Monthly Archives: July 2020

July books

Non-fiction: 5 (YTD 37) EU Lobbying Handbook, by Andreas Geiger The Complete Secret Army: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Classic TV Drama Series by Andy Priestner George Eliot, by Tim Dolin Yugoslavia's Implosion: The Fatal Attraction of Serbian … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: RT @RikeFranke: Looks like it’s again time for my regular threat “what US military installations are located in Germany?”, and “Why is the… Thu, 13:38: RT @yesterdaysprint: Daily Mirror, England, January 23, 1923 https://t.co/hlqz8XJM2q Thu, 15:04: RT @BBCBreaking: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 July

This is the end of the first month of my new Whoniversary post series. I am going to stick with it – I'm enjoying filling out my own work from ten years ago, and the feedback has not been huge … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens The Secret in Vault 13, by David Solomons Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel Jerusalem, by Alan Moore Last books finished Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 16:05: Terrorists and organized crime will be the winners of a no-deal Brexit https://t.co/eKmBUOwKAQ So let’s start askin… https://t.co/kbVNV3D89N Wed, 18:26: June 2007 books https://t.co/UZDgllvSZk Thu, 01:12: RT @CoNZealand: The Award for Best Fan Writer goes to Fritz Leiber … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 July

Getting a bit desperate here… i) births and deaths 30 July 2015: death of Clifford Earl who played the police station sergeant in the original Christmas Day episode, The Feast of Steven, part of the story we now call The … Continue reading

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Retro Hugos in detail

Headlines: Full statistics here. 521 votes cast. Tie in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form! The first ever tie in the Retro Hugos. Close results also in Best Novelette (6 votes) and Best Fanzine (9 votes) Crushing first round victories for … Continue reading

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June 2007 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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My tweets

Tue, 19:01: Comet NEOWISE https://t.co/m8jh1M0WvB Tue, 20:48: Missed this fascinating thread back in April. https://t.co/d5xZfi3lLK Wed, 09:30: Whoniversaries 29 July: David Warner, Escape to L.A., Image of the Fendahl, Vincent van Gogh https://t.co/gSMztOtLd9 Wed, 10:45: Writers Circulate Letter of Concern … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 July: David Warner, Escape to L.A., Image of the Fendahl, Vincent van Gogh

i) births and deaths 29 July 1941: birth of David Warner, who played Professor Grisenko in Cold War (Eleventh Doctor, 2013) and voiced Lord Azlok in Dreamland (Tenth Doctor animated, 2009) as well as an alternative Doctor (and other parts) … Continue reading

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Comet NEOWISE

The weekend before last, I was lucky enough to see Comet NEOWISE from my sister's in darkest Burgundy – F and I waited for it to become visible on Saturday night, and once we had located it in Ursa Major, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 20:10: RT @newsthump: NEWS! Quarantine chaos as Brits returning from Benidorm unaware they went abroad https://t.co/EXD1jgvlLs https://t.co/VOgS2g… Mon, 20:38: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, by Mary Trump https://t.co/G7GlKi7F5e Tue, 09:30: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 July: Colin Douglas, David Weston

Births and Deaths 28 July 1912: birth of Colin Douglas, who played security chief Donald Bruce in The Enemy of the World (Second Doctor, 1967) and lighthouse keeper Reuben in Horror of Fang Rock (Fourth Doctor, 1977). 28 July 1938: … Continue reading

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Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, by Mary Trump

Second paragraph of third chapter: But it was one thing for Donald to stay out of his father’s crosshairs and another to get into his good graces. Toward that end, Donald all but eradicated any qualities he might have shared … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:35: RT @JohnRentoul: From Netherlands to Bosnia: year of opening of 1st McDonald’s in European countries. Map by @JakubMarian https://t.co/TotV… Sun, 20:15: RT @cstross: Arizona, with 7M people, consistently exceeding daily death toll in the UK, with nearly 70M … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 July: Harry Towb again, Alan Bennion again, Music of the Spheres, Olympic Games 2

i) births and deaths 27 July 1925: birth of Harry Towb, Osgood in The Seeds of Death (Second Doctor, 1969) McDermott in Terror of the Autons (Third Doctor, 1971), whose death I commemorated a few days ago. 27 July 1944: … Continue reading

