Monthly Archives: October 2021

October 2021 books

Non-fiction 8 (YTD 38) John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, by Fred Kaplan Groetjes uit Vlaanderen, by Mohamed Ouaamari The Ambassadors of Death, by L.M. Myles Dark Water / Death in Heaven, by Philip Purser-Hallard Free Speeches, by Denis Kitchen, Nadine … Continue reading

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Sat, 14:52: Parlement, the 2020 TV series https://t.co/wltpscleJn Sat, 17:11: RT @adamcobb: @Mij_Europe But hang on… less than a month ago he said he preferred not to negotiate this way. Sat, 18:49: September 2013 books https://t.co/SkpttszVET Sun, 10:45: RT @johnnythin: … Continue reading

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September 2013 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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Parlement, the 2020 TV series

Somewhat late to the party, we've been watching the first series of Parlement, a comedy set in and around the European Parliament. Here's a trailer: It is the story of Samy (Xavier Lacaille), a naive young French chap, who comes … Continue reading

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Fri, 15:29: RT @reclamation2022: We’re sorry to announce that Zen Cho has had to withdraw as Guest of Honour owing to family commitments. We’re very… Fri, 17:09: RT @CrisisGroup: As UNSC votes on renewal of mission in Western Sahara today, … Continue reading

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The Ambassadors of Death, by L.M. Myles (and Terrance Dicks)

The third of the Black Archive books is by L.M. Myles, who I last saw at the fantastic Gallifrey One convention last year. Here she is in the bar on the first night, in the thick of things. When I … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current Not Before Sundown, by Johanna Sinisalo The Unspoken Name, by A.K. Larkwood The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde Paul: A Biography, by Tom Wright Last books finished Splinters and the Wolves of Winter, by William Whyte Those About to … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 15:36: RT @BrusselsTimes: A couple and their 1.5-year-old child were driving over the Marie Thumas Bridge in Leuven on Wednesday when it suddenly… Thu, 18:37: 590 days of plague https://t.co/hWWlE6NnWi Thu, 20:19: 590 days of plague https://t.co/vUuDLGTmf3 #covid19 Fri, … Continue reading

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590 days of plague

Holding. Edited to add: Well, that's embarrassing. I had carefully planned out my day so that I would do an astute update here to go live later in the evening, but in fact my "holding" entry went live when I … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Hitchhiker Who Disappeared 50 Years Ago ID’d Using DNA From Child He Didn’t Know He Had https://t.co/ZieT3TDaPT A sad story, with at least some closure. Wed, 15:15: Groetjes uit Vlaanderen, by Mohamed Ouaamari https://t.co/dTglOyncY9 Wed, 15:21: RT @reclamation2022: … Continue reading

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Groetjes uit Vlaanderen, by Mohamed Ouaamari

Second paragraph of third chapter (Sura 114 of the Qur'an, in Dutch in the book but I'm giving both the Arabic original – the Warsh recitation, which is used in Morocco – and the English translation): Zeg: ‘Ik zoek bescherming … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 18:45: 2021 Hugo short stories https://t.co/1apEyueS1D Tue, 19:05: RT @CrisiscenterBE: Overlegcomité – mondmaskerplicht, Covid Safe Ticket en telewerk in strijd tegen herfstgolf. Meer info https://t.co/VC… Wed, 10:45: RT @WarOnTheRocks: In December 2019, Alexandra Hall Hall resigned from her post … Continue reading

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2021 Hugo short stories

6) “A Guide for Working Breeds”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Opening dialogue in third section: Kleekai Greyhound (K.g1-09030) hey mentor figure! guess what? Constant Killer (C.k2-00452) You have a new display name? Sorry, this is a story with cute doglike killer robots, … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Good reflective thread. https://t.co/fhP1Wi8RRB Mon, 16:04: Delighted to be able to encourage everyone to sign up for next year’s Eastercon, to be held at the Radisson Heathrow (former Park Inn) 15-18 April next year. Look forward to seeing … Continue reading

