Monthly Archives: June 2018

June Books

Non-fiction: 2 (YTD 27) Virgins, Weeders and Queens, by Twigs Way Brexit and the Future of Ireland: Uniting Ireland & Its People in Peace & Prosperity, by Senator Mark Daly Fiction non-sf): 2 (YTD 16) Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett Ghana … Continue reading

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World Cup, Second Round, Day Two

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Fri, 12:21: RT @APCOBXLInsider: European leaders #EUCO agrees on the new composition of the #EuropeanParliament. We will be voting for 705 #MEPs during… Fri, 12:22: My analysis of how the #EUCO new allocation of European Parliament seats would have worked … Continue reading

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The Fifth Doctor Box Set: Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris, Iterations of I by John Dorney

This is a set of two Big Finish plays released in 2014, featuring the full early Fifth Doctor line-up – Peter Davison, Sara Sutton, Janet Fielding and for the first time Matthew Waterhouse. The first story, Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris, … Continue reading

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World Cup, Second Round, Day One

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren't on Livejournal. Yesterday nobody called all four matches correctly. and I failed to foresee Poland's victory, but got the other three right, whereas and … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @garvanwalshe: This shows how deep the gulf is between British *remainer* opinion and the EU. Thread. 1/ https://t.co/aVdvoUKh5h Thu, 13:46: World Cup, Day Sixteen https://t.co/nCBfukLu1T Thu, 16:05: Why One Island Grows 80% of the World’s Vanilla https://t.co/h77waIDePu … Continue reading

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Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch

Second paragraph of third chapter: Daniela will help me make sense of whatever’s happening. I picked this up early last year when it seemed to have some buzz behind it, but have only now got round to reading it. It’s … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Sixteen

No matches tomorrow, so no poll today. Yesterday was another day of surprises, with nobody expecting South Korea to beat Germany. Most people expected Brazil to beat Serbia; but of those, only expected Sweden to beat Mexico, and only forecast … Continue reading

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Wed, 13:17: World Cup, Day Fifteen https://t.co/ZO4uMujFqK Wed, 18:02: Waiting for takeoff and the news of the Germany-South Korea match comes through – sudden solidarity with total strangers! Wed, 18:03: RT @damonwake: If only there were a handy German word … Continue reading

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Old Friends, by Jonathan Clements, Marc Platt and Pete Kempshall

Second paragraph of third chapter of “Cheating the Reaper”, by Jonathan Clements: The roar of the engines increased drastically, telling Benny that they were blowing their little hearts out, cancelling the weight of the dropship, cushioning it as it settled … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Fifteen

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. Nobody called all four of yesterday’s matches; , and I got three each, missing Peru/Australia, France/Denmark and Nigeria/Argentina respectively.

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Tue, 12:56: Great thread. https://t.co/lDQrqhw0UT Tue, 13:11: World Cup, Day Fourteen https://t.co/Fj1EGgwUuP Tue, 16:05: Fern Seeds and Elephants https://t.co/hwcvhJ206M On miracles and faith. Tue, 18:17: Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi https://t.co/TNriji0gHp Tue, 23:00: RT @EU2018BG: #FYROM and #Albania given … Continue reading

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Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi

Second paragraph of third chapter: Dewdrops on grass blades like diamonds flung freely from the pouch of some sprite-god who’d just happened by, stepping lightly and lithely through Kweku Sai’s garden just moments before Kweku appeared there himself. Now the … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Fourteen

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. Yesterday was a real massacre of expertise, with nobody at all foreseeing the Saudi victory over Egypt, or Spain failing to beat … Continue reading

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Mon, 13:08: World Cup, Day Thirteen https://t.co/dja7EyIq7q Mon, 13:16: Whew! Thanks for helping me make my connection, @adria_airways ! Skopje here I come! https://t.co/vA8Fvp4n53 Mon, 18:31: Monday reading https://t.co/Qei3jLalGJ Mon, 23:25: OMG! What a shame – fantastic Schnitzel and Sp�tzle. … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Le Mariage de Figaro, by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais Robot Visions, by Isaac Asimov Last books finished Old Friends, by Jonathan Clements, Marc Platt and Pete Kempshall Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Thirteen

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren't on Livejournal. I'm glad to say that I managed to call all three results yesterday; nobody else got more than two. Some people (well, … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:25: 4657 9443 6378 (If you connect please ping me so that I know it’s you) Sun, 12:56: It Came From The Search Terms: Month of May https://t.co/4Av3SRIRTj Micro-advice from Captain Awkward. Sun, 13:07: World Cup, Day Twelve https://t.co/CGJ4xWXNaZ … Continue reading

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Opinion polls, the Daly Report, and prospects for a United Ireland

The prospect of Brexit is changing the dynamic on the ground in Northern Ireland. Whitehall's failure to come up with a way of keeping its promises on both Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement is causing huge problems for the … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Twelve

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. Yesterday was a rare day when all three matches were won by the favourites. For some bizarre reason I ticked the Sweden-beats-Germany … Continue reading

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Sat, 13:50: World Cup, Day Eleven https://t.co/nw3YvQpEEE Sat, 16:05: RT @scottmeslow: so proud we here at https://t.co/qLaGnMrVoX get to debut the 100 PERCENT REAL script for that star wars: the last jedi rem… Sat, 18:57: Casablanca, and Everybody Comes to … Continue reading

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Casablanca, and Everybody Comes to Rick’s

Hooray! My run through the winners of the Oscar for Best Picture has brought me to what was already a favourite, Casablanca. It won the Oscar for Outstanding Motion Picture of 1943 (despite December 1942 general release). It got a … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Eleven

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. Yesterday, everyone expected Brazil to win, but only pseudomantid expected Nigeria to beat Iceland, and only called Switzerland’s victory over Serbia.

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Fri, 12:56: On The Portrayal Of People Of Color And Potatoes In Fantasy Games https://t.co/1Wqtf1Zu3o Worth reading. Fri, 13:47: World Cup, Day Ten https://t.co/TKV9dWkelh Fri, 18:33: Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett https://t.co/eoLX11jLoY Fri, 21:12: So, the Kosovo team just equalised against … Continue reading

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Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett

Second paragraph of third chapter: As they progressed, Nicholas kept seeing faces he knew. A goldsmith. A shipmaster. A chorister from Trinity College. A man who sold fish-hooks. A man who made traps for devils. As with a person drowning, … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Ten

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. As for yesterday, although most of us expected France to beat Peru, only and also foresaw the Denmark/Australia draw, and only also … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @misterbumface: The Holocaust was legal. Slavery was legal. Segregation was legal. The brave woman who cared for and hid my 6 year-old… Thu, 13:44: World Cup, Day Nine https://t.co/EctwVTKChd Thu, 13:55: RT @thammyevans: Go Macedonia. https://t.co/xTcE2xFZP5 Thu, … Continue reading

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Mind Over Ship, by David Marusek

Second paragraph of Part 3: Sometime during the night, Meewee was awakened by the shaking of his bed. His first thought was — Earthquake! He opened his eyes to unfamiliar predawn walls. For the life of him, he couldn’t remember … Continue reading

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World Cup, Day Nine

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren’t on Livejournal. Yesterday was a rare day when nine out of ten people called all three matches correctly. The lucky nine were , , … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: There is no non-wanky way to sign off an email, study finds https://t.co/lDW0xBiyxQ So true. Wed, 13:42: World Cup, Day Eight https://t.co/ZrQtHNMZgh Wed, 16:05: The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar https://t.co/noRXodBHWR An extraordinary story, well told. … Continue reading

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