Monthly Archives: May 2019

May Books

Non-fiction: 4 (YTD 18) Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon The TARDIS Handbook, by Steve Tribe The Big Finish Companion, vol. 2, by Kenny Smith Bland Ambition, by Steve Tally Fiction … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:42: Epic, epic demolition of @DominicRaab’s credentials for honesty and credibility as an EU negotiator. Must read. https://t.co/l5QpGUahN1 Thu, 12:56: RT @BenTheEpicure: Some people coyly call them Ice Age Batons, but we know what they really are. #PhallusThursday https://t.co/yRTQY2PWKN … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:33: RT @SkyNewsBreak: A district judge has ruled Boris Johnson will be summonsed to court to face accusations of misconduct in public office fo… Wed, 12:33: RT @nickeardleybbc: PA just flashed: Boris Johnson will be summonsed to court to … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @PoliticoRyan: See which country voted the most Euroskeptic / nationalist in #EUelections2019 https://t.co/lrS0CqeGbA https://t.co/QHkGV… Tue, 13:34: RT @FrDe2059: The democratic swindle of the #spitzenkandidat . (expanded version). #democracy #EUelections2019 https://t.co/AnoU2ih72a h… Tue, 16:05: Fantastic thread on Dominic … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Bland Ambition, by Steve Tally The Bridge on the River Kwai, by Pierre Boulle Gather, Darkness!, by Fritz Leiber Last books finished The Slender-fingered Cats of Bubastis, by Xanna Eve Chown Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente Doctor Who: … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @AmandaFBelfast: Ireland’s partition perhaps ‘a wrong division’, says Eileen Paisley https://t.co/GM9u935r1s Mon, 13:10: I’ll be on TV later on, commenting as the Northern Ireland votes are counted for the European elections. First BBC… https://t.co/l7P64AeVrg Mon, 13:26: RT … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:05: How I’m voting today @OpenVLD @Groen #EUElections2019 #Europeseverkiezingen #verkiezingen2019 https://t.co/sgHjHaGWKi Sun, 12:56: RT @Eamonn_Forde: This book, as recommended by @AnnaDerbyshire, might have the best single page in any book I’ve ever read. https://t.co/wg… Sun, 12:58: RT @brusselsred: Très … Continue reading

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How I’m voting today

It is election time again! Hooray! And I will be commenting on the @APCOBXLInsider Twitter feed this evening, and on the Northern Ireland counts tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening. I made up my mind some time ago on how I … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: https://t.co/carM5zVhBY Sat, 14:48: ‘The stories are a bit sinister’: the secrets of London’s hidden rivers revealed https://t.co/pPcaII0nyB This looks… https://t.co/Saasqj7jle Sat, 15:26: RT @ColinYeo1: THREAD. What is Theresa May’s legacy on immigration? Given she quoted Nicolas Winton, who … Continue reading

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The Ginger Man, by J. P. Donleavy

Second paragraph of third chapter: A wet salty wind. And tomorrow Marion comes back. And the two of us sit here wagging our American legs. Marion, stay away a little longer, please. Don’t want the pincers on me just yet. … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:15: RT @leonardocarella: Few data points available. But 2014-2019 turnout change seems to be higher in Remain areas. #EUelections2019 https://t… Fri, 12:19: RT @JenniferMerode: In case anyone seriously thinks the EU is about to change everything for a PM … Continue reading

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Feersum Endjinn, by Iain M Banks

Second paragraph of third chapter: The other ground vehicles were all-drive holster-buggies, armoured scree-cars, one- or two-gun landromonds and the huge multi-turreted tanks known as bassinals. The struggling convoy accounted for a good sixth of the King’s military transport, and … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:13: RT @MargSchinas: The sentence attributed to the @EU_Commission Secretary General at 1:16 of this video is fake, fraudulent and pure disinfo… Thu, 12:56: RT @StevePeers: “Brexit will give the UK more clout in international organisations” Reality ⬇️ https://t.co/ZdFIzk4qcL … Continue reading

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The TARDIS Handbook, by Steve Tribe

Second paragraph of third chapter: I’m not always enthused by the various Who spinoff publications, BBC or otherwise, but this one is a real winner (and I should say that in general I’ve been more than satisfied with Steve Tribe’s … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 15:45: Best line of a great thread. https://t.co/KwTmpvuDdn Wed, 16:05: RT @ultrabrilliant: One second from every episode of Game of Thrones. https://t.co/rFz2CFLwBx Wed, 16:19: Will we see the first Green EU Commissioner? asks @PoliticoRyan. Poor Michaele Schreyer, who served … Continue reading

