Monthly Archives: March 2012

March Books

I'm way behind on book write-ups from my just-concluded trip (which involved one flight departing at 7 am and another at 4 am; and I rarely sleep on planes), but for the record here is my tally for the month … Continue reading

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Identifying the author: Winston Spencer Churchill

I am on the road this week, and am therefore overdue bookblogging entries for (as of right now) abour half a dozen books. One of those is Savrola, the only novel of future British Prime Minister Winston Specncer Churchill (as … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-03-2012

Hull 0, Scunthorpe 3 | Christopher Priest Why the Arthur C. Clarke shortlist is WRONG.(tags: sf )

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29 March 1912

We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more.       R. Scott. Last entry. For God’s … Continue reading

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March Books 10) The Testament of Jessie Lamb, by Jane Rogers

Another of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees, languishing at the end of the GoodReads / LibraryThing stats with The Waters Rising

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March Books 9) Desolation Island, by Patrick O’Brian

I read the first two Aubrey/Maturin books many many years ago, and while I enjoyed them I never quite got into the habit of pursuing the series. A couple of years back I picked up Desolation Island from Bookmooch (which … Continue reading

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Identify the author

Extract from a novel published in 1900; who wrote it? “I think,” said the President, “that the English Government also have to keep the electorate amused. It is a Conservative ministry; they must keep things going abroad to divert the … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-03-2012

War Over a One-Horse Town – NYTimes.com Why Badme matters (though nobody knows where it is).(tags: war eritrea ethiopia ) That Was TRIIIIIIPPY: Time-Lapse Of Ocean Currents | Geekologie Amazing.(tags: maps ) How our election cycle screws up our foreign … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-03-2012

The Appliance Of Science @nine_below gives me marks for prediction (4/6).(tags: sf ) Sean in Mali: Living and Tweeting the Coup African mutineers take over capital; Twitter reacts.(tags: twitter mali )

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March Books 8) The Waters Rising, by Sheri S. Tepper

All strength to Sheri S. Tepper! She will turn 83 this summer (she was born seven months after Philip K. Dick, three months before Ursula Le Guin) and keeps on turning out works dancing on the borderline of fantasy and … Continue reading

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Clarke Award shortlist

As Martin Lewis has mercilessly chronicled, I correctly predicted four of the six shortlisted novels for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Just to update the table I posted then, with the 1 March figures in parentheses: Goodreads Librarything number average … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-03-2012

How an independent Scotland would work in the EU much more mundane than anyone wants to admit.(tags: scotland eu )

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March Books 7) Strange England, by Simon Messingham

It was interesting to read this Seventh Doctor novel at the same time as the new Fourth Doctor audio The Renaissance Man, in that both involved Victorian-ish settings which turn out to be in some way representations of an inner … Continue reading

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March Books 6) Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Kay has written some amazing books, but unfortunately this isn’t one of them. In Under Heaven he has moved away from his usual fantasy European setting and gone for a barely fictionalised account of a real incident from Chinese history, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-03-2012

The Way the Future Blogs: The Reunion at the Mile-High Alternate Asimov!(tags: sf ) The settlement of Madagascar: Thirty lost souls | The Economist The thirty founding mothers of the Malagasy.(tags: migration ) Bir Tawil – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-03-2012

UN rights body presses Sri Lanka war crime probes resolution #fb “credible probes into alleged crimes committed by both sides are an important step for justice and equality in post-conflict Sri Lanka.”(tags: humanrights srilanka ) Does misinformation demobilize the electorate? … Continue reading

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Coincidence or retribution? You decide

I woke up this morning to find an amusing blog entry from my old friend and former colleague Mark Mullen. Mark runs the local branch of the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and he … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-03-2012

To the EU: How not to hold a consultation « mmmullen’s Blog “Increasingly, “email us your thoughts and ideas” is being used by those who don’t really want those thoughts and ideas but want to say they have asked” – … Continue reading

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March Books 5) The Plotters, by Gareth Roberts

I had given this First Doctor story a try once before, and thoroughly bounced off it, but for the sake of completeness I thought I should give it another go. It’s not quite as bad as I thought first time … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-03-2012

The insider or outsider: who is best placed to bring about change? #fb Who drives change more effectively in our world: the insider working from within the establishment, or the maverick outsider? With independent diplomat Carne Ross, cosmologist Lord Martin … Continue reading

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March Books 4) The War of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

More in-depth analysis of the story of how The Lord of the Rings was written. We start at Helm’s Deep, and follow through the end of Book III and Book IV (ie most of The Two Towers and then all … Continue reading

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March Books 3) Beggars Banquet, by Ian Rankin

Now that I’ve read all the Rebus novels, that only leaves the short story collections (and Rankin’s other books). The stories in this collection varyin in length from full novella (a variation on the opening of Dead Souls) to a … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-03-2012

Tachyon TV – The One That Got Away John Williams reviews Shada (this is the one to read if you read only one)(tags: shada doctorwho ) Doctor Who: Shada by Gareth Roberts | SFX Ian Berriman’s review.(tags: shada doctorwho ) … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-03-2012

12-step recovery programme offers hope to Fianna Fáil – The Irish Times – Sat, Mar 17, 2012 How to rebuild your political party from defeat.(tags: politics ) Map of Ikea | Pleated-Jeans.com #fb So, so true…(tags: maps ) TAR-DISsed: PayPal, … Continue reading

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Networking

I do enjoy it when a slightly peevish Facebook post attracts comments from a 77-year-old German-based English folk singer and a former chef de cabinet to the Albanian Prime Minister. Edited to add: Kind of the ex-foreign minister of Slovakia … Continue reading

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Five Irish history books (plus three)

Given the day that's in it, I though I would list five books about Irish history which I would strongly recommend: 1) William Marshal : court, career, and chivalry in the Angevin Empire, by David Crouch William Marshall (1147-1219) was … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 17-03-2012

Nicolae Timofti is the new President of the Republic of Moldova 917 days later!(tags: moldova ) Amnesty statement: Georgia #fb Party finance watchdog running roughshod over human rights..(tags: georgia ) Hot tips from Evelyn Waugh Dealing with fans and critics.(tags: … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 16-03-2012

Alan Garner to conclude Weirdstone of Brisingamen trilogy Only 49 years since the second volume was published!(tags: sf ) H.P. Lovecraft, Author, Is Dead 75th anniversary. “It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 15-03-2012

Blog chronicles joy of Belgian kids before crash Heartrending. #fb(tags: death belgium ) Interviews: James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) Spike reminisces!(tags: buffy buff ) 7 Things You Don’t Know About A Special Needs Parent 1. I am tired….(tags: … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 14-03-2012

Rebecca West interviewed by Marina Warner in 1981 “Perhaps there’s some quite simple thing we’ll think of someday, which will make us much happier.”(tags: books ) Open letter to Jason Russell CEO of Invisible Children Inc on KONY2012 A Ugandan … Continue reading

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