Monthly Archives: November 2021

November 2021 books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 44) Paul: A Biography, by Tom Wright Building Healthy Boundaries: An Over-giver’s Guide to Knowing When to Say ‘Yes’ and How to Say ‘No’ in Relationships, by Helen Snape Image of the Fendahl, by Simon Bucher-Jones Ghost … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @English_Channel: This painting is titled: Would It Hurt You To Put The Dirty Bowl In The Dishwasher? https://t.co/AjciNqO6UZ Mon, 18:05: February 2014 books https://t.co/4FKxKyW9Vx Tue, 10:45: A great process of voting on the best Blake’s 7 episodes, … Continue reading

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February 2014 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

Sun, 13:38: RT @astroehlein: If being asked to wear a mask in some places during a global pandemic is really the greatest “oppression” you’ve ever face… Sun, 16:49: The Ice Cream Army, by Jessica Gregson https://t.co/LTGT6VyNM9 Sun, 17:30: Doctor Who: … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Witchfinders, by Joy Wilkinson

Second paragraph of third chapter: Right now, it was hurtling on a course towards Westminster Abbey on the bright, frost-flowered morning of 15 January 1559. After their tangle with sinister robots and exploding bubble-wrap at Kerblam!, the whole fam favoured … Continue reading

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The Ice Cream Army, by Jessica Gregson

Second paragraph of third chapter: Irfan had been quieter than usual for a couple of weeks. As the ship ploughed on, southbound and unstoppable, he’d seemed paler, too, and while Irfan had always coughed for as long as Halim could … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: RT @patmcfaddenmp: Attached is our APPG report out today on Sickle Cell and health care. A story of frustration, lack of understanding, in… Sat, 15:34: Latest instalment of @OctothorpeCast. I am invoked at 13:15 and briefly audible at … Continue reading

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COVID, day 10 and 620 days of plague

Not a lot better today in fact, and I’ve been out of bed less than yesterday. I am coughing a bit more but I’ll take that as a good sign as my lungs start to clear themselves. My oxidation level … Continue reading

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Chicago (2002)

Chicago won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2002, and five others: Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones, beating fellow cast member Queen Latifah), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It lost in another six … Continue reading

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My tweets

Fri, 12:07: Many congrats to the new German Minister of Agriculture, @Cem_Oezdemir – was tremendously helpful back when he was first an MEP. Wishing him every success. Fri, 12:56: TIL that the entire surviving corpus of Linear A inscriptions would … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien Shanghai Sparrow, by Gaie Sebold Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney The Last Defender of Camelot, by Roger Zelazny (the 2002 collection, not the 1980s one of the same … Continue reading

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The HAVOC Files 3, ed. Andy Frankham-Allen

(This was the last review I had written before I went down with COVID. if you have been wondering how I kept up my daily book posts for the last week, it's because they had all been written some time … Continue reading

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COVID, day 9

Well, I am very glad to say that I feel a bit better today, and spent most of the afternoon downstairs. F ventured forth to the supermarket, armed only with a long shopping list, but seems to have survived the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: Characteristically witty and incisive from David O’Sullivan. https://t.co/XQUMyN5o3w Thu, 15:54: RT @OctothorpeCast: @JohnCoxon, @BohemianCoast, and guest @MargueriteS_IE are live from Novacon 50! We discuss @worldcon2021, @Glasgowin202… Thu, 16:40: RT @iainjclark: This explains why, until recently, most crimes were … Continue reading

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COVID, day 8

Nothing drastic to report, after yesterday’s exciting adventure. I am 54 years old, and have not had to spend a night in hospital since my parents brought me home from the maternity ward. That record still stands, just. The good … Continue reading

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Building Healthy Boundaries: An Over-giver’s Guide, by Helen Snape

Full title: Building Healthy Boundaries: An Over-giver’s Guide to Knowing When to Say ‘Yes’ and How to Say ‘No’ in Relationships. Second paragraph of third chapter: The one topic that I get asked about time and time again from my … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 14:11: RT @Tomfan_photos: Happy Dr Who day from Tom! #DoctorWhoDay https://t.co/xAtQwDvhk9 Wed, 16:05: The Belgian city where the Big Bang theory was born https://t.co/CjdZKufEih National Geographic discovers Leuven. Wed, 18:33: The Book of the War, ed. Lawrence Miles https://t.co/5Hi6nRPgqB … Continue reading

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COVID, day 7.1: a trip to hospital

I am fine (ish). I spent five hours last night in the local hospital, but they released me without immediate need for further treatment, so I am back at home again. Late yesterday evening, my pulse oximeter was giving a … Continue reading

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COVID, day 7

There really isn't much new to say today. I am still feeling pretty much the same, horizontal most of the time and sleeping a lot. We have been regularly checking in with the oximeter which shows my oxygen levels just … Continue reading

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The Book of the War, ed. Lawrence Miles

Second paragraph of first entry under C ("Caldera"): In itself the caldera wouldn't appear to be a remarkable site. Though now covered over, at first glance it would seem to be little more than an absence, where the Yssgaroth incursion … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: RT @alexhallhall: This week I shall try to give more substance to my thread last week about US views on Brexit. But first, some background… Tue, 13:38: Hoge corona cijfers in Oud-Heverlee https://t.co/vSbL7B9idq Tue, 14:09: RT @DaveKeating: The … Continue reading

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January 2014 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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COVID, day 6

Not much change today – still horizontal, still on tea and painkillers, still not much appetite (or sense of taste or smell). But a couple of things to cheer me up. First off, we got an oximeter from the local … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @katesang: Well Angus is on https://t.co/hEjku3HCuf Mon, 13:19: Craving steak tartare (américain as they call it here) and tinned grapefruit. Probably just as well that we don’t have either in stock. Mon, 14:58: COVID, day 5 https://t.co/rSpbYGZsbK … Continue reading

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Paul: A Biography, by Tom Wright

Second paragraph of third chapter: As we shall see later, Paul is writing this [Galatians 1:15-17] in his own defense. He has apparently been accused of getting his "gospel" secondhand from the Jerusalem apostles. His opponents are therefore going over … Continue reading

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COVID, day 5

Well, yesterday was gruesome. Horrible gastric symptoms in the evening; I am a little better today but my appetite has completely disappeared and I have not yet got out of bed. It has also become clear how I got infected … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 15:37: “He doesn’t have MPs who are devoted to him because they admire the calibre and consistency of his character because you can’t esteem what doesn’t exist. He hasn’t got loyalists, only lackeys. He inspires no true believers, he … Continue reading

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COVID, day 4

Woke up this morning with bad headache and cough. Anne’s positive results came through, and indeed I found mine on the mijngezondheid.be website. She thinks she is improving; I am definitely not – very bad gastric symptoms this evening. When … Continue reading

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2021 Worldcon Business Meeting agenda: my comments

The draft agenda for this year's WSFS Business Meeting is out. For well-known reasons, I will not be in DC myself, but I have the following observations. A.1.1: Mark Protection Committee – I would like to be a candidate for … Continue reading

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The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

Second paragraph of third chapter: I opened the drawer of my desk and pulled out a small mirror. A woman with somewhat ordinary features stared back at me. Her hair was a plain mousy color and of medium length, tied … Continue reading

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