Monthly Archives: September 2005

What the President said

…also that they’d done everything the IMF recommended for the last twelve years and the results were lousy. And the Austrians were completely obsessed with Croatia/Turkey.

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A couple of follow-ups

has posted on the Ruthenians. has succumbed to the lure of the alphabets. I have (briefly) seduced to the Curse of Sudoku. And as for – no further comment is necessary!

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Dinner with the President

Not much to say, really. There were about a dozen of us; as we were moving in to sit down, the President’s chief of staff muttered to me that I was to sit at the right hand of the Head … Continue reading

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September Books 12) Emerald Eye

12) Emerald Eye: The Best Irish Imaginative Fiction, ed. Frank Ludlow & Roelof Goudriaan Alas, few of these were to my taste, tending as they did towards horror with themes of sordid seduction or bodily dismemberment. The one story that … Continue reading

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As I suspected…

…the Skopje building contemporary with Novi Sad’s Banovina and Banja Luka’s Banski Dvor is now the Macedonian parliament.

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Job news

Well, the guy who’s founding his own NGO has been in touch off and on, but not really appearing to get much further in the way of funding. But someone has just made to me a much more interesting suggestion, … Continue reading

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September Books 11) The Truth About The Armed Conflict In Slovenia

11) The Truth About The Armed Conflict In Slovenia by the propaganda wing of the Yugoslav People’s Army Tedious and unconvincing propaganda issued in July 1991, accusing the Slovenians of not particularly terrible activities during their brief war of independence. … Continue reading

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September Books 10) The Man Who Fell To Earth

10) The Man Who Fell To Earth, by Walter Tevis I have seen a few seconds of the film of this book starring David Bowie; the novel was published in 1963. It’s a bleak picture of an almost-human alien from … Continue reading

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September Books 9) The Banovina

9) The Banovina, by Donka Stančić and Miško Lazović I spent yesterday exploring the autonomous province of Vojvodina, north of Belgrade, finishing with meetings in its capital, Novi Sad – the only one of the eight capitals of the former … Continue reading

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September Books 8) Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture

8) Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture, by Apostolos Doxiadis Nice little story, of the eccentric uncle who has wasted his life on proving Goldbach’s conjecture; but the plot, such as it is, is pretty cliched and the author misses numerous … Continue reading

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Tour of Vojvodina

Danube alluvial plain, Fruska Gora monasteries, Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad.

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Another hard one

Had several goes at this in the plane and couldn’t manage it. (From Saturday’s Irish Times – answer is in today’s. Today’s “Hard” one seems much more easy.) Edited to add: Whoops – wrong one. I meant this one:

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Duvet morning

My flight to Belgrade is not until 1325, and I can’t quite face going into the office yet. Suddenly a whole lot of work appears to have backed up, and this trip seems a bit pointless – I deliberately am … Continue reading

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September Books 7) The Family Trade

7) The Family Trade, by I had been looking forward to reading this for some time. Reviews that I had skimmed (and indeed hints dropped by the author) led me to understand that it borrows the feudal and feuding families … Continue reading

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September Books 6) The Third Policeman

6) The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien One of many benefits of going through the bookshelves for the sake of Library Thing is the rediscovery of old friends. This is such an enjoyable work of genius. I don't think I'd … Continue reading

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Help scientific research!

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Donnie Darko

Well, recommended it

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Library Thing

Am within shouting distance of being one of the top 25 users. But I am not going to strive hard over the rest of the weekend to make sure I pass the mark, since I’m pretty confident I will do … Continue reading

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Livejournal silly policy

This new “schools” thing on livejournal is pretty stupid. But at least it is easily subverted. (My thanks to the person whose locked post alerted me to this.)

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Shakespeare meme

Despite ‘s scorn, I’ll do this. Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, … Continue reading

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September Books 5) The Alphabet

5) The Alphabet, by David Sacks I put this on my Amazon wish list ages ago, and can’t remember why; but anyway I decided I might as well buy it and read it a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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September Books 4) Creatures of Light and Darkness

4) Creatures of Light and Darkness, by Roger Zelazny Returning to an early favourite for me here; it must be over twenty years since I first read this, and I think maybe as many as ten years since I picked … Continue reading

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A back-handed compliment

From the latest issue of Deutschland: Forum on politics, culture and business: …the Germans are generally very, very friendly, they have not invaded a neighbouring country for 60 years, and they can even make you laugh! They are very similar … Continue reading

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Sir Nicholas Whyte, DNB

White, Sir Nicholas (c.1532-1592), lawyer and administrator, was descended from a notable family of the English pale. His father, James White, steward of James Butler, earl of Ormond, had been poisoned while in London with the earl in 1546. Nicholas … Continue reading

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24 hours in Slovenia

Was in Ljubljana on Thursday for a brainstorming session with Balkan NGOs. Three outside speakers: me and two Austrians, one a young guy who does similar work to me, the other a prince who is almost 70 and had a … Continue reading

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Car insurance green card

Time to renew the green card for the car; these two clauses of the policy caught my eye. La couverture d’assurance fournie par les cartes vertes délivreés pour Chypre est limitée aux parties géographiques de Chypre qui sont sous le … Continue reading

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Travels

Right, am off to Ljubljana for 24 hours. See you tomorrow.

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Attn: Library Thing users

Library Thing blog, syndicated to LJ: Library Thing users community:

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Tension rising between Georgia and South Ossetia

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, seven people injured in Tskhinvali by a mortar fired from Georgian-controlled territory Georgians claim their lads shot at a suspect in a stolen car, but no comment on the mortar attack [edited to add: Georgians … Continue reading

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New interests meme

I was hoping for someone to write one that would pick ten interests at random; but this will do. LJ Interests meme results belfast: O the bricks they will bleed and the rain it will weep, And the damp Lagan … Continue reading

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