Monthly Archives: January 2018

January Books

Non-fiction: 3 Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by Jane Hirshfield Patrick Troughton: The Biography of the Second Doctor Who, by Michael Troughton Watching the English, by Kate Fox Fiction (non-sf): 6 L’Équation Africaine, by Yasmina Khadra War and … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @campaignforleo: In recent weeks many people, mainly men, have spoken about the personal journeys they have been on. We should remember… Tue, 18:17: Doctor Who: The Early Adventures, Season 1 https://t.co/YNTtRUhZeT Wed, 03:25: RT @hughBXL: New Years … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Early Adventures, Season 1

Getting back to the Big Finish plays I have bought but not written up, here are four First Doctor stories featuring the surviving original companion actors, released back in 2014. All but one of these is directed by Ken Bentley. … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Finnish Election Through Facebook Reactions https://t.co/m8FUpgEX6B A glorious piece of analysis. Mon, 16:05: French wife of Royal Marine denied residency card despite living in the UK for 24 years https://t.co/ieWgnRCglN… https://t.co/442cmgzIz7 Mon, 20:48: RT @PabloPerezA: This year marks … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy A Tangle Of Fates, by Leslie Ann Moore Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell Last books finished Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen, by Douglas Adams and James Goss Next … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Thread. https://t.co/Ug2iYsxmSi Sun, 16:05: For fans of @MarshsLibrary ! https://t.co/1eaMklUdeY Sun, 17:36: Ha, ha, Lillikas last! (And of the three exit polls this gives him the best rating.) https://t.co/onWXh6MLaO Sun, 18:18: Quoth the Raven, by Jane Haddam https://t.co/y60Mhynjci … Continue reading

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Quoth the Raven, by Jane Haddam

Second paragraph of third chapter: Now she looked down at the piles of pink message slips spread out across her desk and sighed. Back then, it had never occurred to her to do the obvious and apply for admission. Half … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: When beer was brewed at the European Parliament: Brasserie Leopold and the “Whim of the Gods”… https://t.co/jcjGfUnfi5 Sat, 13:09: RT @JenniferMerode: EU not against UK negotiating trade agreements during transition, as long as not signed. General tone in … Continue reading

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Choosing choice: why I would vote to #RepealThe8th

Some time this year, Irish voters will have a chance to repeal Article 40.3.3° of the Irish Constitution, inserted by referendum in 1983. It reads: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Ending Bitcoin support https://t.co/y9qA77l4wd Stripe has had enough. Fri, 16:05: The Moldova-Transdniestria Dilemma: Local Politics and Conflict Resolution https://t.co/0raVpTfANp Comprehensive up… https://t.co/uvUtLJbS81 Fri, 18:15: RT @EUTweetup: So we now have a location for next week’s #EUtweetup in Brussels: … Continue reading

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War and Turpentine, by Stefan Hermans

Second paragraph of third section: Het is 1976, zomer, de zomer die in het geheugen van een generatie zou worden geprent door de uitzonderlijke warmte en droogte. Hij is oud; hij heeft de afgelopen dertien jaar aan deze memoires geschreven, … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Ursula K Le Guin obituary https://t.co/H38ZAN9eBE by John Clute. Thu, 13:29: RT @leighblue: PR agency: I’ve got good news and bad news. CEO: good please PR: we’ve got some coverage in the FT for your charitable activ… Thu, … Continue reading

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Lord John Stuart and his Brother, Lord Bernard Stuart

The morning after Hamilton, Anne and I had hoped to get down to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the Tove Jansson exhibition; but time was against us, so we settled for the National Gallery instead, just a short walk … Continue reading

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Hamilton in London

Anne and I went to see Hamilton in London on Tuesday night – tickets booked a year ago, which turned out to be absolutely lousy timing from the work point of view where things are exceptionally busy right now, but … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:23: Lord John Stuart and his brother, by Van Dyck – not as flattering as the sitters probably thought it was! https://t.co/eaXqyk3fv0 Wed, 12:56: Imaginary friends https://t.co/ZBCsb2YvF4 Great essay by Ursula Le Guin. Wed, 15:17: RT @DTzantchev: Agreement reached … Continue reading

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An Old Captivity, by Nevil Shute

