Monthly Archives: September 2007

September Books 13) Belfast, c. 1600 to c. 1900: The Making of the Modern City

13) Belfast, c. 1600 to c. 1900: The Making of the Modern City, by Raymond Gillespie and Stephen A. Royle This only just about counts as a book, but I’ll tally it anyway. It’s a 19-page pamphlet produced jointly by … Continue reading

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The meme of unread books

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. The numbers … Continue reading

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Octocon roomshare

Slightly to my surprise I am going to Octocon in two weeks time. Anyone need a room-mate for the hotel?

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Oral history

My aunt and uncle on the early days of Bangladesh.

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Smith for free

I have the first five Lensman books by E.E. “Doc” Smith – Triplanetary, First Lensman, Galactic Patrol, Grey Lensman and Second Stage Lensmen. I have read the first three, but have no intention of rereading them or of reading the … Continue reading

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Sounds interesting…

Sometimes when you google old friends you find bad news. And sometimes you find good news.

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Nine more Big Finish audios

Two rather routine stories, followed by four very experimental ones and three stories revisiting old Who themes.Nekromanteia: listened to it some time ago. Five, Peri and Erimem, rather incoherent plot with witches and planetary invasion, nice touch with the cat … Continue reading

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Colony in Space, Death to the Daleks

Two Third Doctor stories to write up here, neither of them particularly outstanding. Colony in Space, from 1971, was the first Third Doctor adventure in space, after a sequence of earthbound adventures. The first episode is rather good, with the … Continue reading

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Which is better, Rapleaf or wine?

You decide.

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September Books 12) First Lensman

12) First Lensman, by E.E. “Doc” Smith The Lensman books are sitting on the shelf, looking at me; and every time I feel I need to cut down the “unread” pile by another notch, they look like an easy quick … Continue reading

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David Tennant interview from 1988

There’s no harm in having ambitions.

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Bad advice

Some people have been chortling about the fact that a script of President Bush’s speech to the UN got onto the internets, including helpful pronunciation guides for the more difficult foreign words. Myself, I’m sympathetic: lots of names out there … Continue reading

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September Books 10) Athens-Skopje: an uneasy symbiosis, 11) Μακεδονία: a Greek term in modern usage

10) Athens-Skopje: an uneasy symbiosis, ed. Evangelos Kofos and Vlasis Vlasidis11) Μακεδονία (Macedonia): a Greek term in modern usage, [Georgia Daidikou and Anna Pasali]One of the things about being in my line of work is that people often send you … Continue reading

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The answer to the previous question

The country with the memorial of gratitude to Napoleon in its capital city, and with (as a bonus) the grave of a nineteenth-century French ruler, is indeed Slovenia – as correctly established by getawaywithit , drplokta , elmyra, saare_snowqueen , … Continue reading

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Today’s great international diplomatic misprint

As originally published by the UN (now corrected but Google cache is your friend): Middle East Quartet meeting gets under way at UN Headquarters 23 September 2007 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together the principals of the Middle East … Continue reading

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The human knot

has brought me back to a rarely visited childhood memory…

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Religion as a cause of conflict

I was taken aback by one of the comments to my Belgium post, saying that religion is “the biggest cause of strife in the world”. Even Richard Dawkins doesn’t say that (at least as far as I can tell; he … Continue reading

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“tombé pour notre liberté”

The discussion over on Crooked Timber of Republican candidate Fred Thompson’s claim that “our people have shed more blood for other people’s liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world” reminds me of one of … Continue reading

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The UNIT audios

A series of five (well, four and a half) audios from Big Finish, featuring the now retired General Sir Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and his successors at the head of the British branch of UNIT, portraying them as a sort of … Continue reading

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A fishy answer to a fishy question

The full sentence was: “No other fish is so closely associated with Portugal as the cod.” I admit, I was completely baffled. But my friends list know better. Out of 40 answers, fifteen of you got it right; so kudos … Continue reading

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Complete this sentence:

(From an article in today’s European Voice.)

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Q: Is Belgium an artificial state?

A: All states are artificial, my dears. They are all human constructs. If you look around Europe for international frontiers that “make sense” on historical, geographical, ethnic and linguistic grounds, you will find that pretty much the only one satisfying … Continue reading

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September Books 9) Starling of the White House

9) Starling of the White House, by Colonel Edmund W. Starling (as told to Thomas Sugrue) Starling was recruited to the Secret Service in 1914, and guarded in turn Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. … Continue reading

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Those Tom Baker / Lalla Ward computer advertisements

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Zf8oKuPYo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY6TdIMu5Qo

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The Plague from Outer Space

Locals fall sick after meteorite lands in Peru

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VP trivia

What peculiarity links these more or less obscure Vice-Presidents of the United States? (And no sneaky Googling!) Henry Wilson, VP 1873-1875 Spiro Agnew, VP 1969-73 Gerald Ford, VP 1973-74 Agnew’s inclusion on the list is less clear-cut than the other … Continue reading

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LibraryThing, Jefferson, Plato

Over at Librarything, they are adding Thomas Jefferson‘s catalogue to their stock, along with all his notes on books read. Here is his review of Plato’s Republic, from a letter to John Adams written on 5 July 1814 (two years … Continue reading

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September Books 7) The Prophet Muhammad, 8) The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad

7) The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography, by Barnaby Rogerson8) The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad and the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism, by Barnaby Rogerson I picked up the second of these remaindered in Belfast last month, and realised that … Continue reading

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That careers meme

Everyone’s been doing this, and with my interest in careers advice generally, I thiought I should give it a whirl. 1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/ 2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark. 3. Take their “Career Matchmaker” questions. 4. Post the … Continue reading

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Ooogh

Second week of school is always bug week, and both F and U went down with colds on Wednesday, which was also the day I went to London for two days of work meetings – thanks very much to and … Continue reading

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