Monthly Archives: January 2013

Peter Robinson, on being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter:

“Tiocfaidh ár lá!” (It is turning into a slightly bizarre evening.)

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Links I found interesting for 31-01-2013

It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being ‘It’ “Once I step foot outside the rectory, all bets are off,” the priest says. “I have to be a little more careful.”(tags: games ) “Westvleteren 12” retains status of “best beer in … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-01-2013

China Is Burning Almost As Much Coal As the Rest of the World Combined And no sign of slowing down.(tags: Climate change ) War, Death and Hubris Afghanistan, Britain and Ireland in the 19th century.(tags: history War Ireland Afghanistan ) … Continue reading

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January Books 8) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another … Continue reading

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Torchwood, Series One (first part)

Next in line of my Doctor Who rewatch is the first ever Who spinoff to run for more than an episode. Well, it's better than K9 and Company in oh so many ways… You can tell that Torchwood is going … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-01-2013

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son One of the better royals around.(tags: world: netherlands ) The big space battle of January 2013 (tags: Games ) Nabokov. Lecture on “The Metamorphosis”. You will mark Kafka’s style. Its clarity, … Continue reading

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Ow ow ow

A few weeks ago I booked in for an allergy test – the one where they tape lots of potentially allergenic substances to your skin to see if it reacts. I should have done it last week, but had to … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-01-2013

Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’ *gulp*(tags: climatechange ) Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen A hypertext version. Pride and Prejudice first published 27 January 1813.(tags: Books )

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January Books 7) Challenges for EU foreign policy in 2013 ed. Giovanni Grevi and Daniel Keohane

"The profile of the Union is not tainted because others are threatening it or advancing alternative, more viable political or economic models. What chiefly dents the credibility of the EU is that Europeans have not been practicing what they preach … Continue reading

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January Books 6) Human Nature, by Paul Cornell

‘I’ve discovered a lot in the last few weeks,’ Smith began. ‘I’ve found out that being the Doctor… it’s not about having special knowledge or abilities. It’s about not being cruel. It’s about not being afraid.’ He walked into the … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-01-2013

The Only Way to Get Important Things Done Programming yourself, apparently.(tags: psychology lifehacks productivity ) New photos, videos and app shed fresh light on Anne Frank’s family life #fb(tags: books ) George Packer: The Political Isolation of the American South … Continue reading

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January Books 5) Faces in the Pool, by Jonathan Gash

I heard his voice exclaim, ‘Listen to the noisy sods.’ And a female voice, husky with love, said, ‘Never mind them, darling. Come back here.’ And I thought another thought, except this one was even more stupid. I actually recognised … Continue reading

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January Books 4) Making Ireland English, by Jane Ohlmeyer

“My advice to you is to marry as soon possibly as you can. Do not marry in England; for such a marriage will prove your ruin… There are some good Catholic wives to be had in England; but now it … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-01-2013

Has a passenger ever landed a plane after the pilot was incapacitated? Kind-of, yes, once or twice.(tags: flying ) Opinion: Cameron is wishing for an EU that already exists “…the speech is either ignorant or disingenuous about the reality of … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-01-2013

Fog in Channel, Cameron Cut Off (by @timjudah1) Quote from me at the end!(tags: eu ukpolitics )

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Links I found interesting for 24-01-2013

The Schengen Curtain, by Marko Đedović Wonderful immigration policies which penalise the innocent traveller and encourage criminality.(tags: migration eu humanrights belgium ) Cameron’s backward-looking speech Mark Leonard: “a miscalculation which will leave everyone frustrated”.(tags: ukpolitics EU ) David Cameron’s argument … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-01-2013

The Secret Mansion (with images, tweets) Baron Hill on Ynys Môn, abandoned since WW2.(tags: photos ) Obama, Marshmallow Cannon Creator Joey Hudy Pose For Science Fair Pictures Fantastic videos of airguns in the White House.(tags: ) Dear brilliant students: Why … Continue reading

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January Books 3) The Hive, by Charles Burns

This is the second of a trilogy by Burns which started with X’ed Out, and leaps between three different storylines: Doug’s memories of his life in our world, in particular his enigmatic girlfriend Sarah (who has a fascination with Louise … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Season 2 (2006), Second Half

(Tardisodes: first, communications between Gemini and Preachers; second, Cybus taking over the world.) I had forgotten just how good Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel actually is. The visuals are superb – the Zeppelins over London (and the spectacular Zeppelin … Continue reading

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King’s Landing

(Also known as Dubrovnik.)

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My job in Up-Goer Five

Describing my job using only the thousand most common words in English: There are people who run some places (or who would like to run them) who do not find it easy to talk to people who run other places, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-01-2013

Why I like Martin Luther King Day (Note to self: Americans have a holiday tomorrow.)(tags: ) Forget Harry Potter John Crowley speaks out for Joan Aiken’s “Wolves of Willoughby Chase”, etc.(tags: sf ) Books on books — recursive but fun! … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-01-2013

Niger ambassador to Belgium, wife found dead Jeepers. I met him last April, we had a great conversation about Mali.(tags: Death ) It’s all about the lies Re Armstrong: “When he says he’s sorry now, how do we know he’s … Continue reading

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BSFA short list on Goodreads and LibraryThing

Goodreads Librarything number average number average 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson 1445 3.41 267 3.65 Dark Eden, Chris Beckett 138 4.09 30 4.50 Intrusion, Ken MacLeod 115 3.40 64 3.97 Jack Glass, Adam Roberts 79 3.89 18 5 Empty Space: a … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-01-2013

Seven hazards for Cameron By Michael Emerson.(tags: EU ) 4 Years On Live-tweeting the end of the conflict in 2009(tags: srilanka ) How to withdraw from the European Union? Confronting hard reality Another CEPS piece.(tags: EU )

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Links I found interesting for 17-01-2013

Irvine Welsh: Scottish Independence and British Unity “Better together? Yes, certainly, but better independent and free together.”(tags: scotland ukpolitics ) Advantages of social media are poorly understood My grandfather began school at a time when trust was defined by physical … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-01-2013

50 stories for 50 years: 1982 Andrew Hickey: Why Earthshock succeeds, against the odds.(tags: Doctor who ) Katesbridge: The legend of Northern Ireland’s ‘frosty hollows’ Why is it so cold in Katesbridge (and Castlederg)?(tags: Weather northernireland ) Czech presidential vote … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 14-01-2013

What Cameron *should* say on Europe (WSJ) Wishful thinking: “…the idea that I am going to hold the euro zone to ransom at a time of acute financial stress by blackmailing our closest trading partners with some cobbled-together list of … Continue reading

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January Books 2) The Indestructible Man, by Simon Messingham

“You’re not the Doctor. It’s a trick. You’re one of those doubles, Mr Mackenzie told me.” “I don’t know who this Mr Mackenzie is, Jamie,” said the Doctor. “But I assure you that I am definitely me.” “You’re dead.” He … Continue reading

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January Books 1) The Doctor’s Monsters, by Graham Sleight

How much do monsters have a choice about being monstrous, and how much can they outgrow their natures?Getting the year off to a good start with Graham Sleight’s analysis of 29 of the Doctor’s best known monstrous adversaries, and what … Continue reading

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