Monthly Archives: January 2017

Five Go On A Strategy Away Day and Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent

Second paragraph of third chapter of Five Go On A Strategy Away Day: 'Yup!' said Dick. Second paragraph of third chapter of Five on Brexit Island: 'I'm afraid so, Mummy,' said George. 'I'm for leaving Britain, and Julian's for remaining … Continue reading

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January books

Non-fiction: 5 Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, ed. Margarette Lincoln The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World, by David W. Anthony Empires of the Word: A Language History of the … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 31-01-2017

Swallows and Amazons: The Syria connection Missed this at the time. Fascinating.(tags: books syria ) United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion As A Human Right Headline exaggerates, but important news.(tags: humanrights abortion ) Peter Capaldi confirms he’ll leave Doctor Who at … Continue reading

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The Station of the Rue de la Loi, revisited

A few years ago, I did some research into the Gare de la Rue de la Loi / Station Wetstraat, which was the precursor of the current Brussels Schuman railway station. It was opened in May 1865, nine years after … Continue reading

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Rip Tide, by Louise Cooper

Second paragraph of third section: The lifeboat crew were subdued by the incident, and thankful that there were no further call-outs that week. The wind dropped and the rain squalls moved on, though it was still cloudy, and by Friday … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 30-01-2017

Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump’s First Week A blistering critique – from the Right.(tags: uspolitics )

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Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) The Rapture of the Nerds, by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the U.K., 1930-1980, by Rob Hansen To Lie with Lions, by Dorothy … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 29-01-2017

John Hurt, versatile star of The Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter, dies aged 77 Sad news.(tags: doctorwho death ) Five Roger Zelazny Books that Changed My Life by Being Awesome By @StevenBrust.(tags: sf ) Fanzines, Cover Art, and the … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet, by Douglas Adams and James Goss

Second paragraph of third chapter: To describe the Captain would be to spoil the surprise. It's probably safest to describe his chair, which was very large and dominated the Bridge of the Citadel. From here, the Captain could look out … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 28-01-2017

No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to ‘make arrangements to leave’ #TakingBackControl(tags: ukpolitics brexit eu ) 5 Reasons to Vote for the Hugo Awards Thanks, @DanKoboldt!(tags: sf hugos ) John Hurt, versatile star of The Elephant Man, … Continue reading

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See How Much I Love You, by Luis Leante

The second paragraph of the third chapter is so long that it's almost a short story in its own right, at more than 500 words both in English and in the original Spanish: En realidad aquel día no tenía turno … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 27-01-2017

May is weak in Europe but strong at home More good analysis from @CER_Grant.(tags: ukpolitics eu brexit ) Plight of EU nationals seeking UK residency to be investigated Go @SophieintVeld!(tags: eu brexit migration ) Post-Brexit trade deal with Trump will … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 26-01-2017

The future of EU trade policy (PDF) Eloquent defence from @MalmstromEU.(tags: eu ) Nick Clegg: EU must fight back against axis of aggressive nationalism This was a good speech – I was there.(tags: eu ukpolitics )

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Interesting Links for 25-01-2017

Apple Inc: A Pre-Mortem How Apple is failing its users.(tags: computers Apple )

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Three Things to Know About the British Supreme Court Ruling on Brexit – my take.

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Interesting Links for 24-01-2017

The GOP of 2017 is the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War Slate reads the runes.(tags: uspolitics ) Brexit: Berlin business leaders unimpressed with UK’s message German industry will not press Merkel to do a UK-friendly deal. Surprised?(tags: … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 23-01-2017

Trump wages war against the media as demonstrators protest his presidency Excellent fact-checking here.(tags: uspolitics ) Eternal gratitude for Russia’s principled stand Moscow’s reaction to the Cyprus coverage of @Politicoeurope’s article.(tags: ) Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain Lies often win … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Elections Website has been updated

I’ve spent the weekend updating the Northern Ireland Elections Website with the details of last year’s Assembly election. I had thought I might have a bit longer to work on it, but circumstances have changed and the update is needed … Continue reading

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Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) The Other Islam, by Stephen Schwartz The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore Last books finished Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 22-01-2017

‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins Great analysis of the speech – only piece about it that I could bear to read.(tags: uspolitics )

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Interesting Links for 21-01-2017

Democrats in the Wilderness A brutal analysis.(tags: uspolitics ) The EU’s New Political Landscape My colleague Timea on the European Parliament’s new leadership.(tags: eu ) Report on US elections recommends universality and equality of vote for all citizens OSCE/ODIHR hitting … Continue reading

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The Palace of Dreams, by Ismail Kadare

Second paragraph of third chapter: As he went along the corridor he was assailed by all sorts of doubts and surmises. Could he have made some mistake in his work? Could someone have appeared from the depths of the Empire … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 20-01-2017

HSBC, UBS to shift 1,000 jobs each from UK in Brexit blow to London #takingbackcontrol(tags: ukpolitics brexit ) A masterclass in disinformation NATO’s deployment to Eastern Europe – as portrayed in Russian media.(tags: Russia nato ) ‘He Has This Deep … Continue reading

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The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

Second paragraph of third story ("The Other Foot") In her kitchen Hattie Johnson covered the boiling soup, wiped her fingers on a cloth, and walked carefully to the back porch. The mid-point of the century was an extraordinary moment of … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 19-01-2017

Tearing Up Forty Years’ Work John Bruton on Brexit and Ireland.(tags: ireland eu brexit ) Africa’s largest iron-ore deposit has tainted all who have touched it A tale of corruption and exploitation.(tags: economics )

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Rhyme Stew, by Roald Dahl

Second verse of third poem: I was running the tombola At our church bazaar today And doing it with gusto In my usual jolly way… …and shortly afterward the narrator gets groped by the vicar, because sexual assault is funny. … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 18-01-2017

Enhancing the EU’s Engagement With Separatist Territories Interesting as ever from @Tom_deWaal.(tags: georgia Armenia Azerbaijan moldova eu ) May’s 12-point shopping list Euractiv’s analysis.(tags: eu brexit ) A full English Brexit is on the menu Brilliant Spectator analysis.(tags: eu brexit … Continue reading

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Jeremiah: Een Geweer in het Water, by Hermann

Second frame of third page: (a bird steals a biscuit from Jeremiah's bag) I asked a friend some time back which Flemish comic series he would recommend, and without too much hesitation he named Jeremiah, an extended story about the … Continue reading

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Interesting Links for 17-01-2017

The Secrets of LinkedIn Worth going through your connections and removing the ones you don’t really know.(tags: linkedin ) A 10-point guide to responsible leadership in the age of populism Some reflections.(tags: politics )

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Short Trips: Farewells, edited by Jacqueline Rayner

Second paragraph of third story ("The Bad Guy", by Stephen Fewell): ‘Whenever I think of you,’ she said, ‘I’ll always remember you with fondness —’ She’d been trembling as she took my hand, her rings clustered cold against my fingers. … Continue reading

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