Monthly Archives: August 2006

Hungary

Am in Budapest. Weather better than Brussels.

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Don’t eat at the Il Corvo restaurant at Saranac lake

Here’s why. On a different topic, see the sad story of Travel Doggy.

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Question

Has anyone been to the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden or the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery in Aylesbury? Suitable to bring F to next summer (when he will be eight)?

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The importance of punctuation

The story of the $2 million comma. OK, Canadian dollars rather than US, but still rather a lot ($1.9 million US, €1.5 million, £1.0 million). (Thanks to someone who posted this in a locked entry.)

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Bits and bobs

Is this legal? Due to the large number of applications we are receiving and the particular nature of the position, please only apply if you hold a degree from any of the following institutions: Oxford University Cambridge University University of … Continue reading

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You’d think I’d have learnt by now…

…came into work this morning facing one Big Task and lots of little ones. Decided that I would tackle the Big Task first and allow myself to do the little ones as a series of “rewards” during the day. Of … Continue reading

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August Books 23) The Brightfount Diaries

23) The Brightfount Diaries, by Brian Aldiss I knew of this, Brian Aldiss’ first novel, from one of his autobiographies, but thought I would never get a chance to read it. However House of Stratus have reprinted it as part … Continue reading

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August Books 21-22) A Rule Book for Arguments; Critical Reasoning

21) A Rulebook for Arguments, by Anthony Weston 22) Critical Reasoning: An Introduction, by Anne Thomson Got these just to see if my science degree had seriously impacted my ability to construct sensible arguments. I seem to have picked up … Continue reading

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More Hugo reflections

In the fiction categories: One woman out of four (on a par with Hugos in general, 41 of 201 Hugo awards (20%) in total, 9 out of 40 in the last ten years); three first-time winners, same as last year … Continue reading

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August Books 20) H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

20) H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, by Michel Houellebecq Read this for review elsewhere, so will notify here when it is done. But it was amusing to re-read Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness”, based as it is on … Continue reading

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Hugos

You (may have) heard it here first (unless like me you got it from who has photographs): Big Heart Award was awarded to Forest J Ackerman. And they have changed the name of the award to the Forest J Ackerman … Continue reading

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The War Games

Am feeling rather low in energy after first few days back at work, but I managed to watch all ten episodes of this during the week. That, of course, is the central problem with this story: it is four hours … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth and Her Times: A Series of Original Letters, Selected from the Inedited Private… ed Thos Wright, 1838 The Puritans: Or, The Church, Court, and Parliament of England, During the Reigns of Edward VI…. By Samuel Hopkins, 1860 The … Continue reading

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Poison!

Apparently there is an article in the Journal of the Butler Society, vol 3, part 1 (1986) pages 30-41 with the glorious title of “Malice Aforethought: the poisoning of the ninth earl of Ormond”. The Journal of the Butler Society … Continue reading

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Nice to hear

Heard over the holiday that a friend of a friend was doing research related vaguely to my PhD topic. Emailed her to ask if my work was of any use to her. She replied, You might be interested to know … Continue reading

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Welcome…

…to . (Some of you know him. Most of you don’t.)

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August Books 19) Sixteenth Century Ireland

19) Sixteenth Century Ireland, by Colm Lennon I bought this for a couple of reasons. My namesake and ancestor, Sir Nicholas White, was a senior government official in Ireland in the reign of Elizabeth I, but from the available biographies … Continue reading

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Pluto not a planet – official

The IAU has spoken.

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Chomsky on Srebrenica, again

My first day back at work after my break. I had almost resolved not to write any more blog entries on this topic, and this one is old news anyway, but thanks to an email exchange with TK while I … Continue reading

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Hell Is the Absence of God

Finally got around to the next in my series of reviews of fiction which has won both Hugo and Nebula, here.

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Latest Ford news

He’s had a pacemaker fitted.

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That lj interests plus images meme

Am a bit, er, surprised by some of these. I actually changed the one for “blogs” because it was too explicit even for behind an lj-cut… Create your own! By 

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Introductions?

I’m pleased and gratified to see that a whole lot of people have added me to their f-lists over the last few months. If I don’t know you in real life, please do drop an introductory note here as a … Continue reading

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August Books 18) The Warden’s Niece

18) The Warden’s Niece, by Gillian Avery The Warden’s Niece is no relation to The Warden, though of course they share a common background in the nineteenth century (this book set in 1875 and written in 1957). Eleven-year-old Maria runs … Continue reading

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August Books 17) The Warden

17) The Warden, by Anthony Trollope Picked this up on a whim from a four-for-a-pound box in Wiltshire yesterday. I remember watching the BBC adaptation with Donald Pleasance years ago. Actually a rather good book, which I found myself reflecting … Continue reading

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August Books 16) Year’s Best SF 11

16) Year’s Best SF 11, ed. David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer So, why is it that the Hugo and Nebula systems cannot produce shortlists of the quality of this selection? There was only one story out of 31 here that … Continue reading

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August Books 15) [Doctor Who] The Empire of Glass

15) [Doctor Who] The Empire of Glass, by Andy Lane This is one of the Virgin Missing Adventures of Doctor Who which is downloadable from the BBC website. Set in Venice and London in 1609, it gives the author a … Continue reading

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History – first effort

End of the holiday. This is my first effort at a photographic comparison of the village now and a century ago: Hill St now Hill St then Main St now Main St then Scarva St now Scarva St then

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Inferno

My latest watched Doctor Who DVD, this being the last of the first Jon Pertwee season. I liked it. Alex Wilcock has already said pretty much all I would want to say about it. I would just add a few … Continue reading

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Good luck, Jerry

Get well soon.

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