Monthly Archives: March 2007

Smith and Jones

It was good. Lots of references back to the very first episode, “Rose”. Lots of references forward to “Mr Saxon”. Good to have a “brainy” companion. (check: Zoe; Liz Shaw; maybe Romana; er, that’s it, unless you count Adric or … Continue reading

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Friends and blogrolls

Nice to see a few more people popping up on the friends notifications recently – feel free to introduce yourselves below, and maybe tell me how you found me. Checking out whose blogrolls I am on (other than Livejournal) and … Continue reading

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Three Big Finish Audios: Phantasmagoria, Whispers of Terror, The Land of the Dead

Ten months on from hearing the first of them, I have spent my commuting time this week alternating between reading Proust and listening to the next three audio plays in the Big Finish audio series, dating from 1999 and 2000. … Continue reading

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Petite Anglaise wins!

At least the first round: see her own jubilant entry and Eolas' slightly greater detail (in French). Congratulations to her and Tadpole. If you don't know what this is about see my earlier coverage here.

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For the second time in three nights, Bridget woke us at 3.30 and has been clattering around the house ever since, Anne and me trying to grab some sleep through it all. The other two seem to have taken it … Continue reading

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Meme time

No surprise. I’m a Mandarin! You’re an intellectual, and you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. You’re a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world’s problems could be solved if people were more informed … Continue reading

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I see the Hugo nominees are now out (and the story of how the list hit the web is an interesting study in the transmission of information in itself). For the first time since I started following these things properly, … Continue reading

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The Mind Robber; the Deadly Assassin

This was a fortuitously good paired viewing of Doctor Who stories, the first being the 1968 Second Doctor story with Jamie and Zoe, shown between The Dominators and The Invasion, and the second a Fourth Doctor story without companions, which … Continue reading

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I couldn’t possibly comment

If you think that it is childish and culturally insensitive to find it funny when people happen to have names that are peculiarly appropriate to their professional function, then I urge you not to read this article

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Does anyone out there have experience with fundraising software such as Raiser’s Edge, ebase, Donor Perfect, Exceed! or Convio? Would much appreciate a chat if you do.

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Just a thought

I attended a speech given by US Undersecretary of State Nick Burns on Monday. In the course of his remarks, he described the USA and Russia as having an “open relationship”. Isn’t that the kind of relationship in which both … Continue reading

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Silly! You. Can. Only. Type. One. Word. Not as easy as you might think. 1. Where is your cell phone? Here. 2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend? Wife. 3. Your hair? Clean. 4. Your mother? Away. 5. Your father? Dead. 6. Your … Continue reading

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Big day

1) The UN Special negotiator, ex-president Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, has recommended independence for Kosovo. See his letter to Ban Ki-Moon here and his full recommendations here. 2) Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams have agreed to govern Northern Ireland together, … Continue reading

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March Books 14) 1599

14) 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, by James Shapiro The last book I read about the events of a single year in a single country was a bit of a disappointment. This is not. Shapiro has … Continue reading

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I see that the prime minister of Armenia has died suddenly. I had lunch with him (or rather was in attendance at a lunch with my then boss) in 2004. Not quite as dramatically as his predecessor in 1999, or … Continue reading

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Why is it always the good ones?

Via slovobooks  comes the news that the BBC shop in Belfast, along with the BBC shops in Norwich, Tunbridge Wells, Kingston-upon-Thames and three in London (but not those in Brighton, Leicester, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Liverpool), is to close by end … Continue reading

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Today’s famous birthdays

The German foreign ministry is sending me lots of exciting emails about the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. This is indeed significant, but I had a look at Wikipedia for today’s other anniversaries, especially birthdays. Quite a lot of … Continue reading

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March Books 12) Living Next Door to the God of Love 13) Spin Control

12) Living Next Door to the God of Love, by Justina Robson13) Spin Control, by Chris Moriarty Read for review elsewhere.

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Weather in Kosovo

While the grenade attack on Wednesday night did not cause me any personal inconvenience, the same may not be true of last night’s snowfall… ——————

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Thai rather than Japanese

Met up with a friend for dinner last night; he asked if I fancied trying the city’s only Japanese restaurant. Somehow I felt this might be a bad move, and we opted for the Thai restaurant instead. Which was just … Continue reading

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A sign of the times?

Just looked in on the American Bookstore (or “International Bookstore”, as it has rebranded itself) on the Rechter Wienzeile here in Vienna. On previous visits I’ve found it a very pleasant place to browse, but came away with nothing this … Continue reading

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March Books 11) Master of Earth and Water

11) Master of Earth and Water, by Diana L. Paxson and Adrienne Martine-Barnes Cuchulain seems to be a far more popular subject of modern fantasy drawing from the Irish legends than Finn MacCool. In fact, I can’t remember coming across … Continue reading

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March Books 10) Glorifying Terrorism

10) Glorifying Terrorism, ed. Farah Mendlesohn This is a collection of short stories, mostly sfnal, some by people on my friends list, pulled together in protest at the recent UK legislation banning literature or speech which glorifies terrorism. An British … Continue reading

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Marter redux

My essay on Ian Marter’s Doctor Who novels, slightly edited and expanded, is now up on Strange Horizons.

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I have now updated the webpage for each constituency on my site – East Belfast, North Belfast, South Belfast, West Belfast, East Antrim, North Antrim, South Antrim, North Down, South Down, Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Foyle, Lagan Valley, East Londonderry, … Continue reading

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Wingnuts return

A somewhat extraordinary blog entry attacking me by name, but completely incorrect about a) my current employers, b) my previous employers’ source of funding and c) my own views on the issue which so exercises him. In his previous entry … Continue reading

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March Books 4-9) The Dodo Sequence of Doctor Who novels

4) Doctor Who – The Massacre, by John Lucarotti5) Doctor Who – The Ark, by Paul Erickson6) Doctor Who – The Celestial Toymaker, by Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman7) Doctor Who – The Gunfighters, by Donald Cotton8) Doctor Who – … Continue reading

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The Savages

Right, that’s it decided: I very much prefer the audios with linking narration to the fan reconstructions of “lost” Doctor Who episodes. Especially (though not only) if Peter Purves is doing them. The Savages is a real little gem of … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day

Thannks to , the Letter To Coroticus. Am feeling better this morning than I have for the last three. I went to an early St Patrick’s Day reception in Belfast on Tuesday night, and either I overdid the canapés or … Continue reading

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Best QC ever

As reminds me. Yesterday: Quite amusing Today: Rather amusing!

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