Monthly Archives: March 2018

March Books

Non-fiction: 8 (YTD 16) An Outline of the History of Pharmacy in Ireland, by William D. Moore M.B. A History of the Universe in 100 Objects, by Steve Tribe and James Goss Iain M. Banks, by Paul Kincaid So, Anyway…, … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:22: RT @APCOBXLInsider: Your Easter weekend read is ready: with only 12 months to go until the #UK leaves the #EU, we give you the latest on #B… Fri, 12:56: The Rise in Self-Proclaimed Time Travelers https://t.co/Em51q5Syy2 All fake, … Continue reading

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If I was us, I wouldn’t start from here: Damian Gorman, Good Friday Agreement +20years

If I was us, I wouldn’t start from here Especially in a broken home like ours Where broken doors and windows feed the cold. Each generation has a sacred task: To tell a better story than it was told. For … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: 11 Brexit promises the government quietly dropped https://t.co/DYNCsdpLZC “Promises” aka “lies”. Thu, 16:05: RT @IsabelHardman: A small personal post responding to the misogyny I’ve been receiving as a result of my personal life https://t.co/EUzAtO… Thu, 19:12: 12 months … Continue reading

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The Hugos and Easter

There has been a lot of discussion in the last few days about the ideal time of publishing the Hugo final ballot (as we now call it) with respect to the Christian holiday of Easter. Below, I present the actual … Continue reading

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Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

I first read this at about the age of eight or nine; I’m pretty sure it was the Cassell edition with illustrations by Thomas Morten, because a) the scatological bits have been bowdlerised out and b) I remember my grandfather, … Continue reading

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Wed, 19:24: Parallel Lives and Something Changed: two Bernice Summerfield collections https://t.co/rrK8yOq08A Thu, 02:57: RT @220_d_92_20: 39 years to the hour since Jim Callaghan’s government was ousted by one vote. How very different politics seems now Thu, 10:45: RT @StigAbell: … Continue reading

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Parallel Lives and Something Changed: two Bernice Summerfield collections

Two anthologies of short fiction in the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield continuity – but they are actually very different from each other. Parallel Lives includes three novellas, all dealing with the same incident from different angles. Something Changed has sixteen … Continue reading

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Tue, 16:05: 22 Ambassadors Recommend the One Book to Read Before Visiting Their Country https://t.co/m8uWja7bjV In some cases, more than one book. Tue, 17:55: RT @EvaMaydell: Kicking off the review event of the first half of the first #EU2018BG Presidency, … Continue reading

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“Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones”, by Samuel R. Delany

Second paragraph of third section: “Hey, how long have you been back?” I don't always get on with Delany's writing, and this is a good example of a story that I admire but don't especially like. The protagonist is a … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @jdportes: The Sun corrects – thoroughly and at length – its story on tariffs & the EU Customs Union https://t.co/Fi7uP8DJbn Mon, 18:14: Monday reading https://t.co/jUQca2lNsU Mon, 18:32: My latest submission to the Boundary Commission @BCNI2018 https://t.co/naVkpOVBEV Mon, … Continue reading

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My latest submission to the Boundary Commission

Dear Commissioners, Thank you again for your hard work on this difficult issue. I just want to make a few final points as the consultation period closes. Preliminary remarks 1. As stated in my previous submission, I do not believe … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Free Radical, by Vince Cable Jade City, by Fonda Lee Last books finished The Legends of River Song, by Jenny T. Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Steve Lyons, Guy Adams and Andrew Lane Julian, by Gore Vidal How Green Was My … Continue reading

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Sun, 13:12: RT @MrWoodo: This is a good read. Can understand why Hawking rejected the 1996 version, it definitely sounds “off”. https://t.co/dhsEcMiQ0Y Sun, 16:01: Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories https://t.co/90GT7FrX6u Sun, 16:05: How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of … Continue reading

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Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories

