Monthly Archives: October 2019

October Books

Non-fiction: 4 (YTD 45) Sheelagh Murnaghan, 1924-1993: Stormont’s Only Liberal MP, by Ruth Illingworth Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence Is There Life Outside The Box? An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison Luck and the Irish, by Roy Foster … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:03: RT @RichardBullick1: Whatever your perspective it’s a remarkable state of affairs and a sign of the times when the Belfast Newsletter sugge… Wed, 12:56: The General Election – identifying the top bellwether seats https://t.co/nssCnhu6oz Apparently Bedford is the … Continue reading

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Blake’s 7, second season (first half)

As promised, I have more or less stuck to the schedule of watching a Blake's 7 episode every two days, and will finish the second season with Star One later this evening. I have been much slower at writing the … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @loveinheadscarf: A THREAD. How hate is created and propagated: a small personal case study. “If you don’t like our country – leave.” Tue, 14:34: RT @MSmithsonPB: The General Election – identifying the top bellwether seats. Every single … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current Normal People, by Sally Rooney The Calcutta Chromosome, by Amitav Ghosh The Camelot Club, by Brian Killick Last books finished The Nannies, by Brian Killick Luck and the Irish, by Roy Foster The Heralds, by Brian Killick The Bastard … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:34: RT @janinegibson: Boris Johnson’s “inflammatory language” tracked to spikes in toxic tweets aimed at MPs, analysis of over 2m tweets by @FT… Mon, 12:56: RT @tcpolymath: * Parents died mysteriously * Perceived as a wastrel playboy * Incomparable … Continue reading

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The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak

Second paragraph of third chapter: "Please calm down and have a seat, Uncle," Auntie Surpun, the youngest of the Tchakhmakhchian sisters, muttered without directly looking at him. Being the only one in the family who had unreservedly supported Barsam's marriage … Continue reading

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Sun, 14:48: How Climate Change Is Pushing This Desert State to Fish https://t.co/Z4f1JxKyde Not sure it’s totally fair to descr… https://t.co/vmYBFhHK2H Sun, 15:18: Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000, by Roy Foster https://t.co/04eh97a8fT Mon, 09:51: RT … Continue reading

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Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000, by Roy Foster

Second paragraph of third chapter: While the party fights within Fianna Fail since the departure of Sean Lemass in 1966 had focused on personal rivalries and hatreds, they also revolved around three enduring themes from past history: politics, nationalism and … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: How Brexit Will End https://t.co/O2TfpFeHVQ A good summary of how we have got to where we are now. Sat, 13:15: RT @FeeshKeeng: They are proudly trumpeting their first #Brexit misinformation station in Belgium. Fun fact: The display is … Continue reading

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Why I decided to #backpack

The Lib Dems’ internal elections have rolled around, and I still seem to have voting rights (am honestly not sure when I last paid a subscription). The biggest choice that’s up is the vote for party president, and as I … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: RT @ottocrat: I got a dashcam so please enjoy my 5 hour cross-channel commute compressed into two minutes eight seconds. https://t.co/bWxDR… Fri, 13:12: RT @davidallengreen: Classic Dom https://t.co/vGyzyKgnKy Fri, 15:36: RT @MalmstromEU: Very pleased to have been appointed … Continue reading

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Frédégonde, La sanguinaire, vols 1 and 2, by Virginie Greiner and Alessia de Vincenzi

Second paragraph of third page of vol 1: "I never bin asked for so many flowers! Seems like the new queen's crazy about them." "Anyone seen 'er?" "I saw 'er, a real princess!" Second paragraph of third page of vol … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: RT @gerrymetang: Komodo Dragons fighting in Komodo Island. #komododragon #komodoisland #komodotour #visitkomodo #padarisland #komodoamazing… Thu, 16:05: RT @EndPolioNow: Thanks to program innovations & dedicated health workers, Nigeria passed 3 years wild polio-free this August! #EndPolio Le… Thu, 17:11: … Continue reading

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Is There Life Outside The Box? An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison

