Monthly Archives: October 2013

October Books

I’m way behind with bookblogging, and not likely to catch up for a couple of weeks, which is a shame as it’s more or less the tenth anniversary of my starting this uplifting habit. Anyway, this is the index for … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1996

1996: TV The Movie Books Doctor Who – The Novel of The Film (8) Doctor Who – The Script of the Film (8) Just War (7) Warchild (7) SLEEPY (7) Death and Diplomacy (7) Happy Endings (7) GodEngine (7) Christmas … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I, by Stephen Alford Reading the Oxford English Dictionary: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, by Ammon Shea Reamde, by Neal Stephenson About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-10-2013

Latest #DoctorWho Missing Episodes Rumours #fb I don’t know what to believe any more…(tags: doctorwho ) Here’s Why Drug Policy Reform Is Gaining Momentum Prices for illegal drugs falling despite increased seizures.(tags: politics )

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50 years of Who: 1995

1995: Books Warlock (7) Set Piece (7) Infinite Requiem (7) Sanctuary (7) Human Nature (7) Original Sin (7) Sky Pirates! (7) Zamper (7) Toy Soldiers (7) Head Games (7) The Also People (7) Shakedown (7) The Romance of Crime (4) … Continue reading

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Luxembourg’s new prime minister is gay

Xavier Bettel enjoying a relaxed weekend with his partner before taking up office So is his main coalition partner, Labour leader Etienne Schneider (article from Spanish gay magazine). Of course, we Belgians got there first.

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Links I found interesting for 29-10-2013

They’re all going to laugh at you @NussbaumAbigail on Much Ado About Nothing.(tags: shakespeare ) The Internet Archive’s historical software collection For @MarioFannio in particular!(tags: history computers )

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October Books 16) De Blauwe Lotus [The Blue Lotus] by Hergé

Travel both last week and at the weekend has made me way behind with bookblogging, so I shall be trying to catch up over the next few days. I may not quite get there by the end of the month … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1994

1994: Books Doctor Who – The Paradise of Death (3) Conundrum (7) No Future (7) Tragedy Day (7) Legacy (7) Theatre of War (7) All-Consuming Fire (7) Blood Harvest (7) Strange England (7) First Frontier (7) St Anthony’s Fire (7) … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1993

1993: Books Doctor Who – The Power of the Daleks [novelisation] (2) Doctor Who – The Evil of the Daleks (2) The Highest Science (7) The Pit (7) Deceit (7) Lucifer Rising (7) White Darkness (7) Shadowmind (7) Birthright (7) Iceberg … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1992

1992: Books Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible (7) Cat’s Cradle: Warhead  (7) Cat’s Cradle: Witch Mark (7) Nightshade  (7) Love and War  (7) Transit (7) Doctor Who: The Masters of Luxor (1) Doctor Who: The Dæmons (3) Doctor Who Yearbook 1993 The first Who … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1991

1991: Books Doctor Who – Battlefield (7) Doctor Who – The Pescatons (4) Timewyrm: Genesys (7) Timewyrm: Exodus (7) Timewyrm: Apocalypse (7) Timewyrm: Revelation (7) Doctor Who Yearbook 1992 The first Who from 1991 that I encountered: I read the Timewyrm books … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1990

1990: The first of the wilderness years… TV Search Out Science: The Ultimate Challenge Books Doctor Who – Planet of Giants (1) Doctor Who – The Happiness Patrol (7) Doctor Who – The Space Pirates (2) Doctor Who – Remembrance … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-10-2013

The Ocean is Broken Awful!(tags: environment )

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50 years of Who: 1989

1989: TV The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (last episode) Battlefield Ghost Light The Curse of Fenric Survival Books Doctor Who – Delta and the Bannermen (7) Doctor Who – The War Machines (1) Doctor Who – Dragonfire (7) Doctor … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1988

1988: TV Remembrance of the Daleks The Happiness Patrol Silver Nemesis The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (first 3 episodes) Books Doctor Who – The Rescue (1) Doctor Who – Terror of the Vervoids (6) Doctor Who – The Time Meddler (1) Doctor … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current The History of the Hobbit vol 2: Return to Bag-End, by John Rateliff The Last Mughal, by William Dalrymple Reamde, by Neal Stephenson About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2, by Tat Wood … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-10-2013

Some Mercy May Be Discovered Metafilter on Boethius, citing me on Gibbon.(tags: gibbon )

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50 years of Who: 1987

1987: TV Time and the Rani Paradise Towers Delta and the Bannermen Dragonfire Reeltime: Wartime Books Doctor Who – Black Orchid (5) Doctor Who – The Ark (1) Doctor Who – The Mind Robber (2) Doctor Who – The Faceless Ones (2) Doctor Who … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-10-2013

China Hopes to Dominate Africa by Boosting Trade Via Indian Ocean Some details dodgy but interesting read.(tags: politics africa china ) Highlighting the best London maps Exactly what it says.(tags: london maps ) Six Decades of the Most Popular Names … Continue reading

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50 years of Who: 1986

1986: TV The Mysterious Planet Mindwarp Terror of the Vervoids The Ultimate Foe Books Doctor Who – The Gunfighters (1) Doctor Who – The Time Monster (3) Doctor Who – The Twin Dilemma (6) Doctor Who – Galaxy Four (1) … Continue reading

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October Books 15) Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman

Odd meant the tip of a blade, and it was a lucky name. A short YA book by Neil Gaiman, in which the young boy hero with a disability saves the Æsir from the frost giants. Very nice illustrations by … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-10-2013

Gathering research for writing An expat (@lizzyshannon) returns to South Belfast.(tags: northernireland ) “At Least She Never Walked” Why Stephanie runs.(tags: exercise ) BBC Trailer for #doctorwho 50th anniversary Fantastic!(tags: doctorwho )

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50 years of Who: 1985

1985: TV Attack of the Cybermen Vengeance on Varos The Mark of the Rani The Two Doctors Timelash Revelation of the Daleks In A Fix With Sontarans Books Doctor Who – Planet of Fire (5) Doctor Who – The Caves of Androzani … Continue reading

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October Books 14) The Flood, by Ian Rankin

‘Another refill is needed, I believe. I hope you are a good listener, Iain. This is not the most pleasant of stories.’ This is the first book Ian Rankin wrote, and the last one left unread on my shelves; it … Continue reading

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October Books 13) The Slow Empire, by Dave Stone

You have no doubt heard the stories of this magnificent, illustrious and quite obdurately enigmatic personage and wondered if they can by any way be true. Well, as a close acquaintance and valued confidant of the man in question, I … Continue reading

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The Enemy of the World

It’s so very weird to think that less than a month ago, I was reading Barry Letts’ reminiscences of why The Enemy of the World wasn’t as good as he would have like it to be, reflecting on Phil Sandifer’s … Continue reading

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October Books 12) De Sigaren van de Farao [Cigars of the Pharaoh] by Hergé

This is generally regarded as the first "proper" Tintin book, and I had of course read it ages ago. I now realise that it shares a lot of the flaws of the generally disregarded first three, Tintin in the Land … Continue reading

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October Books 11) Mortal Clay, Stone Heart, by Eugie Foster

…some folks do indeed look at me funny when I tell them about having a pet skunk, even after I assure them that yes, he was descented.   But most people, the ones who share with me the conviction that … Continue reading

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The missing Doctor Who episodes: some speculation

Like a lot of people, my heart leapt back in June when the original rumours of a rediscovery of many Doctor Who episodes began to circulate

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