Monthly Archives: July 2007

July Books 45) The Female Man

45) The Female Man, by Joanna Russ Of my recent run of sf classics, this has been the most challenging and satisfying read. (And it's likely to stay that way; the ones I have left are Grey Lensman, Dhalgren and … Continue reading

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Stoned

I used to have a fascination with megalithic monuments. Heck, I still do; it’s just more difficult to pursue in Belgium where very few of them are within easy striking distance of where I live. Here in Northern Ireland it’s … Continue reading

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Somewhat dismayed…

…to find that the Queen’s University of Belfast, from which I hold a Ph D and of which I am a Visiting Fellow, could not provide satisfactory answers to the Guardian’s survey on staff maternity and paternity policies published today. … Continue reading

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A pox on !

…for showing me yet another way of wasting time on a rainy afternoon. Yes, it’s the Facebook Traveller IQ challenge. and are way ahead of me on World Travel, and the rarely seen is top of my friends list; but … Continue reading

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July Books 44) Last and First Men

44) Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon Another in my list of classic sf to read. This is an epic story of the future of the human race, starting in the present day (ie about 1930) and ending millions … Continue reading

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July Books 43) Brave New World

43) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley After the Plato discussion a few days ago, I happened to spot a copy of Brave New World in a charity shop for 50p, and snapped it up, eager to see how accurately … Continue reading

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Which paper?

As a Guardian reader, my normal Sunday paper (if I get one) is the Observer. But I’m boycotting it at the moment. Any suggestions as to what I should get instead?

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Latveria and the EU

has an interesting post up on Latveria (and there is more useful background at WikiPedia). As some of you will be aware, I’ve been personally involved in Latveria affairs off and on for the last ten years, especially during the … Continue reading

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The Wives of American Presidents and Vice-Presidents

This is a follow-on from this post, itself a response to ‘s “feminist challenge to your US Vice-Presidential knowledge base”. Compiling this information has been an interesting experience. The title of “First Lady” is now retrospectively applied to whoever the … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Death

I have now seen all of the Second Doctor televised stories (or listened to the surviving audios), shortly after finishing the First Doctor. Two long posts (or perhaps one even longer one) now brewing about their respective performances; but I … Continue reading

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July Books 42) Presidents I’ve Known and Two Near Presidents

42) Presidents I’ve Known and Two Near Presidents, by Charles Willis Thompson I got this for a while back, and have taken the opportunity to raid it from his bookshelves. Thompson was the Washington correspondent of the New York Times … Continue reading

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July Books 41) The Guardians

41) The Guardians, by John Christopher On foot of my recent Plato musings, kindly offered to send me her copy of John Christopher’s The Guardians, whose setting she felt had some parallels with The Republic. She put it in the … Continue reading

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July Books 40) Coyote Dreams

40) Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy The close of the first three Joanne Walker novels by , featuring a Seattle policewoman who is also a somewhat unwilling shaman. I think that if you like Buffy, you will like these books; … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys gets advice about infertility

Samuel Pepys is not known to have had any children, despite his decades of marriage, his subsequent long-term relationship, and his many affairs with other women. On 26 July 1664 he records a merry lunch at his cousin’s (for which … Continue reading

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Two lj-related memes

Create your own! By  using Web Services by Yahoo! Rather more presentable than a previous version… And: Explanation and other locations

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Noted in passing

I am fortunate enough to read many interesting things on my friends list. Here are some of them from the last week to share with you all: John Scalzi is right (about Catcher in the Rye). in Yemen. finds wisdom … Continue reading

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Interviews again

As previously seen most recently here and here, and in general here. I still owe some of you questions; will try and get to them in the course of the day. From : 1. If you had been responsible for … Continue reading

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The answer to the previous question

The pair of cities which completes this set: New York – Berlin Moscow – Oslo Toronto – Hamburg Paris – Ottawa Zurich – Tokyo Stockholm – London is Washington – Canberra Now, who can tell me why this is the … Continue reading

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Jobs

My employers are advertising in this week’s Economist to recruit three exceptional people for the following senior positions: Head of Washington DC Office Head of Africa Office (probably Addis Ababa or Nairobi based) Head of Donor and External Relations (New … Continue reading

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Plato/Huxley

My post on Plato’s Republic sparked a number of interesting comments, including a debate between and about education which I will come back to in a separate post. (I have written up over 600 books on this livejournal; I cannot … Continue reading

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Good News

Wikipedia have now unblocked . Not before time. As he comments, Most people, especially newbies, would have walked away from Wikipedia long before being vindicated. That is not a good thing. Lessons should be learned from this. People are so … Continue reading

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New Brussels blog

Brussels Comment, now syndicated to livejournal at .

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Today’s quiz question

Which pair of cities completes this set? New York – Berlin Moscow – Oslo Toronto – Hamburg Paris – Ottawa Zurich – Tokyo Stockholm – London

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Wikipedia disgraces itself

has been blocked from editing WikiPedia, accused of being a “sock-puppet” on, as far as I can tell, no evidence at all, and certainly without following WikiPedia’s own due procedures. My own evidence, from having known the guy for thirteen … Continue reading

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Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

A Canterbury prologue Pilgrimages are an ancient part of the human experience. We went to Canterbury on Thursday last week, shown around by local lad

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July Books 39) Albion

39) Albion, by Alan Moore, Leah Moore and John Reppion Having known Leah and John for a year or so, I thought I should actually read what they have been writing! Albion is a British riff on the resurrection of … Continue reading

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July Books 38) Deathbird Stories

38) Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison One of the sf classics that I am currently working through (not sure where I got hold of that list in the first place); a 1975 collection of stories by Ellison (mostly published elsewhere … Continue reading

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July Books 37) Princess of Mars

37) Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs The first of the famous series of books revolving around the adventures of Captain John Carter of Virginia on Mars, the first book written by Burroughs (who went on to create Tarzan), … Continue reading

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July Books 36) Doctor Who: the Visual Dictionary

36) Doctor Who: the Visual Dictionary, by Andrew Darling, Kerrie Dougherty, David John, Simon Beecroft, and Amy Junor. Back in my day, we had to be satisfied with the almost-all-text The Making of Doctor Who. Kids these days can get … Continue reading

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Just want to add

that goes for County Louth too.

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