Monthly Archives: July 2018

July books

Non-fiction: 3 (YTD 30) The Complete Ice Age, by Brian M. Fagan The Man Within My Head, by Pico Iyer The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, by Ian Mortimer Fiction non-sf): 3 (YTD 19) The Way By Swann's, by … Continue reading

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Slow Sculpture, by Theodore Sturgeon

Second paragraph of third section (depending how you count the sections): Early sun gold-frosted the horizontal upper foliage of the old tree and brought its gnarled limbs into sharp re-lief, tough brown-gray creviced in velvet. Only the companion of a … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @paulj71: I was born and grew up in east Kent. Was a Customs Officer in Dover clearing export freight 1989-1997. This is lunacy. https:/… Mon, 14:17: RT @MSmithsonPB: This hits the nail on the head https://t.co/ubcQuEMV4k Mon, … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current The Martian Inca, by Ian Watson The Politics of Climate Change, by Anthony Giddens High-Rise, by J. G. Ballard Last books finished The Æneid, by Virgil, translated by John Dryden The Æneid, by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles The … Continue reading

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Doctor Who at London Film and Comic Con

F and I went to London Film and Comic Con yesterday, despite some travel woes – our original accommodation plans for Saturday did not work out, and an appeal on Facebook brought a very welcome offer from A (who used … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: The Mists of Avalon, dissected at length https://t.co/UJr4Gnn7Va Trigger warning for the obvious Marion Zimmer Bradley reasons. Sun, 13:24: RT @SimplySophieTwo: Only in Britain could you free-form a zigzag queue successfully. #LFCC Sun, 13:28: #lfcc Peter Capaldi: “I … Continue reading

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Two small Hugo reforms looking for co-sponsors

A couple of minor amendments to the rules that I’d like to put to this year’s WSFS business meeting, but I need at least one co-sponsor. I won’t be there myself, but I think that these are technical and uncontroversial, … Continue reading

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Sun, 10:45: RT @EULondonMark: Worth repeating (daily?) that in Brexit negotiations @MichelBarnier is acting in line with a clear mandate from EU27 lead… Sun, 11:39: At #LFCC, got my picture taken with #MattSmith already; am now hovering between the #PeterCapaldi … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Rule Explainer: Why We Don’t Diagnose People Through The Internet https://t.co/j6N1TUVMLq Long but good by @CAwkward. Fri, 16:05: RT @NaomiAllthenews: a few years ago, it fell to me to tell some family members that someone very close to … Continue reading

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Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

Second paragraph of third chapter: I had used to wash the chamber-pots, at home. Now, seeing Margaret tip my piddle into her bucket, I was not sure I liked it. But I said, ‘Thank you, Margaret’—then wished I hadn’t; for … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @SimonFraser00: I recall @DominicRaab with @michaelgove pressing me to agree in the first ever meeting of the @CommonsEUexit Select Ctte… Thu, 16:05: A solution for the Northern Ireland backstop? https://t.co/bdWlufTyZl Thu, 18:53: Anno Mortis, by Rebecca Levene … Continue reading

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Anno Mortis, by Rebecca Levene

Second paragraph of third chapter: He could see nothing, one hand over his eyes to protect them from the razor-sharp jaws of the beetles, and he hit the far wall with an impact that jarred from his elbows to his … Continue reading

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Wed, 16:18: RT @KeohaneDan: Fun fact, in May 2018 Ireland exported more goods (in value) to Belgium (€1.363bn) than to the UK (€1.182bn). Irish exports… Wed, 18:24: The Doctor Who Quiz Book of Dinosaurs, by Michael Holt https://t.co/2RV8W9L8dJ Wed, 21:10: … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who Quiz Book of Dinosaurs, by Michael Holt

Second paragraph of third chapter: 'A croc wrestler? Never!' snorted the Doctor in disbelief. A rather odd little book from 1982, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan, woefully characterised and going on an exciting educational journey to learn about … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Universal credit IT system ‘broken’, whistleblowers say https://t.co/FvW432zRZu UK government’s technical excuses f… https://t.co/Hc8qjF6IB8 Tue, 14:45: RT @JenniferMerode: No easy way round UK obligation to hold European parliament elections in 2019 *if* the government was looking for Artic… … Continue reading