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The Crimson Horror, by Mark Gatiss

Second paragraph of third chapter: He came in through the porch, wreathed in smiles, his bony hands knotted together and his eyes darting all around. ‘Ooh, yes. Lovely! Smashing dado. You’ve got this place very nice, I must say.’ He … Continue reading

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2021 Hugo novelettes

Before I get started, I just want to say that these are all really good. Some years it feels like the novelette is the ideal range for speculative fiction, and this is one of those years. I wish that all … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:56: The Problematics: ‘Airplane!’ The Jokes We Roared At Then Are A Little Cringey Nowadays … Or Are They? https://t.co/G1TdqyzTtB Wise words. Sun, 13:27: See this Instagram video by @the_real_iman https://t.co/Wq3HnCR8jh Sun, 14:48: RT @sl_huang: A lot of people … Continue reading

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August 2013 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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Sat, 16:09: Gladiator (2000), and Those About to Die https://t.co/qrEaU8OoCg Sat, 16:16: RT @PatLeahyIT: It is increasingly commonplace to dismiss political opponents as not just wrong in their policy approach, but personally mo… Sun, 10:45: RT @tinytempest: Privileged people never … Continue reading

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Gladiator (2000), and Those About to Die

Gladiator won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2000, and four others: Best Actor (Russell Crowe), Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. It lost in seven categories, three each to Traffic and to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @Scott1Gray: Funny how it felt like a century between The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors, but it’s like we just had The Day of the D… Fri, 14:14: When Eurocrats flirt…. https://t.co/93cOYpNn4n via @YouTube Fri, 16:24: … Continue reading

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“Fire Watch”, by Connie Willis

Second paragraph of third section: Excitement last night. The sirens went early and some of the chars who clean offices in the City sheltered in the crypt with us. One of them woke me out of a sound sleep, going … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Have we reached peak China? https://t.co/KOWl1QSIhb An interesting take. Thu, 16:02: RT @archivetvmus71: ‘When Roobarb Made a Spike’, the first episode of Roobarb, was originally broadcast on this day in 1974. Thirty episode… Thu, 16:05: Nicholas Whyte: Northern … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current Discipline or Corruption, by Konstantin Stanislavsky Shadowboxer, by Tricia Sullivan Splinters and the Wolves of Winter, by William Whyte Those About to Die, by Daniel P. Mannix Last books finished Silver in the Wood, by Emily Tesh Free Speeches, … Continue reading

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Time Must Have a Stop, by Aldous Huxley

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘Evening clothes were a class symbol, and it was a crime to spend money on useless luxuries when people as good as oneself were starving!’ Sebastian knew in advance what his father’s arguments would be. … Continue reading

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Wed, 18:32: John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, by Fred Kaplan https://t.co/r1xGtgKyzj Wed, 19:17: RT @BCommNI: We have now published our initial proposals for UK Parliamentary constituencies in NI. You can read the proposals and find out… Wed, 21:10: For no … Continue reading

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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, by Fred Kaplan

Second paragraph of third chapter: Dashing around London as fast as good horses and a carriage could take them from one famous sight to another, they visited St. Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and the Royal Academy, … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: Brexit isn’t done – and Boris Johnson can’t answer the Irish Question https://t.co/HeFx9PmHri “Boris Johnson has no interest in Northern Ireland. He can win no votes there. There is scant evidence of him ever having visited the province … Continue reading

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The Wych Elm, by Tana French

Second paragraph of third chapter: ‘Are you OK?’ Melissa asked in an undertone, reaching over to squeeze my hand. A rather good novel about young folks in an extended contemporary Dublin middle-class family, who find a mysterious death from ten … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:44: Well, we’ll see. I am waiting for a package which has been in Belgium since 15 September; spoken to @bpost_nl three times by phone, but nothing has happened. https://t.co/iPcospMcvT Mon, 12:56: The UK Media Has Seriously Bungled the … Continue reading

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