Monthly Archives: March 2016

March books

A slow month again – I really got a bit burnt out by Hugo reading frenzy, and will pace myself better another year. Non-fiction: 2 (YTD 11) The Road to Ruin: how Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own … Continue reading

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Glorious Angels, by Justina Robson

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘My father was a soldier in the war, a hero,’ a young recruit was saying eagerly. He was seated at the far end of the trestle where the lunch was being laid waste by himself … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 31-03-2016

Unexpected changes of bright spots on Ceres discovered Interesting!(tags: astronomy asteroids ) Don’t bemoan the Remain campaign; find advocates instead! @jonworth pushes back.(tags: ukpolitics eu ) Nintendo Employee Fired After Smear Campaign, Company Denies Harassment Was Factor Oh yeah?(tags: games … Continue reading

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Illegal Alien, by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry

Second paragraph of third chapter: “Breakfast?” A Seventh Doctor novel published in 1997, featuring Ace and Cybermen in wartime 1940s London; grittily imagined, with good characterisation; one of the better Past Doctor Adventures that I have read. It shares certain … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 30-03-2016

Brussels Airport stays closed a 7th day, snarling Easter holiday travel I’m in @USAToday! (Name misspelled).(tags: my media Belgium waronterror ) Is ‘Friends’ Still The Most Popular Show On TV? Apparently so.(tags: tv ) Why ISIS Is Winning the Social … Continue reading

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My Hugo nominations: The end

The deadline in Thursday night (actually Friday morning our time), but I'm pretty settled on my nominations now. I listed most of them here

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Interesting Links for 29-03-2016

Should You Tinder While You Travel? Dating apps in London, Berlin, Sweden and Brooklyn.(tags: travel internet sexandgenderandsexuality ) All Those New Dinosaurs May Not Be New — Or Dinosaurs Insider nomenclature baseball of paleontology.(tags: fossils ) Crossing the border My … Continue reading

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Easter 1916: selected archive pieces from the New Statesman

Second paragraph of third essay (“From The Later Writings of Mr Yeats”, by J.M. Hone) Eight or nine years ago Mr. Yeats published a complete edition of his work amid an impression, encouraged by the mischievous memoir-writers and gossips of … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 28-03-2016

The Octopus That Ruled London Victorian tentacles!(tags: historyofscience )

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Interesting Links for 27-03-2016

A strange couple of days: my account of 22/3 @frances_lievens recounts her story.(tags: Belgium waronterror )

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Saturday reading

Current Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week) Glorious Angels, by Justina Robson Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey Illegal Alien by Mike Tucker Last books finished Witches of Lychford, by Paul Cornell Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor Last week’s … Continue reading

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Double Deckers – some videos

I’m at Eastercon this weekend, so no episode review – next week I’ll get to Invaders from Mars, one of the most sfnal episodes, by Glyn Jones. But for those of you who have been wondering what the fuss is … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 26-03-2016

How Long is Chile? Very long.(tags: maps chile ) National Hero Maria Farrell on her great-grandfather, Eoin MacNeill, and the Easter Rising.(tags: ireland )

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My vote for BSFA Best Novel

Eastercon,  I will be in you later today!  A bit later than I originally planned,  because I realised that this is my last chance to see the Pepys exhibition in Greenwich,  so I will do that this morning and get … Continue reading

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Refugees

They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or me Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 25-03-2016

[Mar. 24, 1961] The Second Sex In SF First of a series.(tags: sf sexandgenderandsexuality ) Moon’s axis wandered billions of years ago Wow.(tags: astronomy ) Disaster for Theresa May as legal ruling brings student deportations to a halt “How did … Continue reading

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My votes for BSFA Short Fiction

The deadline is coming up, and I still haven't finished Glorious Angels (which maybe says something in itself), but I have re-read all the short fiction on the BSFA list, and will vote as below. I'm expanding my second-paragraph-of-third-chapter-or-section approach … Continue reading

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The Sandman: Overture, by Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein

Second text frame of third chapter: I’ve found my fifth nominee for Best Graphic Story. In retrospect, I don’t know why it took me so long to pick this up – I generally like Neil Gaiman’s writing, even if I’m … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 24-03-2016

Brussels’s Response to Attacks Under Scrutiny The estimable @ncjcampbell reflects. (tags: Belgium waronterror )

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Short Trips: Steel Skies, ed. John Binns

Second paragraph of third story (“Reversal of Fortune”, by Graeme Burk): Mikhail laughed so hard he began to cough. For an instant his vital signs became bee-bop-syncopation and arrhythmia. The theme of this book is explorations of closed environments, and … Continue reading

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Losers

Well, I had an interesting journey to work yesterday. Normally I take public transport, but once or twice a month I drive in; and as usual there was a fairly major tailback of traffic at the tunnel that takes you … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 23-03-2016

Middle class share of wealth chart American lose out.(tags: economics ) A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board Crumbs.(tags: uspolitics ) My new Brussels normal Craig Winneker writes.(tags: Belgium waronterror )

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Interesting Links for 22-03-2016

Mars Glorious.(tags: astronomy mars maps ) The Shipping Forecast Very British!(tags: maps uk )

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Alice in Wonderland, and, Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Second paragraph of third chapter of Alice in Wonderland: The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 21-03-2016

Grayling’s arguments exposed in Brussels Eurosceptic myths busted.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) This Is What It’s Like Being An Ambassador To An Anti-Gay Country When You’re A Lesbian Judith Gough speaks.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ukraine ) Comiccon Brussels review @Torettox84 had the same … Continue reading

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Mancunicon sorted

Very glad to say that I have found someone who can’t attend Mancunicon due to family illness, and is selling me their membership. Very sorry not to see this particular person there, but look forward to seeing the rest of … Continue reading

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Losing the war on the poor and disabled

I watched the Marr interview with Iain Duncan Smith this morning. It was pretty electrifying. Whitehall has suffered a critical setback in its war on the poor and disabled. Ten years of rhetoric from Labour and Conservative (and Lib Dem) … Continue reading

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Mancunicon membership needed!!!

Although I booked travel and hotel for Mancunicon some time ago, I neglected to check that I had actually bought a membership, and on reviewing both the list of members and my own records it is clear that I haven’t. … Continue reading

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House Party, by Rachael Smith

Second frame of third chapter: F and I went to Brussels Comic Con yesterday, and to be honest it was a bit of a disappointment compared to the Antwerp Convention, which we enjoyed last year and the year before. The … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 20-03-2016

Stalin’s granddaughter rocks at 44 From Pravda.(tags: russia ) Think Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation is a masterstroke? Sadly, he’s not that clever “Iain Duncan Smith spent five years in the Cabinet not resigning over cuts to disabled people’s payments that … Continue reading

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