Monthly Archives: November 2018

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Thu, 18:34: And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini https://t.co/JMBh8XsaMP Fri, 09:38: November books https://t.co/JLiom8BdX7 Fri, 10:45: RT @PickardJE: this is one of the greatest newspaper corrections in history https://t.co/NWUDmMOE70

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November books

Non-fiction: 1 (YTD 46) 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, by Ruth Padel Fiction (non-sf): 6 (YTD 32) Baptism in Blood, by Jane Haddam Burr, by Gore Vidal The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner The Prisoner and The … Continue reading

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And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Second paragraph of third chapter: “I’m sorry,” Masooma whispers. I wasn’t totally convinced by the two previous novels I’ve read by Hosseini, but I really enjoyed this one: a narrative from multiple points of view, following the lives of three … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: The�International Space Station is full of floppy disks https://t.co/UTVOYe3rr6 Glorious. Wed, 14:51: RT @TheHugoAwards: Join Worldcon by December 31, 2018 to be Eligible to Nominate for 2019 Hugo�Awards https://t.co/nTS4v1EODk Wed, 16:05: RT @apcoworldwide: How should companies respond to #cyber attacks? … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @gideonrachman: I have developed a grudging admiration for Theresa May and explain here why, reluctantly, I’d back her deal https://t.c… Tue, 16:05: EU Law Analysis: How to protect the rights of UK citizens in the EU27 after … Continue reading

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Brüsel, by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten

Second frame of third chapter: Second frame with words from third chapter: Constant Abeels: "Christ, what's all this mess?" There is actually a comics shop in downtown Brussels named after this volume, and I had assumed for some reason that … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Banksy works worth £12m impounded in Belgium after legal row https://t.co/Xj5LG5RvrY Extraordinary, and yet somehow… https://t.co/OcTITpGYkT Mon, 14:26: RT @cmioffice: President Ahtisaari steps down as an active member of @TheElders. He is deeply grateful for the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, ed. Robert Smith? All The King’s Men, by … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: Do Proteins Hold the Key to the Past? https://t.co/LlYQgojxFs Amazing stuff about the analysis of biological sample… https://t.co/59aDSgA0hl Sun, 13:17: Very good thread on the Gibraltar kerfuffle. https://t.co/TJbKxLN9sr Sun, 14:48: RT @sturdyAlex: THREAD – On this historic occasion, … Continue reading

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The Prisoner and the Fugitive, by Marcel Proust

Second paragraph of third chapter of La Prisonnière (NB my translation has no chapters): Nous étions arrivés devant la porte. Je descendis de voiture pour donner au cocher l’adresse de Brichot. Du trottoir je voyais la fenêtre de la chambre … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: Thread. https://t.co/hbfBcejHvJ Sat, 14:48: Holyhead on Brexit: ‘When will people wake the f**k up?’ https://t.co/VLUrCTWFRh Vox populi (or perhaps llais y bob… https://t.co/tsSvsYFnUS Sat, 15:19: RT @davidallengreen: The Brexit deal on offer is the direct and necessary consequence … Continue reading

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First Man

Since this is eligible for next year’s Hugos, I’m not going to say much about it for now. Meanwhile here is my review of the book it is based on, which I read in 2006. And here is Neil Gaiman’s … Continue reading

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Fri, 15:58: RT @bbcdoctorwho: #ICYMI Our friends at https://t.co/fcTobC21I8 have selected 55 moments that changed #DoctorWho https://t.co/jIUAC0riaD ht… Fri, 17:14: RT @tnewtondunn: Fancy that. No10 has, out of the blue, just given long standing eurosceptic Tory MP John Hayes a … Continue reading

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The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner

Second paragraph of third story (“The Aimer Gate”): The sky was coming light. It was going to be a hot day, but now it was cold. I was a big fan of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen as a child, and … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: A wedding magazine is shutting down so it doesn’t have to feature same-sex couples https://t.co/RNVPob3LuP Diddums. Thu, 16:05: Impact of DUP falling out with business community will be subtle https://t.co/rjKRTFeu2K Don’t hold your breath for… https://t.co/CZvWTJIsta Thu, 20:48: … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Fighting words: The risks of loose talk about a “European army” https://t.co/4hNwb93oax As @ECFR‘s Nick Witney poin… https://t.co/lwEZ6cfn1s Wed, 18:02: Burr, by Gore Vidal https://t.co/WcMiyyddHB Wed, 18:47: Excellent thread rebutting Brexiteer Border unicorns, based on actual journalism. https://t.co/h7ouLfZsnu … Continue reading

