Monthly Archives: May 2004

I thought this headline was a spoof..

…but it’s perfectly true: Croatia’s Euro 2004 squad warned against “acrobatic sex”

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Today’s interesting fact

Brian May, guitarist with Queen, dropped out of an astronomy Ph D to become a full-time musician.

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Election

It will be interesting to see the performance of independent candidate John Gilliland in the Northern Ireland Euro-election – apparently he’s doing well on the posters front anyway!

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Exhibition

Bridget’s school had an exhibition of artwork by all the pupils this weekend at one of the many cultural centres that dot our landscape. They had on display a rather smeary red and yellow work by her with the caption: … Continue reading

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May Books 14) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

14) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon I picked up a couple of instalments of this late at night on the World Service a month or so ago when children were keeping me awake, … Continue reading

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Feast for Crows

I see that A Feast for Crows is at 124th place on Amazon’s best-seller list, and won’t even be published until 24 June. Buoyed no doubt by the mass of pre-orders – including mine, put in over a year ago.

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New review

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

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Oneword

Following ‘s example: Depth Being out of your depth – a phrase that always bothered me. Losing your footing while swimming in deep water; but also the sense of having got deeply into a situation where you had lost your … Continue reading

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Colour test

Yet another instant psychology quiz. My results and comments as follows: Your Existing Situation Sensuous. Inclined to luxuriate in things which give gratification to the senses, but rejects anything tasteless, vulgar, or coarse. Hmm, dunno about that; I can cope … Continue reading

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Interrailing

Someone asked me the other day what interrailing is. Yet another icon of my youth has bitten the dust, I thought to myself. When I were a lad, if you were under 26 you could pay £120 and buy this … Continue reading

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Two interesting facts from today’s Guardian review

1) Today is the 130th anniversary of G.K. Chesterton’s birth. 2) Immediately after Anthony Eden resigned as British Prime Minister in 1957, he went on a long cruise to New Zealand, and his cabin steward was John Prescott, who has … Continue reading

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May Books 13) Humans

13) Humans by Robert J Sawyer The last of this year’s Hugo nominees in the fiction category, and really I’m glad it’s over. I compained about the previous book in the series that the Neanderthal society was unconvincing. Add to … Continue reading

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May Books 12) Decalog 5 – Wonders

12) Decalog 5 – Wonders edited by Paul Leonard and Jim Mortimore With one dull exception (“Negative Space” by Jeanne Cavelos) this collection of ten sf short stories ranges from competent to very good. I bought it because my friend … Continue reading

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Critical mass has been reached

I’m taking only the shorter version of this meme, as seen with and . Longer versions may be found chez and . And others too, no doubt. 1. Who are you? 2. Are we friends? 3. When and how did … Continue reading

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Minor venting

As you know, I’m running this competition to predict the results of next month’s European elections. The rules are quite simple. Apart from, obviously, predicting the result, I make the following requests of entrants: Please give me your real name … Continue reading

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Fingerprints

I see my old friend David Feige has a piece about fingerprint analysis. Specific to the US, of course, but almost certainly of relevance to the rest of us as well.

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Spammer sentenced

Thanks to for the tip-off: Howard Camarck sentenced to 3.5 – 7 years. This may seem inconsistent with one of my other recent posts, but I rate this as Good News.

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New job option

The European Parliament is looking for someone to do a five-year contract job, working on European Security and Defence Policy. It’s an entry-level position, so the pay is only a little more than I get now, and I don’t think … Continue reading

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Rush to judgement

I’ve now had 80 entries for the competition to predict the results of the European election in Northern Ireland. (See prediction form and entries so far.) This is a lot more than I remember from this stage in the 2003 … Continue reading

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Prisoner’s tale

http://www.livejournal.com/community/danger_army/9262.html (Very long; found link via .)

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<font color=”username”><b>username</b></font> meme

nhw – shows my true dark nature I suppose.

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The Washingtonienne affair

Probably few of you have heard of the Washingtonienne affair. Jessica Cutler kept a blog about her sex life, which a lot of people do, mostly (as she did) anonymously; however she left enough clues for rival Washingotn blogger Wonkette … Continue reading

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What I did in Baku

Picture of me: (I’m at the far end of the table, on the left.)

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Final thought on Baku

Or rather, three final thoughts, since I wasn’t really awake enough while in Azerbaijan to write them down. First, it’s much the most normal-looking city of the three capitals; apart from the old walled district which is very small, it … Continue reading

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My warning label

Via , , , , , and : NOTE: z No smoking around nhw. Thankyou for your co-operation. Username:

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May Books 10) Too Long a Sacrifice, 11) Sacrifice of Fools

10) Too Long a Sacrifice, by Mildred Downey Broxon and 11) Sacrifice of Fools, by Ian McDonald These are, respectively, the only fantasy and science fiction novels I’m aware of of which large chunks are set in Belfast, the city … Continue reading

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Map update

create your personalized map of europe or write about it on the open travel guide

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Election predictions

Predict the result of the European election in Northern Ireland here. Predict the result of the European election in the Republic of Ireland here.

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Goodnight

Well, we got through the caviar with the help of a neighbour, J (whose wife K and the kids are spending the weekend watching beavers at the German border) and also some Georgian vodka. After all, it doesn’t keep. Then … Continue reading

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Another review

Just up on infinity plus: my review of The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson.

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