Monthly Archives: April 2006

Books, and An Unearthly Child

My birthday haul was (mostly) waiting for me when I got back from Sweden, and was much appreciated: The Medieval Cookbook, by Maggie Black; Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi and Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (actually not explicitly a … Continue reading

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Best. Episode. Ever.

There are no words. I didn’t cry very much. Right, better watch it again.

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Report on Iraqi insurgents and the internet

Because this is work-related, it’s a locked post; the contents are not especially confidential, it’s just that it would be a bit odd for colleagues to see me writing it; people would wonder why I am pimping this particular report, … Continue reading

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April Books 13) The Moon Pool

13) The Moon Pool, by A. Merritt Have been reading this adventure story, first published in 1919, on my Palm T|X over the last few weeks, really reminded of it by Charlie Stross’ use of the phrase “moon pool” in … Continue reading

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More interviews

I know I still owe questions to a few people. Anyway, here are my latest set of answers. From : Are you worried you’ll get brain cancer from flying so much?! I was doing an outside physical labouring job (working … Continue reading

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Mystery solved

I spotted the mysteriously bold letters, but did wonder what it was all about.

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AKICILJ

Why is it that when I am updating via Firefox, the text window gradually gets wider and wider?

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Things I’ve learnt today

There is no word for ‘reconciliation’ in either Tamil or Sinhalese. (What does this mean for the peace process? Discuss.)

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Well, I’m glad…

…that I flew Brussels to Stockholm yesterday rather than this morning.

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Public holiday

Today is the Day Of Statehood Of Serbia And Montenegro – probably the last one…

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April Books 12) A Hat Full of Sky

12) A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett The first I’ve read of the Tiffany Aching series. Obviously meant for young adults but a good read for everyone, I think, with a typically humanitarian message. My favourite line was: … Continue reading

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April Books 10) You, The People, 11) International Governance…

10) You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration and State-Building, by Simon Chesterman 11) International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction, by Richard Caplan Two books on very similar topics. Don’t really have the energy to review either … Continue reading

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The Apricot is Erupting

As one often does on birthdays, I’ve been trying to pin down an elusive detail from many years in the past. In the summer of 1989 I saw a play in a London theatre, set on a Greek island. In … Continue reading

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26 April 1967

Happy 39th birthday to: Trish Doller, self-described “morning radio jock, punk rock mom, high priestess of DIY, bleeding-heart liberal and all-around awesome babe” Simon Le Roux, South Africa-born architect and set designer for Finland’s Ismo Dance Company Dominic Jermey OBE … Continue reading

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Where’s Billie?

Just watched last Saturday’s Doctor Who Confidential. Great fun, again, but, as Anne pointed out, still no interview with Billie Piper!

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Another introduction to Doctor Who

‘s basic guide.

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New competition

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On the radio

Jim Bennett was my supervisor for my M Phil in Cambridge, and then the external examiner for my Ph D; he’s now in charge of the Museum for the History of Science in Oxford, and it was a pleasant surprise … Continue reading

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Being here

Have been pondering the ups and downs of being here, as I often do. On the plus side, no more wrangling with the NHS. Have been following a couple of medical dramas on my f-list, one person with an eye … Continue reading

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April Books 9) Malachy

9) Malachy, by Brian Scott Brian Scott was one of those charming academic figures I vaguely knew during my time at the Queen’s University of Belfast from 1991 to 1996, a lecturer in Latin (finally given a personal chair as … Continue reading

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April Books 8) The Kite Runner

8) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini I think I bought this when some recommendations algorithm suggested I might enjoy it – can’t remember now which one. Anyway, I started off thinking that it was rather better than Ian McEwan’s … Continue reading

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Performance

Ursula has started singing, and doing the actions for, both “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” and the Fimbles’ mega-hit, “We Close Our Eyes When We go To Sleep”. The words are very far from perfect, and … Continue reading

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Interviews again

Leave me a comment; I’ll ask you five questions; you do same on your LJ, if you like. (I still owe three people questions from the last round of this; will do those tomorrow.) Four sets of questions here: From … Continue reading

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Shurely shome mishtake

Was surprised to learn from WikiPedia that: Dominic Green (born 1970), is a British musician and science fiction author. He also writes and edits non-fiction about music and history…. Green is the son of saxophonist Benny Green and the actress … Continue reading

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April Books 7) Secret Files: The Inside Story of International Rescue

7) Secret Files: The Inside Story of International Rescue, by Chris Bentley, Stephen Cole and Graham Bleathman Simply superb for the Thunderbirds fan in your life. I do wonder if F will absorb the fact that his role models all … Continue reading

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Genesis concluded

Watched episode 4 last night, and episodes 5 and 6 tonight. Will have to go back and do it all again with the commentary turned on. But it really is very good, after all this time. The whole thing is … Continue reading

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April Books 6) William Heinemann: A Memoir

6) William Heinemann: A Memoir, by Frederic Whyte I chased this down because the author was a distant relative of mine, and it is the most easily obtainable (and the cheapest) of his books, published in 1929, nine years after … Continue reading

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April Books 5) Alexander Hamilton

5) Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow Thanks to spending yesterday in bed I have finished this massive biography, which would have taken me otherwise another couple of weeks. As it happens the last book I read I also finished in … Continue reading

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Amusing misprint in press release

Final Results of 2004 Census Made Public The Republic of Moldova [its Transnistrian region exclusive] is home to 3.4 people. Such is one of the main findings of the national census held here on October 5 through 12, 2004, the … Continue reading

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What happened last night

It started when one of my field staff phoned to complain that our latest report had had an extract from a book about canoeing in the Caucasus inserted at the end as an advertisement. I tried to send emails complaining … Continue reading

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