Monthly Archives: September 2018

September books

Non-fiction: 5 (YTD 42) Byzantium, by Judith Herrin Who I Am, by Peter Townshend About Time vol 8: 2007, Series 3, by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail Brewing Justice, by Daniel Jaffee Riga: Berlitz Pocket Guide, by Martins Zaprauskis Fiction … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @PatricKielty: Dear @BorisJohnson, There is no better Brexit when it comes to the Good Friday Agreement and Northern Ireland. As you st… Sat, 15:10: RT @BalkanInsight: From then to now: Since Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in … Continue reading

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Fri, 16:05: Innocent Until Proven Guilty https://t.co/V0LzJGHTQY A good summary of what this really means. Fri, 17:46: #NoFilter @ Freedom Monument https://t.co/HObLpbVyyz Fri, 20:24: RT @AdamBienkov: Boris Johnson tells Sky News that he “mistakenly” signed up to the Irish backstop … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:55: Commemorating Jo Cox. https://t.co/f7nmO3pQIH Thu, 12:56: Linguistics for Language Learners: What is the IPA? https://t.co/rc8k4eEuRH The International Phonetic Alphabet for beginners. Thu, 13:54: RT @JoCoxFoundation: Gordon, Jean and Kim before the ceremony with the Mayor of Brussels, Philippe … Continue reading

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Commemorating Jo Cox

I did not know Jo Cox, the MP who was brutally assassinated by a right-wing activist shortly before the Brexit referendum. But we both moved to Belgium in 1999, and had a lot of mutual friends. She worked first in … Continue reading

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Wed, 18:01: Who I Am, by Peter Townshend https://t.co/9sDCoMudHk Wed, 20:52: RT @douchebagstrat: We now live in the age of voice interface through identity graph Wed, 20:54: RT @rachelheldevans: Every man in this group and at this college is learning … Continue reading

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Who I Am, by Peter Townshend

Second paragraph of third chapter: In July 1952 Mum came to collect me from Westgate on the train — not with Dad, but with Dennis Bowman and Jimpy, whom I was delighted to see. On the way hack on the … Continue reading

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Tue, 18:10: The Beast Master, and Lord of Thunder, by Andre Norton https://t.co/syY4yd8sD3 Tue, 20:34: RT @mariafarrell: Restored, thank you! @henryfarrell @nwbrux @DaraghMcdowell @scurvekano @crookedfootball https://t.co/4a8kgZlGMV

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The Beast Master, and Lord of Thunder, by Andre Norton

Long long ago, I think even when I was in primary school (so, more than forty years ago), I read The Beast Master, and it stuck with me. Not quite so long ago, I got it and its sequel, Lord … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Deborah Copaken: My Rapist Apologized https://t.co/52fR1zbJh8 Stark. Mon, 16:05: Salzburg: How chronic misreading took Brexit to brink https://t.co/bS1Balt8qa Excellent as ever from @TConnellyRTE. Mon, 18:09: Abe’s Third Term and What it Means for Japan and the World https://t.co/K3OyLpBMCA … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Missing Adventures, ed. Rebecca Levene Putting Up Roots, by Charles Sheffield Brewing Justice, by Daniel Jaffee Last books finished The Beast Master, by André Norton Glory For Me, by MacKinlay Kantor Lord of Thunder, by André Norton Who I … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Massacre at Darkley – and the nature of certainty https://t.co/Avhu8ptGj6 A story about faith. Sun, 15:49: Asterix in Britain – the Rene Goscinny exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum https://t.co/2pNsqOvb0R Sun, 16:05: Eight swallows don’t make a summer, of … Continue reading

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Asterix in Britain – the Rene Goscinny exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum

Yesterday I went to the Asterix in Britain exhibition at the London Jewish Museum. Actually it's much more an exhibition about the life and work of René Goscinny, who created Asterix and also Lucky Luke and the scheming grand vizier … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:10: I’m at Asterix In Britain in London, England https://t.co/7Dli7QDGOc Sat, 12:56: Theresa May’s negotiating flaws were laid bare at Salzburg https://t.co/NakY2BnNdU Great analysis from… https://t.co/lp6cZpYMmv Sat, 15:38: Yes, and that went well, didn’t it! https://t.co/WRZKnGw1DX Sat, 17:34: https://t.co/qw7AlekuRJ … Continue reading

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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946); and Glory For Me, by MacKinlay Kantor

