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I Hope the EU Fixes Itself


Don’t rejoice in Brexit failings. We remoaners must shape the future (says Zoe Williams in the Guardian) Zoe Williams Juncker is the compromise candidate propelled to to prominence. There is plenty unremarkable about him as well as some murky areas that … Continue reading

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The Last Library


Finally coming to the end of this. Back in December 2016 I expected it to max out at about 6k words; it’s now over 20k. Phew. It concerns a wannabe librarian, fallen angels, civilisation forced to live by the rules … Continue reading

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How real books have trumped ebooks


Has the Guardian identified a publishing revival? The Guardian | Books | 2017 | May | 14: How real books trumped ebooks This article has plenty of anecdote but is short on hard data. What do I expect? Units shifted, sales … Continue reading

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China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building


China lays claim to the world’s biggest project The Guardian | world | 2017 | may | 14 | China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building This could  fundamentally change the pattern of  world trade. There are big challenges … Continue reading

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Man Cannot Survive on Mobile Alone.


For Xmas my eldest bought me a smart mobile. I’d been struggling along on my ailing Nokia. It held battery charge great but internet connectivity was a chore. I didn’t bother. Other things being equal I was quite open to the … Continue reading

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World leaders congratulate Macron on victory as EU breathes sigh of relief


M Macron What is Macron’s remit: France or the EU? He’s President of France, has a lot to say about the EU, and as an elitist product of the French system, he’ll be imagining all he can do with his … Continue reading

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EU Reveal Negotiating Stance


Attitudes are beginning to harden as the EU lets slip its negotiating stance in Outrage as Spain given effective Veto on future of Gibraltar.   Credit: Daily Telegraph 31/03/17 In the spirit of openness I’m gonna put all my cards on … Continue reading

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Women Writers of SF and Fantasy


At the very outset, Naomi Alderman in the Guardian makes the case for Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood to be considered Science Fiction writers in  Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future. Would Mary Shelley have recognised Science Fiction? … Continue reading

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British Fantasy Society: 2nd 2017 York Pubmeet


The New York Club WMC, 11th March 2017 To kick things off

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Exoplanets – Trappist – 1


The recent exoplanet announcement for Trappist 1 has received decent press. The Guardian reports Exoplanet discovery: seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting nearby star and in The Daily Telegraph, Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal heralds this discovery with These new worlds … Continue reading

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