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Dec. 24th, 2014

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Dec. 22nd, 2014

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Dec. 21st, 2014

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Dec. 20th, 2014

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Dec. 19th, 2014

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  • Thu, 13:58: Indian comic creates female superhero to tackle rape http://t.co/8pXp77MIG4
  • Fri, 10:14: Offensive headline du jour: BBC website, "Profumo's Rice-Davies dies". Whose R-D? (Better on actual page, "Profumo *Affair's* Rice-Davies.)
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Dec. 18th, 2014

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Dec. 17th, 2014

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Dec. 16th, 2014

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Dec. 14th, 2014

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  • Sun, 09:24: RT @LeVostreGC: Trolles shal make their trollish bites, lyke gnat, or flye, or midge / Wayte til daylighte make them stone, then walke acr…
  • Sun, 09:31: RT @mc_hankins: 'Could you fax over a copy?' 'No, I can't fax because of where I live' 'Where do you live?' 'The 21st century'
  • Sun, 09:32: RT @CatFoodBreath: Santa says you need to practice leaving snacks under the tree. He suggests cheese and sardines.
  • Sun, 09:35: RT @OnIyHistory: The stages of construction of the Eiffel Tower. Work on the foundations started today in 1887 http://t.co/on8I8iA8ew
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Dec. 13th, 2014

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Dec. 12th, 2014

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Dec. 10th, 2014

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Dec. 8th, 2014

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Dec. 5th, 2014

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Nov. 30th, 2014

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  • Sun, 11:34: RT @mallelis: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: my love for my daughter will move time MMC'S DAUGHTER: i WILL find my dad DR: do u want to hear abt yr s…
  • Sun, 11:38: RT @AVeryTheoryXmas: It is the height of anthropocentrism to say "38 sleeps until Christmas." Critical animal studies would point out that,…
  • Sun, 11:50: awesome and beautiful: watch it now! Wanderers: A Stunning Short Video of Our Future in Space http://t.co/gwmVCQ4EOn via @BadAstronomer
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Nov. 28th, 2014

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Nov. 27th, 2014

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  • Wed, 15:05: It's three in the afternoon, London has vanished & I can't take a photo (from 6th floor window) that doesn't show the reflection of my phone
  • Wed, 15:47: I type 'sympathies', autocorrect suggests 'dinosaurs'. True, in many situations a T Rex would be more useful. #Damnyouautocorrect
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Nov. 23rd, 2014

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Nov. 22nd, 2014

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Nov. 21st, 2014

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  • Fri, 08:45: Trains! One broken one, and one that is about to go out of service. http://t.co/T6fWFt3Zsd
  • Fri, 09:19: It's 09:17, and the PA at Kenley station (where I am stranded) has just announced that the 08:06 is running 13 mins late.
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Nov. 20th, 2014

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Nov. 16th, 2014

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Nov. 15th, 2014

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Nov. 14th, 2014

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  • Thu, 12:35: My cat is disappointed, he'd have liked to catch one: Amazon to begin testing same-day delivery drones in Cambridge http://t.co/b7mdQRju4C
  • Thu, 12:37: Bad sex award 2014: who should win? http://t.co/wPF68AUrU8 --@guardian [excerpts range from bad writing via bad metaphor to simply surreal]
  • Fri, 09:16: Drenched. And that's through my raincoat. Could've Tubed from London Bridge but then would've been drenched with sweat, not all of it mine.
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Nov. 13th, 2014

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Nov. 12th, 2014

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  • Wed, 07:16: RT @SouthernRailUK: INFO: 07:12 Caterham to Purley has been cancelled due to a problem with line side equipment.
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2014/40: Seed -- Ania Ahlborn

At what point do parents back away from something they love more than their own lives, put up their hands, and admit defeat? [loc. 906]


2014/40: Seed -- Ania Ahlbornspoilery reviewCollapse )

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Nov. 11th, 2014

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2014/39: Cooking with Bones -- Jess Richards

With her enhanced mirror neuron pathways making her empathic, with her reflective skin that lets everyone project what they want to see, everyone she’s ever met must have left their trace in her very cells. All these traces have become the layers of who Maya is. Peel the layers off an onion, and at the heart of an onion … At the heart of an onion there’s nothing left but a sharp living smell. And the person who’s peeled away an onion is left with tears stinging their eyes and a pile of dead layers of skin. [loc. 2455]


2014/39: Cooking with Bones -- Jess Richardsslightly spoilery reviewCollapse )

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Nov. 10th, 2014

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Nov. 9th, 2014

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Nov. 8th, 2014

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Recent Culture [Electra, Berlioz, Necropolis, Interstellar]

Gosh, this paid-employment lark (plus an ev0l commute) doesn't leave me much time to be Me ... but job is good and so will money be. And being back in London (kinda sorta) is Fab.

So!
Electra [Old Vic, 28-Oct-14]Read more...Collapse )

Beethoven Coriolan overture, Liszt Piano Concerto #2, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique [conductor Tugan Sokhiev, piano Khatia Buniatishvili: Royal Festival Hall, 30-Oct-14]Read more...Collapse )

Necropolis [Waterloo Station, 31-Oct-14]Read more...Collapse )

Interstellar [Curzon Victoria, 07-Nov-14]Read more...Collapse )

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Nov. 6th, 2014

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Nov. 2nd, 2014

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2014/38: The Magician's Land -- Lev Grossman

This was a double game: he was trying to save his childhood, to preserve it and trap it in amber, but to do that he was calling on things that partook of the world beyond childhood, whose touch would leave him even less innocent than he already was.

2014/38: The Magician's Land -- Lev Grossman
Two months after the US publication of Lev Grossman's eagerly-awaited The Magician's Land, third in the 'Magicians' trilogy, a legitimate UK Kindle edition finally became available. I wish I hadn't had to wait …
review non-spoilery for this book, slightly spoilery for previous in trilogyCollapse )

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2014/37: The Bone Clocks -- David Mitchell

...a terrible wasting disease called mortality. There’s a lot of it about. The young hold out for a time, but eventually even the hardiest patient gets reduced to a desiccated embryo, a Strudlebug … a veined, scrawny, dribbling … bone clock, whose face betrays how very, very little time they have left.

2014/37: The Bone Clocks -- David Mitchell

I have bounced off a few of Mitchell's novels, but now am inclined to try them again, because I adored this – and I'm fairly sure, given a few references I recognised (to Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet), that it's entwined with at least some of his previous work.
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Nov. 1st, 2014

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Oct. 29th, 2014

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Oct. 28th, 2014

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