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Animate Europe Plus, by David Shaw, Marta Okrasko, Juliana Penkova, Bruno Cordoba and Paul Rietzl

Second frame of third entry ("Something is Missing", by Juliana Penkova): Every two years since 2013, the Brussels office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation has run a competition for EU-themed comics. This year's award ceremony was held at the end … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:55: RT @ilgarmammadov: Shame UEFA! The dynastic regime in had tolerated freedom of assembly when it was about putting flowers to the 1st Rep… Tue, 12:55: RT @katyusha13: #Brexit related potential “collapse of a firm that employs 4,500 people … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, ed. Kevin J. Anderson Bland Ambition, by Steve Tally The Slender-fingered Cats of Bubastis, by Xanna Eve Chown Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente Last books finished Feersum Endjinn, by Iain M Banks The Ginger … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Tremendously good series of pieces on Brexit as seen from Whitehall/Downing St. Puts the spinning from Davis defend… https://t.co/dfHmX13B21 Mon, 13:43: RT @akulith: 17. Neither the history nor the geography of Ireland are going to change between now … Continue reading

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The Good Doctor, by Juno Dawson

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘Oh I think it just might be.’ The Doctor paused for a moment. She hopped from foot to foot. Ryan knew this dance too. It was the do we run away from this or towards … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 14:48: Brexit as a surrealist movie – a comparison with Luis Bunuel’s film “Exterminating Angel” https://t.co/lrHOEOIzx0 Harsh, but largely fair. Sun, 16:05: https://t.co/RQZwZHjRWw Sun, 17:32: Around The World in 80 Days (1956) https://t.co/bV9Mp6AVpY #oscars #films Sun, 20:48: What everyone … Continue reading

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Around The World in 80 Days (1956); and book by Jules Verne

Around The World in 80 Days won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of 1956, and picked up another four, Best Cinematography, Color (Lionel Lindon), Best Film Editing (Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: The Birth of the New American Aristocracy https://t.co/uNJMhHcF8d “We 9.9 percenters live in safer neighborhoods, g… https://t.co/Sv9PKLfXId Sat, 14:48: RT @Lexialex: Not a single Arab has ever shot up a school. This isn’t only racist, it’s stupid. Every … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @CatrinNye: Parenting tips from the cat… https://t.co/8E5BSqGcTG Fri, 16:05: RT @DavidHenigUK: Of all the Brexit tropes the idea that no-deal means certainty must be one of the most inaccurate. Fri, 17:11: Brexit mess is a ‘crushing disaster’ … Continue reading

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Dark Lord of Derkholm, by Diana Wynne Jones

Second paragraph of third chapter: The two of them preceded Querida and Barnabas up the straight drive (for, despite working until after midnight, Derk had not found room to make the drive wander as he wanted) and to the enormous … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:37: RT @campbellclaret: 18 years ago today I got a call from @johnprescott ‘Hiya … I’ve just thumped a bloke.’ I said ‘what sort of bloke?’ ‘… Thu, 12:40: RT @Cdbrow1: @scalzi I understand the Writers have launched a … Continue reading

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A Sunless Sea, by Anne Perry

Second paragraph of third chapter: A group of men passed him, trudging along the road towards the docks. A vegetable cart passed the other way, piled with carrots and greens of one sort or another, and a few ripe apples. … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:38: RT @carolinepennock: While we’re gaping in horror at Alabama, don’t forget that abortion is almost entirely illegal in Northern Ireland, in… Wed, 12:56: RT @AndrewDuffEU: The thing that happens when one Brexiteer beats up another (and even worse) … Continue reading

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The Weather on Versimmon, by Matthew Griffiths

Second paragraph of third chapter: Hordenza started. She’d been engrossed in the icefield analysis and hadn’t realised the signal from Versimmon was getting through. ‘Ah – Minister Hordenza here,’ she said. ‘Over?’ This is a novel in the Bernice Summerfield … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Eight EU airports among world’s ten worst https://t.co/YCBhBcxytM I find some of these results surprising. Tue, 14:46: RT @Dorianlynskey: Perhaps it speaks to my current assessment of politics and human nature but I thought that Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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