Monthly Archives: June 2021

470 days of plague

First and most crucially, I got my second vaccination last Friday, and am therefore clear to travel in the EU from Friday week. Many people had warned me that the second Pfizer dose can really knock you out the second … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 17:17: RT @StevePeers: Full text of yesterday’s judgment giving permission to proceed to the judicial review of the domestic law application of th… Tue, 18:08: January 2012 books https://t.co/33X2P2QLlQ Wed, 09:30: Whoniversaries 30 June; and envoi https://t.co/SgFNjiUkrb Wed, 10:45: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 June; and envoi

i) births and deaths 30 June 1978: death of David Ellis, who co-wrote The Faceless Ones (1967) 30 June 2015: death of Edward Burnham, who played Professor Watkins in The Invasion (1968) and Professor Kettlewell in Robot (1974-75) 30 June … Continue reading

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January 2012 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

Mon, 16:05: Sensible from @timfarron. https://t.co/THxTUIiExg Mon, 16:32: RT @WHOPolDirector: Wild poliovirus weekly case update from @WHO: No new case. More: https://t.co/Fa6tv3r3VF In 2021:#Afghanistan: 01, #Pa… Mon, 18:06: All Among The Barley, by Melissa Harrison https://t.co/ak2YfgKWL7 Mon, 21:49: RT @worldcon2021: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 June

births and deaths 29 June 1943: birth of Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki in 1964-65. 29 June 1980: birth of Katherine Jenkins, who played Abigail Pettigrew in A Christmas Carol (2010). 29 June 1999: death of Declan Mulholland, one of … Continue reading

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All Among The Barley, by Melissa Harrison

Second paragraph of third chapter: Yet even this I found that I failed at; for instead of sparkling aphorisms, fascinating conversation and news of current affairs, all the pages revealed each week was that I saw to the hens twice … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @morgan_foust: @mister_borogove @frejaxmarie It’s all canon. Especially Lower Decks. https://t.co/NboSKWdcWy Sun, 19:35: The baby in the park: an update https://t.co/QLfMkHjseL Sun, 21:42: Hooray! #BELPOR Sun, 21:45: RT @AlexTaylorNews: Break : exit polls for 2nd final round of … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 June

i) births and deaths 28 June 1951: birth of Sarah Ward, better known as Lalla Ward, who played Princess Astra in The Armageddon Factor (1979) and then the second Romana from 1979 to 1981. Happy 70th birthday! 28 June 2020: … Continue reading

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The baby in the park: an update

I wrote back in March about the mystery of the baby found in a Philadelphia park in 1917, how her children and I had got in touch through ancestry.com and how I had definitely identified the baby's mother, and also … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Belgitude: the art of Belgian zen https://t.co/fWrHEvAKIp Fair. Sat, 16:24: 2021 Hugos: Best Graphic Story or Comic https://t.co/3WmUJZuVIG Sat, 19:17: RT @tnewtondunn: Breaking: Matt Hancock has resigned. Sat, 19:21: RT @GaryLineker: Who would have thought it? Matt Hancock … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 June

i) births and deaths 27 June 1991: death of Milton Subotsky, who produced and wrote Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966), the two cinema films starring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who. ii) … Continue reading

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2021 Hugos: Best Graphic Story or Comic

A couple of people have asked me if I will return to the staff of DisCon III now that the Chair has resigned. Whoever the new Chair is, I will decline any such invitation. My former position as WSFS Division … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:07: RT @TSEofPB: Is anyone else worried that if Boris Johnson sacks Matt Hancock for having an affair that the irony will be so great that it w… Fri, 12:56: RT @jeffercakes88: It has blown my mind this evening … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 June

i) births and deaths 26 June 1914: birth of John Bailey, who played the Commander in The Sensorites (First Doctor, 1964), Edward Waterfield in The Evil of the Daleks (Second Doctor, 1967) and Sezom in The Horns of Nimon (Fourth … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current The Monster's Wife, by Kate Horsley Middlemarch, by George Eliot Light, by M. John Harrison Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas Last books finished "Stories For Men", by John Kessel The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullagh Come Tumbling Down, by … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 17:08: RT @APCOBXLInsider: One week to go until our webinar on how quickly the EU waterborne transport sector can go green! Join @ESPOSecretariat… Thu, 18:57: December 2011 books and 2011 books roundup https://t.co/XQ9IGdGjNt Fri, 07:40: …when you wake up … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 June

i) births and deaths 25 June 1937: birth of Audrey Arlington, who played the Abbess in Eye of the Gorgon (SJA, 2007), and Mrs Poggit in Amy's Choice (Eleventh Doctor, 2010) 25 June 1981: birth of Sheridan Smith, who played … Continue reading

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December 2011 books and 2011 books 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, 12:31: RT @po8crg: @nwbrux Dunno if you saw down-thread, but someone did an accumulator bet on it: https://t.co/XMH7FG3bFF Wed, 12:31: It is one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-six days since the Brexit referendum – exactly five years today – … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 June

i) births and deaths 24 June 1985: death of Valentine Dyall, who played the Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor (Fourth Doctor, 1979), Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment (all Fifth Doctor, 1982). And Slarn in Slipback (Sixth Doctor audio, 1985). … Continue reading

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Five years on from the referendum

Re-upping my post from 31 January last year: Brexiteers, you won. You have made your country a smaller-minded and less important place. For the sake of your mythical sovereignty, you have managed to re-create the old border in Ireland and … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 14:17: RT @BenRigbyJourno: @nwbrux would, I think, heartily agree with this. Well done, @chrisdeerin for capturing why many of us find SciFi so ca… Tue, 18:52: Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech by Rana Foroohar https://t.co/L2PJh9R1cM Tue, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 June

i) births and deaths 23 June 1925: birth of Mary Ridge, who directed Terminus (1983). 23 June 2021: death of Jackie Lane, who played the First Doctor’s companion Dodo in 1966. ii) broadcast anniversaries 23 June 1973: broadcast of sixth … Continue reading

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Resignations

The 2021 Hugo Administration team came on board, at short notice, at the start of this year. We were committed to the words in the 12 January statement by the DisCon III chair, Bill Lawhorn: “The Hugo Awards exist to … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech by Rana Foroohar

Second paragraph of third chapter: The images were released by lawmakers who then had a chance to question not the CEOs and decision makers who’d signed off on a business model that allowed such propaganda to be monetized, but their … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: The chaotic downfall of the DUP triumvirate https://t.co/7p6MRHVE2T Great stuff from RTE. Includes the bizarre Paisley/Van Morrison chanting. Mon, 18:29: The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane https://t.co/uQYD9tlzxS Mon, 20:48: RT @alanbeattie: Today’s … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 22 June

i) births and deaths 22 June 1918: birth of David Ellis (real name David Kerkham), who co-wrote The Faceless Ones (1967) with Malcolm Hulke. 22 June 1953: birth of Ian Levine, among other things continuity consultant to John Nathan Turner. … Continue reading

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The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane

Second paragraph of third story ("Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra" by Vandana Singh): I was once a man, a poet, a teller of tales, but I am long dead now. I lived in the eleventh century of the Common Era … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 15:49: RT @EM_SWSurrey: Apparently @trussliz does not want this retweeting . You know what to do. https://t.co/C07C8POtxz Sun, 16:21: 460 days of plague https://t.co/5HIVjOZSA0 Sun, 19:06: RT @SharedIreland: #SharedIreland https://t.co/7WxAO4rJK5 Sun, 23:39: RT @Mij_Europe: Le Pen’s predecessor & father, … Continue reading

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