Monthly Archives: March 2008

March Books 44) Venusian Lullaby

44) Venusian Lullaby, by Paul Leonard I wasn’t overwhelmed with the only other Paul Leonard DW book I’d read, but I must say this one really grabbed me. Jon Pertwee’s Doctor used to tell us that “Klokleda partha menin klatch” … Continue reading

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March Books 43) Halting State

43) Halting State, by Charles Stross And so I start my reading of this year’s Hugo nominees (and am also now nearly finished Brasyl). I really enjoyed it a lot, though admittedly not every reader’s experience will be enhanced as … Continue reading

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Georgian restaurant in London

Thanks to a locked post on my friends-list, I now know where to eat next time I visit the Great Wen. (Coincidentally, the nickname “The Great Wen” was coined by William Cobbett, who had a garden more or less where … Continue reading

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March Books 41-42) Two more Doctor Who novelisations

41) Doctor Who – Planet of Giants, by Terrance Dicks42) Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks Two quite different Terrance Dicks novelisations here. Doctor Who – Planet of Giants was literally the last First Doctor … Continue reading

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March Books 40) [In Search of Lost Time #5] The Prisoner and The Fugitive

40) [In Search of Lost Time #5] The Prisoner and The Fugitive, by Marcel Proust This is Volume Five of the Penguin Proust, but actually includes two originally separate novels, called (not very surprisingly) The Prisoner and The Fugitive. But … Continue reading

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March Books 39) The Embarrassment of Riches

39) The Embarrassment of Riches: an interpretation of Dutch culture in the golden age, by Simon Schama A massive huge book this, Schama’s attempt to get inside the heads of the Dutch in the last sixteenth and early to mid … Continue reading

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Interesting

Dozens of Greek New Testament manuscripts discovered in Albania.

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The Council of Nicæa and March Books 38) The Witch Hunters

Occasionally, by accident or design, I read two or more books with a common theme and combine them into a single livejournal entry (indeed, checking back I see I’ve done that four times this month). And usually I combine my … Continue reading

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On Bosnia, Macedonia and Northern Ireland

I’ve been musing a bit about Hillary Clinton’s recent travails on the question of foreign policy. (The details are of interest only for the truly obsessed, but FactChecker has a good summary and I link below to the Washington Post … Continue reading

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March Books 37) Doctor Who and the Sensorites

37) Doctor Who and the Sensorites, by Nigel Robinson I was deeply underwhelmed by the TV version of this story, which fights off strong competition from The Web Planet to be probably the worst Hartnell adventure. Curiously, Nigel Robinson actually … Continue reading

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March Books 36) Pass the Port

36) Pass the Port: The Best After-Dinner Stories of the Famous A collection of humorous anecdotes in aid of Oxfam assembled in the mid-1970s, and very much of its time (21 index entries for “Irish stories” but only 8 for … Continue reading

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Excursion

Went to see B this morning: here is a rare picture of the five of us out for a walk (taken by the children’s Granny!)

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Easter feast

Anne had got a massive chunk of lamb for dinner yesterday, which was just about enough for seven adults (including my mother, and the future Mrs , and the future Mrs ‘s parents, who mainly speak Hungarian). I found a … Continue reading

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Bernice Summerfield, season 3

I really liked The Greatest Shop In The Galaxy. Perhaps it helped that, by total coincidence, I was wandering around a supermarket myself while listening to it, but I felt the balance of humour and drama, of life-threatening horrors and … Continue reading

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Etymology

I’ve always been fascinated by linguistics – how it is that the same word can come up in different languages with the same meaning: English mother, German Mutter, Latin mater, Greek μήτηρ, Russian мать. But occasionally you get interesting variations … Continue reading

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ἐφοβοῦντο

καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ἔφυγον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου· εἶχεν γὰρ αὐτὰς τρόμος καὶ ἔκστασις, καὶ οὐδενὶ οὐδὲν εἶπον· ἐφοβοῦντο γάρ. (Mark 16:8) Last year I started a habit of posting bits from the Greek New Testament at Christmas and Easter. Which is … Continue reading

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March Books 35) Wandering Stars

35) Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Jack Dann Not really very satisfied with this collection of “Jewish sf” stories. Perhaps I am over-sensititve to ethnic stereotypes, even by the ostensibly stereotyped, as a … Continue reading

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La Rusticana, Heverlee

Prompted by here and here we went up the road to try La Rusticana in Heverlee last night. Well, on the good side, the food was indeed excellent, the complimentary starters fantastic, my penne boscaiola really heavenly. On the less … Continue reading

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March Books 33-34) Two more Who novelisations

I’m fairly steaming through these; at my reading speed, I can basically get through half a Who book on each leg of my commute. (I’m not working tomorrow or Monday, though, so you will be spared for the next few … Continue reading

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Arthur C Clarke

Came home last night to find the internet on the blink, so went to bed early and missed the news that everyone has been blogging about. Well, he created our world in so many ways: I loved his early short … Continue reading

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March Books 32) Doctor Who – The Edge of Destruction

32) Doctor Who – The Edge of Destruction, by Nigel Robinson Robinson has taken a two-episode story and padded it out with some interesting new material of Ian and Barbara exploring the depths of the Tardis. Unfortunately, Robinson’s own prose … Continue reading

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March Books 26-31) The Leela spinoff novels

26) Match of the Day, by Chris Boucher 27) Last Man Running, by Chris Boucher 28) Corpse Marker, by Chris Boucher 29) Psi-Ence Fiction, by Chris Boucher 30) Drift, by Simon A. Forward 31) Eye of Heaven, by Jim Mortimore … Continue reading

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March Books 25) Doctor Who and the Daleks

25) Doctor Who and the Daleks, by David Whitaker There was a time when this was literally the only Doctor Who book in existence (under its excellent original 1964 title of Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks

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The Game, Dreamtime, Catch-1782

The Game was a rather nice parable of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa ending a war; not a lot more to say about the plot than that. Several interesting things about the form rather than the content, though. First off, … Continue reading

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Gallifrey Season 3

So, the last of the Gallifrey audios with Louise Jameson as Leela, Lalla Ward as Romana, John Leeson as K9 and Mary Tamm as Romana’s evil twin. The first two of these five, Fractures and Warfare finish off the Pandora … Continue reading

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Finding Kholby

I’ve been musing on the geography of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Most of the places marked in the books are well known, and even described fairly accurately, but India appears to be an exception. The basis … Continue reading

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March Books 24) Fables [1]: Legends in Exile

24) Fables [1]: Legends in Exile, by Bill Willingham et al. An impulse purchase in our local comics shop last weekend. But actually rather a neat story of characters from fairy tales living in contemporary Manhattan: Snow White and the … Continue reading

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March Books 23) Trillion Year Spree

23) Trillion Year Spree, by Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove This has been looking at me from my bookshelves for the last couple of years, and I’ve finally got around to reading it. I’m a bit irritated that the cover … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces

Best Doctor Who post evar. I had to read it twice before I completely got it, and it obviously sailed over the heads of a lot of the commenters. For the three of you who care and haven’t seen it: … Continue reading

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March Books 22) Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child

22) Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child, by Terrance Dicks Why yes, I am planning to (re-)read all the Doctor Who novelisations. They are mostly such a quick read that they just about fill a leg of my daily commute. … Continue reading

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