Monthly Archives: February 2003

Rescued from another long-dead blog

Two fun things happened yesterday. I had been picking up vibes from the Balkans that the chain of command issue was still hampering the deployment of the EU’s first ever military mission in Macedonia. My Brussels sources, on the other … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Just finishing up after two days in Berlin. Took the overnight train here from Brussels on Tuesday night and found myself sharing a carriage with young Indian film maker Heeraz Marfatia and friend. Train was delayed so got here only … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Awful night’s sleep last night. But yesterday I made my first ever joke in Russian. We were having a coffee break at the Ethnobarometer brainstorming session, and one of the other participants emerged wearing a massive Moscow-style hat. “У вас … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

More debate on Columbia from Gary Westfahl and his critics at Locus Online. Meanwhile I have signed the online petition at http://www.nyx.net/columbia. “The exploration of space is one of the human race’s oldest ambitions, one that has been reflected in … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

David Owen (a New York journalist) argues in Slate that the Space Shuttle is pretty useless. Mickey Kaus, also on Slate, notes that Richard Feynman’s 1986 estimate of mission failures on the order of a percent was about right. Hmm.

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Further reform of the House of Lords seems very unlikely in the short term after the House of Commons rejected all reform options. John Alderdice had predicted this outcome to me the other day, though I was getting a bit … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Gary Westfahl’s essay on the malign influence of science fiction causing the Columbia crash has drawn a predictably vitrolic set of responses from readers of Locus Online. I thought it was not such an offensive piece, but a little silly … Continue reading

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The famous blonde-haired Deirdre Clancy was arrested yesterday for vandalising an American plane refueling at Shannon airport. I found her statement of purpose entertaining: “She regards war as part of [sic] parcel of the system which demeans women; legalizes corruption … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

The BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke awards shortlists are both now out. As usual there is a large overlap with four novels in common on two lists of six. The four are The Scar by China Miéville, Light by M. … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Latest pointless exchange on humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare: Me: So, once again, you decline a direct request for evidence. Why is this not surprising? Paul Crowley: A discussion with you is invariably like explaining Euclidean geometry to someone who has never seen a … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

Father Chris Jenkins has died. I sent this note to Belmont Abbey: “Fr Chris preached a mean sermon at Cambridge. His annual questioning of the theological credentials of the Cambridge Intercollegiate Christian Union was the most notorious, but his other … Continue reading

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Rescued from another long-dead blog

When the Challenger exploded, I was working at Armagh Observatory during my year off. I’d just come back to my lodgings and found the daughter of the house glued to the TV – “Have you seen that?” she asked, as … Continue reading

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My second blog

My second attempt at blogging lasted for a few weeks in February-March 2003, and petered out after the Djindjic assassination. I only really got into my stride whe I set up this blog in May.

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