Monthly Archives: November 2006

A German MEP says:

“If you read the Bild, you are not gebildet!”(Maybe you had to be there.)

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November Books 19+20) More Doctor Who fiction

19) [Doctor Who] Evolution, by John Peel 20) [Doctor Who] The Stealers of Dreams, by Steve Lyons I have read some serious books recently, honest, and reviews of those are coming up Real Soon Now. But it just so happens … Continue reading

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The untold bit

One bit of my Berlin trip that I will remember for a long time: In previous visits I have tended to concentrate on the Bundestag, the Foreign Ministry and the thinktankers. On this occasion I decided I would take in … Continue reading

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Aaargh

Berlin was basically OK, except that something I ate last night was dodgy and I was awake for more of last night than I would have wanted. Then, driving to work from Brussels airport after I had landed, as I … Continue reading

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Meme propagation

I am participating in ‘s experiment. She’s measuring the speed of meme transmission across the blogosphere, by means subtle and electronic. Brief instructions: Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be … Continue reading

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Sarah Jane Smith

Take the quiz. (I got 8/10.)

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Words of wisdom

My Romanian friend: “The problem is, these countries have lots of events, but very few developments!”

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TrustFlow results for

I tried out TrustFlow II for LiveJournal. The following people not on the friends list for are close by: , (500 – 550) (700 – 750) (750 – 800) , , , , , (800 – 850) , , (850 … Continue reading

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Four links

Tom Baker has been blogging for Blockbuster. Hilarious. Don’t forget to scroll down for previous entries. has done a compilation of Doctor Who opening titles. I would be interested in feedback on this from those of you who have never … Continue reading

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Calling Belgian residents

Zoe McCarthy (whose Boyfriend is a Twat) invites us all to a Belgian Bloggers Christmas Bash. She says, If the Brits can have a Brit Blogger Christmas Party – than so can we! Date: December 9th. Time: 8pm onwards. Venue: … Continue reading

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November Books 9-18) The Doctor Who Novels of Ian Marter

9) Doctor Who and the Ark in Space, by Ian Marter (published 1977, based on TV story shown in 1975) 10) Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment, by Ian Marter (published 1978, based on TV story shown in 1975) 11) … Continue reading

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Melatonin request

Is there someone out there in LJ-land who could do us a massive favour and buy, and send, some melatonin? We need 1 mg tablets, not capsules, not any other size of tablet. For some peculiar reason we can’t buy … Continue reading

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November Books 8) Preacher [#2]: Until the End of the World

8) Preacher [#2]: Until the End of the World, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon Read the first of these a few months ago, found it compelling despite the violence. The second volume has two separate stories; first our hero … Continue reading

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November Books 7) A Bachelor’s London

7) A Bachelor’s London: Memories of the Day before Yesterday, 1889-1914, by Frederic Whyte This is the autobiography of Frederic Whyte (1867-1941), a distant cousin of mine who was active in the literary world of London in the quarter-century before … Continue reading

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Toynbee vs Churchill

The Guardian was full of its characteristic self-righteousness this week over the revelation that Tory front-bencher Greg Clark, the MP for Tunbridge Wells, has suggested that Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee is a better source of ideas than Winston Churchill. (I’m … Continue reading

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Nuclear disarmament – the game

Here, on the Nobel Prize website. (hat-tip .)

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Icons pairing

has passed on this silly idea: Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first … Continue reading

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Before I forget

, , , [ETA – and and !] – good to see you guys, however briefly, on Wednesday night!

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November Books 5 and 6) Ninth Doctor Fiction

5) The Clockwise Man, by Justin Richards 6) The Monsters Inside, by Stephen Cole In the old days, when I were a lad, the only Doctor Who novels available were the versions of broadcast stories published by Target (and mostly … Continue reading

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This and that

This is pretty random but caught my eye over the last couple of days: on ten-minute meals and Sunday roasts. Teenager creates nuclear fusion in garage (via ). Somaliland’s quest for independence. Samuel Pepys has been sent an Indian gown … Continue reading

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Tomorrow night

I’m in London tomorrow evening, though will not be free until fairly late. How long do people usually stay at the BSFA events?

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The Dominators; The Invasion

I watched these two stories from Patrick Troughton’s last season as Doctor Who partly because they fit into my Speshul Prodjekt but, in the case of The Invasion, also because of the new DVD release. As a season opener, The … Continue reading

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New friends

I see there are some more people who have signed up to read my musings. Do feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish. I may not be able to friend you back, simply due to lack of time, but … Continue reading

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Cloning the archbishop

It’s a minority taste, I know, but I like to start my week by reading the “Tales from the Coffeeshop” column at the Cyprus Mail. This week’s entry has a particularly savage, and hilarious, go at the local Communist party … Continue reading

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Interviews on a Sunday, part 2

Mysteriously didn’t show on my f-list first time I posted this, so here goes again: This is the second of two sets of interview questions. I know I owe questions to a number of you; if you wish me to … Continue reading

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Interviews on a Sunday, part 1

This is the first of two sets of interview questions. I know I owe questions to a number of you; if you wish me to owe interview questions to you as well, say so in the comments. From : Which … Continue reading

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What kind of reader?

From : What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Dedicated Reader You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only … Continue reading

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More Who

The lovely Belgian Waffle complains that there is too much Doctor Who here, and looking over the past few weeks’ entries, she has a point. (And I haven’t even revealed the Speshul Prodjekt I’m currently working on.) So, while I … Continue reading

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Choices

Below the cut is a map of the EU district in Brussels, showing (in pencil scrawl) the main EU institution buildings and (in red biro) the member states’ diplomatic representations (not all of these in precisely the right place – … Continue reading

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Yogurt

B woke up about half an hour ago and has dragged me downstairs so that she can raid the fridge. To her delight, the fridge is (or rather was) full of yogurt, so she has had about fifteen pots of … Continue reading

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