Monthly Archives: October 2010

October Books

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 61) Ireland in the Age of the Tudors 1447-1603, by Stephen G. Ellis Pies and Prejudice, by Stuart Maconie The Great Tradition, by F.R. Leavis Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State, by Richard Cockett … Continue reading

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October Books 19) Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I, by Stephen Alford

A very interesting biography of Elizabeth ‘s chief minister, who basically ran England from her accession in 1558 to his death in 1598 (and had held the same office of Secretary of State, though with less power, during the earlier … Continue reading

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October Books 18) A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen

One of those classics which one really ought to see on stage, but can try to get to grips with by reading the script. A rather good psychological study of a woman who is stuck in a bad marriage, infantilised … Continue reading

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October Books 17) Seeing I, by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman

I thought this was a rather good Eighth Doctor novel, with the Doctor and Sam finally reuniting after three years in which Sam becomes an environmental activist and basically grows up, while the Doctor is held in a very creepy and … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 October: Planet of Giants #1, K9 #1

broadcast anniversaries 31 October 1964: broadcast of “Planet of Giants”, first episode of the story we also now call Planet of Giants, starting Season 2 of Classic Who. The Doctor, Ian, Susan and Barbara arrive in contemporary England, but miniaturised; … Continue reading

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NI Election 2010 revisited: the community turnout differential

A couple of weeks back the Newsletter published my analysis of the 2010 election in Northern Ireland, which gave rise to a typically long discussion on Slugger O’Toole, in the course of which several discussants gently critiqued me for one … Continue reading

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October Books 16) A Short History of Myth, by Karen Armstrong

Having been disappointed by Armstrong’s The Age of Transformation, I’m glad to report that I enjoyed reading this very short reflection on the development of mythology through the ages – I’m still not convinced by Armstrong’s Axial Age hypothesis, but … Continue reading

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October Books 15) Up the Poll, by Shane Coleman

I’ve been on the road for the last ten days, so updates have been limited to linking and Whoniversaries, and actually reading LJ and email has barely happened at all. If anything interesting happened while I was away please tell … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 October

i) births and deaths 30 October 1978: death of Brian Hayles, writer of The Celestial Toymaker (1966), The Smugglers 1966), The Ice Warriors (1968), The Seeds of Death (1969), The Curse of Peladon (1971) and The Monster of Peladon (1974). … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 October

i) births and deaths 29 October 1935: birth of Michael Jayston, who played the Valeyard in 1986. ii) broadcast anniversaries 29 October 1966: broadcast of fourth episode of The Tenth Planet. The Cybermen are defeated, but when Ben and Polly … Continue reading

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Friends request

I just had a friends request on Facebook from someone who rejoices in the name of Anastasia Micklethwaite. That is such a glorious name that I am tempted to friend her back, even though I don’t know her at all. … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 October: Ian Marter, Matt Smith, Abominable Snowmen #5, Stones of Blood #1

i) births and deaths 28 October 1944, 28 October 1986: birth and death of Ian Marter, who played companion Harry Sullivan in 1974-5, and also wrote nine Target novelisations. 28 October 1982: birth of Matt Smith, an actor who I … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 October

i) births and deaths 27 October 1923: birth of Peter Bryant, producer of Doctor Who from The Web of Fear (1968) to The Wheel in Space (1969) 27 October 1991: death of Paul Erickson, writer of The Ark (1966) ii) … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-27-2010

Western Sahara: The Forgotten Injustice « Jonathan Fryer (tags: westernsahara)

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Whoniversaries 26 October: Towers #4, Remembrance #4, Death #2, the O.K. Corral

i) births and deaths None that caught my eye. ii) broadcast anniversaries 26 October 1987: broadcast of fourth episode of Paradise Towers, In a final confrontation, both Pex and Kroagnon are killed, and the inhabitants of the Towers look forward … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-26-2010

Asking the Wrong Questions: A Shire of Shopkeepers: Thoughts on The Hobbit "Martin Freeman as Bilbo (possibly the most inspired piece of casting of the last few years, if only because it's made me realize just how much Bilbo and … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 October

broadcast anniversaries 25 October 1975: broadcast of first episode of The Pyramids of Mars. The Doctor and Sarah land in the future UNIT headquarters, the Scarman brothers’ family home, and encounter robotic mummies and various Egyptian relics. 25 October 1980: … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-25-2010

The Moroccan Army surrounds the Protest Camp – Laayoune | Demotix.com Crisis in the desert (tags: westernsahara)

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October Books 14) Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Another in the series of graphic novels about Scott Pilgrim’s battles with Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends – though in this case the evil Todd shows up dating Scott’s own evil ex-girlfriend, Natalie aka Envy. As usual, an entertaining combination of … Continue reading

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October Books 13) The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

Maybe it’s a mistake to try reading stream-of-consciousness literature while on a transatlantic flight and over the subsequent days of jetlag (which has hit me much worse than usual on this trip), but I almost completely bounced off this book … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 October: Robert Sloman

24 October 2005: death of Robert Sloman, who co-wrote The Dæmons (1971), and was credited as sole author of The Time Monster (1972), The Green Death (1973), and Planet of the Spiders (1974) – the season finales for all but … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-24-2010

Judgement on Fermanagh and South Tyrone election Michelle Gildernew still wins. (tags: northernireland) Heather Hurlburt: Wikileaks: War Is (Misbegotten) Hell (tags: waronterror)

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October Books 12) Earth Logic, by Laurie Marks

I was recommended this fantasy novel, the second in a four-part series, some time ago as a fictional treatment of peace processes. Unfortunately it is the kind of immersive fantasy that doesn’t really grab me, so I’ve given up after … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 October

broadcast anniversaries 23 October 1965: broadcast of "Small Prophet, Quick Return", the second episode of the story we now call The Myth Makers. Odysseus demands that the Doctor use his abilities to destroy Troy; Vicki is renamed Cressida by Priam; … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-23-2010

The Hobbit Cast Announced, Martin Freeman Is Bilbo No word on Gollum or Gandalf yet, (tags: sf)

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Whoniversaries 22 October

i) births and deaths 22 October 1938: birth of Sir Derek Jacobi, who has played the Master in both the TV story Utopia (2007) and the webcast Scream of the Shalka (2003) as well as the central character in the … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 10-22-2010

The European Council on Foreign Relations | The spectre of a multipolar Europe Recommendations: * An informal ‘trialogue’ involving the EU, Turkey and Russia should be established, allowing cooperation over security to build from the ground up. * In order … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 21 October

i) births and deaths 21 October 2000: death of Alan Rowe who played Evans and the voice of Space Control in The Moonbase (1967), Edward of Wessex in The Time Warrior (1973-74), Skinsale in Horror of Fang Rock (1977) and … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Rewatch: 13

As with quite a number of the Pertwee stories, I found myself enjoying Planet of the Spiders much more than I had expected. Seen in sequence, it is a decided uptick in quality after the last couple of stories; also … Continue reading

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October Books 11) The Many Hands, by Dale Smith

A jolly good Tenth Doctor and Martha novel, which would have made a brilliant TV episode (or couple of episodes). Mostly set in eighteenth-century Edinburgh, where alien tech has created a flock of semi-sentient hands which are terrifying the locals. … Continue reading

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