Monthly Archives: January 2019

January Books

Non-fiction: 2 Blue Box Boy, by Matthew Waterhouse Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, The Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin, by Paul Hockenos Fiction (non-sf): 3 Milkman, by Anna Burns From Here To Eternity, by James … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:26: RT @JenniferMerode: European commission adopts three no-deal measures: – allow Erasmus students to complete their studies; -protect pension… Wed, 12:56: RT @oliviaabland: Yesterday morning I had a job interview for a position at a company called Web Applications … Continue reading

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Avalanche Soldier, by Susan R. Matthews

Second paragraph of third chapter: Stepping carefully between berry-bush roots and fronds of fern and the long thin branches of ground-level shrubs, Salli smiled to herself. It was Fenka. She liked Fenka. She kept her mouth shut and walked on. … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @MavenOfMayhem: THREAD: Recently, a pediatrician claimed he was bullied off Twitter by trans activists. He blamed me, in part, for raisi… Tue, 13:56: RT @instituteforgov: The Malthouse compromise prizes Conservative unity over #Brexit negotiability https://t.co/9szr58Exkq https://t.co/mEv… Tue, … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Fanny Hill, by John Cleland Candide, by Voltaire Molten Heart, by Una McCormack Last books finished The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga Secret Histories, ed. Mark Clapham Avalanche Soldier, by Susan Matthews Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Let’s just say it again. “The interesting thing about Salafi propaganda was its popularity and unprecedented succe… https://t.co/fR9d6DqRMG Mon, 14:06: RT @APCOBXLInsider: How will #Brexit influence the power dynamics in the #EU2019? According to #APCO @UKPoliticalNews’ @politicobadger, it… … Continue reading

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The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

Second paragraph of third chapter ("the Fourth Morning"): We know each other by now. Plus we don't have the time for formalities, I'm afraid. I got a little thrown at the very start of this book when it became clear … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:23: I cast the first vote in this, for Cartmel. Warhead & Warlock both great fun. As for Saward, Slipback novelisation… https://t.co/LFJF3l45Kf Sun, 16:00: RT @Sime0nStylites: The gaping flaw in this argument is that the Government has already agreed … Continue reading

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Blue Box Boy, by Matthew Waterhouse

Second paragraph of third chapter ("Episode 3"): Tom and John Nathan-Turner had kept the news close to their chests, so Matthew found out at the same time as everybody else. Tom went on the BBC1 evening news magazine Nationwide – … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @gossjam: This is an adorable bit of Tom Baker eccentricity: https://t.co/mHWyTr9YSF Sat, 13:41: RT @simonlovely: @mrjamesob Did you see this one? https://t.co/LwyYhw7Dby Sat, 14:42: RT @Barry_TheDetail: Health expert says 87% drop in nurses coming to north as … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:33: Trump ally Roger Stone arrested on seven charges https://t.co/BBpiaNRNQ4 Fri, 12:56: Good. https://t.co/CYszDnHu86 Fri, 13:05: RT @DoctorWhoNovels: Good morning, and as it’s #ff why not follow these wonderful people? @RICHARDLEEGEEK @KosmicKris @Positive_Who @JakeCo… Fri, 14:45: Hooray! https://t.co/jToJrYn9YY Fri, … Continue reading

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Tales from Moominvalley, by Tove Jansson

Second paragraph of third story ("The Fillyjonk Who Believed in Disasters" / "Filifjonkan som trodde på katastrofer"): Then she soaped and rubbed further, to the next blue stripe, and the sun was warming her back, and she stood with her … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:20: Bart De Strooper: ‘Bright young scientists won’t come to join us in UK’ https://t.co/uDm2UjhNEp Brexiteers, are you proud? Thu, 12:56: The Falklands War revisited https://t.co/HBE9DhfPve Very interesting long review of two recent books about the 1982 conflict. Thu, … Continue reading

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Amoras deel 4: Lambik, by Marc Legendre and Charel Cambré