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The Way by Swann’s, by Marcel Proust

Second paragraph of third chapter: En dehors de la jeune femme du docteur, ils étaient réduits presque uniquement cette année-là (bien que Mme Verdurin fût elle-même vertueuse et d'une respectable famille bourgeoise excessivement riche et entièrement obscure avec laquelle elle … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @g0g0gomez: quote from author at bookstore event, “Nobody has gotten pregnant at a library.” and let me tell you, I knew on sight who in… Mon, 16:05: A melancholy talent with a genius for send-up – Flann … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current The Æneid, by Virgil (translations by John Dryden and Robert Fagles, plus Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI) The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, by Ian Mortimer Aztec Century, by Christopher Evans Wounded Heart, by S.W. Baird Last … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:29: RT @davidallengreen: Today’s Brexit idiocy, and it is a stark and dangerous one. UK both owes this and has accepted it should pay. For UK… Sun, 12:56: RT @JulianDutton1: OTD in 1969, Apollo 11 Moon landing. BBC coverage: … Continue reading

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Two ancient churches in Burgundy

As previously mentioned, we spent last weekend at my sister's in Burgundy. She is based near a small village called Lys whose main square has not changed much in 100 years (the first of these two pictures is dated 1913 … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: More on the British government’s war against the poor and desperate. https://t.co/FnlWhOXje5 Sat, 15:52: Great piece on Somaliland. https://t.co/Mizpr6ISGK Sat, 16:05: Brexit: White Paper, Westminster chaos and few choices https://t.co/DKjlXdAyi6 Where we are. Sat, 16:21: Hugo Awards 2018: … Continue reading

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Hugo Awards 2018: How (Some) Bloggers Are Voting

For most of the last few years I've done a survey of bloggers' votes for the four traditional Hugo written fiction categories: see 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011. This has only rarely been an accurate guide to the winners … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @MaggieFick: #Ethiopia: Something a young man I met at a cafe here in Addis Ababa yesterday keeps coming back to me. He said: “The peop… Fri, 14:10: RT @antoni_UK: 1/ @DExEUgov has published the White Paper in … Continue reading

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Putting the stars to flight

I am reading the Aeneid at the moment, in two translations – Dryden (1697) and Fagles (2006). It’s more fun than I expected, and a full write-up will come in due course. I was startled to come across a familiar … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @mattyglesias: It’s weird that Donald Trump had a long private meeting with Vladimir Putin and suddenly emerged with a newfound interest… Thu, 16:05: RT @anthonyzach: Crude summary of summary: 9200 companies are not exporting today that would … Continue reading

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The 2018 John W. Campbell Award finalists

Based on the works included with the Hugo Voter Packet. 6) Rivers Solomon, having read their novel: An Unkindness of Ghosts. Second paragraph of third chapter: She returned there now, desperate for the sanctuary of her private garden and laboratory. … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: 50 years on, the Beatles film Yellow Submarine tells the story of the Sixties https://t.co/qNAHiGR892 Great article. Wed, 16:05: Neal Ascherson reviews ‘My Life as a Spy’ by Katherine Verdery https://t.co/6VJHPeROC3 Fascinating and unnerving. Wed, 17:12: RT @CrisisGroup: … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Series

Last year I had read at least one book in all but one of the series on the final ballot in this category. This year all but one of them were completely new to me. In three of those five … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Megalithic passage tomb discovered in Co Meath https://t.co/fLTsvenub5 Wow!!! Tue, 16:05: Trump-Putin Summit: 7 Takeaways https://t.co/WKIY6dslND @natsecHeather writes. Tue, 18:09: Newry Bridge, or Ireland in 1887 https://t.co/EpqtnFQC78 Tue, 19:19: RT @JenniferMerode: Dutch MPs have tabled 11 questions to … Continue reading

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Newry Bridge, or Ireland in 1887

Second paragraph of third chapter: ”But the Ulster men, father, didn’t they fall out with the others?” Available for free at the UCD archive, this is an anonymous near-future Awful Warning, written in 1885, of the inevitable consequences if Irish … Continue reading

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