A prolonged bout of man-flu meant that I had little energy for much apart from lying in bed reading and watching films over the last week or so. (Fully recovered now, thanks.) So that takes me to The Best Years … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:22: A different view from @davidallengreen: “One day a historian, looking at contemporary documents, will wonder why an… https://t.co/t3nad2SRVe Fri, 12:56: RT @davidallengreen: From May 2017, a tale of how May as Home Secretary raised expectations with backbenchers and … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Second paragraph of third chapter: Two Hearts Time Lords have two hearts and a binary vascular system, which enables them to survive major accidents and many physical and temporal shocks that would kill a human being. They also have a … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Hollywood has a mixed history adapting Hugo-shortlisted works https://t.co/MjcKpCjPK2 I had missed the Riverworld adaptation. Thu, 16:05: Fan Bingbing disappearance highlights ties between Chinese politics and showbusiness https://t.co/RYWDFoAxbO Very interesting. Thu, 16:22: RT @joncstone: Brilliant photo here from … Continue reading

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Dark Satanic Mills, by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, John Higgins and Marc Olivent

Second frame of Lesson Three: I picked this up on a whim, and I have to say that I wasn’t hugely impressed. It’s a story of a future radiation-raddled England literally flooded by rising sea levels (there is an effective … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:37: Belgian prime minister @CharlesMichel also representing Netherlands for today’s session of EU summit, due to… https://t.co/9ZD8W6Yz8W Wed, 12:51: RT @hughBXL: @nwbrux @CharlesMichel @MinPres A few years back @David_Cameron asked @MinPres to represent the UK at the European Council. … Continue reading

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The Guermantes Way, by Marcel Proust

Second paragraph of third chapter: Entre la couleur grise et douce d’une campagne matinale et le goût d’une tasse de chocolat, je faisais tenir toute l’originalité de la vie physique, intellectuelle et morale que j’avais apportée une année environ auparavant … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Fair comment. https://t.co/bKauKmCdHT Tue, 14:26: RT @holmesreport: APCO Appoints Arnaud Pochebonne To Lead Paris Office https://t.co/4WICbgIwqS https://t.co/cRmENKllQ7 Tue, 15:12: *You* can nominate candidates for the @AuroraPrize_ for Awakening Humanity, celebrating inspiring humanitarians who… https://t.co/uzZN5JLsjE Tue, 16:05: Extraordinary piece. … Continue reading

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Five Moomin books, by Tove Jansson

My regular reader knows well that I am slightly obsessed with the great Finnish writer Tove Jansson, whose Moomin books I enjoyed as a child and whose more mature fiction I have equally enjoyed in recent years. (And I also … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @davidallengreen: Where we are now on Brexit, a thread. 1. Mon, 13:50: RT @UKPoliticalNews: Very insightful piece from our very own @nwbrux on the constituency boundary changes in Northern Ireland. A very sensi… Mon, 15:49: RT @apcoworldwide: … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Who I Am, by Peter Townshend Beast Master’s Planet, by André Norton About Time vol 8: 2007, Series 3, by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail Glory For Me, by MacKinlay Kantor Last books finished The Ginger Star, by Leigh … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @tconnellyRTE: Brexit: Salzburg summit and hard choices of the endgame via @RTENewsNow https://t.co/Kpej7b1gcg Sun, 15:10: The Zomerfeest https://t.co/dx5KChR5cN Sun, 16:05: RIP Zienia Merton https://t.co/jwHMnVspv5 Her first TV appearance was as Ping Cho in Doctor Who (Marco Polo, … Continue reading

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The Zomerfeest

This was actually two weeks ago, but I was excitedly posting about Jeremy Thorpe that day. The annual Zomerfeest in our village has been getting more sophisticated over the 17 years we have been living here; it started with a … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: Is the US Ready for a Nice, Centrist President? https://t.co/kwfYb5u2cz @GillianTett hopes so. Sat, 15:17: The Lost Weekend (1945); and book by Charles L. Jackson https://t.co/mLiEmv3kT1 Sat, 16:05: Tintin and the vanishing murals: Brussels races to save art … Continue reading

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Along with the films that won the Oscar for Best Picture, I am going to watch Hugo and Nebula winning dramatic presentations when we get there. 1946 is the first year where I hadn’t already seen the Retro Hugo winner … Continue reading

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The Lost Weekend (1945); and book by Charles L. Jackson

Back to my Best Picture Oscar sequence, after the summer break, and it’s The Lost Weekend, which also won Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, losing out on Best Cinematography (Black and White), Best Music and Best Editing. It … Continue reading

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