Monthly Archives: February 2011

February Books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 10) Peeling the Onion, by Günter Grass How to Suppress Women’s Writing, by Joanna Russ Life of Frederick Douglass Elizabeth I, by Christopher Haigh Chicks Dig Time Lords, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea Fiction … Continue reading

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February Books 23) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

There are eleven stories in the second of the Sherlock Holmes connections, where we see Doyle expanding the fictional universe: we have a couple of accounts of Holmes’ adventures before he met Watson, we have Mycroft and the relationship with … Continue reading

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February Books 22) Birthright, by Nigel Robinson

Seventh Doctor adventure (from Virgin New Adventures series) about alien insects invading London in 1909 – a Doctor-lite story mainly about Benny, featuring also Ace and Victoria Waterfield’s elderly aunt Margaret. I realised a few pages into this that I … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 and 29 February

i) births and deaths 28 February 1912: birth of Mervyn Pinfield, who was Associate Producer for Doctor Who from An Unearthly Child (1963) to The Romans (1965) and also directed The Sensorites (1964), Planet of Giants (1964) and The Space … Continue reading

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The (almost) final countdown #GE11

Full results, as far as we can tell at this stage (differences from my predictions of yesterday are in bold; cf also my predictions of Friday). NB that four seats are still counting. Apologies for length, but this is dramatic … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter XLIV: Justinian V – his legal legacy

An analysis of the Roman legal tradition, describing Justinian’s crucial role in establishing a permanent legal code, and then taking it area by area, starting from philiosophical first principles about society and government and explaining how the law developed. Strongly … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Rewatch: 18

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Destiny of the Daleks. This is mainly for reasons other than the Daleks or Davros: Lalla Ward’s arrival is a breath of fresh air, as she takes on the role of junior … Continue reading

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February Books 21) Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

So we reach the end of the Scott Pilgrim saga, with Scott doing battle against the last of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, this time the sinister Gideon, who keeps his ex-girlfriends in cryogenic storage inside his head. O’Malley is much more … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 February

i) births and deaths 27 February 1946: birth of Tom Chadbon, who played Duggan in City of Death (1979) and Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet (1986), and also various Big Finish roles including Harry Sullivan’s younger brother Will in the … Continue reading

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February Books 20) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the first volume of Sherlock Holmes stories, and includes several rather brilliant tales of detection – my favourite is “The Red-Headed League”, but it also includes “The Speckled Band” and “The Blue Carbuncle”. “The Engineer’s Thumb” is another … Continue reading

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Scores on the doors #GE11

Well, tallies are now in at least for all constituencies and Tipperary South, Dublin West and Dublin Mid West have actually completed all counts in the election, so it looks as if the new Dáil will look as follows:   … Continue reading

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The day has come

Back in 1989 as we watched the Berlin Wall falling, I remember remarking to someone that I would find myself some day explaining to my children what Communism had once been. This morning, young F. caught a newspaper headline about … Continue reading

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February Books 19) Chicks Dig Time Lords, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea

I was unreasonably grumpy about having to order this book physically from a real bookshop last year. It was well worth going to some extra trouble to get hold of it. It’s a lovely collection of 27 essays by fans … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 February

i) births and deaths 26 February 1938: birth of Tony Selby, who played Sabalom Glitz in The Mysterious Planet (1986), The Ultimate Foe (also 1986) and Dragonfire (1987). ii) broadcast anniversaries 26 February 1966: broadcast of “Bell of Doom”, fourth … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 2-25-2011

More despatches from the front « The Cedar Lounge Revolution Notes from canvassing (in the 2007 Irish election) (tags: politics) YouTube – Nena-99 Luftballons new version (2009) with lyrics Somehow this had passed me by when it was released: Nena … Continue reading

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Signs of the times

My local travel agent is offering two for the price of one on flights to Tunisia and 50% off flights to Egypt. I wonder why?

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Irish General Election: My prediction #GE11

This is based on no more than casual scrutiny of the analysis on PoliticalReform.ie, Slugger O’Toole and my own gut instincts. Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Sinn Féin Green Others Carlow-Kilkenny 1 3 1 – – – Cavan-Monaghan 1 2 … Continue reading

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February Books 18) The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle

One thing that surprised me about The Sign of Four is its brevity – only 76 pages in my Complete Sherlock Holmes. But I think this shows a somewhat more disciplined approach by Doyle, and also perhaps a growing awareness … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 February

broadcast anniversaries 25 February 1967: broadcast of third episode of The Moonbase. The Cybermen take over the base, but Polly works out a way of killing them with nail varnish remover. 25 February 1978: broadcast of fourth episode of The … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 2-24-2011

Nicholas Courtney by Tom Baker | Doctor Who TV Tom Baker's tribute to Nicholas Courtney (tags: doctorwho)

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February Books 17) A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve started to work my way through the complete Sherlock Holmes, inspired by last year’s rather glorious TV adaptation, and of course this is the place to start. I read most (possibly all) of Holmes as a teenager so it’s … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 February

broadcast anniversaries 24 February 1968: broadcast of fourth episode of The Web of Fear. Lethbridge-Stewart (*sigh*) leads a sortie to the surface but returns battered to the base as the only survivor; and the Yeti break in, with the possessed … Continue reading

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February Books 16) Short Trips, edited by Stephen Cole

I think that this was the first anthology of short stories featuring the first eight Doctors produced by the BBC, back in 1998. I had heard a couple of them previously from the audio release narrated by the late Nicholas … Continue reading

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Links

My Delicious cross-posting isn’t working reliably, so I’m on the lookout for alternatives which will aggregate links and post them here on a daily basis. What should have appeared last night: YouTube – Australian broadcaster Belinda Heggen Mocks TV Co-Host"Belinda, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 February

A sad day yesterday, with the passing of Nicholas Courtney. On to today’s anniversaries: i) births and deaths 23 February 1918: birth of Bill Strutton, writer of The Web Planet (1965) and the novelisation Doctor Who and the Zarbi. 23 … Continue reading

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February Books 15) The Hounds of Artemis, by James Goss

I had been very much looking forward to this audiobook, featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, after Goss’s brilliant Tenth Doctor story, Dead Air. In the event I was very slightly disappointed, in that rather than the promised Matt … Continue reading

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February Books 14) Elizabeth I, by Christopher Haigh

This is one of the shortest of the various books I have read about Elizabeth I, and also one of the best. Haigh eschews the usual chronology of her life and reign and instead concentrates on her relations with the … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 22 February

broadcast anniversaries 22 February 1964: broadcast of “The Roof of the World”, first episode of the story we now call Marco Polo. Trapped in the snow, the time travellers are rescued by Marco Polo, who however impounds the Tardis. 22 … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 21 February

i) births and deaths 21 February 1981: death of Ron Grainer, who composed the Doctor Who theme tune. According to the lore, he was so gobsmacked by Delia Derbyshire’s electronic arrangement of the music that he asked her, “Did I … Continue reading

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More historic than I realised – my encounter with Gaddhafi

You may remember I attended last July’s African Union summit in Uganda as part of the Southern Sudanese delegation. One incident was sufficiently odd that I really could not quite bring myself to blog about it at the time, but the … Continue reading

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