Monthly Archives: November 2017

November Books

Non-fiction: 4 (YTD 48) Isaiah Berlin, by Michael Ignatieff Washington, D.C.’s Vanishing Springs and Waterways, by Garnett P. Williams Virginia Woolf, by Hermione Lee Brexit and Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities, and the Inside Story of the Irish Response, by … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: State of the Energy Union: On track or lagging behind? https://t.co/YRMID106Iq My colleagues @ehoffm4nn and Danuta Slusarksa answer. Wed, 15:20: RT @RotaryEndPolio: Survivors of Belfast polio outbreak sought for anniversary event https://t.co/Si82BIDY44 Wed, 16:19: Aww! https://t.co/hqz0s9vLjc Wed, 17:45: … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf, by Hermione Lee

Second paragraph of third chapter: Orlando’s history plays with the notion that genetic inheritance can be pooled (just as sexual orientations can be crossed) in the identity of one person. So, after living for generations, Orlando is both an exceptional … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: My tech detox in Russia was a hidden blessing https://t.co/d1CgfX636q @A_Sloat on the upside of being cut off. Tue, 13:00: What a complete cock-up the Tories have made of Brexit https://t.co/o9RKwCKZhA A good summary. Tue, 14:41: RT @StephenFarryMLA: … Continue reading

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The Irish and Belgian approaches to Brexit

I have both Irish and Belgian citizenship, and as luck would have it there are two recent publications examining how both countries are dealing with Brexit. Brexit and Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities, and the Inside Story of the Irish … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:40: RT @Anderssd85: This is superb and reflects a frightening reality in equal measure, take 5 minutes and give this a read. https://t.co/mtY0M… Mon, 12:56: A Day in the Life of David McAllister MEP https://t.co/FZHxy61CyO Insights from a leading … Continue reading

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘Did Mr Wonka do it, Grandpa?’ When I first read this book, aged 7 or so, I was expecting horror – good old Puffin Post had published an excised chapter, “Spotty Powder”, back in 1973, … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: The hard-won kinship between Britain and Ireland is threatened by Brexit idiocy https://t.co/BvzqF9aGwa Fintan O’Toole explains just how b… Sun, 17:06: Sunday reading https://t.co/5otnnFjzWl Sun, 17:44: RT @mwarne: This photo was posted in a Facebook group I belong … Continue reading

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Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) The Bounty Trilogy, by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall Everfair, by Nisi Shawl Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: This is a brilliant thread. https://t.co/sddxwTcR1J Sat, 14:24: It Happened One Night (1934) https://t.co/SeAh8Tor9t Sat, 16:05: The inside story of how David Cameron drove Britain to Brexit https://t.co/2gm350M0G6 Sir Ivan Rogers puts Camer… https://t.co/QWPqmf1Pzi Sat, 18:46: RT @SkyJohnnyNelson: … Continue reading

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Everfair map confusion – what do you think?

I’m just starting Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, which made the Nebula finalists this year (but missed the Hugos, finishing 8th on the Best Novel ballot). The frontispiece is this map, which I found a little confusing: The book is an alternate … Continue reading

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It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night won the Oscar for Outstanding Production in 1935. Eleven other films were in contention; I won’t bother listing them. Frank Capra also won the Oscar for Best Director, Clark Gable for Best Actor, Claudette Colbert for … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:34: RT @jonworth: Oh. Did anyone tell Arlene Foster? #Brexit https://t.co/aXnfRBqODN Fri, 12:42: @ktowens I think this one’s for you! https://t.co/czMA8QkfeY Fri, 12:56: RT @marcusleroux: Excruciating David Davis anecdote in @tconnellyRTE’s excellent Brexit & Ireland. https://t.co/DmLk9fW05a Fri, 12:57: RT … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The American Adventures, by Justin Richards

Second paragraph of third story: It had been a terrible accident: a whole section of the tunnel roof had collapsed suddenly, without any warning. Diggin a new subway under New York City was always going to be dangerous, but Pete … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:00: RT @apcoworldwide: What challenges does the Irish border present to #Brexit? @nwbrux explains and looks at the latest developments https://… Thu, 17:50: RT @georgeeaton: The most remarkable #Budget2017 stats. – Deficit not due to be eliminated until 2031 … Continue reading

