Monthly Archives: July 2019

July Books

Non-fiction: 10 (YTD 29) Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O'Driscoll Becoming, by Michelle Obama First Generation, by Mary Tamm The Making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement, by Paul Bew Better Than Sex, by Hunter S. … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @pnh: New to Worldcon? This is 15 years old, but still good advice: https://t.co/dDl44TcXAa Tue, 16:05: RT @PVynckier: Leading by example. Cybersecurity Tech Accord welcomes new signatories and agrees to implement vulnerability disclosure poli… Tue, 16:28: RT … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Grimm Tales, by Philip Pullman Kate Bush: Under the Ivy, by Graeme Thompson De Bourgondiërs, by Bart Van Loo Ben-Hur, by Lee Wallace The Time Ships, by Stephen Baxter Last books finished The Secret Lives of a Secret Agent, … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: A topical thread, with @Dublin2019 looming. https://t.co/VhapfDvGvJ Mon, 16:09: Well worth taking 20 mins to read this paper on what a no-deal Brexit means for the UK government. (And the thread… https://t.co/lwe6qmlzlU Mon, 17:11: RT @Mermaids_Gender: THREAD: 11 … Continue reading

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Adorable Illusion, by Gary Russell

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘What’s what?’ The last (so far) Bernice Summerfield novel, published in 2014, this is apparently tied into an audio box set that I haven’t yet heard. I didn’t mind. It’s set on a spaceship called … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @DLidington: Whatever view you take on Brexit or on No Deal this is an accurate account of how the Commission and Member States see the… Sun, 14:48: RT @kevinhorourke: I’m not sure everyone realizes how irreversible the … Continue reading

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The making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement, by Paul Bew

Second paragraph of third essay (“Modest Realities Lurk behind All-Embracing Rhetoric of Document”, published in The Times on 23 February 1995): The Framework Document meets none of Sinn Fein’s demands for a timetable for withdrawal. Yet, most unionists were angry … Continue reading

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Sat, 13:43: RT @PoliticoRyan: Why is it always the same blah-blah from UK ministers (this time Raab). When will they get it? Brexit is not an equal neg… Sat, 15:18: Choose Your Future: Night of the Kraken, by Jonathan Green; … Continue reading

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Choose Your Future: Night of the Kraken, by Jonathan Green; Terror Moon, by Trevor Baxendale

I’ve previous written up the Find Your Fate, FASA and Decide Your Destiny Doctor Who game books. These are two Twelfth Doctor choose-your-own-adventure books, both published in 2016. I’m not aware of any more of this type of book being … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @kevinhorourke: There was never going to be any pressure on Ireland to drop the backstop but this makes Varadkar’s task even easier: it… Fri, 13:00: 140 hours left to vote in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 … Continue reading

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My Worldcon schedule

See you in Dublin! Is it about a bicycle? The influences of a comedic genius and their funniest book 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD) Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman is a significant and well-loved novel, … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:45: No new British Commissioner, says new PM Boris Johnson. So that makes 27 for @vonderleyen to achieve gender balance with. Thu, 12:56: Julian Smith’s role – to keep the DUP happy and step up plans for No Deal … Continue reading

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Gateways, ed. Elizabeth Anne Hull

Second paragraph of third story ("Sleeping Dogs", by Joe Haldeman: Low gravity and low oxygen. My heart was going too fast. I stood for a moment, concentrating, and brought it down to a hundred, then ninety. The air had more … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: RT @MichaelAodhan: The clear message it would send would be “We haven’t a clue how the WTO works and thought we would try a meaningless ges… Wed, 13:01: RT @rdanielkelemen: With Johnson taking over for May, he inherits … Continue reading

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First Generation, by Mary Tamm

