Monthly Archives: March 2021

My BSFA votes: Best Novel, part 1

This year's long list of novels for the BSFA Award was very long, comprising 56 books (I actually wrote to the award administrators to query the eligibility of two of them; they replied defending their decision; neither appears on the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: AA Milne’s pacifism and patriotism https://t.co/FIul7qFZ7B Fascinating. “Overwhelming success is harder to deal with than failure. At least failure has an element of hope in it.” Tue, 12:58: Actually not just Best Short Fiction and Best Novel, but … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 31 March

Three quarters of the way through the year now, and past the January-March hump; April-June will be less intense. Nine of the 26 seasons of Old Who ended in the first quarter of the year – six of them in … Continue reading

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My BSFA votes: Non-Fiction

In my two previous posts on this year's BSFA shortlists (here and here), I remarked that it was very difficult to select preferences between the various nominees. For Best Non-Fiction, unfortunately, there are a number of nominees which I feel … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Escape from Kalbajar, now de-occupied but decimated, and my dreams of return https://t.co/Gg0yW87K2J Testimony of the effects of occupation. Mon, 13:32: Brexit forces bitter British couples to flee EU holiday homes #nothingbutaconsiderableupside https://t.co/d6OnY9LBcJ Mon, 14:58: Some very tough … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 March

Three seasons of Old Who ended today i) births and deaths 30 March 1922: birth of Peter Welch, who played Sergeant Klegg in The Highlanders (Second Doctor, 1966-67) and Morgan the pub landlord in The Android Invasion (Fourth Doctor, 1975). … Continue reading

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My BSFA votes: Best Short Fiction

Continuing my posts on this year's BSFA shortlists (and again, this isn’t a set of recommendations, it’s confessing my personal quirks). Here I got two of my nominations on the ballot; the other two that I nominated unsuccessfully were “Rocket … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 14:04: I’m at Pixel Museum in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Bruxelles-Capitale https://t.co/AN9EtWNtYL https://t.co/NabHRexmUR Sun, 14:48: RT @olivernmoody: I don’t understand what the UK is trying to achieve with this line of argument. Germany spent €375m funding BioNTech, ~20… Sun, 16:22: RT @Nickpheas: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 March

i) births and deaths 29 March 1936: birth of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who wrote the incidental music for the story we now call The Aztecs (First Doctor, 1964) 29 March 1938: birth of Barry Jackson who played Ascaris in … Continue reading

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My BSFA votes: Best Art

Easter is coming, and with it the deadline for BSFA Award voting, assisted by the lovely BSFA Award booklet So I'll be revealing my own votes over the next few days, category by category; not to be understood as recommendations, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 13:07: https://t.co/vmbjEuHiVs Sat, 15:11: Edward Scissorhands https://t.co/a3XAkx8j1C Sat, 15:25: Keeping a balance at De Torenvalk. @ De Torenvalk https://t.co/7XCJUn3Xv0 Sat, 15:34: I cannot understand how The Angels Take Manhattan can be losing. The Faceless Ones has good cinematography but … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 March

i) births and deaths 28 March 1924: birth of Robert James, who played Lesterson in The Power of the Daleks (1966) and the High Priest in The Masque of Mandragora (1976) 28 March 1983: birth of Gareth David-Lloyd, who played … Continue reading

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Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1991, thirty years ago. In second place was Total Recall, which I have seen; three films I have not seen came third, fourth and fifth, respectively Ghost, Back to … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:56: Tremendous piece. https://t.co/MAp3G1ld7Y Fri, 13:30: RT @EURACTIV: “I want to be crystal clear: fossil fuels have no viable future,” EU climate chief @TimmermansEU told participants at a gas i… Fri, 18:07: RT @SJAMcBride: @nwbrux Many thanks, Nicholas. Fri, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 March

i) births and deaths 27 March 1935: birth of Julian Glover, who played King Richard in The Crusade (First Doctor, 1965) and Scaroth in City of Death (Fourth Doctor, 1979). I met him last year at a convention in Brussels. … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Hugo nominations closed last weekend, so it was a slow week for reading. Current Romeinse sporen: het relaas van de Romeinen in de Benelux met 309 vindplaatsen om te bezoeken, by Herman Clerinx Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco Kaleidoscope: diverse … Continue reading

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Inside Out, by Nick Mason

Second paragraph of third chapter: Transportation was — and probably still is — a major problem for new bands. Borrowing a parent's car was an option with limited scope, especially with the almost immediate depreciation caused by cramming it full … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:01: RT @bbcdoctorwho: Oh my giddy aunt! Remembering the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, on his birthday https://t.co/Lonsg2GOt0 Thu, 13:56: RT @Heraldofcreatio: #DoctorWhoRankings #DoctorWho ULTIMATE POLL (11-20 of 51) 11 Which is best? Vote & Retweet Thu, 18:55: Chasm City, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 March

i) births and deaths 26 March 1925: birth of Barry Letts, producer of Who from Doctor Who and the Silurians (Third Doctor, 1970) to Robot (Fourth Doctor, 1974-75), director of Enemy of the World (Second Doctor, 1967-68) and The Android Invasion … Continue reading

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Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds

Second paragraph of third chapter: I jumped, not having heard anyone’s footsteps on the staircase which led up to the observation deck. I’d assumed I was completely alone. All the other passengers had retired to their rooms immediately upon boarding … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: Mars 360: 1.2 billion pixel panorama of Mars – Sol 3060 (360video 8K) https://t.co/tv9p7dmr5e Wow. Wed, 14:01: RT @BrusselsTimes: Belgium announces the latest changes to coronavirus measures at a consultative committee press conference. https://t.co… Wed, 18:22: September 2010 … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 March

i) births and deaths 25 March 1920: birth of Patrick Troughton, who played the Second Doctor from 1966 to 1969 and returned on various occasions. He would have been 101 today. ii) broadcast anniversaries 25 March 1967: broadcast of third … Continue reading

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September 2010 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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My tweets

Tue, 18:34: My interview with Radio Free Europe on the challenges faced by the new government in Kosovo. In Albanian, I’m afraid – I did it in English, but they translated it for publication! https://t.co/DMx6wUtu0q Tue, 18:43: Bold As Love, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 March

i) births and deaths 24 March 1935: birth of Rodney Bennett, director of three Fourth Doctor stories – The Ark in Space (1975), The Sontaran Experiment (also 1975) and The Masque of Mandragora (1976). 24 March 1942: birth of Lynda … Continue reading

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Bold As Love, by Gwyneth Jones

Second paragraph of third chapter: He hadn’t known how much he’d been looking forward to seeing that girl, until they were suddenly together in the royal coach, and she froze him out. Things had been no better since. He was … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:00: RT @jackeparrock: Preparations underway to mark the 5 year anniversary of the #BrusselsAttacks at the memorial near Schuman. I still have… Mon, 12:56: South Sudan: Riek Machar and the prophet’s rod – Martin Plaut https://t.co/9BtH8x8VXc The Return of … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 March

i) births and deaths 23 March 1909: birth of Charles Morgan, who played Songsten in The Abominable Snowmen (Second Doctor, 1967) and the Gold Usher in The Invasion of Time (Fourth Doctor, 1978). 23 March 1928: birth of Louis Marks, … Continue reading

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370 days of plague

A year and five days since the first lockdown; just under a year since the first of these posts

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My tweets

Sun, 14:00: Who is on for an expedition to @Pixel_Museum, the video game museum in Brussels, next weekend? Most likely to go Sunday afternoon, with F and U, but plans are not yet final. Sun, 18:27: The Kappa Child, by … Continue reading

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