Monthly Archives: January 2020

January Books

Non-fiction: 6 Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, by Charlotte Higgins Roots and Wings: Ten Lessons of Motherhood that Helped Me Create and Run a Company, by Margery Kraus Backstop Land, by Glenn Patterson About Writing, by Gareth L. … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Belfast’s Egyptian mummy ‘may have died in violent knife attack’ https://t.co/LlolKEOeb1 Wow. Thu, 14:23: RT @christinebelled: @nwbrux Very Heaney bog poetry. Thu, 16:05: RT @davidallengreen: Many good answers to this https://t.co/x0H6uzsO8t Thu, 17:11: The end of the affair: … Continue reading

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Reflections on Brexit day

It is one thousand, three hundred and seventeen days since the Brexit referendum. And I am still angry. There is no economic bonus to weakening links with your strongest trading partners. There is no benefit to sowing dismay and fear … Continue reading

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“Home is the Hangman”, by Roger Zelazny

Second paragraph of third section: “Yes?” This is the next in sequence of joint winners of the Hugo and Nebula Award as I re-read them. It was the cover story for the November 1975 issue of Analog, and won the … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: A British MEP’s lessons for a post-Brexit EU https://t.co/BrlZKNecX5 Passionate as usual from @MagicMadid. Wed, 14:19: Just had lunch with a British MEP who told me he wept this morning as his Group sang “Auld Lang Syne”. There’ll … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current The Idea of Justice, by Amartya Sen The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow Last books finished This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone 2001: A Space Odyssey, by … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:43: Panel at @fnfeurope on Brexit and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with @StephenFarryMP @europesheila and… https://t.co/1xKEGysyn8 Tue, 12:52: BBC News – Nicholas Parsons: ‘Broadcasting legend’ dies aged 96 after short illness https://t.co/5KEuTAMfuC Tue, 12:56: RT @pmdfoster: So finally … Continue reading

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December 2004 books and 2004 reading roundup

December 2004 was a quieter month, celebrating little U's second birthday and then Christmas at home with just the five of us; I cooked boar as usual, and we watched the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings DVDs … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @AlbertoNardelli: Some thoughts on yesterday’s regional elections in Italy: 1. Salvini turned the Emilia Romagna election into a vote a… Mon, 16:02: RT @DaveJProbert: To everyone who is moaning about last night’s #DoctorWho “disrespecting canon” you are … Continue reading

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As Time Goes By, by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matthew Dow Smith

Second frame of third installment: (The speaker is Rory.) This is one of the IDW Eleventh Doctor comics, and actually appears to be the only one I have. The Doctor, Amy and Rory wind up in Casablanca during the second … Continue reading

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Sun, 13:01: Making a rare appearance at SF Café Leuven https://t.co/7Z1MIvd00E to spread the good news of @glasgowin2024. (@ Br… https://t.co/pilB6uqEyk Sun, 15:05: Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, by Charlotte Higgins https://t.co/TLpUVLpBph Sun, 16:05: RT @HMAesq: I’ve debated … Continue reading

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Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, by Charlotte Higgins

Second paragraph of third chapter: Londinium lies between six and eight metres below London. In Naples, you can take tours to ‘Napoli Sotterranea’, underground Naples. You can climb down steps under a church, and be in the Roman streets. Or … Continue reading

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Sat, 16:48: Demon in Leuven, by Guido Eekhaut https://t.co/pBGZY3D9jL Sat, 16:51: The languages of the future according to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): ENGLISH FRENCH D… https://t.co/gVq6DwTA5F Sat, 17:02: No Chinese, no German, no Arabic… but Dutch! https://t.co/K5fHBtGZ2i … Continue reading

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Demon in Leuven, by Guido Eekhaut

Second paragraph of third chapter: Lisa had al eerder lijken gezien. Een paar keer in het labo van een patholoog, een paar keer bij een verkeersongeval waar ze als aspirant naartoe was gestuurd. Om de smaak en de geur te … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:30: First time here, in 21 years in Brussels! A bit more Belgian than most of PLux… (@ Le Pullman in Ixelles / Elsene… https://t.co/EfXZhgmJn9 Fri, 12:33: RT @IFAD: Climate change will likely make food less available and more … Continue reading

