Monthly Archives: February 2013

Then and now

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Three new (and short) Doctor Who books

Snake Bite, by Scott Handcock The Doctor threw him a look. “How do you know that?”“I read a lot of comics when I was a kid,” explained Rory sheepishly. “A lot of comics.”The Doctor smiled. This is the very last … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-02-2013

Iraq: the story of my testimony Carne on the origin of the war.(tags: War Carneross ) Mike Nesbitt over the last twelve months The UUP leader’s flexible rhetoric.(tags: Northernireland )

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Hitchhikers fan needed

A journalist friend has been commissioned to write a piece on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (35th anniversary of first broadcast coming up on 8 March) and would like to interview a fan; he is especially interested in reflections … Continue reading

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Snow on the tumuli

With B and F at the Three Tumuli of Grimde earlier. The Tumuli are three first- or second-century graves on the outskirts of the town of Tienen; one is known to have been the tomb of a Marcus Probius Burrus. … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-02-2013

Why the United Nations won’t make bold proposals on climate change. "I’ve been to plenty of depressing UN meetings, and this was possibly the worst."(tags: carneross un climatechange ) The Wiki Game – ‘Wikipedia Game’ – Explore and race through … Continue reading

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February Books 9) The Turing Test, by Paul Leonard

But as for the rest – the events I lived through in those strange last months of the conflict – nobody except Greene knows about them, and perhaps the American, Heller, for some of it. And the Doctor. Of course, … Continue reading

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February Books 8) Empty Space: A Haunting, by M. John Harrison

If she saw it she would recognise it. Something awful had happened, or was about to happen, the last time she was there. We never went back, she told herself. I know that. We were too afraid. I thoroughly bounced … Continue reading

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February Books 7) The Red and the Black, by Stendhal

Au séminaire, il est une façon de manger un œuf à la coque, qui annonce les progrès faits dans la vie dévote. In the seminary, there is a way of eating a boiled egg which reveals the progress one has … Continue reading

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Nebula shortlist on Goodreads and LibraryThing

Because I know you care: Goodreads Librarything number average number average Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed 1664 3.60 195 3.55 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson 1644 3.42 285 3.51 The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin 1257 3.86 74 3.48 Ironskin, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-02-2013

Five Days in North Korea Andrew in one of the world’s more mysterious places.(tags: northkorea ) Thoughts on the Hagel Filibuster and its Political Implications Or, how broken is the US Senate?(tags: )

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February Books 6) Original Sin, by Andy Lane

“So,” a voice crooned smugly in the darkness, “you return again to our little planet, Doctor, with a new face and a new friend. You must find us very interesting indeed. Almost as interesting, perhaps, as I find you.” Andy … Continue reading

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February Books 5) London Falling, by Paul Cornell

“Footballers who score hat-tricks against West Ham do not always die in suspicious circumstances, but … they often do. More often, statistically, than they should.” In London Falling, a team of police detectives find themselves pursuing an evil entity around … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-02-2013

Amnesty: Convicted Sahrawis must receive fair trials in civilian courts | Amnesty International¬es Regime favoured by the West getting away with blatant human rights violations – as usual.(tags: westernsahara )

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Last pictures from Gallifrey One

The littlest Angel Stephen, One, Dodo (Team TARDIS of mid-1966) We Dodo fans are a hardcore minority Barbara as Yetaxa Snowman and Adipose followed by K1 the Giant Robot There is, in fact, a cosplayer in there Two cats tease … Continue reading

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Some more pictures from Gallifrey One

The setup team for the Loncon 3 tea-party: Andrew, Kathryn, Spike, Alissa and Michael Alex Wilcock’s guide to Who in London, with locations mapped out Another version of the map (shower curtain pinned against the window) with extra marker for … Continue reading

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Some pictures from Gallifrey One

Peter Purves Philip Hinchcliffe Nicholas Briggs Me with the head of Jon Pertwee Dalek Angel Ten and Rose Six, Five and Four K9 and company Policewoman Amy, Cat and Roman Rory The TARDIS girls Expensive autographs (beyond my budget)

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February Books 4) Slaapkoppen, by Randall C.

I have been enjoying reading Leo's bande dessinée series Aldébaran in the original French, but reflected that actually Flanders has a fairly vibrant graphic novels culture of which I know shamefully little (my previous ventures into Belgian comics have all … Continue reading

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February Books 3) Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett

Somehow the Earth people must have found a way of making heavy things fly. But how? Well, I had no more idea than Jeffo or anyone else. I was no different from the rest. We knew so little, and Earth … Continue reading

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February Books 2) The Menagerie, by Martin Day

The much larger Taculbain flying about their heads were providing a diversion, the Mecrim jumping into the air whenever one came close. A ring of Dugarqs with guns had surrounded the beasts. I found this rather a confused and slightly … Continue reading

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February Books 1) Matilda, by Roald Dahl

She was a gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster who frightened the life out of the pupils and teachers alike. There was an aura of menace about her even at a distance, and when she came up close you … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 14-02-2013

Ecuador’s Paraplegic Vice President Lenin Moreno a Major Force for Disability Rights Fascinating.(tags: disability )

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The Shrine of St Valentine

In case you didn’t know, it is in Dublin, here.

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Links I found interesting for 13-02-2013

Azerbaijan: Stop Harassing Writer Writing the wrong sort of novel gets you in trouble.(tags: Azerbaijan ) The girls are not alright Maria on the Magdalenes.(tags: genderandsexandsexuality Ireland )

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Links I found interesting for 12-02-2013

Lobbyists feeding amendments to MEPs – I’m surprised that this is even news (but we need to know) | Jon Worth Indeed.(tags: eu ) Notes from an unemployable person More reports from the front line of the war between the … Continue reading

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How to become Pope

(This entry was originally posted in April 2005. I encourage readers to track down the books on eBay or elsewhere; would be interested to hear what others make of them) Since it's that time of century, I thought I would … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 11-02-2013

Thorbjørn Jagland concerned by the recent events in Azerbaijan Council of Europe Secretary-General speaks on arrests of Ilgar Mammadov and Tofig Yagublu.(tags: azerbaijan ) Statement by Ashton and Füle on Azerbaijan EU concerned by arrests of Ilgar Mammedov and Tofig … Continue reading

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January Books 16) Chicks Unravel Time, edited by Deborah Stanish and L.M. Myles

We look at the Doctor, awkward and impossible in a given place and time, old-fashioned, beset by lace cuffs and red-lined capes and jingoism, and we reverse him. We reverse his polarity until he works the way he's supposed to, … Continue reading

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January Books 15) A Big Hand for the Doctor, by Eoin Colfer

As soon as the last gloopy globs of the anti-grav beam had faded, the Soul Pirates cranked up their hoses and turned them on their latest victims, blasting Susan, the Doctor and the four others into a heaped hotchpotch of … Continue reading

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January Books 13-14) Step Back in Time, by Richard Dungworth and Jacqueline Rayner

The last (so far) of the six two-in-one books featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, and aimed at younger readers. Extra Time, by Richard Dungworth Syd watched the group of youngsters move off along the street. He shook his … Continue reading

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