Monthly Archives: January 2021

320 days of plague: holding on

Again, first things first: the Belgian numbers are slightly better than ten days ago, and a little better again than twenty or thirty days ago. Considering that the famously infectious British strain has thoroughly overtaken the country, it could be … Continue reading

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January books

Non-fiction 4 Out of Africa, by Karen Blixen Endgames: Political Cartoons and Other Stuff, 2015-2020, by Martyn Turner Watling Street, by John Higgs T.K. Whitaker, by Anne Chambers Non-genre 2 The Home and the World, by Rabindranath Tagore Gallimaufry, by … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 13:19: RT @FabianZuleeg: Seems clear that no one covered themselves in glory on the vaccine dispute (& EU should have definitely handled it differ… Sat, 14:59: Shutterbug Follies, by Jason Little About a girl who discovers disturbing things while … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 January

i) births and deaths 31 January 1918: birth of John Crockett, who directed "The Wall of Lies", the fourth episode of the story we now call Marco Polo (First Doctor, 1964), and the whole of the story we now call … Continue reading

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride won the 1987 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentaton. Second place went to Robocop, third to the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot “Encounter at Farpoint”, fourth to Predator and fifth to The Witches of Eastwick. Scandalously, I … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: I watched Star Trek – Lower Decks – Camestros Felapton https://t.co/zD949rtTnh Fri, 15:00: The Sexual Life of Catherine M., by Catherine Millet Catherine Millet has sex a lot, with lots of people, in lots of places and in … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 January

i) births and deaths 30 January 1966: birth of Daphne Ashbrook, who played Grace Holloway in the TV Movie (1996) 30 January 1997: death of Nicholas Mallet, who directed The Mysterious Planet (1986), Paradise Towers 1987) and The Curse of … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current Koko Takes a Holiday, by Kieran Shea Elatsoe, by Darcie Little Badger Sugar and other stories, by A.S. Byatt The Kappa Child, by Hiromi Goto Last books finished Watling Street, by John Higgs Greybeard, by Brian Aldiss The Princess … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 14:52: RT @bagatsen: @nwbrux Will you be doing tweets of daily vaccination numbers in Belgium? I looked at RKI for Germany, and on the present pac… Thu, 15:01: Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice This book really is … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 January

i) births and deaths 29 January 1930: birth of William Emms, author of TV story Galaxy 4 (1965) and the widely and justly forgotten Sixth Doctor book, Mission to Venus (1986) 29 January 1959: birth of Phil Nice, who played … Continue reading

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December 2009 books, and 2009 roundup

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, 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 … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @chattlibrary: Difficult to believe, and yet it’s true! Check us out at https://t.co/JdpiX3HO3d and visit @nathanwpyle for more otherw… Wed, 14:41: RT @Pavel99_B: @hopeformaybe Facts from @QasimRashid Benghazi: •GOP: 33 hearings & investigations over 5 years. Hillary’s … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 January: NUZZINK IN ZE VURLD CAN STOP ME NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!

i) births and deaths 28 January 1937: birth of John Normington, who played the oligarch Morgus in The Caves of Androzani (Fifth Doctor, 1984), Trevor Sigma the galactic inspector in the The Happiness Patrol (Seventh Doctor, 1988) and the older … Continue reading

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At Childhood’s End, by Sophie Aldred

Second paragraph of third chapter: Locking the Hypergreen, she made her way up the concrete stairs to the top floor. She knocked loudly on a door painted a monstrous shade of bright pink. After a few moments there was a … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, an Unexpected Hero https://t.co/jCwjsfBwOS Thought-provoking. Tue, 15:00: The Saint Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell A rich white man kills his wife’s black lover, perhaps accidentally, and though only the au pair … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 January

i) births and deaths 27 January 1984: death of Douglas Camfield, who directed the third episode of Planet of Giants (First Doctor, 1964), also The Crusade (First Doctor, 1965), The Time Meddler (also First Doctor, 1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (First Doctor, 1965-66), … Continue reading

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The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

Second paragraph of third chapter: He walks home from school toward an apartment situated above a shop strewn with crystal balls and tarot cards, incense and statues of animal-headed deities and dried sage. (The scent of sage permeates everything, from … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 13:14: We had our own family Burns Night on Saturday, with very yummy haggis bought well in advance from @STONEMANOR28 ! https://t.co/G9Dx8arqjQ Mon, 15:28: RT @apcoworldwide: We are delighted to welcome #PublicAffairs veteran and #DEandI leader @docantolicy to APCO … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 January

i) births and deaths 26 January 1919: birth of Roy Purcell who played Chief Prison Officer Powers in The Mind of Evil (Third Doctor, 1971) and the President of the Council of the Time Lords in The Three Doctors (Third … Continue reading

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The Home and the World, by Rabindranath Tagore

Second paragraph of third chapter: একদিন আমার সামনেই আমার মেজো জা হাসতে হাসতে আমার স্বামীকে বললেন, ভাই ঠাকুরপো, তোমাদের এ বাড়িতে এতদিন বরাবর মেয়েরাই কেঁদে এসেছে, এইবার পুরুষদের পালা এল, এখন থেকে আমরাই কাঁদাব। কী বল ভাই ছোটোরানী? রণবেশ তো … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:25: RT @archivetvmus71: George and the Dragon (3rd February 1968). Tom Baker certainly makes the most of his brief screen time. https://t.co/9f… Sun, 12:33: RT @RokNezic: A winter wonderland @ArmaghPlanet this morning! ❄️ 5cm of snow (I know, not … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 January

i) births and deaths 25 January 1943: birth of Ian Collier, who played Stuart Hyde in The Time Monster (Third Doctor, 1972) and Omega in Arc of Infinity (Fifth Doctor, 1983), and reprised the role of Omega in Big Finish … Continue reading

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The new Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies – once again

As previously noted, the next cycle of regular revisions to the Northern Ireland constituency boundaries has begun, and life for us election anoraks has been immensely sweetened by Kevin Larkin, who has uploaded all the statistics to his Boundary Assistant … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Slavery statues in City of London to be removed https://t.co/kMOEXXmjpI Good. Sat, 14:48: A Remarkable Resemblance: Germany From 1900 to 1945 and China Today. Time for a NATO for Trade? | ITIF https://t.co/3qLqaYysUn Very interesting from @RobAtkinsonITIF (flagged … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 January

i) births and deaths 24 January 1930: birth of Terence Bayler, who played Yendom, a doomed human slave, in The Ark (First Doctor, 1966) and mesmerised soldier Major Barrington in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969). 24 January 1942: birth … Continue reading

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Platoon

Platoon won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1986, and also three others, Best Director (Oliver Stone), Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Stone lost for Best Original Screenplay and two of the actors lost for Best Supporting Actor to … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:38: Great thread explaining high points of today’s excellent @FT article on Brexit. https://t.co/tUtaAdCcBw Fri, 12:56: What Mars sounds like, and the rover’s welcome party https://t.co/vXvkJ9O92S Wow. Fri, 16:05: TOVE film worldwide: Tove Jansson’s first biopic TOVE heading to … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 January

i) births and deaths 23 January 2015: death of Barrie Ingham, who played Alydon in the Cushing!Doctor film Dr Who and the Daleks and Paris in the story we now call The Myth Makers (First Doctor, 1965). ii) broadcast anniversaries … Continue reading

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November 2009 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, 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 … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake T.K. Whitaker, by Anne Chambers Watling Street, by John Higgs Greybeard, by Brian Aldiss Last books finished The Lowest Heaven, eds Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin Endgames: Political Cartoons and Other Stuff, 2015-2020, by … Continue reading

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