Monthly Archives: August 2020

August Books

Not so much this month – several very long books, and my demi-commute is hitting my reading. Non-fiction: 1 (YTD 38) From Barrows to Bypass: Excavations at West Cotton, Raunds, Northamptonshire, 1985-1989, by Dave Windell, Andy Chapman and Jo Woodwiss … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @XiranJayZhao: decided to do a separate thread for this so here we go: how Song dynasty poet Lu You poem-liveblogged his descent from ca… Sun, 14:30: Splendid visit to the Fondation Folon in La Hulpe. Wonderful art … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 August: Roy Castle, Gerry Davis, Michael Sheard, The Dominators #4

i) births and deaths 31 August 1932: birth of Roy Castle, who played Ian in the Doctor Who and the Daleks movie with Peter Cushing (1965). 31 August 1991: death of Gerry Davis, script editor of Doctor Who from The … Continue reading

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November 2007 books

I started the month in London, and then went to Cyprus for a work trip via Istanbul on the way out and (very briefly) Malta on the way back. Later in the month there was a science fiction convention in … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: RT @trevorcopter: I got to meet @chadwickboseman once while I worked Samuel French film & theater bookshop. He didn’t bring any attention t… Sat, 14:48: RT @Hephaestus7: » British stalkers and abusers rejoice: Life will get easier in … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 August: Terror of the Zygons #1, The Leisure Hive #1, Real Time #5

i) births and deaths 30 August 1988: birth of Ellis George, who played Coal Hill pupil Courtney Woods in four 2014 Twelfth Doctor episodes. ii) broadcast anniversaries 30th August 1975: broadcast of the first episode of Terror of the Zygons, … Continue reading

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Rocky

Rocky won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1976, and won just two others, Best Director and Best Film Editing. All the President’s Men and Network both won four. I don’t think (though will check later) that any other Best … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:46: Conservative MPs on the right side of the argument!!!! https://t.co/THoFmOYQkq Fri, 12:56: RT @FionaLeverick: So today I joined a meeting with a High Court judge and Scottish Law Commission with my Zoom name as Gruntasnorus Poo Fa… Fri, … Continue reading

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Whoniversary 29 August: Peter Miles, Lenny Henry, Terrance Dicks, The Reign of Terror #2

i) births and deaths: 29 August 1928: birth of Peter Miles, who played Dr Lawrence, the obstructive director of the Wenley Moor nuclear research facility, in Doctor Who and the Silurians (Third Doctor, 1970); Professor Whittaker, the inventor of time … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: RT @FionaMullenCY: I am really worried that we will wake up VERY SOON to find that #Varosha will be open under Turkish Cypriot control. The… Thu, 13:36: RT @britainelects: Liberal Democrat leadership election, result: Ed Davey MP: 42,756 … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 August: Tutte Lemkow, Pond Life #2

i) births and deaths 28th August 1918: birth of Tutte Lemkow, who played Kuiju in Marco Polo (First Doctor, 1964), Ibrahim in The Crusade (First Doctor, 1965), and Cyclops in The Myth Makers (also First Doctor, 1965). The first of … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel The Conqueror’s Child, by Suzy McKee Charnas Jerusalem: Vernal’s Inquest, by Alan Moore Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake Last books finished None – these are all long books! Next books The Mirror … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:02: RT @rafaelbehr: In which @GeorginaEWright applies some cool rationality to some of the more feverish speculation around about EU somehow fa… Wed, 12:56: RT @r_speer: Almost every article on Scots Wikipedia is written by one American teenager, who … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 August: Peter Craze, Suranne Jones, Paradise of Death #1, Let’s Kill Hitler

i) births and deaths 27 August 1946: birth of Peter Craze, brother of Michael 'Ben Jackson' Craze, who played Dako in The Space Museum (First Doctor, 1965), Du Pont in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969), and Costa in Nightmare … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: The evolution of UKIP in Wales: How the Senedd’s Brexiteer politicians turned on each other and the institution that employs them to survive https://t.co/0USLeyphF2 Ohdearwhatapitynevermind. Tue, 16:05: Why Phil Hogan will survive ‘golfgate’ https://t.co/Cm7fyWPEx8 @TimKingBru’s view. Tue, 17:11: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 August: Phil Collinson, Pilot Episode, The End of the Road

