Monthly Archives: September 2020

September books

Non-fiction: 3 (YTD 41) An Inland Voyage, by Robert Louis Stevenson East West Street, by Philippe Sands Barcelona, Catalonia: A View from the Inside, by Matthew Tree Fiction (non-sf): 2 (YTD 25) Bruges-La-Morte, by Georges Rodenbach The Mirror and the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:51: RT @bbcdoctorwho: A very happy birthday to @BriggsNicholas, the voice of many of the Doctor’s most fearsome foes! #DoctorWho https://t.co/r… Tue, 12:56: RT @BlkLibraryGirl: For those of you who wonder why I insist on calling the first Black … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 September: The Abominable Snowmen #1, The Pirate Planet #1

A quarter of the way through the year, and I'm finding this time-consuming but (so far) rewarding. It helps that I have a skeleton for each day from my 2010-11 series of posts, but I've also enjoyed boosting them with … Continue reading

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April 2008 books

April 2008 was the month that we applied for Belgian citizenship. A rare month (before this year) when I don't seem to have left the country at all, having arrived home from Ireland late on 31 March and departed for … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @angie_rasmussen: My guiding principles for practicing Twitter pest control: -Nobody is entitled to your time and attention. -It’s y… Mon, 16:05: “Only a considerable upside.” #takingbackcontrol https://t.co/EfPhWRZYlh Mon, 18:41: The Conqueror’s Child, The Sky Road and Distraction: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 September: City of Death #1, The Last Sontaran, The Angels Take Manhattan

i) births and deaths 29 September 1933: birth of Clinton Greyne, who played Ivo in State of Decay (Fourth Doctor, 1980), Stike in The Two Doctors (Sixth and Second Doctors, 1985) and the Sontaran commander in In A Fix With … Continue reading

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The Conqueror’s Child, The Sky Road and Distraction: SF award-winners of 2000

Next in my series of posts of books that won the James Tipree Jr Award, the BSFA Award for best Novel and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in each year. I've now reached the turn of the century; these awards … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @BarristerSecret: It’s worse than that. This sinister conspiracy was in fact started in 1994 by Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. https://t.c… Sun, 14:48: RT @five_books: “As the Philip K Dick once put it: ‘The sci fi writer … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 September: Dudley, Gee, Carey, Mind Robber #3, Rani #4

i) births and deaths 28 September 1919: birth of Terence Dudley who directed Meglos (Fourth Doctor, 1980) and wrote Four to Doomsday (Fifth Doctor, 1982), Black Orchid (also Fifth Doctor, 1982) and The King's Demons (Fifth Doctor, 1983) not to mention K9 … Continue reading

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The Thomas Cromwell trilogy, by Hilary Mantel

I got The Mirror and the Light for Anne's birthday earlier in the year, and before tackling it directly myself, decided to go back and read the two previous books in her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Best tweet of another good thread from @pmdfoster . https://t.co/pmNhFl0I7p Sat, 14:48: How Police Unions Fight Reform https://t.co/he8AhLIvUQ Long but thorough. Sat, 15:41: Superman (1978) https://t.co/CoE29WkFeD Sat, 16:05: Mad but true: @CJCHowarth blocked me after we had this … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 September

i) births and deaths 27 September 1911: Birth of John Harvey, who played Professor Brett in The War Machines (First Doctor, 1966) and Officia in The Macra Terror (Second Doctor, 1967) 27 September 1921: birth of Milton Subotsky, who produced … Continue reading

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Superman (1978)

Superman won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1979, beating Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the animated Lord of the Rings, Watership Down and the original radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For once I have … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: The rise of Mrs Europe https://t.co/bpbt7q3oRc Brilliant (and long) profile of Ursula von der Leyen by @b_judah. Fri, 16:05: RT @Nat_Vasilyeva: “Well done, Belarusians!” – Mikhail Gorbachev has spoken in support of anti-Lukashenko protesters in Belarus (in Rus) … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 September

i) births and deaths 26 September 1946: birth of Togo Izawa, who played Dr Tanizaki in Cyberwoman (Torchwood, 2006) and the Secretary General of the United Nations in The Pyramid at the End of the World (Twelfth Doctor, 2017). 26 … Continue reading

