Monthly Archives: August 2009

Books acquired in August

Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson The TARDIS (Doctor Who Files 12) by BBC Books "Doctor Who" Files the Cybermen by Justin Richards The Daleks (Doctor Who Files 7) by Justin Richards Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway Vernon … Continue reading

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August Books

Non-fiction: 12 (YTD 67) Fiction (non-sf): 9 counting Rankins separately (YTD 41) SF (non-Who): 10 counting Brusts separately (YTD 58) Doctor Who and Torchwood: 15 (YTD 42) Comics: 7 (YTD 25) 9 (YTD 51/252) by women (Paula Devine, Dava Sobel, … Continue reading

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August Books 53) Cornelius Adebahr on the EU’s Special Representatives

Working in the slipstream of EU foreign policy as I do, I have had a lot of dealings with the European Union’s Special Representatives – I have known most of the EUSRs for Macedonia (one of whom is now my … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 31-8-2009

niamh_sage: Via a friend on Fusebox, this is amazing The Antikythera mechanism (tags: hos)

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Gibbon

I have put up the first posts at : a preface and introduction, as it were. If you are interested in reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire over the next nine months, please go along and join.

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August Books 52) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Well, this book is not quite as bad as Interview with the Vampire, but that’s roughly the best that can be said for it. The most immediately striking thing about the book is that the writing is rather dull; Bella’s … Continue reading

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August Books 51) The Island, by Armin Greder

A short but effective parable about xenophobia, which won several prizes in Germany (and one in France).

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August Books 50) The British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt (edited by A.J. Spencer)

This is a comprehensive full-colour guide to ancient Egyptian civilisation, which I bought when young F was at the height of his Egyptophile phase last year. It is addressed at a grownup readership and covers particularly the issues visible from … Continue reading

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Ted Kennedy

My one personal glimpse of Ted Kennedy was on a late evening shuttle flight from New York to Washington several years ago. I was bleary-eyed from the transatlantic leg of my itinerary, and became aware of a guy with a … Continue reading

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The Three Doctors, reconsidered

When I first rewatched The Three Doctors a couple of years ago, my assessment of it was pretty harsh, but I gave it another go this last week and saw more merit in it this time. Back in October 2006 … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 29-8-2009

mizkit: e-piracy Copyright: an author speaks (tags: copyright) The pirates thrive on a scrap with the analogue crowd (tags: copyright)

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Linkspam for 28-8-2009

nrcnext.nl – Oorlog met België (bijna) Dutch commentary on the current dispute which rather takes the Belgian side! (tags: Belgium netherlands)

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August Books 49) The Angel Makers, by Jessica Gregson

If I hadn’t somehow come across its author here on livejournal, I might not have picked up The Angel Makers, and that would have been a shame: this is a gripping narrative of a Hungarian village during and after the … Continue reading

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Three Who audiobooks

August Books 46) The Peacemaker, by James Swallow (abridged version read by Will Thorpe) The Doctor and Martha turn up in the Wild West of the 1880s and thwart an alien invasion. Thorpe has fun doing the accents. August Books … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 26-8-2009

"5 Myths About Health Care Around the World" By T.R. Reid As Americans search for the cure to what ails our health-care system, we’ve overlooked an invaluable source of ideas and solutions: the rest of the world. All the other … Continue reading

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Today’s quiz

What comes next? Narmer Aha Djer ? And no sneaky Googling for the answer! I confess I don’t think I had ever heard of Narmer, Aha or Djer, though they are the first of a very famous sequence.

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Linkspam for 25-8-2009

Healthcare Napkins All (tags: ushealth)

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August Books 45) The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, vol 1: Threshold

Problems with my train journeys to and from work today meant that I managed to finish this weighty volume of almost 600 pages, covering the early work of the late, great Roger Zelazny (1937-1995). This is the first of a … Continue reading

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Three Ian Rankin novels

For reasons which will eventually become clear, we have amassed a large proportion of the writings of Ian Rankin, and I started with the first three Rebus novels on the way back from hols. August Books 42) Knots and Crosses, … Continue reading

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Linkspam for 24-8-2009

Charlie’s Diary: Merciless Stross on al-Megrahi and US healthcare (tags: ushealth world) Editorial – The Uninsured – NYTimes.com "Any nation as rich as ours ought to guarantee health coverage for all of its residents." (tags: ushealth)

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Linkspam for 23-8-2009

Interview: Doctor Who star Tom Baker – The Scotsman Tom is still on form! (tags: doctorwho)

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August Books 41) Early Belfast, by Raymond Gillespie

This short (180 pages) and readable book tells the story of Belfast up to 1750, using what there is of contemporary records and archæological evidence. I learnt a lot from it (more than from my previous reading). As a schoolchild … Continue reading

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August Books 39-40) Yendi and Teckla, by Steven Brust

After I rather bounced off Jhereg, I was urged to give Brust’s Taltos books another try. I have done, and I’m afraid they still don’t grab me at all. These two novels failed for me for slightly different reasons. In … Continue reading

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Web Personas

via : by MIT’s Personas.

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Linkspam for 22-8-2009

America’s crazy health care debate goes global By Phil Levy | Shadow Government Summary with links (tags: ushealth)

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Well, Ken MacLeod agrees with me rather than with Jonathan Swift

Greensides, close to the top of Leith Walk, was fifteen years old, slabbed with obsolete fortification, pocked with likewise redundant gunports, and still referred to as ‘the new station’. Its upper floors commanded fine views to the west, along Queen … Continue reading

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August Books 38) Satires and Personal Writings of Jonathan Swift

Passing through Dublin today we paused in St Patrick’s Cathedral to see the purported origin of the phrase “chancing one’s arm”, but also to pay homage to Jonathan Swift, resting where wild indignation can no longer tear at his heart. … Continue reading

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Poll prompted by reading Swift’s Directions to the Footman

Edited to add: Ken MacLeod agrees with me rather than with Jonathan Swift.

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It’s personnel, not political

I was out for a walk yesterday and came back to find I’d missed a call from a Sarajevo number (+387 for Bosnia, 33 for the capital city) – a bit puzzling, as I don’t have much business there these … Continue reading

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August Books 37) The Face of the Enemy, by David A. McIntee

So, what was happening on Earth while the Doctor and Jo were on Peladon? Well, UNIT found itself dealing with peculiar doppelgangers of senior officials, and had to call on the resources of the Master, despite his imprisonment, and of … Continue reading

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