Monthly Archives: September 2019

September books

Non-fiction: 6 (YTD 41) Setting the Truth Free: The Inside Story of the Bloody Sunday Campaign, by Julieann Campbell De Bourgondiërs, by Bart Van Loo Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text, by Brian Morris The Writing Life, by Annie … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:49: Cycling in Victorian Ireland, by Brian Griffin https://t.co/S1JogPOsxD Sun, 13:33: RT @Mij_Europe: Unfortunately the EU stance is a tad more complex than just what the Irish want. Many EU capitals & senior officials in Bxl… Sun, 13:46: Brilliant … Continue reading

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My top tweets, 2019 Q3

At the end of June I listed my top tweets of the year so far, mainly out of general interest but partly to see how I could maintain my position in the list of Top 40 EUInfluencers, which I scraped … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: Why Boris Johnson has learned the wrong lessons about leadership from his predecessors https://t.co/NuNhAvzzjE “Not… https://t.co/VS4ghH6JSR Sat, 14:48: Asterix on the New Two-Euro Coin https://t.co/3Ch74SuoXK Hooray! Sat, 15:00: Finally updating my website with election results from May – … Continue reading

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The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard

Second paragraph of third chapter: The cabin was a single small room near the water. Its walls were shrunken planks, not insulated; in January, February, and March, it was cold. There were two small metal beds in the room, two … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: RT @JenniferMerode: Leo Varadkar on Brexit withdrawal treaty: “not the kind of thing that can be amended or cobbled together late at night”… Fri, 12:58: Brexit, Padfield, and the Benn Act https://t.co/22a9qAo44u Fri, 13:10: RT @danbloom1: Dominic Cummings … Continue reading

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How To Be Both, by Ali Smith

Second paragraph of third section, 21st century: Cossa, George said. Second paragraph of third section, 15th century: Now, he said. This cup here has the Water of Forgetting in it. This cup here has the Water of Remembering. First you … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:02: RT @afpfr: L’ancien président de la République Jacques Chirac est mort ce jeudi matin à l’âge de 86 ans, a annoncé son gendre Frédéric Sala… Thu, 12:56: RT @IsabelHardman: Genuinely quite shocked by Boris Johnson describing as ‘humbug’ … Continue reading

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Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text, by Brian Morris

Second paragraph of third chapter: The high-level questions about the origins of religion that these Victorian scholars posed and the evolutionary framework within which they set their intellectual problems have long ceased to interest or guide anthropologists; nevertheless, the naturalistic … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @g_gosden: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says accusations that parliament suspension is a constitutional outrage are “nonsense” and the… Wed, 12:59: Another good thread from @pmdfoster – this point particularly jumped out, but read the whole thing. https://t.co/jcqMSRJ3Dn … Continue reading

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In Time, ed. Xanna Eve Chown

Second paragraph of third story (“The Seventh Fanfic”, by Mark Clapham): This last point was causing Bernice some grief, as she kneeled down holding a multi-tool with various wrench-like arms, trying to work out how to apply it to the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:32: RT @MSmithsonPB: Interesting Farage is blaming Cummings who surely can’t survive https://t.co/eISADf1Fu8 Tue, 12:33: RT @z_rose: Hello to everyone else who is married to a British legal academic tonight. My thoughts are with you. Tue, 12:56: Glentoran manager … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Cloud and Ashes, by Greer Gilman The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens Last books finished Cycling in Victorian Ireland, by Brian Griffin In Ethiopia with a Mule, by Dervla Murphy A Local Habitation, by … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @JayHulmePoet: I’m aware people are sharing the “Giles was nice to a trans guy” story again, and yes, many people who tagged me, it is m… Mon, 14:14: Read it (bought cheap, remaindered) and enjoyed it! https://t.co/4s5Bu2izLQ … Continue reading

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De Bourgondiërs, by Bart Van Loo

