Monthly Archives: June 2008

June Books 49) New Tales of Time and Space

49) New Tales of Time and Space, edited by Raymond J. Healy I got this by mistake – thought I was ordering the famous 1946 anthology edited by Healy and J. Francis McComas, but in fact it is a 1951 … Continue reading

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The Worst Who stories

Sparked by a debate between and myself, I must ask the following questions:

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June Books 48) The Lost and Left Behind

48) The Lost and Left Behind: Stories from the Age of Extinctions, by Terry Glavin This is a polemical book about diversity – both biodiversity, in terms of species (and even different breeds of cultivated crops and animals), and ethnic … Continue reading

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Four Sixth Doctor stories

Well, much to be said about yesterday’s episode – though I won’t say it here, except that I agree with those who believe that surely we will be getting a cop-out of some kind at the start of next week’s … Continue reading

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June Books 46) Longitude 47) Fatal Attraction

46) Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel 47) Fatal Attraction: Magnetic Mysteries of the Enlightenment, by Patricia Fara Back to my former intellectual stamping ground, the … Continue reading

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Recap of Season 2

Bring down the Cybus Corporation!

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June Books 45) Masters of the Fist

45) Masters of the Fist, by Edward P Hughes A rather dismal Baen collection of short stories about a village in post-Holocaust Ireland where the head honcho is the only fertile man left in the world, and has to grapple … Continue reading

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June Books 39-44) The Season 19 novelisations, plus a Missing Adventure

Two good ones among this lot, and one total dud. 39) Doctor Who – Castrovalva, by Christopher H Bidmead This is rather good: Bidmead has a convincing intensity as he takes us through the narrative, and while it would be … Continue reading

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Enlightenment and Frontios

These were the last two Fifth Doctor gaps in my list. Frontios is not too bad; Enlightenment sheer genius. I don’t think I had seen a single minute of this story before, and boy had I missed out. It is … Continue reading

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June Books 38) Abarat

38) Abarat, by Clive Barker A YA novel about a teenager from a boring American town who is sucked into a fantasy parallel world which she must save. I enjoyed a couple of Barker’s fantasy novels for adults many years … Continue reading

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Punctured at both ends

I broke a tooth on an olive stone on Wednesday night. It had been twinging for a couple of weeks, and no doubt would have gone sooner or later, but it was annoying none the less. Found a dentist round … Continue reading

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Nexus

The latest cool Facebook tool – the Nexus application which shows the interconnections between your facebook friends. I just love this. Not surprisingly, you can actually identify particular constellations. But you are all stars! (PS – is there anything like … Continue reading

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June Books 37) The Penguin Dictionary of Jokes

37) The Penguin Dictionary of Jokes, compiled by Fred Metcalf Does what it says on the tin; roughly 2000 jokes of varying degree of suitability and good taste (with also a certain amount of repetition).

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Mostly literature with some politics, Doctor Who and autobiography

To start with the politics: makes me very glad that I am not an activist in the UK with her reportage of the last three weeks of Question Time. To go on to the literature: Several people with good taste … Continue reading

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June Books 35) Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken, 36) Doctor Who – Logopolis; and Tom Baker’s era

It is the end: but the moment has been prepared for. 35) Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken, by Terrance Dicks A pretty standard effort from Dicks, closing out his contribution to the Fourth Doctor era with an account … Continue reading

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It’s not easy being green – Four Fifth Doctor stories

Four Fifth Doctor stories of, er, variable quality with one remarkable point in common: the villains are green. (Though in one case for only half the story.) Fandom is generally rather forgiving of Four to Doomsday, but it didn’t grab … Continue reading

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2008 Films 2) The 7th Dawn

2) The 7th Dawn Yes, I have watched my second film this year – and June isn’t even over yet! This is a 1964 film starring William Holden, Capucine, the Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba and a young Susannah York, directed … Continue reading

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June Books 33) The Doctor Who Storybook 2007, 34) The Doctor Who Storybook 2008

33) The Doctor Who Storybook 2007, edited by Clayton Hickman 34) The Doctor Who Storybook 2008, edited by Clayton Hickman Great fun for the Who fan of any age. Each of these features seven lavishly illustrated text stories and a … Continue reading

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June Books 25-32) The Romana II novels

Well, this week my commuting reading has been the eight novelisations of stories featuring Lalla Ward as the second incarnation of Romanadvoratrelundar. As so often, a somewhat mixed bag. 25) Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks, by Terrance … Continue reading

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Don’t do this at work

Like Tetris? Like maps? Try StateTris!

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Numbers answer

14, 9 142 – 92 = 196 – 81 = 115 11, 2 112 -22 = 121 – 4 = 117 12, 5 122 – 52 = 144 – 25 = 119 11, 0 112 – 02 = 121 – … Continue reading

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June Books 24) Vellum

24) Vellum, by Hal Duncan Yeah, I know, I’m behind the times, I should have read this two years ago – most particularly because I bought it when the author was at MeCon and then I forgot to get him … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s numbers quiz

The answer is 64, 63. The sequence of numbers is therefore: 14, 9 11, 2 12, 5 11, 0 22, 19 15, 10 64, 63 It is entirely mathematical; this isn’t the complete sequence; for all but the last I … Continue reading

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Win your weight in cheese

How much do you know about the Netherlands? (Warning – Flemish quiz.) Hat-tip to . Full disclosure: I got 5 out of 10.

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Today’s numbers quiz

What pair of numbers fits next in this sequence? 14, 9 11, 2 12, 5 11, 0 22, 19 15, 10

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This autobiographical meme is going round. Fill it in if you like.

First Name: Nicholas – definitely not “Nick”! Age: 41 Location: Belgium; work in Brussels, live some 20 km to the east. Occupation: I’m an international relations specialist. I work for an organisation that gives diplomatic advice to marginalised actors in … Continue reading

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June Books 23) The Conquest of Gaul

23) The Conquest of Gaul, by Julius Caesar An interesting first-hand account of seven years of campaigning (essentially the summers of the years from 58 to 52 BC) by the Roman army in what is now France, with excursions to … Continue reading

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The Dodecahedra

Browsing through WikiPedia inspired by the book I am currently reading brought me to a fascinating set of objects that I had not previously heard of: the ancient dodecahedra. Sjra Wagemans thinks they are a calendrical device. Lloyd Kilford on … Continue reading

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Four of Five

Not certain that my watching of Old Who will keep ahead of my reading of the novels, but it looks like I will finish both projects before the summer holidays. More or less at random (and out of sequence, but … Continue reading

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June Books 22) God’s Politics

22) God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, by Jim Wallis Rather sad to report that I’m not going to finish this, even though I agree with a lot of what the author … Continue reading

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