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Auguria, by Peter Nuyten

Second frame of third page of Auguria, Tome 1: Ecce signum: Sound the retreat! We are withdrawing! NOW! Second frame of third page of Auguria, Tome 2: Gaeso dux: Ehiwaz… Second frame of third page of Auguria, Tome 3: Fatum: … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:38: RT @IFAD: 1/3 of the world’s youth population is projected to live in sub-Saharan #Africa by 2050. Economic participation of rural youth:… Thu, 12:56: The alphabets at risk of extinction https://t.co/PCKHeo0eCb Fascinating. (Though the “Old Nubian” illustration look… … Continue reading

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November 2004 books

November 2004 was grimly dominated by the re-election of President Bush, which I honestly had not seen coming. It was an important lesson to me to avoid wishful thinking in my elections analysis in the future. The newly re-elected Bush … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @JenniferMerode: “There are already more than 25,000 civil servants working on Brexit and that number will actually rise as we leave the… Wed, 14:03: RT @hayward_katy: It is simply not possible to state this ’emphatically’ now. https://t.co/wfODtH14Nx … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone In Praise of Disobedience: The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Other Writings, by Oscar Wilde The Idea of Justice, by Amartya Sen Last books … Continue reading

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Tue, 18:52: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman https://t.co/I61I1WZW2W Wed, 10:45: Stories (and a book review column) of Judith Merril https://t.co/kZWo7apaiy

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Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

Second paragraph of third chapter: When I was eight years old, Orma hired me a dragon tutor, a young female called Zeyd. My father had objected strenuously. He despised dragons, despite the fact that he was the Crown's expert on … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: France is not all French https://t.co/Na7pcXzE4Y Very enlightening linguistic maps. Mon, 16:05: What now for the humbled Liberal Democrats? https://t.co/ZTzlj9FvC2 Good question. Mon, 18:36: Exhalation, by Ted Chiang https://t.co/UlqDghXCKW Mon, 23:06: RT @davidallengreen: Priceless, from a Brexit party … Continue reading

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Exhalation, by Ted Chiang

Second paragraph of third story ("What's Expected of Us"): By now you've probably seen a Predictor; millions of them have been sold by the time you're reading this. For those who haven't seen one, it's a small device, like a … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @RobinWigg: This is hilarious. A Norwegian TV programme pitted some professional stock-pickers against an astrologist, some beauty blogg… Sun, 15:37: BSFA 2019 Best Art: my nominations https://t.co/MTZo1oWJeK Sun, 20:48: Interesting revisionism! https://t.co/JabNoMjPc0 Mon, 10:45: Buttigieg’s powerful new … Continue reading

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BSFA 2019 Best Art: my nominations

Always conscious that my own tastes are not everyone's, I had a look at the 27 works which are on the long list for this year's BSFA Award. I must say that the quality of the art is in almost … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:04: RT @sundersays: JFK had to give an excellent & clear response to this kind of charge in running for US President sixty years ago. “Dictat… Sat, 12:56: Lead cast and national premiere for the first feature drama film … Continue reading

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In the Heat of the Night: film (1967) and novel (1965)

In the Heat of the Night won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1967, and picked up another four: Best Actor (Rod Steiger as police chief Gillespie), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Screenplay Based on Material from … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:36: RT @stuartlauscmp: Former EU ambassador to South Korea Gerhard Sabathil has been named in Washington Post as the subject of German investig… Fri, 12:46: A light moment from last Saturday’s sitting of the Stormont Assembly. https://t.co/C9gyz6LwOA Fri, 12:56: … Continue reading

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October 2004 books

I started the month in Portugal, and also went to Washington, New York, Utah, Boston, and London. At work, we published a report on Armenia. (Anne and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, but I was in Portugal on the … Continue reading

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