Monthly Archives: June 2016

June books

Non-fiction: 3 (YTD 20) Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986, by Marc Aramini (not finished) SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, by Vox Day (not finished) The 4-Hour Workweek, … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 30-06-2016

Looking behind the Brexit anger It’s political culture, rather than economics. #fb(tags: eu ukpolitics ) Why Brexit Might Not Happen at All Wishful thinking, I suspect; though widely shared. #fb(tags: ukpolitics eu ) UK voted for Brexit – but is … Continue reading

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The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Second paragraph of third chapter: Un jour, une colonie mystérieuse partit de l’Espagne et vint aborder à la langue de terre où elle est encore aujourd’hui. Elle arrivait on ne savait d’où et parlait une langue inconnue. Un des chefs, … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 29-06-2016

Brexit is great news for the rest of the EU This is probably more true than I would like it to be. #fb(tags: ukpolitics eu ) Volkswagen to Pay Up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Diesel-Emissions Claims And it won’t … Continue reading

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Short Trips: 2040, ed. John Binns

Second paragraph of third story (“Thinking Warrior”, by Huw Wilkins): I chamber a smoke round and fire it up into the air to obscure the sniper’s view, then sweep the blank-fronted tower block with the microwave radar. Another of the … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 28-06-2016

The UK and the EEA Francis Davey on how the UK could stay in the EEA when leaving the EU – if, of course, it wants to.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) The EU referendum: An attempt to analyse the in-play betting … Continue reading

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My Hugo and #RetroHugos1941 votes: Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

I made only one nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for the 1941 Retro Hugos. It was: Weltraumschiff 1 startet Despite what it says on YouTube, this was apparently made in 1940, not 1937. I doubt that many others … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 27-06-2016

Big Data and the Law Fascinating.(tags: crime statistics ) UK physics faces huge uncertainty after EU referendum result Solving the problem of experts by getting rid of ’em.(tags: eu science ukpolitics ) The EU will treat Britain like Greece Only … Continue reading

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The Unicorn Hunt, by Dorothy Dunnett

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘So where, you fortunate man, is your charming wife Gelis?’ asked Anselm Adorne, seating himself two places from Nicholas at Master Lamb’s table shortly afterwards. Behind them, Albany’s trumpeter let off a blast, and Julius, … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 26-06-2016

What Europe must do, now that England has decided to leave Former Taoiseach John Bruton on the next steps.(tags: eu ) Seven Immediate Lessons From the Brexit Vote My colleague Geoff Beattie, on what went wrong and what comes next.(tags: … Continue reading

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Saturday reading

Current Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week) Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham The Mary-Sue Extrusion, by Dave Stone The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss Last books finished Loving the Alien, by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 25-06-2016

EU Referendum Reaction from APCO’s Brussels Office My colleague @ChairmanYaffle and I reflect.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) Will parliament try to foil Brexit? Matthew Parris thinks so.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) Americans Confused By System Of Government In Which Leader Would Resign … Continue reading

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EU Referendum Reaction

I’m too heartbroken to write something original. This is what my colleague Theo and I put together earlier today. Comment there or here. The UK’s vote to leave the EU will have a number of implications, although the specific, detailed … Continue reading

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Selected Stories, by Alice Munro

Second paragraph of third story (“Postcard”): It being Wednesday the wickets in the Post Office were closed, but I had my key. I unlocked our box and took out the Jubilee paper, in Momma’s name, the phone bill, and a … Continue reading

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Poem for today

No man is an island entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 23-06-2016

Fact-Checking Brexit Hugh has checked the extent of truth or lies in the Remain and Leave campaigns. Read it.(tags: ukpolitics eu )

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Not the Chilcot Report, by Peter Oborne

Second paragraph of Chapter 3: Some well-placed observers believe that this meeting in Crawford, at the start of April 2002 and nearly a full year ahead of the actual invasion, marked the moment at which Tony Blair began to commit … Continue reading

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APCO’s Guide to Referendum Night

See my guide to how Referendum night could play out, area by area, hour by hour, now available for download. Enjoy!

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Interesting Links for 22-06-2016

Candidates’ Commitment to Human Rights Should Play Crucial Role in UN Secretary-General Election Who’s failed to deliver?(tags: humanrights un ) Who Is to Blame for Brexit’s Appeal? British Newspapers Mr. Johnson and his fellow Brexit proponents are now campaigning against … Continue reading

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Chooz, by Santi-Bucquoy

Second frame of third page: Tomorrow we’ll have the third round of the presidential election. Schmoll out. I thought that this was the third in Chroniques de Fin de Siècle, a series of graphic novels by Jacques Santi and Jan … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 21-06-2016

The Brussels Years: The making of Brexit Boris Those who knew him then reminisce.(tags: eu ukpolitics ) The great superiority complex of the Leave campaign Britain’s international influence.(tags: ukpolitics eu )

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My Not-a-Hugo votes: John W. Campbell Award

My nominations for the John W. Campbell Award were: Andy Weir (finalist) Kelly Robson L.S. Johnson Iona Sharma Sunil Patel Those who topped the File 770 straw poll were: Becky Chambers (22) Andy Weir (22) Natasha Pulley (16) Scott Hawkins … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 20-06-2016

Clothes, Cameras and Coffee: My Grandma, President of the Earth A lovely family reminiscence. #fb(tags: doctorwho photos ) How undemocratic is the EU? Nothing like its portrayal in the media.(tags: eu ) Four Goods and a conclusion Some points in … Continue reading

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To my British friends

As you may know, I was born in Belfast. I grew up in a country which was not at peace. I sat in the back row during the first six months of the 1996-98 talks that led to the Good … Continue reading

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The Last Man, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Second paragraph of third chapter: After a residence of about a year at Ullswater, Adrian visited London, and came back full of plans for our benefit. You must begin life, he said: you are seventeen, and longer delay would render … Continue reading

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A Hit For A Miss: Episode 17 of Here Come The Double Deckers

Episode 17: A Hit For A Miss First shown: 2 January 1971 (US), 2 April 1971 (UK) Director: Harry Booth Writers: Glyn Jones and Harry Booth Appearing apart from the Double Deckers: Georgina Simpson as Miss Petit Damaris Hayman as … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 19-06-2016

Azerbaijan imprisoned me. Pharrell Williams and others should stop helping my jailers. Khadija speaks out.(tags: azerbaijan ) Exploring your surroundings through GPS-based games Unleash the power of location!(tags: Games Internet ) AGAIN A sonnet by Roz Kaveney for Jo Cox.(tags: … Continue reading

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Saturday reading

Current Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week) Loving the Alien, by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry Frankenstein Unbound, by Brian W. Aldiss Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham Last books finished Nethereal, by Brian Niemeyer (did not … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 18-06-2016

Eastern Europe Is Both Dreading Brexit and Ready for It Ivan writes of the consequences.(tags: slovakia eu czechrepublic ukpolitics serbia hungary poland bulgaria romania ) If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick Sensible commentary, … Continue reading

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Quantico, by Greg Bear

Second paragraph of third chapter: “Gerber’s a good fellow,” Botnik said. “But he hates being kept in the dark. So tell me – why are we keeping him in the dark?” Botnik was a big man with a deep voice, … Continue reading

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