Monthly Archives: June 2003

Today’s dramatic work news was that a bloke who was supposed to start with us on Monday has instead taken a job as Vice-Chancellor of a Canadian university. It’s rather a shock to realise that someone who would have been … Continue reading

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Sunday

Quite a good day. Bike ride with F in the morning to the Heverlee war cemetery – and we saw two red squirrels! Then a brief visit to B’s school for the annual garden party. Then (leaving B with babysitter) … Continue reading

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100 films

B has dragged me downstairs for one of her midnight feasts, so I can at least catch up with this meme from a few weeks back. To my surprise I’ve seen 31 of these. 1 Godfather, The (1972) 2 Shawshank … Continue reading

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Accuracy in fiction

comments that I am being rather kind about historical fiction when I suggest reading it for style rather than accuracy. I’ve thought about this at lngth, mainly in the course of futile debate on the usenet group humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare with one … Continue reading

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I’ve started screening CVs for our imminent vacancy in Kosovo. Found two applicants that looked moderately promising, noticed they both lived in the same city, called a friend in said city to see if she knew them. Turns out the … Continue reading

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What does my LJ name mean?

nhw Magic Number 9 Job Politician Personality Rainy Day Temperament As High As A Very High Kite Sexual If I Have To Likely To Win A Nobel Prize Me – In A Word Belligerent Colour Brought to you by MemeJack … Continue reading

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What country am I?

You’re Thailand! Calmer and more staunchly independent than almost all those around you, you have a long history of rising above adversity.  Recent adversity has led to questions about your sexual promiscuity and the threat of disease, but you still … Continue reading

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Waking up

Yesterday was a pretty grim day, due almost entirely to lack of sleep the night before with Bridget keeping us awake from before 1 o’clock till after 4. Today is her sixth birthday, and she basically has the abilities of … Continue reading

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Balkan tour

Back from four days in Macedonia and Kosovo, mainly talking to my team in the Balkans (including Bosnia and Serbia) but with time out also for dinner on Saturday with two Kosovar intellectuals, and meetings on Thursday with senior government … Continue reading

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Taking a quick break

Forging ahead on the work that Must Be Done before I depart for a long weekend in Macedonia and Kosovo tomorrow morning. Rather shocked today by news from my Balkan contacts that a couple who are friends of mine have … Continue reading

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Ooof

Yesterday was supposedly a day off (Whit Monday) but I felt the pressure of work so went into the office anyway. Big mistake. It was quite a cool day outside, but we are on the 24th (top) floor, and as … Continue reading

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F’s new favourite

On the BBC Teletubbies site – the Colour Story. His enthusiasm does make it more difficult to “work” on the compuiter though. I finished my review of the 2003 Hugo nominations

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Cars coming home to roost

A few weeks ago I grazed an elderly couple’s car as I came out of a side road too soon – entirely my fault, nobody hurt, very little damage to my massive Renault Espace (rented as part of my package … Continue reading

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The other top 100 sf and fantasy books list

There was a Top 100 sf and fantasy books meme going around last week which though well distributed didn’t actually have 100 books on it! It was more of “100 sf and fantasy classics” list, though, while Tristrom Cooke’s Top … Continue reading

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Monday

Heavy day, mostly spent getting our new report on Brcko published. I had to redraw the map of Bosnia by hand to get the Brcko District boundaries right as there doesn’t seem to be an up-to-date map of the country … Continue reading

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Yahoo!

Well, in the literal sense. I just set up a mailing list on Yahoo! for the Northern Ireland elections site, sent out 450 invites, and in the last couple of hours over twenty people have already joined. Rather affirming. Also … Continue reading

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