Monthly Archives: November 2007

Random musing

If x is an approximation to the square root of n, then (x/2 + n/2x) is a closer approximation.

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Thaw in Macedonia, freeze in Kosovo

I’ve driven this route many times, and I’ve always been aware that Macedonia is in general a few degrees warmer than Kosovo – farther south, less elevated, gets the tail end of the warmer Mediterranean breezes before they are deflected … Continue reading

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November Books 11) The Happy Prince

11) The Happy Prince and Other Stories, by Oscar Wilde Have had this ebook from FictionWise sitting on my Blackberry for ages, but airport / waiting for meetings to happen gave me the incentive to go through it. I was … Continue reading

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Back again

There have been times in my life that the Holiday Inn in Skopje has felt like a second home. I’ve been here rather less in the last year or so, since the people I knew well in the previous government … Continue reading

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That Doctor Who spoiler, and Kingsley Amis

Those of you who care have been expressing outrage or satisfaction, depending, about the big news re next year’s Doctor Who. Come on folks, it’s not a big deal. It’s rather nice that the programme is able to explore both … Continue reading

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Beneluxcon

I was in and out of Beneluxcon this weekend, given that it was just up the road in the Novotel in Leuven and featured three particularly interesting authors, Ken MacLeod, Christopher Priest and Alastair Reynolds. There were 100 people signed … Continue reading

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November Books 10) Mutiny In Space

10) Mutiny In Space, by Avram Davidson I confess that I bought this purely because I overheard people sniggering about how Jack Gaughan, the cover artist, had been told to add a very small amount to the costume of the … Continue reading

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Three Sunday morning links

Three blogs that you all should be reading: plasters the ceiling. Alex Wilcock is torn between the two Lib Dem leadership candidates. President Ahmedinejad of Iran.

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Verity Lambert, 1935-2007

Like many other people, I’m sorry to hear of the death of Verity Lambert yesterday, the day before the 44th anniversary of Doctor Who and the week before her own 72nd birthday. Not many people start a cult TV series … Continue reading

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November Books 9) The Awful End of William the Silent

9) The Awful End of William the Silent: The First Assassination of a Head of State with a Handgun, by Lisa Jardine Got a battered second-hand copy of this cheap off the internets after reading Veronica Wedgwood’s biography of William … Continue reading

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One of Five and two of Three

Thanks to the long flights to and from Cyprus, I was able to catch up with some more Old Who: Castrovalva, Doctor Who and the Silurians, and The Time Monster. I re-watched Castrovalva in preparation for Time Crash, and thanks … Continue reading

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November Books 8) Eurotemps

8) Eurotemps, edited by Alec Stewart, devised by Alec Stewart and Neil Gaiman A collection of stories setting the UK government’s Department of Paranormal Resources in a European context which I picked up at Octocon, apparently a sequel to an … Continue reading

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Weekend excursions

We went and saw B today en famille, and spent about an hour with her in the snoezelruimte at the centre where she is living – not quite as elaborate as the one we used to go to at Tielt-Winge, … Continue reading

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Family fannishness

We got F out of bed last night to watch Time Crash (we’re an hour ahead of you guys in Ireland and UK-land, so it wasn’t on until twenty past nine, way past his usual bed-time even on a Friday). … Continue reading

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Spice grope

There has been some debate here about whether or not Mel Chisholm is groping Geri Halliwell’s breast at 4:28 into this. But what do you think?

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A few posts of interest

rereads the Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey. and friends have been staging a mega-Buffy readthrough. has read Robin Lane Fox’s 1986 book Pagans and Christians, about the sudden rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. (Hat-tip to .)

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November Books 7) Oscar and Lucinda

7) Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey Supposedly one of the Great Australian Novels. I was engaged by it pleasantly enough, but the eventual tragic ending seemed to me just a little far-fetched. ——————

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Time Crash

Wasn’t it great???!!!???

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The original Season Three

I have been celebrating my purchase of the CD version of The Ark by listening to most of the 1965-66 season of Doctor Who on audio, all narrated by Peter Purves. I don’t have audio versions of either the first … Continue reading

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November Books 6) Democratisation in Southeast Europe

6) Democratisation in Southeast Europe, ed. Dusan Pavlovic, Goran Petrov, Despina Syrri, David A. Stone Essentially the papers presented at a January 2004 workshop in Belgrade, organised by the SEERC in Thessaloniki and funded by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. … Continue reading

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Why ћ and ħ are different from ℏ

I noted some time ago that the Serbian letter ћ is different from the Maltese letter ħ. The Serbian ћ is Cyrillic, and its upper case equivalent is Ћ, whereas the Maltese letter ħ is based on the Latin h, … Continue reading

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November Books 5) The Steep Approach to Garbadale

5) The Steep Approach to Garbadale, by Iain Banks This was great fun: memories of teenage lust, complex families with long-hidden secrets, games and business connections, and an excuse for the occasional political rant. It reminded me a lot of … Continue reading

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November Books 4) The Prestige

4) The Prestige, by Christopher Priest Haven’t read a lot of Christopher Priest – I know three of his earlier books, being a bit underwhelmed by Fugue for a Darkening Island and A Dream of Wessex , but totally blown … Continue reading

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My walk on Friday morning

View Larger Map Hope this will display – also trying to get the routes to show as well. I was staying in the Saray Hotel (marked with the green hostel icon on the right), and walked through the streets of … Continue reading

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See you there?

Ken MacLeod, Christopher Priest and Alastair Reynolds.

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Interesting essay

Mary A. Turzillo on Roger Zelazny. (hat-tip.)

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November Books 2) A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, 3) A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

2) A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, by George RR Martin3) A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold, by George RR Martin I’ve been rereading the Song of Ice and Fire books over the last year (A Game of … Continue reading

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Shurely shome mishtake?

Greetings from Amazon.co.uk, As someone who has purchased or rated books by Stephen Baxter, you might like to know that “The Earls of Mercia: Lordship and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford Historical Monographs)” will be released on 29 November … Continue reading

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U dances

They’re never too young to appreciate Beethoven.

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November Books 1) William the Silent

1) William the Silent: William of Nassau, Prince of Orange 1533-1584, by C.V. Wedgwood Bought this on impulse the other day; it is a very interesting and passionate biography of the leader of the successful Dutch revolt against Spanish rule … Continue reading

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