Monthly Archives: December 2007

2007: culture

We actually saw a glorious total of four films in the cinema this year, probably as many as we had managed in the previous four years combined. They were: The Last King of Scotland, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, 2 … Continue reading

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My year in books

There seem to have been quite a lot of books this year. Like, er, cough, about 235 of them, which is rather more than last year’s 207 let alone 2005’s 137. 81 (34%, same as last year) were non-fiction; 44 … Continue reading

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December Books 13) Slide Rule

13) Slide Rule: An Autobiography, by Neville Shute Probably my last book of 2007, and it’s good to end on a high note – thanks, , for the recommendation

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December Books 12) Dhalgren

12) Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany I tried this famously impenetrable novel at the start of last year, and bounced off it; but was spurred into giving it another go partly by reviewing my reading resolutions for this year, partly … Continue reading

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2007 travels

List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2007. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays. *London *Pristina, Kosovo *Nicosia, Cyprus New York Washington DC Rockport, Maine *Dublin Vienna … Continue reading

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The Lives and Deaths of Geoffrey Palmer

Are you a Doctor Who character? Are you concerned about whether you will live to the end of the story, or die a horrible death? Here’s a useful indicator: are you played by Geoffrey Palmer?

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Who comment

Voyage of the Damned, interpreted by . (Hat-tip to .)

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Three of Four

The last of my Doctor Who catch-up posts, which may be a relief to some of you. Three Tom Baker stories, two featuring classic monsters and the third more of a classic in its own right. Destiny of the Daleks, … Continue reading

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The first Bernice Summerfield series

Big Finish started with these six stories back in 1998, featuring Bernice Summerfield, a companion invented by Paul Cornell in 1992 for the Virgin series of New Adventures with the Seventh Doctor. It’s a much stronger start to the series … Continue reading

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The Wormery, and four of Eight

Another catch-up post for Big Finish adventures 51-55, of which the first features the Sixth Doctor and Iris Wildthyme, and the others are Eighth Doctor and Charlie in the alternate universe which they were banished to at the end of … Continue reading

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Gallifrey, series 2

I’m about four DW review posts behind at the moment, so bear with me while I clear the backlog. It’s not really accurate to think of these five plays as a series in themselves; they follow pretty much straight on … Continue reading

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December Books 11) Latin Palaeography

11) Latin Palaeography: Antiquity & the Middle Ages, by Bernhard Bischoff, translated by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín & David Ganz My Christmas present from my wife (I got her the lives of early saints). I dabbled in this subject during my … Continue reading

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Voyage of the Damned liveblogging

Yeah, the start, comprehensively prepared for this… Kylie, check; angels, check; small red blobby alien, check. Of course the Titanic sailed in April, so the Christmas theme is already a giveaway. But what a shock! New theme tune arrangement! Love … Continue reading

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Rathmore Chaos

Idly googling the name of my old school I discovered to my delight and slight surprise that a large feature on Europa, the fourth of the four big moons of Jupiter, has been named "Rathmore Chaos". It is about 57 … Continue reading

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Christmas report

…but what is in that large green box at the left hand corner???? Daleks are pretty absorbing! (And yes, that is a sonic screwdriver by his knee.)

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Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκίας

I posted this last year, and chided me for missing the diacritical marks. Here they are this time, and happy Christmas to all of you! Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἐξῆλθεν δόγμα παρὰ Καίσαρος Αὐγούστου ἀπογράφεσθαι πᾶσαν τὴν οἰκουμένην. … Continue reading

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Ten years back

We spent Christmas 1997 in Banja Luka, Bosnia, with six-month-old B and my mother. B at that stage had all the normal developmental signs, was just sitting up, smiling like anything, and weathered with resilience an attack of impetigo on … Continue reading

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As K9 would put it…

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Especially for

Russell Baker (and a sherpa) read Proust.

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December Books 10) [In Search of Lost Time #4] Sodom and Gomorrah

10) [In Search of Lost Time #4] Sodom and Gomorrah, by Marcel Proust I’m more than half way through the seven-volume epic now, and sufficiently engaged to be sure that I will indeed finish it in due course. Sodom and … Continue reading

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December Books 9) Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster

9) Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster, by Terrance Dicks Much of my Doctor Who reading this month has been a displacement activity from Proust (but more on that in my next post). This is one of the good … Continue reading

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The first three Doctors

I had originally planned to do an overall piece on the first two Doctor Whos, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, shortly after I finished getting through all their stories in the summer. But that was a point when energy levels … Continue reading

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The last two of Three

Well, that’s it; I have now completed the Jon Pertwee era, as I did the Hartnell era in June and the Troughton era in July. (It will take me a bit longer to get through T Baker and Davison, though … Continue reading

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Most commented posts of the year

…well, not quite of the whole year; here are the posts on this blog that attracted the most comments since 16 December last year. 25 December 2006: Luke 2:1-14 – Δοξα εν υψιστοις θεω, και επι γης ειρηνη εν ανθρωποις … Continue reading

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A bunch of things, some wondrous, some sad

Christmas and Who: Paul Cornell’s Doctor Who story Solstice: The Newgrange sunrise webcast as people gather where their ancestors did 5000 years ago (live at 0830 GMT this morning, but you can already watch yesterday’s on the archive) – see … Continue reading

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The end of the day

The last working day of the calendar year today, and I decided to go to the office in weekend clothes as nobody else is around. Normally I wear suit and tie on the basis that I might just be asked … Continue reading

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There’s just one thing I don’t understand…

A business colleague asked me yesterday what I thought of Windows Vista. I said I hadn’t tried it myself, but that anecdotal accounts from the blogosphere were very negative indeed, particularly about the way it freezes up terminally if it … Continue reading

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John and Athena Scalzi comment on the prospective new addition to the Spears family

Here. Certainly the best comment on the subject I have seen.

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New government

Apparently we have a new government after 191 days; Verhofstadt was able to turn the key where Leterme was not. But will we notice the difference?

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December Books 8) Doctor Who – Remembrance of the Daleks

8) Doctor Who – Remembrance of the Daleks I was goaded into reading this by a) Dale Smith’s essay in the David Butler book stating that it was the best of all the Target novelisations and b) my own discovery … Continue reading

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