Monthly Archives: August 2010

August Books

Non-fiction 11 (YTD 52) The Bloody Sunday report, Vol IX The Bloody Sunday report, Vol X A Viceroy’s Vindication? Sir Henry Sidney’s Memoir of Service in Ireland, 1556-78 Faith in Europe?, by Jean Vanier, Mary McAleese, Timothy Radcliffe, Bob Geldof, … Continue reading

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August Books 36-37) Two Doctor Who books in which Thera explodes

35) The Slitheen Excursion, by Simon Guerrier36) Fallen Gods, by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman As sometimes happens, my scheduling of Who books in my reading pile produced an odd synergy, with Simon Guerrier taking the Tenth Doctor back to … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 August: Roy Castle, Gerry Davis, Michael Sheard, The Dominators #4

i) births and deaths 31st August 1932: birth of Roy Castle, who played Ian in the Doctor Who and the Daleks movie with Peter Cushing (1965). 31st August 1991: death of Gerry Davis, script editor of Doctor Who from The … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 8-31-2010

Getting things done « Francesca Elston Notes on finding a job (and other things too) (tags: life) Ultonia: Building the vote Lee Reynolds references an older post about Ulster Unionists On self-preservation « Ian James Parsley Parsley references my recent … Continue reading

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August Books 35) Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman

I must have read this over a decade ago – I seem to remember buying the first two books shortly before the third came out – and it’s interesting to discover which bits have stuck in the mind and which … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 August: Terror of the Zygons #1, The Leisure Hive #1, Real Time #5

broadcast anniversaries 30th August 1975: broadcast of the first episode of Terror of the Zygons, launching Season 13. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah, responding to the Brigadier’s appeal via space-time telegraph, land in the neighbourhood of Loch Ness which looks … Continue reading

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Stephen Baxter to write Second Doctor novel

Is this public knowledge? Great to hear that the BBC have authorised more Past Doctor Adventures. Also Baxter’s favourite Second Doctor story is The Mind Robber which shows his good taste.

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August Books 34) Aké: the Years of Childhood, by Wole Soyinka

Rather a sweet memoir of growing up as the headmaster’s son in colonial Nigeria before and during the second world war. I liked it more than Chinua Achebe; there seemed to me to be more interrogation of political and gender … Continue reading

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Whoniversary 29 August: The Reign of Terror #2

broadcast anniversary 29th August 1964: broadcast of ‘The Tyrant of France’, fourth episode of the story we now call The Reign of Terror. The Doctor, in disguise, confronts Robespierre; Susan and Barbara are recaptured; Ian is trapped by Leon’s co-conspirators.

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August Books 33) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

More mad goings on in the world of Scott Pilgrim, where not only does he face another of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, but she does battle with his ex-girlfriend in the middle of the Toronto Reference Library. I can see why … Continue reading

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Whoniversary 28 August: Tutte Lemkow

births and deaths 28th August 1918: birth of Tutte Lemkow, who played Kuiju in Marco Polo (1964), Ibrahim in The Crusade (1965), and Cyclops in The Myth Makers (also 1965). He also choreographed the dancing scenes in The Celestial Toymaker … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 August: Peter Craze, Paradise of Death #1, Krakatoa

i) births and deaths 27 August 1946: birth of Peter Craze, brother of Michael ‘Ben Jackson’ Craze, who played Dako in The Space Museum (1965), Du Pont in The War Games (1969), and Costa in Nightmare of Eden (1979). ii) … Continue reading

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August Books 32) The Pit, by Nigel Penswick

Gosh, this Seventh Doctor novel is pretty poor. Lots of good ideas, including William Blake, disappearing planets, Cthulhoid monstrosities and the secret history of Rassilon, but thrown together really hastily so that the reader must find some real motivation to … Continue reading

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August Books 31) A Farewell To Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

Continuing my discovery of Hemingway, I started A Farewell to Arms with no knowledge of the content at all. I soon realised that it was about the Italian front in the first world war where Hemingway had served as a … Continue reading

