Monthly Archives: March 2005

Children’s passport fees

Irish: €15 for a three-year passport (under threes only) Irish: €25 for a five-year passport (ages 3 to 17) British: child under 16 (valid for five years) £36.50 / €57.00 Well, that’s an easy decision then. (For adults it’s a … Continue reading

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Fury from the Deep: Dutch accents

Listening to the audio verison of “Fury from the Deep” episode 1 on my way to work, I was intrigued by the accent of one of the characters; he sounded distictly African, and I wondered if this might be the … Continue reading

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Sleepy day

Bridget woke us at 6 am, so it was lunchtime before I was really functioning properly. Managed to sample once more the delights of the Indian buffet at the Grapevine (hat-tip to ) as part of an intense lunchtime meeting … Continue reading

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Interested in election observing?

There are some interesting elections coming up before the summer, all of which will presumably have OSCE election observation missions deployed to them, which will in turn need people from OSCE participating states (Europe, former Soviet Union, US and Canada) … Continue reading

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Lessons of the Schiavo case

A sample living will. Actually this one is fatally flawed, as he does not specify whether he means Adlai Stevenson, the 1950s presidential candidate, or his grandfather Adlai Stevenson, who was Vice-President from 1893-1897.

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More from The Onion

How to be a considerate houseguest.

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Thanks to

Netdisaster It’s fantastic! Mars Attacks the White House! Dinosaurs on the BBC News! Fried eggs on the Hugo nominations list! Hours of fun are possible.

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Broadcast

Just did Europe Today on BBC World Service radio re Paddy Ashdown and the Bosnian Croats.

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Another for my shopping list

reviews Conor Kostick’s Epic. Quite apart from the fact that I usually enjoy reading books by people I know, it sounds really interesting (even if with “mildly clunky writing”).

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Dental advice

From Saturday’s Guardian: Q: I am in my early 20s and considering spending £4,000 on cosmetic dentistry. I have healthy teeth, but they are crooked and that affects my confidence. Is it worth the money and the pain to have … Continue reading

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Cultural excursion

So, it being an Easter Monday blessedly free of work comitments, I decided to take the first steps in exploring Belgium’s megaliths. F and I set off to do the cluster around Tienen, finishing up with the caves of Folx-les-Caves. … Continue reading

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March Books 15) Tomorrow’s Worlds

15) Tomorrow’s Worlds: Ten Stories of Science Fiction, ed. Robert Silverberg A muscular collection this, of what was already old-fashioned sf when it was published in 1969 (presumably to cash in on the imminent moon landings): ten stories, set on … Continue reading

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Pleasant day

Good and relaxed. Went to Mini Europe with F and his aunt and uncle for most of the day. They’ve still got embarrassing gaps for eight of the ten new member states. For Poland they had the Gdansk town hall … Continue reading

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Hugos part 2

Congratulations to and ! Three cases of people with three nominations who won one but lost two (and since is competing against himself for Best Novella, he can’t win more than two anyway): Larry Niven, 1976 won for The Borderland … Continue reading

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The New Doctor Who

Say what you think. (Thanks to .)

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SDLP and Sinn Fein prepare for Westminster battle

Sunday Business Post 27 March 2005 By Paul T Colgan With expectation mounting that the British general election will be called for early May, the SDLP and Sinn Féin are preparing to face off for the most critical battle in … Continue reading

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And finally

A real blast from the past, as Doctor Who finishes and immediately the news comes on to tell us that Jim Callaghan has died…

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Hugos – first take

Best NovelThe Algebraist by Iain M. Banks – must buyIron Council by China Miéville – next on my “to read” listIron Sunrise by Charles Stross – must buyJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – have read it; liked itRiver … Continue reading

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Dockeroo

Look folks, let’s be honest. It was good. Eccleston is good – seriously alien and believable. Piper is good – not just screaming. Even Clive was good – the comic, self-referential moments didn’t overwhelm it. The settings were good (even … Continue reading

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Lovely day

Posting by phone from Zoetwater Park. Three happy children.

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Сяньня ў Кіргізстане, заўтра ў Беларусі

Or will it? Things are never as simple as they seem. Via I’ve been skimming ‘s journal, generally written biligually in Belarusian and English (where you will find the translation for the headline above). He has a very interesting post … Continue reading

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March Books 14) Emerald Magic

14) Emerald Magic: Great Tales Of Irish Fantasy, ed. Andrew M. Greeley Collection of fifteen fantasy stories set in Ireland, thirteen of them published here for the first time. Another one for my list. Thanks to for tipping me off … Continue reading

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My Northern Ireland election predictions

East Belfast: The UUP have been talking tough here, pointing out that they were only 2000 votes behind the DUP in the Assembly elections and suggesting that they are snapping at Peter Robinson’s heels. However, leaving aside the wider political … Continue reading

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To read and digest

Where the US environmental movement went wrong, from Obsidian Wings.

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The Rocky Horror Test

Sweet Transvestite You scored 85% Wow. You probably know more than I do about the movie. Congratulations. Now get a life. My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender: You scored higher than … Continue reading

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Orthography poll results

Everyone can see the incorrect Romanian ţ, Greek τ, Cyrillic т and ќ, and, interestingly, Hebrew ת and Arabic ﺕ (so standard installation obviously includes weird Cyrillic as well as standard Cyrillic, Latin, Hebrew and Arabic). Two-thirds of you can … Continue reading

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Bloggers who’ve linked to my election site recently

The Green Ribbon, here and here. One Angry Man, here and here. Slugger O’Toole I am a Doughnut The Transatlantic Assembly, here. Broom of Anger, here.

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Common People

Illustrated by Jamie Hewlett. Thanks to Bookslut.

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Small world…

I drove a colleague to the airport yesterday. Just heard him on Radio 4 talking about Kyrgyzstan.

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Moldova – the inevitable happens

by Brussels Gonzo (originally published on A Fistful of Euros)As I end my two weeks here as a guest blogger, with events turning dramatic in Kyrgyzstan, the revolution that didn’t happen is fizzling out in Moldova. (See today’s RFE/RL Newsline, … Continue reading

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