Second paragraph of third chapter: The following morning, we meet early to drive to a TV interview happening just up the road, and I'm thinking about making it back to the hotel in time for breakfast. I'm forgetting that this … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:42: RT @elliotttimes: The cast list: Johnson , Corbyn, Brown, Spencer, Milne and Cummings. Is this the moment Brexit got done? Wed, 12:46: RT @bbclaurak: Hear nothing was agreed at PM-Corbyn meeting – Labour wanted to discuss a different … Continue reading

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Sybil, or the Two Nations, by Benjamin Disraeli

Second paragraph of the third chapter: The Greymount family having planted themselves in the land, faithful to the policy of the founder, avoided the public gaze during the troubled period that followed the reformation; and even during the more orderly … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:45: RT @eucopresident: My last words @Europarl_EN: Thank you for your responsible position on #Brexit and extension. After what I have heard in… Tue, 12:56: Map of life expectancy in Belgium, from yesterday’s @destandaard. Being a Walloon is bad … Continue reading

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Tuesday reading

Current The Nannies, by Brian Killick The Bastard of Istanbul, by Eilif Shafak Luck and the Irish, by Roy Foster Last books finished Sybil, by Benjamin Disraeli Frédégonde, la sanguinaire, Tome 1, by Virginie Greiner and Alessia de Vincenzi Is … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @mbrookerhk: Hong Kong Saturday night musings It’s easy to see there’s confusion out there in the world about what Hong Kong is and wha… Mon, 12:57: RT @APHClarkson: Funny how yesterday’s Swiss elections that saw a surge … Continue reading

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The letters of the alphabet

Latin Aa and Cyrillic Аа come from Greek Αα (alpha). Like Hebrew א, Arabic ﺍ and Ge'ez አ, the root is the Phoenician letter ‎ (Aleph), meaning ox. (NB that א, አ and are consonants.) The root is thought to … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:47: RT @Gilesyb: My view: there’s an optimistic interpretation of yesterday from HMG Pov: – it revealed the numbers are there for a deal – Letw… Sun, 12:56: John Bercow declares trans rights are human rights in passionate speech … Continue reading

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What happened to the 1944 Retro Hugos?

As previously discussed, this year's Worldcon administered (1, 2) and awarded 11 Retro Hugo Awards to honour the sf that fans might have honoured if there had been a Worldcon and Hugos in 1944. We did our best to identify … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: The Bad Faith Attacks on Archive of Our Own Have to End https://t.co/LfZpHN1NI5 I remember Strikethrough. Sat, 13:54: Excellent analysis. @pmdfoster thinks that Johnson never wanted a no-deal outcome, which is the key difference from… https://t.co/P2K2sknO3a Sat, 14:48: … Continue reading

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Lawrence of Arabia, and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Lawrence of Arabia won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1962 (the first time the award had that precise title, which it retains to this day), and picked up another six: Best Director (David Lean), Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre), … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:28: RT @Mij_Europe: Important to note: momentum between now & Saturday’s vote will be towards @BorisJohnson – not away from him. The “get Brexi… Fri, 12:52: No, DUP MPs will not split on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal https://t.co/HG1ulMXnk1 Fri, … Continue reading

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David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Second paragraph of third chapter: Peggotty had a basket of refreshments on her knee, which would have lasted us out handsomely, if we had been going to London by the same conveyance. We ate a good deal, and slept a … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:03: RT @JenniferMerode: The last compromise: *EU law on VAT will apply in Northern Ireland. *UK shall be responsible for collecting VAT and… Thu, 12:05: To cheer us all up, I found this useful guide to words that are … Continue reading

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The Triple Knife, and other Doctor Who stories, by Jenny T. Colgan

Second paragraph of third story ("Into the Nowhere"): This was a good sign. Definitely boded well. I risked cracking open an eyelid. Five stories by Jenny Colgan, three of which I had already read in other collections but two new … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: “if our quest for greater profits leaves our world worse off than before, all we will have taught our children is t… https://t.co/mElUb4N7ba Wed, 13:58: RT @davidallengreen: Large cow near, small cow far away https://t.co/EFNTsXKjED Wed, 14:22: RT … Continue reading

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