Monthly Archives: September 2013

Not liking Mondays

This was the day when I decided to start job-hunting again. I’ve stayed where I am maybe a bit too long; the organisation and I are not going in the same direction; expectations on both sides are not being matched. … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1967

1967: TVThe Highlanders (last episode)The Underwater MenaceThe MoonbaseThe Macra TerrorThe Faceless OnesThe Evil of the DaleksThe Tomb of the CybermenThe Abominable SnowmenThe Ice WarriorsThe Enemy of the World (first 2 episodes) Book1968 Doctor Who Annual (2) The first Who from … Continue reading

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September Books 18) Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath

Occasionally I like to pick up a self-help book to think a bit more about myself. This turned out not to be so much a book as a ticket for an online self-assessment survey, owned by Gallup, which identifies your … Continue reading

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September Books 17) The Moment of Eclipse, by Brian Aldiss

HOZ STAP SAN: A writer’s attitude to other writers LAHAH SHIP: Taking fresh air after one has worked several hours at one’s desk SHAK ALE MAN: The struggle that takes place in the night between the urge to urinate and … Continue reading

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September Books 16) The Beast of Babylon, by Charlie Higson

‘Tell me about Rose Tyler.’ Ali watched as the Doctor peered at some kind of monitor and, satisfied, stepped back from the controls. He turned and beamed at her. ‘Rose? She was funny and tough and clever and resourceful. She … Continue reading

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September Books 15) Who and Me, by Barry Letts

When I first worked with Patrick Troughton in a TV studio, I was wearing an enormous wig. Letts needs no introduction to Who fans; he was producer of the show for the entire Pertwee era, plus a story or two … Continue reading

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September Books 14) Home Truths, by Freya North

‘Girls,’ said Django, and the pureness of his audible pain was not for himself, but for those he loved most on whom he was about to inflict it. ‘Girls.’ Carefully he put the tray down. He did not know in … Continue reading

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September Books 13) The Year of Intelligent Tigers, by Kate Orman

Anji walked alone through the city of tigers. It was a fast walk, a bad walk, shouldering and dodging crowd. Sunlight splashing off concrete and glass, bright faces and clothes. And on every corner, from every doorway, in every window, … Continue reading

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September Books 12) Evil under the Sun, by Agatha Christie

[the murderer] had risen. His handsome face was transformed, suffused with blood, blind with rage. It was the face of a killer – of a tiger. He yelled: “You damned interfering murdering lousy little worm!” He hurled himself forward, his … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1966

1966: TV The Daleks’ Master Plan (last 6 episodes) The Massacre The Ark The Celestial Toymaker The Gunfighters The Savages The War Machines The Smugglers The Tenth Planet The Power of the Daleks The Highlanders (first 3 episodes) Books 1967 … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1965

1965 TV The Rescue The Romans The Web Planet The Crusaders The Space Museum The Chase The Time Meddler Galaxy 4 Mission to the Unknown The Myth Makers The Daleks’ Master Plan (first 6 episodes) Books Doctor Who and the … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1964

My second post on this series: listing the Doctor Who and related TV and books and reminiscing briefly about the first time I encountered any Who of that year’s vintage, as well as my personal favourite and least favourite moments … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-09-2013

Pepys and the new drink "I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before"(tags: pepys ) My last career Speaking for the dead.(tags: death )

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Wednesday reading (on Thursday again)

Current A Book Of Silence, by Sara Maitland [Doctor Who] Shroud of Sorrow, by Tommy Donbavand The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2, by Tat Wood Last books … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1963

This is the first in a series of slightly different anniversary posts: I am going to take every year from 1963, list the Doctor Who and related TV, books, audios, and (in 1965 and 1966) films of that year, and … Continue reading

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Projecting the British 2014 European elections

I have been doing some number-crunching on the likely outcome of next year’s European elections in the UK, or rather in Great Britain. In 2009, the UK Independence Party managed to come second with 16.5%, ahead of both the Labour … Continue reading

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September Books 10) Royal Assassin, by Robin Hobb; 11) The Queen’s Bastard, by C.E. Murphy

Occasionally my planned reading schedule throws up an unexpectedly appropriate pair of books to read together. and this was one of those times – both books feature palace politics in a grand fantasy world, and in both cases the main … Continue reading

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September Books 9) The Castafiore Emerald, by Hergé

This is a very unusual Tintin book – the action takes place almost entirely at Marlinspike mansion, the residence of Captain Haddock, who is very much the central character for a change – confined to a wheelchair after his tumble … Continue reading

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September Books 8) Meeting the British, by Paul Muldoon

We met the British in the dead of winter. The sky was lavender and the snow lavender-blue. I could hear, far below, the sound of two streams coming together (both were frozen over) and, no less strange, myself calling out … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-09-2013

A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja US complicity.(tags: iraq waronterror war )

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Wednesday reading (on Thursday)

Current Home Truths, by Freya North The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman Evil Under the Sun, by Agatha Christie [Doctor Who] Year of the Intelligent Tigers, by Kate Orman Last books finished [Doctor Who] Just War, by Lance Parkin A … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-09-2013

26 Important Lessons We Learned From “Father Ted” Brings back memories!(tags: funny )

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Links I found interesting for 16-09-2013

A great language update Statistics from the quiz.(tags: languages ) Turn Around Original Who fanvid – wobbly but nostalgic.(tags: doctorwho videos ) What Isaac Asimov Thought 2014 Would Look Like Some hits, some misses.(tags: sf ) Hey Jude na, na … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-09-2013

Noël Browne on abolishing the Seanad, 1957 Brilliant stuff.(tags: Seanad ) Hawaiian name won’t fit driving licence Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s problems.(tags: languages ) Virtual atlas of asteroid Vesta Small world in detail.(tags: asteroids space astronomy )

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September Books 7) A Murder Is Announced, by Agatha Christie

[Miss Marple said:] “Fifteen years ago one knew who everybody was. The Bantrys in the big house – and the Hartnells and the Price Ridleys and the Weatherbys… They were people whose fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers, or … Continue reading

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September Books 6) Just War, by Lance Parkin

At a quarter to seven on June twenty-eighth, the Germans attacked. I was there, most of us were. It was Friday, the warmest evening of the year. We were just coming back from church and Mayor Sherwill was making a … Continue reading

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Torchwood

Despite the lack of regular updates, I have been continuing my rewatch of New Who, an episode a day unless other circumstances intervene (eg good weather at the weekend, or taking the car to work so I can't watch on … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 14-09-2013

EU balance of competences – setting the record straight – British Influence My former boss Michael Emerson analyses it.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) Europe without Britain – Impact on the EU of a British Withdrawal Looking at it from the other … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 12-09-2013

Falling With Helium "It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the end."(tags: xkcd science )

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Wednesday reading

Current Royal Assassin, by Robin Hobb The Queen's Bastard, by C.E. Murphy [Doctor Who] Just War, by Lance Parkin Home Truths, by Freya North A Murder Is Announced, by Agatha Christie Last books finished The Books of Magic, by Neil … Continue reading

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