Still a great deal of catching up to do on Big Finish, but here’s a release from 2014, four half-hour stories about the Sixth Doctor and Peri by four different authors, two of whom were regular readers of this Livejournal … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: One Angry Man https://t.co/0WmaOaDBbF A review of John Bolton’s autobiography, in case you weren’t sufficiently worried. Sat, 15:26: How Green Was My Valley https://t.co/Kfso9EMVyy Sat, 16:05: 20 Years After the Shooting on the Playground https://t.co/jvNBN5DgaZ Tremendous piece. Sat, … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley won the Oscar for Outstanding Motion Picture in 1941, the first of three years in which the award had that name. It got a total of ten Oscar nominations, and apart from Outstanding Motion Picture … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @The3Million: “There are tentative reasons for optimism. And that’s not something we often say when it comes to the Home Office” says @I… Fri, 13:31: RT @davidallengreen: The Abolition of 2016 Act 1. The year 2016 shall … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who Storybook 2009, ed. Clayton Hickman

Second paragraph of third story (“Cold”, by Mark Gatiss): Then the dream was gone, Anna, and it was morning. Outside, the snow howled like an animal. And like an animal it beat and tore and hammered at the walls of … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:24: RT @VoteWatchEurope: .@POLITICOEurope got it wrong on @GrosseteteF #EP record which it attributes to us: https://t.co/GOkMOIVBel. Her 99.… Thu, 12:44: RT @aoifewhite101: Brussels roads to be paralyzed by anti-Uber taxi protest on March 27. Great, as if regular … Continue reading

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So, Anyway…, by John Cleese

Second paragraph of third chapter: I had one other survival technique: I sometimes said things that made the other boys laugh. When this happened I inmediately experienced a moment of warmth, of acceptance, of feeling ‘Maybe I am all right, … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: RT @foreignoffice: The nerve agent came from Sweden, Ukraine did it to frame Russia, It was contamination from the UK’s own research facili… Wed, 13:54: RT @JJenkinsSJB: Jacob Rees-Mogg cannot board his Brexit boat because no one asked … Continue reading

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Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald

Second paragraph of third chapter: See that girl, hear her scream, kicking the dancing queen. It’s not that! Everett seethed inside. Clown Control to Mao Tse Tung . . . Major Tom! Everett wanted to shout. Major Tom Major Tom … Continue reading

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Tue, 15:14: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects, by Steve Tribe and James Goss https://t.co/bo9Se0bQrG Tue, 16:03: RT @Locke4MP: @nwbrux Same here. My friends and I used to walk off before our PE lessons and find a music … Continue reading

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A History of the Universe in 100 Objects, by Steve Tribe and James Goss

Second paragraph of third chapter: If the forces of darkness became too powerful, the White Guardian was able to use the Key to reset the balance. Otherwise the universe would fall under the control of the Black Guardian and slip … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @DanielFerrie: Draft #Brexit agreement online: https://t.co/iUGHDxNrT3 Mon, 18:24: Monday reading https://t.co/VNny4wujJL Mon, 20:48: ‘Landscape’ ahead of the Hungarian elections https://t.co/xU1DMHA12p The stakes are high, says @NiedermullerMEP. Tue, 09:04: RT @JP_Biz: December: ‘We agree there should be a … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Julian, by Gore Vidal The Legends of River Song, by Jenny T. Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Steve Lyons, Guy Adams and Andrew Lane How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn Free Radical, by Vince Cable Last books finished The … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:15: RT @JolyonMaugham: I have just learned that the Home Office has put a temporary stop on deportation proceedings “to try to find a way forwa… Sun, 12:56: This tweet has mysteriously been deleted. https://t.co/LEH3JKy2SS Sun, 14:17: Correction: this … Continue reading

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Seventeen Equations that Changed the World, by Ian Stewart

Second paragraph of third chapter: During those two years, an obscure and unassuming undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, completed his studies. Hoping to avoid the plague, he returned to the house of his birth, from which his mother managed a … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:27: RT @guyverhofstadt: For a family of four this registration process could cost £290. The European Parliament and I think it should be free.… Sat, 12:56: Will the unity of the 27 crack? https://t.co/jHFfWPhWje Probably not. Sat, 15:25: Arthur … Continue reading

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