Second paragraph of third chapter: He said quietly at last: “I hadn’t reckoned on that. That makes it very difficult.” A fascinating book by Shute. His usual competent engineer hero is tasked with organising an archaeologist’s air photography mission to … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: How it feels to be a Muslim in Trump’s America https://t.co/3oH4cXoNmj Not a good feeling at all. Tue, 14:05: RT @CEASSerbia: .@CEASSerbia statement of the day #thumbsup for @JBugajskiUSA Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis … Continue reading

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Ys de Legende: v 1 Verraad, by Jean-Luc Istin and Dejan Nenadov

Second frame of third page: Antonius Avea: I’m going in on my own. Soldier: But… Another one of the comics I picked up at a convention a couple of years ago, this time translated from the original French Ys, la … Continue reading

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Mon, 16:05: The Strange Copyright of Doctor Who https://t.co/Zj44jTSGJe Not clear when things changed from the early arrangements. Mon, 18:50: Monday reading https://t.co/A04P0EBp9u Mon, 20:55: Burns night: @FionaHyslop listens to @GuerKaradjova reading Hristo Botev’s “My Prayer”. https://t.co/n5I2Bptnjc https://t.co/WaghJALXzq Tue, 08:16: … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy A Tangle Of Fates, by Leslie Ann Moore Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell Last books finished The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow … Continue reading

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Sun, 15:00: Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (script) https://t.co/AdaOamH2Mh Mon, 10:45: Careful now: Will we ever stop talking about Father Ted? https://t.co/M6guZMIqFL I doubt it.

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Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (script)

Second scene of third episode: 2. PROFESSOR LITEFOOT'S DINING ROOM. (LEELA peers out of the window. She hears the front door shut, then turns around.) LITEFOOT: Nobody out there now! Fellow must have got wind of .. . (He breaks … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: Puerto Rico is not following the Tennessee Plan, but it may work regardless https://t.co/HzBDVLwx9k How PR and DC c… https://t.co/TlWFOiuZf6 Sat, 13:14: RT @emilyfdeath: Enjoyed the section in today’s @POLITICOEurope Playbook on secret UK plans the dastardly EU … Continue reading

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You Can’t Take It With You (1938); and play by Moss and Hartman

You Can’t Take It With You won the Academy Award for Outstanding Production of 1938; there were nine other nominees, but the only one I was aware of was the Pygmalion with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. It got nominations … Continue reading

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Fri, 16:05: Taking full benefit of supercomputers in Europe https://t.co/Vzh9WL3LVb Interesting thoughts from Commissioner @GabrielMariya. Fri, 18:18: “Gonna Roll the Bones” by Fritz Leiber https://t.co/amz0PaQvFt Fri, 21:23: RT @lowflyingrocks: 2018 BC, 4m-8m in diameter, just passed the Earth at 3km/s, … Continue reading

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“Gonna Roll the Bones” by Fritz Leiber

Second paragraph: Those were stone-solid enough, though. The fireplace was chin-high at least twice that long, and filled from end to end with roaring flames. Above were the square doors of the ovens in a row — his Wife baked … Continue reading

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Thu, 13:52: RT @BBCTalkback: Next up: @markdurkan & @nwbrux will be discussing the re-drawing of the electoral map of Northern Ireland. https://t.co/il… Thu, 16:05: Brexit: What if Britain changes its mind? (PDF) https://t.co/URJJ9A0PyK: What if Britain changes its mind?/pub_8208… https://t.co/DHmG2dhb8I … Continue reading

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Orlando, by Virginia Woolf

Second paragraph of third chapter: Orlando’s day was passed, it would seem, somewhat in this fashion. About seven, he would rise, wrap himself in a long Turkish cloak, light a cheroot, and lean his elbows on the parapet. Thus he … Continue reading

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Wed, 14:21: Fascinating. Not too far off my own proposals. https://t.co/DHbyr4Xsdh Am travelling but will look in more detail w… https://t.co/ClJwSwn0Ta Wed, 17:05: The leaked Boundary Commission proposals https://t.co/5EoWeZ1OcT Wed, 18:41: Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by Jane … Continue reading

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Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by Jane Hirshfield

Second paragraph of third essay: Unease about translation does not just cover the exporting of texts into another language; their importation too can be problematic. Translation’s very existence challenges our understanding of what a literary text is. Further, by asserting … Continue reading

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