Monthly Archives: September 2014

September Books

Non-fiction 2 (YTD 40) Who's There?, by Jessica Carney King's Inns and the Kingdom of Ireland, by Colum Kenny Fiction (non-sf) 6 (YTD 36) The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene A Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert Memoirs of … Continue reading

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September Books 16) Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes

I got this after tremendously enjoying Zoo City when it was nominated for the BSFA Award a few years ago. I’m afraid this left me rather colder; on the whole I enjoy urban fantasy (which Zoo City is) and I … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-09-2014

Was the Sunday Mirror’s sting of Brookes Newmark criminal? Quite possibly.(tags: ukpolitics sexandgenderandsexuality )

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September Books 15) King’s Inns and the Kingdom of Ireland, by Colum Kenny

A history of the King’s Inns, the professional society for Irish lawyers, starting in 1541 and taking us up to 1800 and the Act of Union. For most of that period, the King’s Inns were located on the north side … Continue reading

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September Books 14) Lost At Sea, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Published (and presumably writtem) before O’Malley’s success with Scott Pilgrim, this is pretty good in its own right; a fairly short graphic novel about a teenager on an accidental road trip from California to Vancouver with three schoolmates who she … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-09-2014

Haggis Recipe “Serve with mashed potato, if you serve it at all.”(tags: cooking ) When it Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster Eugie’s last story, published the day before she died.(tags: sf )

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September Books 13) La Galère d'Obélix, by Albert Uderzo

It may well be thirty years since I last read an Asterix book, which means I completely missed this one, published in 1996 and translated into English as Asterix and Obelix All at Sea. the sixth of the eight books … Continue reading

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Be nice to your interns

One Friday night in July last year, I had arranged to meet for a drink after work with a Bulgarian friend; as an afterthought I suggested to my then intern that she might come along to meet him, and she … Continue reading

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September Books 12) Race of Scorpions, by Dorothy Dunnett

Cyprus is partitioned between feuding rulers, one a proxy of distant Christian Europe, the other beholden to the more local Muslim regional power; the larger part of of the island is controlled by one faction, but the key cities of … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-09-2014

‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’ Neil Gaiman explains.(tags: sf ) European Day of Languages: Tongue twisters Combien de sous sont ces saucissons-ci? Ces saucissons-ci sont six sous.(tags: linguistics languages eu ) Donald Tosh on his contribution to Doctor Who … Continue reading

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September Books 11) Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott

The referendum took place while I was in the middle of reading this, and I vaguely hoped it might give some insight into the histories of the England/Scotland relationship. But gawd, this is awful. Yeah, yeah, naive English lad ventures … Continue reading

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September Books 10) Who’s There?, by Jessica Carney

In 1958, William Hartnell, riding off his success in the military TV sitcom The Army Game, played the title role and got top billing in the first installment of a franchise that was to last for decades, though it went … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Harlequin, by Bernard Cornwell ψ1 Last books finished τ1 υ1 Who’s There?, by Jessica Carney Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott Race of Scorpions, by Dorothy Dunnett La Galère d'Obélix, by Albert Uderzo φ1 Lost At Sea, by Bryan … Continue reading

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…and the pig got up and slowly walked away

I met Nigel Farage this evening. As I ws leaving my office, I bumped into an old friend who was in Brussels for the day on a Sekrit Mission. We had not seen each other for some time, so we … Continue reading

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September Books 9) The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller, by Joanne Harris

I think this is the last in the series of short Who books by well-known authors published this year, which had a couple of earlier hits with Trudi Canavan’s Salt of the Earth, Jenny Colgan’s Into the Nowhere and A.L. Kennedy’s … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-09-2014

How Gary Hart’s Downfall Forever Changed American Politics Remember 1988?(tags: uspolitics )

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The by-election in the House of Lords

(All staments taken from the official House of Lords Notice of 15 September.) Why you should vote for Merlin Charles Sainthill Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley, in his own words: Why you should vote for Hugh Francis Savile Crossley, 4th Baron … Continue reading

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September Books 8) The Blood Cell, by James Goss

One of four, count them, four Doctor Who books published this month, and one of the first three to feature the Twelfth Doctor, but I’m sorry to say that my favourite New Who writer, James Goss, slightly disappointed me here. … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-09-2014

The imminent House of Lords by-election I shall be mining this for rhetorical nuggets.(tags: houseoflords ) Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N. Consciousness-raising on the East River.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality )

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September Books 7) History 101, by Mags Hallday

It’s just as well that I read Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia a few months back, or I would have felt a bit unmoored in this Eighth Doctor story of the Spanish Civil War. There is a time-changing entity plot, but … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-09-2014

The lack of a ground campaign by either side in the Scottish referendum Received wisdom punctured by first-hand evidence!(tags: scotland ) The Inspiration For Disney’s Robin Hood Wasn’t Actually Robin Hood Yay medieval legends!(tags: sf ) Push for New Pact … Continue reading

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September Books 6) De Scepter van Ottokar / King Ottokar’s Sceptre, by Hergé

I remembered this fondly from my childhood – it may even have been the first Tintin book I ever read – and very much hoped that it would live up to my memories. I'm glad to say that it did, … Continue reading

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Video appeal by President Loeak of the Marshall Islands on climate change

Transcript here.

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A smaller Northern Ireland Assembly?

Martin McGuinness has today added his support to the notion of cutting the Northern Ireland Assembly to 90 seats from the current 108, ie to five per constituency instead of six. How would this have affected the 2011 election? It’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Race Of Scorpions, by Dorothy Dunnett Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott τ1 Who’s There?, by Jessica Carney Last books finished History 101, by Mags L. Halliday The Blood Cell, by James Goss σ1 The Loneliness of the Long-Distance … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 17-09-2014

Who Can Save Ayapaneco? Probably not Vodaphone.(tags: linguistics ) NASA Sending Astronauts to ISS in Commercial Craft While it Builds New Shuttles Boeing or SpaceX?(tags: space ) Louisiana Loses Its Boot The state slipping slowly into the sea.(tags: usa climatechange … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 16-09-2014

We Give the Scottish Independence Referendum the Middle East Expert Treatment President Obama must arm the Protestants. Or the Catholics.(tags: scotland funny )

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Book bingo

This is a great idea from a friend in a locked post. See how many of the squares you can check off with your recent reading. I'm restricting to books read this year, but you can cast your net as … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 12-09-2014

This Is What It Will Be Like If Scotland Votes For Independence Trufax.(tags: scotland funny )

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