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The Deepest Sea, by Charles Barnitz

Second paragraph of third chapter: Sygtrygg was glad to be getting back to what he understood best: the organisation of a vik. The like of his mood hadn’t been seen since before Orm’s death. With the responsibilities of lord had … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman did it. https://t.co/T3kAFC5Ffl Fantastic. Wed, 13:24: RT @apcoworldwide: .@nwbrux expects the future #UK – #EU trade agreement to look similar to the Canada deal. https://t.co/zI6pU3omr9 #Brexit Wed, … Continue reading

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Isaiah Berlin, by Michael Ignatieff

Second paragraph of third chapter: By May 1915 the Baltic was under German naval blockade and the timber trade was at a standstill. Mendel [Isaiah Berlin’s father] had managed to re-orient the business away from export to supplying the Russian … Continue reading

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Tue, 13:47: RT @milann_sk: @SlovakiaMFA is dissapointed that yday vote did not consider geographic criteria. But before fuelling anti-W.Europe bashing… Tue, 19:52: A Man of Parts, by David Lodge https://t.co/wGvKvTGfwr Tue, 20:31: Three Things to Know About the Latest Brexit … Continue reading

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A Man of Parts, by David Lodge

Second paragraph of third chapter: The best of his novels about men seeking to understand what was wrong with contemporary society, and to find some useful role for themselves in it, was Tono-Bungay, published in 1909; in fact he regards … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:02: RT @DaveKeating: Barnier, speaking at #CERFutureEU, says Northern Ireland needs a separate status to rest of UK to prevent a hard border on… Mon, 12:02: RT @FHeisbourg: Barnier @CER_EU in Brussels: we need to avoid Ireland hard border. … Continue reading

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Sunday reading (a day late)

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) Virginia Woolf, by Hermione Lee Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe, by Michael Moorcock Last books finished Washington, D.C.’s Vanishing Springs and Waterways, by Garnett P. Williams … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Serious question, repeated and updated from August: what has Liam Fox actually *achieved* in 16 months as Trade Secretary? Sun, 16:30: Rainbow. https://t.co/Ztb3VP8ufy Sun, 16:31: Excellent, brief thread on Ireland and Brexit. https://t.co/EbSPUBnbn8 Sun, 17:47: RT @ianjamesparsley: Those … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @kevinhorourke: No. We really can’t. By definition they will weaken. https://t.co/XfprfIfhI2 Sat, 15:18: Cavalcade: film and theatre script https://t.co/PJqQZEs9og Sat, 16:31: RT @GuitarMoog: David Davis went to Berlin this week and said “If you want to know … Continue reading

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Cavalcade: film and theatre script

Cavalcade won the Oscar for Outstanding Production in 1934 (the first year in which a printed publication, in this case Time, referred to the Academy Awards as the Oscars, though apparently Walt Disney was already talking about getting an Oscar … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Britain got its way in the EU when it mattered – I know, I was there https://t.co/N5kK6q2qiw Really good piece from John Gummer @lorddeben… Fri, 13:32: A productive lunch break blocking all my LinkedIn 2nd or 3rd rank … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: The Brexit bill – what is the real issue? https://t.co/QePZ2vO09j @jnunez_ferrer explains. Thu, 20:48: RT @DisRightsUK: Analysis shows politicians created, rather than reacted to, negative public opinion on benefits. @LSEnews https://t.co/sQS… Thu, 21:25: Washington, D.C.’s Vanishing Springs and … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C.’s Vanishing Springs and Waterways, by Garnett P. Williams

Second paragraph of third section: The accompanying map (fig. 1) shows the downtown area’s original streams and shorelines, to the extent that I have been able to locate them. The original boundaries and features of figure 1 are based on … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: As the Tory Brexit fight club slugs it out, do they even care about Ireland? https://t.co/JbmETZgOti Short answer: no. Wed, 18:08: A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden, by Twigs Way https://t.co/M1ACnDXbv5 Wed, … Continue reading

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A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden, by Twigs Way

Third entry: Assapanick On 26 July 1788 William Thornton, American physician and architect of the U.S. Capitol, wrote the following to Dr Lettsom, English amateur botanist. ‘I have sent you four assapanick or flying squirrels and four ground squirrels. The … Continue reading

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