Nato has a new plan in Afghanistan. We're going to pay the Afghans lots of money to stop shooting people and growing opium. However, the head of the National Conciliation for Dialogue with the Tribesmen of Afghanistan says that this plan is nothing more than a "pipe dream", which is appropriate as a pipe dream is the hallucination you get after smoking a pipe full of opium.
The Horologicon is a book of the strangest and most beautiful words in the English language arranged by the hour of the day when you will really need them. Words for breakfast, for commuting, for working, for dining, for drinking and for getting lost on the way home. It runs from uhtceare (sadness before dawn) to curtain lecture (a telling off given by your spouse in bed). It's out on November the first, but you can already order it from these lovely people: