Monthly Archives: December 2008

Books I haven’t read

I tried this last year, and it proved rather a useful guide to books I might like to read during the year. So, this is the list of unread books on my shelves (excluding, rather arbitrarily, Doctor Who and Shakespeare): … Continue reading

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Book review of 2008

Book review of the year Non-fiction Best in category: Anne Frank’s Diary, a re-read for me (though this edition has all her original text in); a searingly unforgettable account of life in an intolerable situation. Also excellent: Primo Levi’s Periodic Table, … Continue reading

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2008 books poll

This is the list of books I’ve read this year – please tick if you have read (including started but not finished) any of them They are blocked out by category, and (except for the very last section) ranked in … Continue reading

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December Books 15) The Roundheads 16) The Dark Path

Two Second Doctor novels to finish off the year. 15) The Roundheads, by Mark Gatiss Gatiss takes the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie back to late 1648 for a pure historical story: they get involved with Oliver Cromwell and … Continue reading

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I know I’m late with this, but…

Hooray for Sir Terry!

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News that caught my eye

On Israel/Hamas: Ian. Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League won bigtime! Even if I didn’t have family connections, I would still hope that this is a chance for a new start. Meanwhile on the other side of the ocean (not … Continue reading

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December Books 14) Sometime Never

14) Sometime Never, by Justin Richards Well, if I’m going to read more of the 8th Doctor novels at all, I’m going to have to start doing it in sequential order. Dipping into the series – in this case because … Continue reading

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December Books 13) As You Like It

13) As You Like It, by William Shakespeare This was one play which I knew almost nothing about. I very much liked it, and I regret that I have never seen it on the stage. It concerns Rosalind, daughter of … Continue reading

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December Books 12) The Genius of Shakespeare

12) The Genius of Shakespeare, by Jonathan Bate was kind enough to get me both this and Bate’s more recent book on Shakespeare for Christmas. Since I’m just over halfway through my absorption of the Complete Works at present, I … Continue reading

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2008 books: (almost) the end

What I’ve read/listened to this year, with a few omissions (either where Librarything hasn’t got the cover, or where I haven’t finished the books yet). Big review post coming on Thursday, but I wanted to get this done now because … Continue reading

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Diplomatic efforts

I have a new distraction on Facebook. I’ve just finished a game of Diplomacy, playing as Germany, on Facebook; I have agreed a draw with Russia, after France dropped out – I could almost certainly have pushed my advantage and … Continue reading

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Of bananas and bluestockings

My last poll combined two quite separate thoughts – I see responses are now well into three figures! The banana question has puzzled me for a while. I heard on a radio programme many years ago that monkeys in the … Continue reading

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Three more films

Here are a few more films that I have seen this year which I had forgotten about. 8) Operation Condor / 飛鷹計劃 Stars Jackie Chan with as his female sidekick the Spanish actress Eva Cobo – she was actually the … Continue reading

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Two things I have been wondering

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Good news!

I found my MP3 player! It was in the cupboard along with my various skin oinkments.

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December Books 11) Nation

11) Nation, by Terry Pratchett A lot of people have been raving about this, and why it is the best Pratchett book for ages. It is set in a mildly alternate universe, in what might or might not be the … Continue reading

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Blogging barmaid booted by Belgians

I can’t imagine how I missed this story at the time: several weeks ago, Nathalie Lubbe Bakker, a Dutchwoman working in a Belgian bar in New York, wrote a blog entry about the atrocious behaviour of the Belgian defence minister … Continue reading

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December Books 10) The Fixer

10) The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo, by Joe Sacco This is, in a sense, a sequel to Sacco’s brilliant Safe Area Goražde, but following just one person, Neven, a Sarajevo Serb, a former fighter on the Bosnian side in … Continue reading

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December Books 9) Berlin: City of Smoke

9) Berlin: City of Smoke, by Jason Lutes I really enjoyed the first volume of this series, and I really enjoyed this one as well. Covering the period from June 1929 to September 1930, it doesn’t have the same narrative … Continue reading

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The Next Doctor – spoilers

Before I get into spoiler territory, I just want to say that this is definitely the best of the four Christmas specials (five, counting the one in 1965). Things I loved: The steampunk atmosphere. The montage of all ten doctors … Continue reading

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Successful day so far

Tree, before the massacre of the wrapping paper: My special new hot-water-bottle holder (aren’t I a lucky boy!): U with musical Miffy/Nijntje: F and Anne went to visit B: F successfully entertained her with one of her presents:

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In the beginning was the Word

᾿Εν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος. Οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν Θεόν. πάντα δι᾿ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἓν ὃ γέγονεν. ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, … Continue reading

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Whoblogging 10

Three Christmases ago, the saviour of humanity appeared in a new incarnation. (Slight exaggeration, of course; we’d seen him briefly at the end of The Parting of the Ways and the Children in Need special.) As with Davison and Tom … Continue reading

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The overnights meme

List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2008. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays. Geneva Rome *Nicosia Limerick Dublin *Cluny *Podgorica Tirana Belfast Ashford Loughbrickland Kidderminster Bled … Continue reading

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Special Christmas greetings!

So, who can tell me what language this is? (It’s a Christmas message from their foreign ministry.) Хаҭыр зқәу аҩызцәа!             Аҧсны Аҳәынҭарра Адәныҟатәи Аусқәа Рминистрра ахьӡала напхгара зышәҭоу шәколлективи шәареи гәык-ҧсыкала ишәыдысныҳәалоит ҳазҭало Ашықәс Ҿыц!         Агәабзиара, агәамч, ақәҿиара, анасыҧ лаша … Continue reading

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Yet Another Social Network

I am now nwbrux on Twitter.

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The War Machines, again

I watched the video-tape version of this story almost exactly two years ago, and then bought the DVD when it came out a couple of months back. My review of the VHS version was pretty positive; I am even more … Continue reading

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Pope latest

gets it right.

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Deep Throat: Stratfor considers

I’ve occasionally posted bits from Stratfor, a group of Texas-based foreign policy analysts, whose general bias is to look at world affairs in terms of geography as the crucial factor, which is interesting but they often tend to miss out … Continue reading

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Whoblogging 9

When we discussed the possible return of Doctor Who at a panel at the first P-Con back in 2004, I was sceptical that anything much would come of it. And a few weeks later I recorded here my surprise at … Continue reading

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