Monthly Archives: March 2011

March Books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 15) International Law and the Question of Western Sahara, edited by Karin Arts and Pedro Pinto Leite The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vols III & IV, … Continue reading

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March Books 31) Deep Blue, by Mark Morris

I’ve just started re-watching the Fifth Doctor’s stories, so it was interesting timing to read a Fifth Doctor novel featuring Tegan and Turlough, but also bringing in UNIT in the interval between The Green Death and Invasion of the Dinosaurs, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 March

31 March 1973: broadcast of sixth episode of Frontier in Space

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March Books 30) The Lays of Beleriand, by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the third volume of the History of Middle Earth; it contains two unfinished poems tackling the two key narratives of the Silmarillion. The first, a version of the tale of Túrin told in alliterative blank verse, did not … Continue reading

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March Books 29) Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 3, by Fumi Yoshinaga

I’ve had a stinking cold all day and stayed in bed, which did at least mean I finished a couple of books and started a couple more. And now apparently Livejournal is suffering the worst DDoS attack in its history, so … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 March

i) births and deaths 30 March 2007: death of Dave Martin, who co-wrote The Claws of Axos (1971), The Mutants (1972), The Three Doctors (1973), The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Hand of Fear (1976), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Underworld (1978) … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 3-30-2011

Gallifrey Series IV « Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! I've nearly finished listening to there and this review by Andrew Hickey has only minor spoilers. As he rightly says, "You already know if this is the kind of thing you like or … Continue reading

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March Books 28) The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

This is the Penguin edition of the Canterbury Tales, translated rather bravely into modern English verse, and omitting the bulk of Chaucer’s own Tale of Melibee and also the Parson’s Tale (which is admittedly very boring). I have a number … Continue reading

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March Books 27) Contested Will, by James Shapiro

An excellent book about the Shakespeare authorship controversy, which was a topic I once wasted quite a lot of online time on (between about 2000 and 2004). Shapiro is not really writing about the balance of evidence on either side, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 March

broadcast anniversaries 29 March 1969: broadcast of fourth episode of The Space Pirates. Clancey and the Doctor try to convince Madeleine that Caven is behind the space pirates, but Caven himself arrives and captures them. 29 March 1975: broadcast of … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 3-29-2011

not_panicking | 64 Things Sherlock Holmes is no Longer Allowed to do now that he lives with John Watson This is fanfic for the Moffat/Gatiss version. (tags: funny) Diana Wynne Jones | tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 March

i) births and deaths 28 March 1924: birth of Robert James, who played Lesterson in The Power of the Daleks (1966) and the High Priest in The Masque of Mandragora (1976). 28 March 1983: birth of Gareth David-Lloyd, who played … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 3-28-2011

No battle plan: what I know about difficult conversations « Francesca Elston (tags: life soundadvice) Our discussion Is this a discussion? (tags: blogging bigotry crazypeople freespeech funny life livejournal religion) How to avoid a gendered conference « Feminist Philosophers (tags: … Continue reading

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His mother was a *what*?

Thanks to 's hospitality, and a fortunate alignment of timetables, I was able to visit the British Library on Friday and investigate some of the papers dealing with my dubiously illustrious ancestor, the sixteenth-century Sir Nicholas White. The most exciting … Continue reading

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March Books 26) Beltempest, by Jim Mortimore

An Eighth Doctor Adventure that didn’t really grab me – the plot, involving an artificial cosmic doom threatening an entire solar system, very similar to the last book I read in this series, and Mortimore’s writing rather undisciplined – I … Continue reading

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March Books 25) Ghost Train, by James Goss

One of the two Torchwood audio books just released, both I think by Goss (who I find a tremendously impressive writer) and read by Kai "Rhys Williams" Owen, set in the gap between Torchwood series 2 and 3. Ghost Train … Continue reading

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March Books 24) Doctor Who Annual 1982

Produced just as Tom Baker was changing to Peter Davison, and featuring Adric as the sole humanoid companion, along with K9 for the earlier stories (this is presumably K9 Mark III, being run in before the Doctor sent him off … Continue reading

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March Books 23) Iceberg, by David Banks

I thought this was an excellent Seventh Doctor novel, achieving the rare feat of writing a decent Cybermen story, in this case by the guy who actually played the Cyberleader on screen in the 1980s; set in 2006 and unifying … Continue reading

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Doctor Who anticipates the GPS

Extract from the 1982 Doctor Who annual:  

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Assembly Election 2011: initial thoughts

Have uploaded my thoughts on the coming Assembly election to my elections site. East Belfast (2007: DUP 3, UUP 1, Alliance 1, PUP 1): particularly volatile at present, with Alliance having got more than double its 2007 vote in the … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 March

i) births and deaths 27 March 1935: birth of Julian Glover, who played King Richard in The Crusade (1965) and Scaroth in City of Death (1979). ii) broadcast anniversaries 27 March 1965: broadcast of “The Lion”, first episode of the … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 3-27-2011

smhwpf: Logic fail 'There are plenty of good, valid arguments against the current western military action in Libya… But I do wish opponents of the action would stop resorting to the bone-headed type of argumentation that runs "Why aren't they … Continue reading

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Why Lucy Snyder is a better human being than I am

I was amused by this post by Lucy Snyder, in which she actually answers a set of questions from a student who is basically trying to use her brains to write her essay for her. I don’t actually know Lucy … Continue reading

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Ulster Unionist Party: a week of disaster

I am sorry for banging on about the travails of the Ulster Unionist Party here, a party for which I have never considered voting (and I am sure that is true of most of you reading this too). But this … Continue reading

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Diana Wynne Jones 1934-2011

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Hugo nominations

For once, I’ve been a good citizen and put in a few nominations for this year’s Hugos. (We have just under twenty-three hours in which to do so.) The process brought home to me that I tend to be a … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 March

i) births and deaths 26 March 1925: birth of Barry Letts, producer of Who from Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) to Robot (1974-75), director of Enemy of the World (1967-68) and The Android Invasion (1975), writer of The Dæmons … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 3-26-2011

An Irishman's Diary – The Irish Times – Thu, Mar 24, 2011 (tags: ireland) History News Network Use of 'OMG' in 1917! (tags: languages)

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Doctor Who books I didn’t know about

1) There are four new Eleventh Doctor novels out, published as two double volumes. The first combines Death Riders by Justin Richards with Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale; the second combines The Good, the Bad and the Alien by … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Rewatch: 19

I was pleasantly surprised by how good The Leisure Hive looks. Two lots of aliens, who both look convincingly alien. The legacy of a terrible war, combined with organised crime (which I now know is a standard combination in real … Continue reading

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