Monthly Archives: April 2018

April Books

Non-fiction: 1 (YTD 17) The God Instinct, by Jesse Bering Fiction (non-sf): 2 (YTD 13) Mrs Miniver, by Jan Struther Something Like Normal, by Trish Doller sf (non-Who): 7 (YTD 35) New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson La Belle … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current The Road to Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith Luminescent Threads, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal The Day of the Doctor, by Steven Moffat Last books finished Islandia, by Austen Tappan Wright Binti: Home, by … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Essential and awful reading about the Alfie case. https://t.co/aLCeQlJycU Sun, 13:54: RT @CrisisGroup: #Armenia’s new leadership and #Azerbaijan must pay attention to avoid triggering a new conflagration along Nagorno-Karabak… Sun, 16:05: RT @EleanorRylance: I despair of this country … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:40: RT @adampayne26: In response to an FOI request, the Department for Exiting the EU said it hadn’t approached a single external company to ob… Sat, 12:51: RT @MargueriteS_IE: Enjoying the view from a @Dublin2019 meeting room. Even the … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:03: RT @DaveClark_AFP: I have marked ‘as read’ The emails That were in The inbox And which You were probably Hoping I’d acknowledge Forgive me… Fri, 12:56: NATO under attack — from bad food https://t.co/HZXrDyz0RX Hilarious – can’t wait … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novelette

Only brief notes here – been rather busy. 6) “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer Second paragraph of third section: The pest also appeared to have a taste for the insulation on comm cables and other not normally … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:35: RT @GuitarMoog: EU27 have spent over a year asking UKGov for clarity on exactly what they want so that they can have a proper negotiation o… Thu, 16:05: RT @kelseybew_: How my boyfriend got pulled over by the … Continue reading

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Wed, 15:19: I’m at Louise / Louiza (STIB / MIVB) – @stibmivb in Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region https://t.co/JiNZiDtcjd Wed, 15:24: RT @JenniferMerode: Likely that UK travellers will pay a €7 charge and complete a form to visit Schengen area after Brexit. … Continue reading

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Musical anniversaries for 26 April

Fugue in A by Adam Falckenhagen, who was born on this day in 1697. Deep Moaning Blues, by Ma Rainey, born on this day in 1886. Theme from “Love Story”, by Francis Lai, born on this day in 1932. “Ghost … Continue reading

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No Going Back to Moldova, by Anna Robertson

Second paragraph of third chapter: The journey was very long and we had to travel for two days and nights. Sister Firmina, who acted as the boarders’ ‘mother’, had told us to be good girls and not give any trouble … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Hanson: how we made MMMBop https://t.co/lvfAoUE7ll In case you were wondering. Tue, 16:05: RT @naomi_long: 5 years ago I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Now I have an almost invisible scar under my watch. I never forget i… … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Graphic Story

Back to Hugo blogging again, with the Graphic Story category for 2018. Interesting to note that this year we have two Prison Break stories, three Fantastic Voyages, and one that isn’t really sfnal at all. I did not find it … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back. https://t.co/k4mohQpRfJ It’s worse in the US, but i… https://t.co/xjqdJwHZGl Mon, 15:28: RT @meridithmcgraw: Nice photo of the Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, and First Lady Trump at the funeral of … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Islandia, by Austen Tappan Wright The Road to Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith Last books finished Spirit by Gwyneth Jones Rose, by Russell T. Davies The God Instinct, by Jesse Bering The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @KeohaneDan: A thread critiquing this piece by @HughRBennett (It is longer than I had originally intended) https://t.co/oNuZb7zNAj Sun, 15:39: RT @DTzantchev: A big gathering of joyful people at #GrandPlace in #Brussels for the #GrandHoro today. https://t.co/vIuOF2Xsye Sun, … Continue reading

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“Antwerp is not ready to elect an Orthodox Jew”