i) births and deaths 26 August 1970: birth of Phil Collinson, producer of New Who for most of the first four series (Ninth and Tenth Doctors). ii) broadcast anniversaries 26 August 1991: first broadcast of the so-called 'Pilot Episode', the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @JosephineCumbo: One of Nigella Lawson’s tips for living a happier life; don’t prevaricate on saying ‘no’. https://t.co/Oci5wpYppE Mon, 16:05: Wow, I hadn’t spotted this near miss the other day – within 10.5 times the radius of the … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 August: John J. Carney, Keegan Joyce, Disney Time

i) births and deaths 25 August 1940: birth of John J. Carney who plays Bloodaxe in The Time Warrior (Third Doctor, 1974) and also one of the policemen who beats Alex up in Hugo-winning A Clockwork Orange. 25 August 1989: … Continue reading

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October 2007 books

This was the month that B finally moved out, initially to a centre up near the Dutch border for a few months. It was of course for the best that she should be with people professionally trained to look after … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @RTaylor_LibDem: @chris48163264 @Turloughc @afneil (2/2) TBH @Conservatives “& unionist” party need unionist bit removing; through #Brex… Sun, 13:45: RT @PhilHoganEU: 1) I wish to apologise fully and unreservedly for attending the Oireachtas golf society dinner on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 August: William Morgan Sheppard, Stephen Fry, The Dominators #3, Volcano Day

i) births and deaths 24 August 1932: birth of William Morgan Sheppard, who played the older Canton Everett Delaware III in The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (Eleventh Doctor, 2011) 24 August 1957: birth of Stephen Fry, who … Continue reading

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The Man Who Loved Trains: Paul Delvaux at Train World

I plucked up courage yesterday to visit the exhibition of Paul Delvaux works, "The Man Who Loved Trains", at Train World in Schaarbeek (which I had previously visited three years ago for a Tintin exhibition). I brought little U with … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Missed this. Damn. https://t.co/4OkUOYTi0I Sat, 14:48: RT @pmdfoster: You can read @MichelBarnier remarks on Round 7 of the UK-EU trade talks here (FR and EN). Tl;dr. This sentence – paring ba… Sat, 15:08: I’ll do a proper blog … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 August: Innes Lloyd, Real Time #4, Deep Breath

i) births and deaths 23 August 1991: death of Innes Lloyd, producer of Doctor Who from The Celestial Toymaker to The Enemy of the World, who overhauled the show by getting rid of all the regular cast including the star, … Continue reading

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The 1945 Retros that weren’t

We didn't publish the full stats for the 1945 Retro Hugo categories that weren't put to the final ballot this year, mainly because voting ended only seven days before the Retro ceremony and we had to prioritise fairly ruthlessly. But … Continue reading

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A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog won the 1976 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, beating Dark Star, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Rollerball and The Capture (a fannish slide show about aliens capturing a cruise ship). I must say I … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: RT @AbrahamHanover: I’ve said it before. I grew up on Discordianism and Church of the Subgenius. They were my dead-virus inoculation agai… Fri, 18:13: What will happen to the 1945 Retro Hugos https://t.co/vciUYwcGl8 Fri, 20:48: Good thread. https://t.co/vgOmP3Qdaz … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 22 August: Ivor Salter, Mark Williams, Reign of Terror #3, Slipback #5 + #6, massacre

i) births and deaths 22 August 1925: birth of Ivor Salter, who had three roles in Old Who – the Morok Commander in the story we now call The Space Museum (First Doctor, 1965), Odysseus in the story we now … Continue reading

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What will happen to the 1945 Retro Hugos

I'm glad to say that after some effort we have managed to find homes for all of the 1945 Retro Hugos. The trophies themselves are currently in New Zealand and will be shipped en bloc to the USA, where our … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: Charts showing Hugo/WSFS award finalists and their rating counts on Goodreads https://t.co/R9yPSqK96G Love this! Thu, 13:02: RT @bbcdoctorwho: Happy birthday to @4SylvesterMcCoy and @Sophie_Aldred, the Seventh Doctor and his fierce companion, Ace! #DoctorWho ht… Thu, 16:05: RT @ArtForOurPlanet: … Continue reading

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