Second paragraph of third chapter: De slaapkamer stond vol met flesjes, schalen en kolfjes met planten-aftreksels, azijn, kamferolie en andere middeltjes om de pijn van de aan-staande moeder te verzachten. Hoewel de toortsen, die een parfum van hars verspreidden, de … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Thread. https://t.co/dOl1rKdmFi Sun, 13:44: RT @davidallengreen: Those Brexiters glibly demanding the prime minister to “defy” the law on Brexit… …elsewhere demand “crackdowns on… Sun, 14:12: Eli Poppe with a massive instrument, Patrizia Hardt soprano, for a cohort concert … Continue reading

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The 2019 Hugos, part two

I ended the first installment with the close of nominations and the announcement of the finalists. One point that should be flagged up to future administrators is the issue of finalists with a large number of nominees, each of whom … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Glorious thread, especially the last one. https://t.co/mHBMkGypwJ Sat, 14:10: Local choir doing valiant battle with a French tongue-twister: “Un chasseur sachant chasser chasse sans son chien.”… https://t.co/vHc6cNe6w7 Sat, 14:28: RT @apcoworldwide: Follow @feps_europe to keep up on important … Continue reading

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West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of 1960, and picked up another nine: Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris as Bernardo), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno as Anita), Best Art … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: Climate, Power of Youth Leadership and New Corporate Activism: What to Look for at UNGA 2019… https://t.co/dnIxeShEM7 Fri, 16:01: Best tweet of an excellent thread. https://t.co/sGUcgKtX8w Fri, 16:05: For the first time in over 360 years, compasses at … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things, by Justin Richards

In a break from my usual practice, here’s the entry for today, 20 September: The Doctor Meets Two Loch Ness Monsters The group of Zygons whose spaceship crash-landed in Loch Ness lived beneath the loch for centuries before they discovered … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: Noel Grealish’s views of asylum seekers are based on myth https://t.co/Q8RP5gl13q The truth about asylum seekers in Ireland. Thu, 12:56: RT @pmdfoster: @LeoVaradkar IMAGINE how a Spanish minister would go down in London dishing out threats in this … Continue reading

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Make Out With Murder and The Topless Tulip Caper, by Lawrence Block

Second and third paragraphs of third chapter of Make Out With Murder: “She might try it a second time.” “She might, but there were too many other things she liked better. And if she did try it again, it wouldn’t … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:49: I think the @DUPonline are in the wrong column here! https://t.co/TfiMQy7w7l Wed, 12:56: David Cameron and the language of privilege https://t.co/gPBgnRLjde Yep. Wed, 16:05: The Big Breakfast, New Labour, Geri’s dress, floating Jacko down the Thames… 10 best … Continue reading

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The Devil in Amber, by Mark Gatiss

Second paragraph of third chapter: I’d had an uneasy night — once my eyes closed — caught in a nightmarish New York of the future, all sky-scraping apartment blocks and rocket ships, as in those unpleasant German films. The dream-me, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: RT @JamesBrownsell: @singharj @JuliaHB1 If Boris can’t successfully negotiate *with Luxembourg* to relocate a press conference indoors, how… Tue, 13:04: RT @alexstubb: When observing the rhetoric of foreign policy and diplomcy today, I am but left with a … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current In Ethiopia with a Mule, by Dervla Murphy A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire Cycling in Victorian Ireland, by Brian Griffin Last books finished De Bourgondiërs, by Bart Van Loo In Time, ed. Xanna Eve Chown Anthropological Studies of … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Christopher Eccleston “very ill” with anorexia during Doctor Who https://t.co/fsZYHyM4P7 Wow. Mon, 16:08: RT @damonwake: Luxembourg PM empty podiums @BorisJohnson. They were meant to do a joint presser but Johnson pulled out. Brutal. https://t.c… Mon, 17:27: RT @AlbertoNardelli: … Continue reading

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Terrance Dicks, 1935-2019

The sad news of the passing of Terrance Dicks broke two weeks ago, and I posted my own little tribute to him on Twitter: My own little homage to the late great #TerranceDicks. pic.twitter.com/doiLgDrxSy — (@nwbrux) September 2, 2019 Obviously … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @MitchBenn: Who knew that telling literally half the country to fuck off was bad for business? https://t.co/dAqqtfwTMn Sun, 14:48: Crying in the archive: The story of Diana Bromley https://t.co/gP9rFKm3vR A story of racism, mental illness and stiff … Continue reading

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