Monthly Archives: August 2004

The Kennedy Center

I’m giving a lecture at the Kennedy Center in October. Not, I’m sorry to say, the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC; nor (even more exciting) the John F Kennedy Space Center in Florida; nor, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Waugh’s Scoop

Prompted by : I first read Scoop as a schoolboy in the mid-1980s and thought it was hilarious and surreal. I reread it again while working in the post-war Balkans in 1998 and realised that all the bits I had … Continue reading

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The Books Are My Friends Test

Via : The Books Are My Friends Test The Literati And the Survey Says: 90%         You are one of a select group of intellectuals. You appreciate good literature and you nurture an affinity for elegance. You probably have a library … Continue reading

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Museum

At F’s insistence I took him to the Africa Museum in Tervuren this afternoon. Mainly this was an hour zooming round the exhibits at five-year-old speed, with special attention paid to the very large animals, though some of the small … Continue reading

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Astrology correspondence

Archived here for my reference. First email to me from astrologer: You invited comments or questions about the astrological material posted on your site. I’m a traditional astrologer and am undertaking a review of Latin with special interest in astrology. … Continue reading

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Interactive language quiz

I am pleased to announce the Interactive Language Quiz. Please have a go at it and let me know what you think, either by email or by commenting below.

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What kind of God are you?

I can cope with this. (Thanks to .) What kind of God are you? Name DOB Favourite Color You earthly time was spent “Laying” with the sons and/or daughters of men for hours… and days… and weeks… Your throne is … Continue reading

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August Books 18) Mother Tongue

18) Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson. A good read on the history of English, including light on the “vulgar monosyllable” that has sometimes muttered about writing up. But a lot of it was recycled from other books on the subject … Continue reading

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Picture of my bald spot

Looking at pictures of and ‘s wedding, I’m amused that my bald spot figures prominently in the top one here – I’m standing beside ‘ cousin Eimear (in the red trousers) and trying to squint at the happy couple embracing. … Continue reading

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001 EURO

On the way in to work this morning, as I got on the motorway at Bertem, I saw a silver Audi in front of me whose numberplate was “001 EURO”. Immediately I wondered whose it might be – the speaker … Continue reading

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Relationship key

20 Questions to a Better Relationship eXpressive: 6/10 Practical: 5/10 Physical: 8/10 Giver: 6/10 You are a XSYG–Expressive Sentimental Physical Giver. This makes you a Sex Bomb. You are sexy sex sex sex! The sexness! You are the sexiest, hottest … Continue reading

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Job hunt latest

Hmm. Over lunch yesterday, a friend convinced me that I had been too dismissive of the prospects of working with the new Austrian commissioner, the outgoing foreign minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Perhaps I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket … Continue reading

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Out In Out In

Kate Bush, “Breathing” (1980):      Breathing the fall-out in,      Out in, out in, out in, out in. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (Hargreaves/Damerell/Evans), “Hunting Tigers Out In India” (1969)      Hunting tigers out in India      Out in, out in, out in … Continue reading

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Reading habits survey

From hddod as modified by coalescent: So, how much do you read? At work I read a lot – daily news summaries from four to seven countries depending on my energy level, plus keeping up with official documents, often before … Continue reading

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Where I live

Roughly here.

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Friendly

In a fit of enthusiasm I’ve added loads of people to my friends list, either because they live in Belgium and list science fiction as an interes, or because they live in Leuven, or just because it seemed like a … Continue reading

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My vote in the presidential election

That is, in the election for the post of President of the UK Liberal Democrats, of which I have been a member since the party was founded in 1988. The two candidates are Simon Hughes and Lembit Öpik, both members … Continue reading

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Seen in passing

“Chad Kultgen”‘s Amazon reviews

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Fame at last

According to someone on a Rolling Stones fan discussion board, the best website of all time is…

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Back at work

Only 680 unread emails, after three weeks away. Last year it was over 900. (But that was after four weeks, not three…)

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Catching up…

…after three weeks away. So seen in passing: 38 dishonest tricks to win an argument The Museum of Hoaxes Ursula Le Guin is backing Kerry (scroll down, a long long way) How to present complex issues to President Bush What … Continue reading

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August Books 17) Scandal Takes a Holiday

17) Scandal Takes a Holiday, by Lindsey Davis Well, this really was an improvement. Rather than drag in extraneous characters from real history, Davis introduces a few more of Falco’s extended and eccentric family. Of course we know right from … Continue reading

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August Books 16) The Accusers

16) The Accusers, by Lindsey Davis Hmm. I’ve very much enjoyed some of Davis’ novels featuring Marcus Didius Falco, a detective of ancient Rome; this wasn’t one of the best. The hero and his colleagues spend ages failing to interrogate … Continue reading

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New review…

…by me, on inifity plus, of Caiseal Mór’s The Meeting of the Waters.

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Doctoring the evidence

This is sparked by reading someone’s post about considering whether to start a Ph D,and simultaneously seeing two other people pick up on ‘s piece about writing and depression. I get a lot of students coming through my office asking … Continue reading

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Trust metric ?)

Trust Metric My trust level is: 68% LJ username:

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August Books 15) The Dream Millennium

15) The Dream Millennium, by James White Managed to finish this on the ferry today while fielding children and enduring a very rough Irish Sea crossing… Rather an interesting little novel by this unjustly neglected Irish sf writer; central character … Continue reading

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End of holiday

Well, waiting for laundry to dry on a rainy day in Banbridge, scanning the very few work emails that look of relevance, coming down gradually after a much more relaxing holiday than last year – three weeks actually much better … Continue reading

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August Books 14) Lucky Dip

14) Lucky Dip, by Ruth Ainsworth. First published 1961, this copy published 1971, given by my wife to her sister in 1980 as a birthday present. Lovely little collection of stories for the under-fives. Could never sell today as it … Continue reading

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August Books 13) Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

13) Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, by Niall Ferguson I saw Ferguson lecture at a conference I was speaking at in Yale last year; he really wound up the academic lefties present (ie almost the entire audience) by … Continue reading

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