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An Inland Voyage, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Second paragraph of third chapter: Sure enough there was the slip in the corner of the basin; and at the top of it two nice-looking lads in boating clothes. The Arethusa addressed himself to these. One of them said there … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: JPMorgan (JPM) to Move $230 Billion Assets to Germany in Brexit Shift https://t.co/7NA6XwBufG “Only a considerable upside.” Thu, 13:07: RT @lowflyingrocks: 2020 ST3, 3m-7m in diameter, just passed the Earth at 5km/s, missing by 927,000km. https://t.co/vFckZje0k0 Thu, 13:13: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 September

broadcast anniversaries 25 September 1965: broadcast of "Air Lock", third episode of the story we now call Galaxy 4. Vicki is captured by the Rills, but persuades the Doctor to help them; Steven is threatened with asphyxiation by the Drahvins. … Continue reading

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Thursday reading

Current Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake Last books finished The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel Distraction, by Bruce Sterling Blood Monster, by Neil Gaiman and Marlene O’Connor Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back, by Alison Wilgus … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: Judith Butler on the culture wars, JK Rowling and living in “anti-intellectual times” https://t.co/erf62gXMdd Great stuff. Wed, 14:00: RT @michelzaffran: Congratulations to @Rotary‘s Dr. Tunji Funsho – #TIME100 has recognized him for his role in @WHOAFRO wild polio … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 September

i) births and deaths 24 September 1939: birth of Maurice Colbourne who played Lytton in Resurrection of the Daleks (Fifth Doctor, 1984) and Attack of the Cybermen (Sixth Doctor, 1985). 24 September 1951: birth of David Banks, who played the … Continue reading

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March 2008 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, 12:56: Why the first black British prime minister is likely to be a Conservative https://t.co/3CJlPb9aFx Very interesting analysis from @StephenKB – basically, the Conservatives are better at diversity and at winning elections. Tue, 17:05: RT @MehreenKhn: This week’s European … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 September

i) births and deaths 23 September 1949: birth of Floella Benjamin (now Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham) who played the recurring character Professor Rivers in the first three seasons of the Sarah Jane Adventures. 23 September 1959: birth of Frank Cottrell … Continue reading

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Bruges-la-morte, by Georges Rodenbach

Second paragraph of third chapter: Lorsqu’il allait, en de muettes dévotions, baiser la relique de la chevelure conservée ou s’attendrir devant quelque portrait, ce n’est plus avec la morte qu’il confrontait l’image, mais avec la vivante qui lui ressemblait. Mystérieuse … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Interesting challenge to perceptions. https://t.co/KSOxDCuYs3 Mon, 16:05: The Missing Peace in the Abraham Accords https://t.co/KyPoUWzEUa Excellent analysis by Daniel Levy of the Israel/UAE deal. Mon, 17:11: The Hobbit is 83 years old today. It’s all about Bilbo. https://t.co/gcir3OcFER … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 22 September

i) births and deaths 22 September 1937: birth of Tony Caunter 22 September 1944: birth of Fraser Hines, who played Jamie from 1966 to 1969, and has appeared in more Doctor Who episodes than anyone except the first four Doctors. … Continue reading

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Jerusalem, by Alan Moore

Second paragraph of third chapter of Book One: The Boroughs: He could remember how he’d got out of the life, the business, the proverbial ‘Twenty-five Thousand Nights’, as he’d heard it referred to. Far as Freddy was concerned, it might … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @felixmlarkin: This by ⁦@FrankmcnallyIT⁩ made me laugh out loud over breakfast. And we all need a laugh in Dublin today! https://t.co/Zh… Sun, 13:48: “The government may have the brute power to seek to make the governed comply … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 21 September

i) births and deaths 21 September 1960: birth of Sue Vertue, producer of The Curse of Fatal Death, daughter of Terry Nation's agent Beryl Vertue and married to later Who show-runner Stephen Moffatt. 21 September 2010: death of Geoffrey Burgon, … Continue reading

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