germanic root for ‘sop’ which are pieces of bread soaked in broth before consumption.

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Colin Matthew, founding editor of the ODNB

The extent of Matthew’s writing and editing was prodigious, and was the result of self-discipline and remarkable powers of concentration. Whatever else he did, he wrote every morning from seven until eight, and was very efficient in his use of time. His rooms, particularly his Christ Church room, which was once Gladstone’s, looked utterly chaotic to the outsider, but had a clear internal order for Matthew. He was careful, however, not to let his work dominate him. He and his family, who gave him intense happiness and satisfaction, always went to Scotland in August, and he and his wife nearly always took a little break abroad after Christmas. He was a good fisherman (though he eventually gave it up in deference to his daughter’s anti-fishing views) and became an enthusiastic photographer. There was nothing to make anyone suspect ill health. He complained of shortness of breath only a few days before his death: he was, in fact, on his way to the doctor when, on 29 October 1999, outside St Hugh’s College, he had the heart attack from which he died later that day at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The story of Colin Matthew is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.