Monthly Archives: December 2005

Christmas review

We’ve had a lot of guests this year, which has been great. Almost all family, with the exception of and who dropped over on Thursday for the afternoon. But we had Anne’s sister here from the Thursday before Christmas, her … Continue reading

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Chanakhi

The word ჩანახი should look rather like this: It tastes delicious.

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ჩანახი

I have been cooking ჩანახი. I put it in the oven after lunch, and then had to come into work for the afternoon. Now I am going home to eat it. Mmmm.

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Those Father Ted Mastermind Questions In Full

Some kind person has posted these as a comment to an earlier entry: Father Ted repeatedly makes what claim about the missing money that was the cause of him being sent to Craggy Island? It was resting in his account. … Continue reading

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One or two bits of this are actually imaginable if the relevant people could be brought together…

by limitedbythesky nhw’s LJ New Year Party (Now At Least 8% Politically Correct!) Started : 01st January 2006 12:29:11 AM Ended : 01st January 2006 03:17:47 PM Alco Money! : $ 667 Guests of Honour nrivkis is a powerless Buddhist. … Continue reading

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Reading Resolutions

We’ve just been to the about-to-close American bookshop in Leuven and spent vast amounts of money, as my Library Thing catalogue bears witness. This brings me to my resolutions for reading books in 2006. I made two posts this time … Continue reading

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Now on-line

My great-grandfather’s 1858 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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What I’ve read this year

SF (79) Cultural Breaks (Aldiss coll) Saliva Tree (Aldiss coll) Foundation’s Edge (Asimov) Darkness That Comes Before (Bakker) Algebraist (Banks) Moving Mars (Bear) No Enemy But Time (Bishop) Numbers Don’t Lie (Bisson) Cities in Flight (Blish)* Keepers of the Peace … Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust

I don’t believe it. The American Book Centre in Leuven is closing – on Saturday. For good. That’s the second of my favourite bookshops to close this year. (And I understand there have been a couple of prominent casualties in … Continue reading

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December Books 11) The Georgian Feast

11) The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia, by Darra Goldstein I don’t usually blog books until I’ve finished reading them, but this has to be an exception, as I will take several … Continue reading

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Christmas report

Tree with presents before everyone else woke up U with new doll F with Thunderbirds sticker book B happily raiding the kitchen I got some nice things: God’s Clockmaker: Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time, by John North … Continue reading

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On a slightly seasonal note

My holiday project is to transcribe my great-grandfather’s diary of his Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1858. On 29th March, the Monday before Easter, he visited Bethlehem: Arrival in time to join the procession to our Saviour’s crib, … Continue reading

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I popped across the road to borrow matches from the neighbours last night for Ursula’s cake. The parents were out, but the two boys (aged 14 and 11) were in, along with a friend of the older one; they hurriedly … Continue reading

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U’s birthday

U has turned three. Birthday cake (with aunt H visible behind F) Birthday present in use Big brother blowing bubbles for her.

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December Books 10) Boulevard of Broken Dreams

10) Boulevard of Broken Dreams, by Kim Deitch with Simon Deitch Another one of Time‘s Must-Read 25. To be honest, after I’d read the first quarter, I thought I was probably going to have to write this up as a … Continue reading

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December Books 9) Numbers Don’t Lie

9) Numbers Don’t Lie, by Terry Bisson Read for a review to be published elsewhere. But in short, I liked it.

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Season of peace

News items (and blog entries about news items) tend to be pretty depressing. One cheerful piece of information that has not had much publicity (though my boss has been mentioning it) is that the University of British Columbia’s Human Security … Continue reading

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Visa madness

A few weeks ago we published a report on the EU visa regime for the Balkans, arguing that it needs to be liberalised and that the EU’s policies are deeply counter-productive. It’s had a number of very positive spin-offs, including … Continue reading

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Tardis Tennis

Play it here. Dates back to 2003!

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Birthdays

Happy birthday, ! Happy birthday, !

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Memo to self

palaeographyAmExcar radio

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My Livejournal Year – Another Take

A different way of looking at it: these were the 31 posts of the last twelve months that gathered 15 or more comments. Not always the ones of which I am proudest… Autobiography: 19 December ’04:  Student politics – 20 … Continue reading

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Job hunt latest

This has often been a time of year when job prospects mature. Well, twice; I got my job with NDI in Bosnia on Christmas Eve 1996, which really started me on this whole international politics thing, and then just over … Continue reading

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December Books 8) Triplanetary

8) Triplanetary, by E.E. “Doc” Smith Over the last week or so, when I got tired of concentrating on downloaded Doctor Who novels on my PDA screen, I’ve been turning for variety to this classic novel, the first in Smith’s … Continue reading

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December Books 7) [Doctor Who] Lungbarrow

7) [Doctor Who] Lungbarrow, by Marc Platt Well, this is supposed to be the book in which all is revealed about the Doctor’s true family background, in line with the master plan of Andrew Cartmel in the final three seasons … Continue reading

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Identity theft

Just been re-watching Dopplegängland, surely one of the greatest Buffy episodes. Giles: She was truly the finest of all of us. Xander: Way better than me. Giles: (nods decisively) Much, much better. Buffy: Giles, planning on jumping in with an … Continue reading

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Christmas 2005

Season’s Greetings from Belgium! Our biggest news item this year is not especially wonderful. Ursula, who will be three just before Christmas, has not yet begun to talk and was diagnosed in the spring with an autistic spectrum disorder; quite … Continue reading

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Snow

Snow has fallen overnight. Not much, and I don’t think it will last, but it feels Christmassy…

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The year in review

1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before? Went to Worldcon. Visited Albania and Ukraine. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Most of them, though I … Continue reading

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For later perusal

Doug Muir’s Kosovo posts: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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