Monthly Archives: April 2020

April and Thursday books

Currently reading Riverland, by Fran Wilde Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz The Hunt for Vulcan: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe, by Thomas Levenson Finished in the last week Becoming Superman: … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:02: Total Belgian COVID-19 cases in hospital now 4050, total in ICU 797 – both below 28 March levels (4089/867), but st… https://t.co/TZFiCLxmJX Wed, 12:17: RT @BigStealPodcast: In the final episode of #BigStealPodcast we bring together all the threads … Continue reading

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March 2006 books

March 2006 was a pretty memorable month for me. I had one of the most fun science fiction convention experiences I can remember at P-Con in Dublin, where I moderated four panels, one of which was interrupted by the BBC … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: End of a good thread. https://t.co/9h9BkA3sUf Tue, 15:31: RT @Reuters: In Brussels, families visited care home residents for the first time in weeks on a raised platform crane, which is normally us… Tue, 16:05: Coronavirus Crisis Engulfs Russia … Continue reading

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#LockdowninOudHeverlee 7: The Arboretum and the art of Ad Wouters

Support your local sculptor!

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Pandemics, and Hollywood—Hope and Fear Across a Century of Cinema… https://t.co/NZIqiOjkPW Mon, 16:05: RT @stephenkb: I usually do my “what I got wrong” self-audit in December, but I decided that, given the literal pandemic, I … Continue reading

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Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson

Second paragraph of third chapter: Around him, rockbuds smoldered. Moss—dried from the summer heat and long days between storms this time of year—flared up in waves, setting the rockbud shells alight. Flamespren danced among them. And, like a spren himself, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @hayward_katy: I know you have loads to worry about right now but here’s a #Brexit one to make a mental note of for future reference.… Sun, 13:09: @AfuaRichardson Happy birthday, almost-twin! (Actually I suspect you may be … Continue reading

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Forty days of lockdown

Well, it seems like no time at all since I posted about the thirtieth day of lockdown

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Jeffrey Sachs on the Catastrophic American Response to the Coronavirus | The New Yorker https://t.co/y8Sg48zcTq Tremendous. Sat, 14:41: RT @CrisiscenterBE: Samen gaan we veilig vooruit, door stap voor stap elkaar te beschermen en de juiste basisreflexen toe te … Continue reading

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Amoras: vol 5, Wiske + vol 6, Barabas, by Marc Legendre & Charel Cambré

Second frame of third page of Wiske: (onomatopœic noises) Second frame of third page of Barabas: "Please stow your tray tables, and move your seats to the upright position" (See previously vols 1, 2, 3, 4) This is the close … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: RT @apcoworldwide: While the #climate debate may be taking a backseat to the public discourse around the #COVID19 pandemic, it’s still an i… Fri, 13:42: First in series of important tweets. https://t.co/KMGJxBtOhe Fri, 16:05: The chairs of Blake’s … Continue reading

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February 2006 books

This is the latest post in a series I started last November, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days I’ve been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Very sad news. He was a lovely guy. Only 57, suddenly struck down at the e d of a normal working day. Condolences t… https://t.co/H4w8t7ODrM Thu, 14:55: Damian Smyth selects the best new books to be locked up … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current The Long Song, by Andrea Levy Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood, by J. Michael Straczynski Last books finished Wiske, by Willy Vandersteen Monstress, Volume 4: The Chosen, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda Barabas, by Willy … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:48: RT @BrankoMilan: Why is nobody discussing truly staggering differences in death rates between Eastern and Western Europe? In the @FT graphs… Wed, 12:56: Did anyone predict coronavirus? https://t.co/BFBWiOy9Rh And should we listen to them? Wed, 14:12: RT @ACNIWriting: … Continue reading

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#LockdowninOudHeverlee 6: Aristocratic and civic power.

My latest report from the village, looking at the geographical shifts of power over the centuries. And a tree.

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Tue, 12:56: Interesting that ratio of reported COVID mortality to excess mortality is around 62% in Belgium, France and Spain;… https://t.co/tMTeNiesQF Tue, 12:56: Detailed graph of excess mortality beyond normal for the time of year in a number of countries. … Continue reading

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The European Parliament (8th edition), by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs and Michael Shackleton

Second paragraph of third chapter: Under the treaties, the decision on its seat belongs not to the Parliament, but to the national governments. They reached agreement at the Edinburgh summit in December 1992, chaired by John Major, "on the location … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:46: RT @JenniferMerode: Scottish government calls for 2-year extension of the Brexit transition period. i.e. the maximum. Also points out the… Mon, 12:56: Where to find the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards finalists https://t.co/uTOuydTBcH A lot of them are online. … Continue reading

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A Woman in Space, by Sara Cavanaugh

Second paragraph of third chapter: “You wanted to see me, sir?” She turned her gaze on the chubby member of the duo. This is a gloriously bad book. I think I was moved to get it after reading a negative … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:03: RT @alexvtunzelmann: I know the argument against this (so does Marie, see her follow-up tweet), but I really think it would make sense. I w… Sun, 12:56: This Is the Book That Outsold Dracula in 1897 https://t.co/nyVePqWDuO Review … Continue reading

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Muddy Lane, by Andrew Cheffings

Second paragraph of third chapter: I was feeling a bit tired after my morning's exertions and the ride down to town, so I decided to take the train back to Cross Drains, spending the time before its departure down on … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:18: RT @alexvtunzelmann: I’m sure many of you already follow @pmdfoster’s threads but this one is so important and especially this point. They… Sat, 12:56: EXCLUSIVE: Christ Church professor arrested over scandal of stolen papyrus https://t.co/bMuDiWsCCX Extraordinary story. Sat, … Continue reading

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Prophet of Bones, by Ted Kosmatka

Second paragraph of third chapter: After they married, they’d continued to work on the same projects for a while, but there was never any doubt that Paul’s father was the bright light of the family. The genius, the famous man. … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: My Wild, Totally Surreal Experience Covering a Trump Coronavirus Briefing https://t.co/O8uYCoeXu3 Brilliant reporting. Fri, 13:18: RT @Emily_Rosina: INCOMING #SUBWAVENETWORK MEMBERS This is not a drill. DAVID TENNANT & CATHERINE TATE will be live tweeting with us… Fri, 13:18: … Continue reading

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January 2006 books

As previously noted, 2006 started with a full house of visitors and much fun, though B's behaviour was becoing more and more difficult. I got very excited about the Lib Dem leadership, with Charles Kennedy's dramatic fall and the nearly … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: RT @Clnwlsh: The best ending to any writer’s interview ever? Paris Review asks Ray Bradbury about the origins of a character named Mr Elec… Thu, 18:25: Thoughts from @SirGrahamWatson and @YBertoncini on how the COVID-19 crisis will affect … Continue reading

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Thirty days of lockdown

For the first time, it is beginning to feel like we are nearer the end of this than the beginning. Although Belgium yesterday extended the current lockdown to 3 May, there's a strong sense that this may be the last … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson Monstress, Volume 4: The Chosen, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda Wiske, by Willy Vandersteen Last books finished (lots of short books over a long weekend) Muddy Lane, by Andrew Cheffings Gideon the Ninth, by … Continue reading

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