An extraordinary story over the last few days from Belgium, which I have not seen covered in the international press at all. Antwerp has the most visible Jewish community in Belgium. Many belong to the Hasidic (or at least Haredic) … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: Excellent overview on Ireland, the UK and Brexit. https://t.co/rNKrvp4sCP Sat, 13:03: Started Cycle with #cyclemeter at 13:03, on a new route, see https://t.co/uWERxiPUtN, Cyclemeter will speak your replies to me. Sat, 15:17: Finished Cycle with #cyclemeter, on a … Continue reading

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Mrs Miniver, film and book

Mrs Miniver won the Oscar for Outstanding Motion Picture in 1942. It got a total of twelve Oscar nominations, and apart from Outstanding Motion Picture also won in Best Director, Best Actress (Greer Garson in the title role), Best Supporting … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:02: @IvanaBoskovic91 @JennyRunnacles Gave you both a shout when I finally read the Goodhart book! https://t.co/qhAsDIz8Jd Fri, 12:56: OK, this time it’s for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone https://t.co/OUEzG85lvE And it’s a mess. Fri, 13:11: … Continue reading

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Europe Reset, by Richard Youngs

This is the fourth of my political blog posts for this week, having previously reviewed Free Radical by Vince Cable, The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart and After Europe by Ivan Krastev. I had actually read these four books … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: The wrong Brexit: what happened to ‘Global Britain’? https://t.co/i7eCJvs7j0 @FraserNelson at the @Spectator makes… https://t.co/ofOuw9gwQb Thu, 13:05: Lunch in the square for the first time this year. (@ Square Fr�re-Orbansquare in Brussels) https://t.co/OdBOK0MK3n Thu, 16:05: Tech Firms Sign … Continue reading

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After Europe, Ivan Krastev

I’ve been blogging political book reviews this week, but don’t worry, it will be back to the regular science fiction diet soon. Today and tomorrow I am reviewing two books by writers who I consider friends, both seriously concerned about … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Four roles, 41 songs and a few hours’ notice – meet the hidden star of Hamilton https://t.co/pVdfD6wEc9 The underst… https://t.co/6YFmuEbxxj Wed, 16:05: The weird science behind our earliest memories https://t.co/KkvTSLQKsA Fascinating. Wed, 18:41: The Road to Somewhere, by … Continue reading

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The Road to Somewhere, by David Goodhart

Second paragraph of third chapter: We were talking about the rise of European populism over the past fifteen years and how 2002 was the year that changed everything. Political systems dominated by competition between a main party of the centre-left … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Do you know the difference between a jetty, pier, wharf & quay? https://t.co/3cjCC19qHV In case you were wondering. Tue, 12:56: RT @cboussClaire: Difficile d’égaler la clarté de la vision européenne d’@EmmanuelMacron . Espérons qu’il soit suivi par 26 … Continue reading

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Free Radical, by Vince Cable

Second paragraph of third chapter: I did, however, have one major advantage. In an institution as ferociously competitive as Cambridge was — and almost certainly still is — there is considerable merit in starting at the bottom, unburdened by high … Continue reading

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Mon, 13:24: RT @AkwugoEmejulu: Your occasional reminder that the Windrush generation arrived in Britain as *citizens*. There can be no ‘amnesty’ becaus… Mon, 16:05: RT @captain_europe: If this is the case, the S&D & EPP Grand Coalition won’t work anymore: … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Spirit by Gwyneth Jones Islandia, by Austen Tappan Wright The God Instinct, by Jesse Bering Last books finished La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples Bitch Planet, Volume … Continue reading

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Sun, 16:10: https://t.co/xtjI5HX2Rs https://t.co/8ltwqf7Zzx Sun, 18:25: The blog post I couldn’t write: twenty years on from the Good Friday Agreement https://t.co/1sDZ7BsxE4 Sun, 21:30: RT @jonlis1: When your two articles of faith are ‘glittering trade deals with the Commonwealth’ and racism … Continue reading

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The blog post I couldn’t write: twenty years on from the Good Friday Agreement

There have been a lot of reflective or celebratory comments in the last week about the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. It’s an anniversary that I found it quite difficult to write about. The achievement of the Good Friday … Continue reading

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