Second paragraph of third chapter: At seven, at Lilycroft Primary, I was chosen to sing a solo verse in the carol In The Deep Midwinter. As I innocently started the verse, I was astonished to see the heads of the … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:33: RT @mynameisearl: As news of the new UK Prime Minister looms, @apcoworldwide ‘s @balgailani shares thoughts on @BorisJohnson ‘s uncertain… Tue, 12:56: Flash forward to Boris Britain https://t.co/d7bKXcoYda A portrait of England in 2029. Grimly funny. Tue, 15:10: … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Het Amusement, by Brecht Evens The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick The Secret Lives of a Secret Agent, by Tim Crook Last books finished Terror Moon, by Trevor Baxendale Better Than Sex, by Hunter S. Thompson 1913: The … Continue reading

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Mon, 14:20: RT @apcoworldwide: With the #UK set to appoint a new #PrimeMinister this week, much attention will be placed on the future of #Brexit. Our… Mon, 16:04: RT @MSmithsonPB: Bookmark this to test it against real events. https://t.co/jHQNH23HdK Mon, … Continue reading

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Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Second paragraph of third chapter: Craig's biggest fear, however, was also probably the most realistic, and that was fire. House fires were a regular occurrence in Chicago, in part due to slumlords who let their buildings slide into disrepair and … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Arthur. C. Clarke’s July 20, 2019: Life in the 21st Century https://t.co/o6hYmRchmt Futurology, reviewed by @randyfmcdonald. Sun, 15:23: Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O’Driscoll https://t.co/TgSI0JYoyN Sun, 15:23: RT @Robert___Harris: Time to confess that I was … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O’Driscoll

Second paragraph of third chapter: There was a new self-consciousness, yes, and probably some bewilderment when the book was published. But confidence, too, from the fact of having written the poems. In 1966 Marie and I were living on a … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @IFLScience: In 1959 a librarian called the police on 9-r-old Ronald McNair after he refused to leave a segregated library without letti… Sat, 14:48: Britain of the welcomes. https://t.co/E4or1YR5SB Sat, 15:47: The Wind in the Willows, by … Continue reading

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The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

Second paragraph of third chapter: 'Couldn't you ask him here for dinner or something?' said the Mole. Way way back in 1976, we were on a family trip to London and as a treat went to see A.A. Milne's stage … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @GuitarMoog: I just can’t believe that not only are we still having to have this stupid conversation, but that a significant portion of… Fri, 14:07: RT @AdeMontchalin: Sur la frontière Irlande – Royaume-Uni avec ma collègue irlandaise … Continue reading

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Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir, by Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran

Second frame of third page: This is Stan Lee's autobiography, in graphic novel form. I spotted it in the English-language bookshop in Luxembourg the other weekend, and grabbed it. It's a book of two halves really; the early part, explaining … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:17: RT @PolhomeEditor: BREAKING: John Bercow has selected this cross-party amendment seeking to stop Boris Johnson suspending Parliament to for… Thu, 12:56: RT @Whoozley: To use the American phrase, May normalised no-deal by insisting on “keeping it on the … Continue reading

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City of Belfast Youth Orchestra tours Belgium

Long long ago, between 1983 and 1985, I ascended the dizzy heights of Second Percussionist in the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, the fruit of many Saturday mornings at Rupert Stanley College in East Belfast, rehearsing for church services (once … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @DannyDutch: Octopus activates stealth mode effectively. https://t.co/EaOJLvijo8 Wed, 14:35: RT @PhilipHammondUK: Happy to debate scale of negative impact of No Deal on the economy – but terrifying that someone this close to a poten… Wed, 16:05: 3-Year-Old … Continue reading

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Moon Blink, by Sadie Miller

Second paragraph of third chapter: Bland’s appearance befitted his name to the letter. He was tall and fair with ice-blue eyes and a bone structure that was singularly without peak or trough, giving him an oddly flat, even face. Bullied … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:54: At @BrusselsNI for City of Belfast Youth Orchestra concert – 34 years ago I held the glorious status of CBYO Second… https://t.co/8zjLt5wvSn Tue, 12:56: #takingbackcontrol https://t.co/Ujo6Q7CE26 Tue, 13:30: RT @ChairmanYaffle: @nwbrux @BrusselsNI Second percussionist perhaps but second fiddle … Continue reading

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