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Burr, by Gore Vidal

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘Too long?’ I had given him a straighforward [sic] two-page description of the wedding, scribbled on the ride back to New York. The newly wed couple had departed at dawn in Madame's yellow coach with … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: If You’re Online, You’re Getting Scammed https://t.co/moZRbMcll3 Five widespread online scams – including RFID-bloc… https://t.co/jlnfCaSbNy Tue, 13:42: At presentation on @EBRD Transition Report hosted by @GwilymCJones. Much fascinating information, on migration, dem… https://t.co/6lEYgis5LT Tue, 13:51: RT @ManufacturingNI: We … Continue reading

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52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, by Ruth Padel

Second stanza of third poem ("Swineherd", by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin): I intend to learn how to make coffee, at least as well As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen And polish the brass fenders every day. I want to lie … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Jo Johnson: the inside story of Brexit and where it all went wrong https://t.co/eRBQe2U3ar This is paywalled, but i… https://t.co/YeBncSF1J6 Mon, 14:35: I still think No Deal, or a general election, more likely than fresh referendum; but deal … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current The Prisoner and The Fugitive, by Marcel Proust Burr, by Gore Vidal Last books finished Hardwired, by Walter Jon Williams 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, by Ruth Padel Next books The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life https://t.co/6Ht8cqIuth The hemimastigotes… https://t.co/spir2P77nR Sun, 17:09: Good thread on Raab. https://t.co/eo2I7vka2U Sun, 19:25: A visit to the ruins of Sirmium https://t.co/uuhaIlWey9 Mon, 08:38: RT @damonwake: … Continue reading

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A visit to the ruins of Sirmium

As previously mentioned, I was in Belgrade last Sunday; and checking my flights as I ate my breakfast, I realised that my departure was three hours later than I had thought. (Which is better than the other way around, of … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: This is a shocking report on the state of poverty in theUK today, and government’s responsibility for it. https://t.co/Wx8OxX55JB Sat, 13:12: This is a shocking report on poverty in the UK, and the government’s responsibility for it. https://t.co/JiTGj0lDnt … Continue reading

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Hamlet (1948)

This is an unusual case where though I had never seen this particular adaptation before, I am pretty familiar with the source material. Hamlet, directed by and starring the recently knighted Sir Laurence Olivier, won the Oscar for Best Motion … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Brexit cannot be stopped https://t.co/ZIjNzqQ8pn Somewhat clickbaity headline, but good analysis and I am inclined… https://t.co/u7Z68z2XEE Fri, 13:28: Making the options really clear. https://t.co/YRIvw6zn8g Fri, 13:40: RT @villecantell: Seeing how RT is reporting on the #BrexitDeal confirms once … Continue reading

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Hardwired, by Walter Jon Williams

Second paragraph of third chapter: “For the laws I have a certain respect,” he says. “For mercenaries I have none.” Bought this in the run-up to last year’s Worldcon where the author was a GoH, but didn’t get around to … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:04: RT @MaryCreaghMP: Chief whip staring at phone with face like thunder. 5 ministers gone in 3 hours. Thu, 12:04: RT @annietrev: It is with sadness that I have submitted my letter of resignation as PPS to the Education … Continue reading

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Baptism in Blood, by Jane Haddam

Second paragraph of third chapter: The second time Rose MacNeill heard that Gregor Demarkian was coming to Bellerton, she was standing in Charlie Hare's feed store, buying a packet of seed for the basil she liked to grow in pots … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Et si les Etats-Unis n’étaient pas entrés en guerre en 1917 https://t.co/FoRKXsgqHd Interesting alternate timeline.… https://t.co/4c7pgB3sdX Wed, 15:22: RT @DaveClark_AFP: If you’re watching the thrilling live stream of the closed Number 10 door, check out this gripping screen … Continue reading

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