Monthly Archives: January 2015

What is the best-known book set in Ireland?

See note on methodology As with Wales, and even more crushingly, there is a very clear winner in this category. Most frequently tagged "Ireland" on both GoodReads and LibraryThing, and owned by more users on both systems than any other … Continue reading

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January Books

Non-fiction: 8 Circe's Cup, by Clare Carroll The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, by Claire Tomalin Turner's Taoisigh, by Martin Turner Een geschiedenis van België voor intelligente kinderen (en hun ouders), by Benno Barnard and Geert van Istendael Getting … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 31-01-2015

Day of Doctor Who collection This looks brilliant!(tags: doctorwho ) Dutch ambassador to Belgium interviewed He is terrified of cycling in Brussels.(tags: netherlands belgium ) Benedict Cumberbatch and the Right Way to Apologize Getting it right after getting it wrong.(tags: … Continue reading

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What is the best-known book set in Wales?

See note on methodology I confess that I’ve looked at the answers to this question for a lot of European countries by now, preparing a number of these posts. There aren’t many where the top book is as far ahead … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-01-2015

Labour in Wales Breakthrough not happening.(tags: wales ukpolitics ) Celebrate immigration because it drives growth Why immigration is a boon, not a bane, for Britain.(tags: ukpolitics migration )

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Thursday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (a chapter a day) Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week) Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, by Alice Munro I Don’t Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson β4 Last books … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-01-2015

Narendra Modi’s Soft Power Strategy Looking outwards, by @petemartin7. #fb #li(tags: india ) Doctor Who and the Bechdel Test 80% pass rate for New Who.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality doctor ) Dog Gone: Forgotten Schemes to Straighten the Thames Forgotten alternative visions of … Continue reading

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What is the best known book set in Scotland?

See note on methodology Thanks to all for a brilliant discussion of well-known books set in England. Now I am moving north… Scotland is a case where the answers are somewhat confusing. First off, I will ruthlessly ignore the seven … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-01-2015

Electoral campaigning via Facebook …in Moldova. #fb #li(tags: elections moldova facebook ) UK Election: 100 Days to Go @APCOworldwide colleagues @DaniellaLebor and @ChairmanYaffle comment.(tags: ukpolitics )

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What is the best known book set in England?

A note on methodology I was very interested by this list of the most famous books set in each US state which I saw last week, to the extent of thinking about how I might measure the best known book … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-01-2015

The Doctor Who History Collection Paperback Books More re-releases – all of them pretty decent.(tags: doctorwho )

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Links I found interesting for 26-01-2015

The five tribes of UKIP Not quite “fifty shades”…(tags: ukpolitics )

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Links I found interesting for 25-01-2015

If Only We’d Just Spent More Blood and Treasure in Yemen @stephenwalt on making the same mistakes again.(tags: uspolitics waronterror ) Know When To Run Fascinating inside account of Christmas 2014 King’s Cross Station problems.(tags: london rail ) The Solution … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-01-2015

The Most Famous Book Set in Each State Working on the European version…(tags: usa books ) Genuinely Bad News About the F-35 and the A-10 More on the vastly expensive procurement boondoggle.(tags: war )

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Links I found interesting for 23-01-2015

The Dalek Chronicles (Complete) – an album on Flickr The first spinoff!(tags: doctorwho ) Yugoslavia 1961 Colour film of Belgrade in 1961.(tags: serbia )

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Thursday Reading

Blogging has been a bit light around here of late – my priority is finishing the books submitted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and I'm now at the stage where, even if I decide in the first hundred pages … Continue reading

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Georgian food in London tomorrow?

Anyone fancy Georgian food in London tomorrow night? Thinking of the Iberia – http://iberiarestaurant.co.uk – on Csledonian Road.

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Links I found interesting for 22-01-2015

The real problem with Mogherini’s Russia paper Excellent analysis from @KadriLiik @ecfr.(tags: eu russia ) Benefit Sanctions Will Cause A Deterioration In Health And That’s OK Says DWP Rule Book Fighting poverty by killing the poor. Again.(tags: ukpolitics ) How … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-01-2015

The House of Lords By-Election of 2 February 2015 Candidates’ statements in full. Exciting stuff.(tags: ukpolitics ) Blonde cargoes: Finnish children in the slave markets of medieval Crimea Fascinating.(tags: history russia finland ) ‘Doctor Who’ video: ‘Dimensions in Time’ rare … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-01-2015

Democracy Aid at 25: Time to Choose Thomas Carothers / @CarnegieEndow assesses the picture.(tags: democratization uspolitics ) Scottish prehistoric reptile discovered The LOCH. NESS. MONSTER!(tags: fossils scotland ) Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction But not yet inevitable.(tags: climatechange environment )

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Links I found interesting for 18-01-2015

Amazon.com: The Man in the High Castle: S1 Ep 1 Why does nobody tell me about these things?(tags: sf )

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Links I found interesting for 17-01-2015

Seeing the Monkees I’m a believer!(tags: music ) Lost Beagle2 probe found ‘intact’ on Mars Not all those who wander…(tags: mars )

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Links I found interesting for 16-01-2015

the British government’s deceptive dossier on Iraq and WMD Thorough analysis.(tags: ukpolitics waronterror iraq ) Couple’s house demolished ‘without notice’ to build new road Good Lord!(tags: ireland ) Why We Didn’t Vaccinate Our Child Well put.(tags: health )

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Thursday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Een geschiedenis van België voor intelligente kinderen (en hun ouders), by Benno Barnard and Geert van Istendael Getting the Buggers to Behave, by Sue Cowley τ3 Last books finished ο3 Turner’s Taoisigh, by Martin … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-01-2015

Twitter mirth ensues after Steve Emerson’s nonsense on Fox about Birmingham as Muslim ‘no-go’ Enclave @jricole: “Emerson is consistent.”(tags: waronterror uspolitics ) Apply Magic Sauce Gets my gender & politics right, but thinks I am 27, single, & didn’t study … Continue reading

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More on the inking of Edward Heath

A kind friend with access to newspaper archives has supplied me with four more clippings, three from the Times and one from the Guardian, about the incident in which British Prime Minister Edward Heath was covered with ink on his … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 14-01-2015

Ivy League’s meritocracy lie Preventing social mobility in the USA.(tags: uspolitics ) Report on the online consultation on ISDS in TTIP What people actually said about it.(tags: eu ) John Barrowman reveals ‘Torchwood’ return plans? Very interesting!(tags: torchwood )

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101 Ways to Win an Election, by Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield

I have no immediate plans to return to electoral politics (full disclosure: Cambridge City Council, 1990

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Links I found interesting for 13-01-2015

The Two Faces of Azerbaijan’s Mr Aliyev The New York Times editorial board weighs in.(tags: azerbaijan ) The Internationalism of the American Civil War European political thinkers and the conflict.(tags: uspolitics history race ) Comment Sarkozy a bousculé le protocole … Continue reading

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Ages in Chaos / Revolutions in the Earth, by Stephen Baxter

Baxter is best known for his SF writing, but here he turns his hand to history of science, specifically James Hutton, the Scottish eighteenth-century intellectual who boldly stated that the earth must be much older than the date of 4004 … Continue reading

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