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The Moonbase / Doctor Who and the Cybermen

Little U has developed a habit of watching my Doctor Who DVDs – I have no idea what she makes of them, but I am glad to share an interest with her. The other day she picked up my copy … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 13:03: RT @NotAdric: Rendezvous With Rama was probably the first grown-up SF book that I ever read. Striking to be reminded that Clarke was born… Sat, 15:13: May 2007 books https://t.co/uIYoSLPBTX Sat, 17:10: Axe-throwing, for someone’s 21st birthday. https://t.co/mS5tx1yf1E … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 July: Bob Baker, Eve Myles, John Normington, Mary Tamm, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150

This was another day that I skipped first time round, probably because I was feeling ill and short in Uganda. But there is plenty to say. i) births and deaths 26 July 1934: birth of Neil McCarthy, who played prisoner … Continue reading

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May 2007 books

In May 2007, I had an extended work trip to Cyprus via Istanbul, then Kosovo and then (North) Macedonia. I had the incredible experience of tracking down the very same Macedonian hill from which my grandfather had led an Allied retreat … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: Fantastic disemboweling of Brexiters’ 2016 manifesto, “Change or Go”. This tweet is the climax, but do read the who… https://t.co/xI3jdgQ9kg Fri, 16:05: The many Beethoven myths https://t.co/8ZOKpIC4sW When a critic disliked his 1813 piece “Wellington’s Victory”, he a… … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 July: Cyril Luckham, Kevin Stoney, The Sensorites #5, Slipback #1 and #2

i) births and deaths 25 July 1907: birth of Cyril Luckham, who played the White Guardian in The Ribos Operation (Fourth Doctor, 1978) and Enlightenment (Fifth Doctor, 1983). 25 July 1921: birth of Kevin Stoney, who played Mavic Chen in … Continue reading

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Getting out of the country – travel in pandemic times

We managed a three-country trip this week, my first time out of Belgium since 1 March. We had already been planning to visit my sister in Burgundy, but then some work stuff came up in Geneva, which is not too … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: RT @Joanna__Hardy: I’m inspired by Suella Braverman implying that juniors should jump at the chance of any scrap of work, at any time of da… Thu, 16:05: RT @DaveKeating: The #Trump campaign appears to be getting desperate. I’ve … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 July: Harry Towb, The Time Meddler #4, The Sixth Doctor meets Mel

i) births and deaths 24 July 2009: death of Harry Towb, who gets killed off by the Ice Warriors as Osgood in The Seeds of Death (Second Doctor, 1969) and by the Master as McDermott in Terror of the Autons … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens The Secret in Vault 13, by David Solomons Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel Last books finished The Overstory, by Richard Powers Guban, by Abdi Latif Ega Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @michelzaffran: Messaging apps have transformed how #polio programme workers in #Pakistan support families during the #COVID19 pandemic:… Wed, 13:37: RT @John_Cotter: If you saw PMQs, where Johnson responded to extremely serious questions about national security with jibes … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 July: Tosin Cole, the First Doctor lands in France, Jane McKillen disappears

When I first did these posts ten years ago, I skipped today for some reason. (Probably because I was enduring my first visit to South Sudan.) i) births and deaths 23 July 1992: birth of Tosin Cole, who plays the … Continue reading

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The Ruin of Kings, by Jenn Lyons

Second paragraph of third chapter: The figure on the right was female; tall for a western Quuros, but average for most Doltari, or eastern Quuros. The figure on the left was tall—very tall. He or she towered above the others, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 15:29: City of Lies, by Sam Hawke https://t.co/oHCkraHMZJ Wed, 04:48: RT @PRWeekUS: #PRWeekPowerList50 41. Michael McNally,@LEGO_Group https://t.co/T4fyfRtT6K 42. Margery Kraus,@apcoworldwide https://t.co/g3pD… Wed, 08:47: The Reformation Wall in Geneva. Much earlier than I thought – we guessed around the mid-20th … Continue reading

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