Monthly Archives: September 2016

September Books

Non-fiction: 1 (YTD 32) A History of the World in Twelve Maps, by Jerry Brotton Fiction (non-sf): 5 (YTD 25) Brother and Sister, by Joanna Trollope Even Dogs in the Wild, by Ian Rankin Portrait of the Artist as a … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 30-09-2016

‘Silence is not a strategy’ think tank warns on Brexit Indeed. (And it would be nice to hear opposition parties point this out too.)(tags: ukpolitics eu brexit ) Maltese Phrases You Just Can’t Translate Actually, you can, but they are … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 29-09-2016

Roller Coasters Could Help People Pass Kidney Stones The headline says it all.(tags: health ) A settlement to Cypriot dispute ‘closer than ever before, but there’s still a way to go’ Here’s hoping.(tags: cyprus )

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Interesting Links for 28-09-2016

Brexit Britain: The poor man of Western Europe? Pesky facts.(tags: ukpolitics economics brexit eu )

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Interesting Links for 27-09-2016

Klopt de uitleg van Bart De Wever? Not entirely.(tags: Belgium )

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

Second paragraph of third chapter, plus ensuing dialogue: It would be a gloomy secret night. After early nightfall the yellow lamps would light up, here and there, the squalid quarter of the brothels. He would follow a devious course up … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 25-09-2016

Where will the out-of-control Chinese space station land? Oops.(tags: space ) Were There Irish Slaves in Early America? No.(tags: history ireland usa )

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Saturday reading

Current The Collected Stories Of Arthur C. Clarke Unquenchable Fire, by Rachel Pollack Last books finished In The Blood, by Jenny Colgan A History of the World in Twelve Maps, by Jerry Brotton Last week’s audios Aquitaine, by Simon Barnard … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 24-09-2016

An ode to the night train How the EU has unintentionally killed romance.(tags: travel rail eu ) The Real Power of Putin by Benjamin Nathans Fascinating on the leader and his country.(tags: russia ) The Eruditorum Press Doctor Who Poll … Continue reading

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Prisoners of Time, by Scott and David Tipton

Second frame of third chapter (“In With the Tide”, art by Mike Collins): One of the 50th anniversary publications that I had missed, this is a great romp of a plot line across the timestreams of the first eleven Doctors, … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 23-09-2016

Why You Can’t Trust Yourself Very good psychological exploration of motivation.(tags: psychology ) Some thoughts on my suspension Roz Kaveney and the Labour Party.(tags: ukpolitics ) Internet Trolling as a hybrid warfare tool The five trolls you meet online in … Continue reading

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Cauldron, by Jack McDevitt

Second paragraph of third chapter: “Hutch.” Ed Jesperson, up front. A medical researcher. “My understanding is that we know where the omega clouds come from. Is that right?” There was a time when each year’s Jack McDevitt book appeared on … Continue reading

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Return to the Fractured Planet, by Dave Stone

Second paragraph of third chapter: “Look, I’m sorry to simply drop it on you like that,” Bernice Summerfield was saying, a little more back-pedal hurriedly than I think she’d meant, “but you had to know. I mean, psychologically speaking, it’s … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 21-09-2016

“Alexander Hamilton” in ASL Chills down the spine…(tags: hamilton disability ) UKIP’s MP Is Arguing With Scientists About What Causes Tides And People Are Taking The Piss And rightly so.(tags: brexit astronomy ) Terence Crutcher’s Family Seeks Criminal Charges: ‘His … Continue reading

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Time Bangers #1: One Does Not Simply Walk Into Tudor, by Luna Teague and Ivery Kirk

Second sentence of third chapter: Of course, she couldn’t allow herself to get carried away with emotion. Tawny had a lead foot wired directly to her amygdala, but she had to be careful these days. No taking chances with even … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 20-09-2016

Notes from Holland The architecture of Amsterdam. (I’m going this weekend.)(tags: architecture netherlands )

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Even Dogs in the Wild, by Ian Rankin

Second paragraph of third chapter: And besides, he was no longer a cop. Latest in the post-retirement stories of John Rebus, Edinburgh detective – this time combining his old gangland foes with new rivals, and an ancient political sex scandal … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 19-09-2016

Will This Be a Four-Party Election? Probably not, but this is a good historical perspective.(tags: uspolitics history )

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Independence Day, by Peter Darvill-Evans

Second paragraph of third chapter: He kept his head lowered at first, and saw little apart from the soldiers' boots. Under the dust and dried mud they still shone like polished jet. He could see the muzzles of the soldiers' … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 18-09-2016

Solitude, Space Junk and Sea Monsters: the Eerieness of Point Nemo Wow.(tags: maps space eldritchhorrorsfrombeforethedawnoftime )

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Saturday reading

Current The Collected Stories Of Arthur C. Clarke In The Blood, by Jenny Colgan A History of the World in Twelve Maps, by Jerry Brotton Last books finished Return to the Fractured Planet, by Dave Stone Cauldron, by Jack McDevitt … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 17-09-2016

How Vestager took a bite out of Apple Long, good reportage by @politicoryan.(tags: eu economics )

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Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

Lower part of first page of third chapter: I've been very much enjoying Saga, also by Vaughan but with a different artist; not quite sure where I picked up the fact that this might be worth reading, but I got … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 16-09-2016

Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union: What’s Shaping the EU’s Future? @emmabrux on Juncker.(tags: eu ) Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created Who’s a pretty boy then?(tags: fossils ) When a Crackpot Runs for President Kristof … Continue reading

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Short Trips: A Day In The Life, ed. Ian Farrington

Second paragraph of third story (“Undercurrents”, by Gary Merchant): He [Jamie] looked up though half-closed eyes. ‘Zoe? What’s the matter? It’s the middle of the night.’ Another in the generally good series of anthologies by Big Finish, this one leaning … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 15-09-2016

Family court judgement written so that the children involved can understand it Heart-rending.(tags: law children )

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The Waters of Amsterdam, by Jonathan Morris

Second speech of third episode: Rembrandt: “Vessels of the stars. Not my usual line of work, but she was willing to pay and I was unwilling to starve.” I listened to this for the first time back in March, on … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 14-09-2016

xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline *gulp*(tags: climatechange ) The Custodian of Forgotten Books About a guy who I knew through livejournal!(tags: Books reading ) Zero chance EU citizens in UK will keep same rights post-Brexit, says expert And vice versa.(tags: brexit … Continue reading

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Brother and Sister, by Joanna Trollope

Second paragraph of third chapter: Ralph thought of all those weekends spent cajoling David to help him in the garden. A novel about grownup siblings who have always known that they were adopted, and decide to find out about their … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 13-09-2016

Constituency shake-up looks set to boost SF: expert My interview in the Newsletter(tags: Northernireland ) Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt *shiver*(tags: History canada ) Brexit negotiation details will be kept secret from Parliament, David … Continue reading

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