Second frame from third page: Achiel: "May I have my umbrella back, young man?" Suske: "?!" (See previously vols 1, 2, 3) Flemish FNAC customers voted this as their favourite comic of 2014, but I think it would be pretty … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Veteran MEP Brok generated cash from Parliament visitors – POLITICO https://t.co/S18QeO54em Extraordinary story abo… https://t.co/Lhff6kYWT6 Wed, 13:15: Reasonable people can disagree on this. But for my money, Baxendale’s books are nice to have, where Hinchcliffe’s a… https://t.co/iO7IZRvSfO Wed, … Continue reading

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“The Queen of Air and Darkness”, by Poul Anderson

Second paragraph of third section: Thus voyages from sun to sun will always be few. Colonists will be those who have extremely special reasons for going. They will take along germ plasm for exogenetic cultivation of domestic plants and animals—and … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:19: RT @anandMenon1: Can’t overstate this point. Labour problem with the deal is that it’s a Tory deal. https://t.co/UQQWPasSB3 Tue, 12:56: The Amritsar massacre: a cold, callous display of colonial evil https://t.co/iglPoWRnGk …for which no amends have been made. … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Avalanche Soldier, by Susan Matthews The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga Secret Histories, ed. Mark Clapham δ1 Last books finished From Here To Eternity, by James Jones Blue Box Boy, by Matthew Waterhouse γ1 Next books Fanny Hill, by … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:38: RT @Fhamiltontimes: Daily Mail says that victim in Prince Philip crash was pressured to keep quiet by police liaison officers who apparentl… Mon, 13:24: RT @chrisgreybrexit: Not entirely flippant to say that Brexiters have moved from promising voters … Continue reading

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Second of two posts for Martin Luther King Day: my failure as an ally

Long long ago, when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge in the late 1980s, I vaguely knew one of the university academics. He was famous for his rudeness. One evening I happened to be out with an Asian friend, and … Continue reading

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First of two posts for Martin Luther King Day: erasure in the cinema

Over the last fifteen months, I have been watching the winners of the Oscar for Best Picture from the beginning – I have now got through the first 26 of them, from Wings (1927) to From Here To Eternity (1953). … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:29: RT @claytonhickman: At the request of @Purves_Peter I’ve added a splash of colour to this beautiful shot from ‘War of God’, the first episo… Sun, 12:32: RT @faisalislam: Dominic Raab on Marr suggests that in conversations as Brexit … Continue reading

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The Arenbergs: Power and Beauty at the M Museum

Leuven has been commemorating the Arenberg family as previously noted, and I suddenly realised this morning that today was the last day of the exhibition in the M Museum about the family's Power and Beauty, so I zoomed into town … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @Ed_Miliband: Yes https://t.co/t0YrDvhudn Sat, 14:44: Voting for Magrs – he is variable, but on form he is very good. Also invented Iris Wildthyme.… https://t.co/njJMNP4IKN Sat, 17:45: Favourite Dalek Story: There is only one correct answer to this … Continue reading

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From Here To Eternity: 1953 film, and book by James Jones

From Here To Eternity won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of 1953, and picked up another seven, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:22: A good day for justice. Glad to be supporting GML. https://t.co/fHwlwEkJiY Fri, 12:22: RT @OliverBullough: This is quite a big deal. Remember that a Dutch court is still to rule on whether Russia owes the former Yukos sharehol… … Continue reading

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Heartspell, by Blaine Anderson

Second paragraph of third chapter: Inside was a teeming mass of bobbing heads and hoisted horns. He sank his weight onto the oak branch he'd whittled into a crutch and breathed in the familiar, happy sounds of the feis, the … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @apcoworldwide: With the recent UK #BrexitVote resulting in widespread doubts over the British Government’s ability to finalize a deal b… Thu, 12:56: RT @alexstubb: Rough reading on a rough life. Learned a lot on Northern Ireland too. … Continue reading

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The Time Lord Letters, by Justin Richards

Second paragraph of third letter: I’m sure that even you will soon notice that I have removed your TARDIS’s Dimensional Controller. I hope that will be a lesson to you about your tiresome meddling. This is a spinoff anthology of … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Great thread. https://t.co/raCmKpJlFV Wed, 14:32: After a Historic Defeat in the House of Commons, What’s Next for Brexit? Why I think No Deal is now the most likely… https://t.co/7oHivEf7dz Wed, 14:51: RT @smsaideman: Well, it is the dumbest … Continue reading

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