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August Books 30) Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Since I hardly ever go the cinema, I don’t know when I’ll see the movie, but I must say I liked the first volume: Scott and all his friends are well-drawn characters, and the sheer insanity of ending the book … Continue reading

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Mysterious activity of early August

The relatively new stats feature on LJ rarely delivers much of interest, but I did notice something interesting around 3-4 August when traffic to my account doubled: I have to say that my posts on 3 and 4 August were … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Terrorism

A good friend of mine, interviewed by the excellent Five Books site, on The Psychology of Terrorism.

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UUP leadership candidates

My thanks to Bobballs, who has posted links to the statements made so far in the UUP leadership campaign. I’ve gone through them – it didn’t take long – and my big conclusion is that I wish I had also … Continue reading

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Whoniversary 26 August (and one I missed earlier)

i) births and deaths None that grabbed me. ii) Broadcast anniversary 26 August 1991: first broadcast of the so-called ‘Pilot Eisode’, the first mounting of ‘An Unearthly Child’ which was not shown in November 1963. iii) date specified in canon … Continue reading

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August Books 29) The Rosary, by Florence L. Barclay

This romance novel was apparently the best-seller of the year 1910, so I thought I would test the durability of its appeal. What immediately struck me was that this tale of the young English gentry working through the difficulties of … Continue reading

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Funny moments of cinema

Please tell me what you think are the funniest moments in the history of cinema. This one is one of my favourites:

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August Books 28) The Ring of Steel, by Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole has rarely disappointed me, and I thought that this was one of the better Doctor Who audiobooks out there: read by Arthur “Rory” Darville, whose own character isn’t actually in it, we have the Eleventh Doctor and Amy … Continue reading

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August Books 27) Mistress Blanche: Queen Elizabeth I’s Confidante, by Ruth Elizabeth Richardson

This book is about the woman who might possibly have been at the back of Richard Curtis’s mind as he wrote the character of Nursey, played so memorably by Patsy Byrne in Blackadder II. Originally from the bilingual county of … Continue reading

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Dingle of the Husseys: Journal of an Expedition to the Dingell, A.D. 1580.

My occasional bits of research into the life of my ancestor continue, here with a lengthy account of a military expedition against the Earl of Desmond in June 1580, which took him and the Lord Deputy from Limerick right across … Continue reading

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Because other people are doing this…

…will I see you at the DiscWorld Convention over the weekend? (I expect to be around most of Friday and Sunday, and Saturday afternoon and evening.)

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Whoniversary 25 August: The Bane invade

date specified in canon 25 August 2006: Maria Jackson and the annoying Kelsey team up with Sarah Jane Smith to thwart the invasion plans of the Bane and rescue the young Archetype, who is adopted by Sarah and renamed Luke. … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 August: The Dominators #3, Maria moves in

i) births and deaths None that caught my eye. ii) broadcast anniversary 24th August 1968: Broadcast of episode 3 of The Dominators (1968). Zoe, Cully and the other Dulcians are being used by the Dominators as slave labour. Cully escapes, … Continue reading

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A peculiar quote from the best-selling novel of 1910

Pauline, the American girl mentioned in the previous extract, seems fated to play the supporting female romantic role in Florence Barclay’s 1910 novel, The Rosary. But I was startled by a phrase in this passage from Chapter X of the … Continue reading

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August Books 26) The King’s Dragon, by Una McCormack

One of the July crop of New Who books, by of this parish. Starts by hinting that it may be a Doctor Who version of Beowulf (main setting is the small city of Geath, ruled by Beol) but goes in … Continue reading

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August Books 25) The Bookseller of Kabul, by Åsne Seierstad

The more I hear and read about Afghanistan, the more I realise I don’t know. I recently attended a conference of experts where a full day was taken up with discussions of how quickly, and with how much dignity, Western … Continue reading

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