Monthly Archives: April 2013

April Books

Non-fiction 2 (YTD 9)Chicks Dig Comics, ed. Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid EllisTARDIS Eruditorum, vol 1: William Hartnell, by Phil Sandifer Fiction (non-sf) 2 (YTD 7)Bring Up The Bodies, by Hilary MantelSwallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome sf (non-Who) 9 … Continue reading

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Congrats to the new Executive Producer of Doctor Who

My cousin Brian.

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Links I found interesting for 30-04-2013

Women win 3 out of 3 seats in Malta’s European by-elections From 0% to 50% of the 6 Maltese MEPs!(tags: eu malta sexandgenderandsexuality ) Emma Bonino is Italy’s new foreign minister "After months of bad news from Italy, at last … Continue reading

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April Books 18) 1632, by Eric Flint

The only thing that saved Wallenstein’s life was the extreme range. This is the story of a coal-mining West Virginia community which finds itself transported back in time to 1632 (actually 1631 but it’s the following year before the action … Continue reading

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April Books 17) TARDIS Eruditorum, vol 1: William Hartnell, by Phil Sandifer

So, to recap, we have a pioneering female producer being replaced with a male producer whose first decision is to sack the female lead for being too uppity. Knowing that, it's really hard to watch this story, in which the … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-04-2013

A Cucumber Map of Europe With a bonus map of oranges.(tags: languages maps ) President Obama plays Daniel Day Lewis in White House skit Quite funny (and short).(tags: uspolitics funny ) Stalemate in Western Sahara frustates organizers Interview with a … Continue reading

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2013 Hugos: Best Novella

Rather than wait for the Hugo voters’ pack this year, I have acquired the written fiction nominees as far as possible, and this has meant getting to the novellas first. Unusually, four of the five works shortlisted in this category … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-04-2013

This disability ruling reveals new depths of political dishonesty "an inaccessible courtroom, so the people who brought the action couldn’t get into the room to hear the verdict."(tags: ukpolitics disability ) The Email I Just Sent to the Chief Executives … Continue reading

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That Oscars poll from last month

Never let it be said that I ask questions and don’t give the answers. Here are the results, from most-seen to least-seen, of my poll a month ago of Oscar winners for Best Picture.Rankingfilm#12003: The Lord of the Rings: The … Continue reading

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26 April

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April Books 12) The Roots of Evil, by Philip Reeve

‘Aggie?’ said the Doctor thoughtfully. ‘I wonder what that’s short for?’The girl’s nostrils flared proudly. ‘My full name is Agony-Without-End-Shall-Be-The-Doctor’s-Punishment.’ The Penguin series of short Who books for younger readers keeps getting better. This month (published two days ago) we … Continue reading

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And the correct pronunciation of “Kiribati” is…

… to rhyme with “glass”, “ti” being pronounced /s/ in Gilbertese. It is said that the Rev Hiram Bingham jr, when he brought “civilisation” to the islands in the 1860s, neglected to ensure that he had enough “s” blocks in … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-04-2013

The case of the disappearing teaspoons A classic. "We observed the teaspoons for a total of 5668 teaspoon days."(tags: science ) Are a million people fit to work yet living on benefits? No. The UK’s coalition govt is lying.(tags: ukpolitics … Continue reading

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Yet another pronunciation quiz

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Wednesday reading

Current: 1632 by Eric Flint (nearly finished) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (just started) TARDIS Eruditorum – A Unauthorized Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 1: William Hartnell by Philip Sandifer (half way through) Blackout by Mira … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-04-2013

Trident replacement plans are based on outdated ideas, says former minister Scrap it!(tags: ukpolitics libdems ) Peak Break-Up Times On Facebook March is the cruellest month. Also, December.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) Azerbaijan: “Advocate- Persona non grata”, a text by Anar Gasimli … Continue reading

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April Books 11) The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie

This was death? Then why did it hurt so much? It’s not Joe Abercrombie’s fault, but epic fantasy rarely ticks my boxes – I thoroughly bounced off Brust’s Vlad Taltos books as well. I didn’t find characters or setting attractive … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-04-2013

A memory The real rewards of a good deed.(tags: lessons ) CJ Cherryh on Finding Nemo / Finding Dory "Finding Nemo has killed more small fish than you’d like to believe."(tags: animals ) Oswald’s Stone, the Lost Palladium of Middlesex … Continue reading

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Books of 1963, 1913, 1863 and 1813

For several Januaries past, I did a poll of books celebrating their 50th, 100th, 150th etc birthdays in that particlar year. I realised that I had forgotten to do it this year, but there is time to put that right. … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-04-2013

28 Newspaper and Magazine Layout Disasters The first of these is the best. (From @paul_cornell)(tags: funny ) Dimensions in Time out-takes Slightly more fun than the original programme…(tags: doctorwho ) Author responds… …to one of my reviews.(tags: doctorwho ) 18th-Century … Continue reading

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April Books 10) Tesseract, by Tony Lee

Next in the sequence of Tenth Doctor comics that started with Fugitive. As with the previous volume, I wasn’t wild about the first two issues collected here, where I felt that Al Davison’s art didn’t quite match Lee’s script of … Continue reading

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April Books 9) Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed

The Doctor loaded his plate with thick slices of meat stuffed with a rich green dressing. “Pale wine and pistachio lamb! Thanks to All-Providing God that not everything He sends my way is a maddening trial!” The least-owned on Librarything … Continue reading

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This won’t do – all-male conferences

I chaired a session at a conference yesterday, and unfortunately had to add these remarks to the traditional thanks and compliments to the organisers with which I opened the discussion: There are 22 panellists and moderators for today's conference, and … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-04-2013

“Our Splendid Misery”: Louisa Catherine Adams in the White House " this would be magnificent habitation which after all like every thing else in this desolate City is but an half finished Barn"(tags: history uspolitics ) Serbia / Kosovo Agreement … Continue reading

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Discussing half the population

Looking down the agenda of today’s conference, at which I am chairing a session, I realise that all 22 panellists and moderators appear to be male. Maybe it’s 21, though; some of the names are unfamiliar. I ask the bloke … Continue reading

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That conference moment when you see two security guards outside the gents

…and then a few moments later you realise you are standing next to the President of Estonia. Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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Links I found interesting for 19-04-2013

1913: When Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in the same place Oh, Vienna!!!(tags: history ) ‘I’m following all the rules, but they won’t pay for me to survive’ More from the UK government’s war on the poor.(tags: … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-04-2013

17 London Underground Maps You Never Knew You Needed Some of these are more helpful, but less entertaining, than others!(tags: london maps ) Atos apologises to long-term sick wrongly assessed as fit for work Rather a non-apology, if you ask … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current: The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie – about two-thirds of the way through 1632, by Eric Flint – about half way through Tesseract, by Tony Lee (Tenth Doctor comic) – about half way through Throne of the Crescent Moon … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 17-04-2013

The Everyday Sexism Project A year of shouting back.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) Influential Reinhart-Rogoff Pro-Austerity Research Riddled With Errors: Study HuffPo summarises.(tags: economics ) Panic in the Kingdom Morocco objects to human rights monitoring in the Western Sahara.(tags: westernsahara ) The … Continue reading

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