Monthly Archives: April 2005

April Books 13) The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth

13) The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth and other stories, by Roger Zelazny I think this was Zelazny’s first published collection? Mostly stories from his peak early years in the 1960s; includes perhaps his two best … Continue reading

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On a list with the great and the good

This list.

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Who would have thought it?

Thanks to , I’ve adopted the Dalek mood theme. F said, “It’s got Uncle R in it!” – Indeed, there is a bit of a resemblance between Anne’s little brother and Christopher Ecclestone. That was excellent. An existential Dalek, no … Continue reading

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April Books 10-12) Journey Around New York, Washington, Boston from A to Z

10) Journey Around New York from A to Z, by Martha Day Zschock and Heather Zschock 11) Journey Around Washington DC from A to Z, by Martha Day Zschock 12) Journey Around Boston from A to Z, by Martha Day … Continue reading

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More interviews

Obligatory intro: if you wish me to ask questions of you, say so in a comment. From : If you could host a dinner party for 3 live people, who would it be? (any motive, any people) I really really … Continue reading

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Election prediction

I’ve made my prediction for the 628 seats in England, Scotland and Wales over at Anthony Wells’s site. My prediction is: Lab 338 inc Speaker (-65) Con 215 (+50) LD 65 (+14) SNP 5 (+1) PC 4 Kidderminster 1 My … Continue reading

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Hmm…

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in1. fanzines score: 392. rasff score: 323. greg egan score: 304. sf conventions score: 275. science fiction … Continue reading

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UUP desperation

A leaflet printed in Alliance Party colours of yellow and blue, headed ‘Thinking of Voting Alliance’, has been distributed widely in Northern Ireland. It is clearly intended to confuse Alliance supporters. The publishers urge Alliance supporters to vote for the … Continue reading

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The Hoge Veluwe

I took today off work; leaving her mother in charge of the small beings, Anne and I headed up to the Hoge Veluwe area of the Netherlands, a little island of high ground amidst the flatness, which is also a … Continue reading

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Likely results

I’ve had 203 entries to the predictions contest so far (actually, quite a few more, but I’m being quite strict about people having good reason to submit anonymous entries). In order of increasing interest, the predictions are: All 203 see … Continue reading

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BBC political bias shock

(hat-tip to .)

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Non-job latest

Just talked to the guy who was offered the job I was interviewed for two weeks ago. He told me he’d accepted it, then had a look at the organisation’s finances and backed out as fast as he could. So … Continue reading

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Unexpected

The original version of “Oops, I did it again” (1.7 MB, mp3). I had no idea. Yes, it is by who it sounds like. More info here. (Note: This is not actually true.) The Onion reports on the downside of … Continue reading

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April Books 9) Nu We Hier Toch Zijn

9) Nu We Hier Toch Zijn, by Barbara Stok Good stuff, scenes from the life of a thirtysomething living in the Dutch town of Groningen, mainly about funny things that happened to her walking down the street, at a gig, … Continue reading

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Birthday haul

Nu We Toch Hier Zijn, by Barbara Stok. Looks like fun. (But jeepers, she needs to do something about her website – the writing is so small I can hardly read it.) The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall. … Continue reading

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Belgian Senate

Exciting meeting at the Belgian Senate today. Waiting to be called (with Julie, my assistant) Speaking from the podium (Senator Roelants du Vivier listens intently in the background) Edited to add: Today’s business in Dutch and French. Although advertised, there … Continue reading

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Quite a good day

Started the day in a meeting with Əli Kərimli, the embattled opposition leader of a country I deal with, whose plans for western support for his rise to power are surely doomed because nobody can spell his name. (Or his … Continue reading

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Kosovo: Blizu nezavisnosti

My favourite line from this interview: Ako pogledate Evropu, postoji samo jedna granica koja sa istorijskog, geografskog, lingvistickog, etnickog i svakog drugog stanovi┼íta ima smisla: to je granica izmedu Francuske i Engleske. When you look at Europe, there is only … Continue reading

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The genius of Newton Emerson

A true breath of sanity in the mad world of Northern Irish politics is the weekly Portadown News, edited by Newton Emerson. I’ve just been spending a few minutes looking over his recent election coverage. His piss-take of the Ulster … Continue reading

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April Books 8) Banner of Souls

8)┬áBanner of Souls, by Liz Williams Basically very good. Teetered on the edge of being too complex for late-night reading (I seem to have spent most of the last week feeling very sleepy) but I managed. Far future setting, almost … Continue reading

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Sunday outing

Pictures from our outing to Tienen on Sunday: U, just realising that I’m pointing the camera at her F climbing B climbing with F in background Ducks Peacock Iron crowns (as referred to here)

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Translation issues: ein sternverformter Schraubenschlüssel

My German collection of Arthur C. Clarke stories, Ein Treffen Mit Medusa, contains one of the most unintentionally funny editorial comments I have ever encountered. Editor and translator Michael Nagula, attempting to explain the punchline of “Neutronenflut” (“Neutron Tide”) to … Continue reading

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April Books 7) Reach for Tomorrow

7) Reach for Tomorrow, by Arthur C. Clarke A dozen vintage Clarke short stories from the early years of his career (1945-1953). More than half I already knew – I see that “A Walk in the Dark”, “Rescue Party”, “The … Continue reading

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Advice please

I missed last week’s Doctor Who since I was in Albania, and we forgot to video it. So I’ve downloaded a file from BitTorrent with the intimidating filename doctor_who_2005.1×04.aliens_of_london.ws_pdtv_xvid-fov.avi.torrent – and now I find I cannot play it. Or at … Continue reading

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Worldcon accommodation

Seeking (male) room-mate for cheap accommodation at Worldcon. I’ve already made the following booking. RESERVATION: Eurohostel,318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, telephone 01412222828 Full Details of this hotel including location map & photographs can be viewed at http://www.infotel.co.uk/worldcon/hoteldetails.aspx?id=54563 BOOKING INFORMATION: Twin Room … Continue reading

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Story ID

Long long ago, perhaps in the early 1980s, I remember reading a collection of stories about alien landings, by British authors I think. Two stand out in my mind not because of the plot but because of particular twists of … Continue reading

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Pope thoughts (long)

Someone on my friends list put in a locked post: In a startling bit of news, the 2000 year old bureacracy based in Rome, virtually the last relic of a society founded nearly three thousand years ago, the final echo … Continue reading

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Benedict – the antipopes

reviews previous Pope Benedicts, a theme further developed by . I would add to this that there are a couple of entertaining antipope Benedicts in the historical record: the Avignon line of the Great Schism started of course with (Anti)Pope … Continue reading

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LJ post-its

here. (Hat-tip to .)

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Predictions contest – first day

Of 71 entries received so far: All 71 see SF leader Gerry Adams holding West Belfast. All 71 see DUP leader Ian Paisley holding North Antrim. All 71 think the DUP will hold East Londonderry. All 71 think the DUP … Continue reading

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