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Bright Lights of London

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

One often-cited advantage of living in London is the proximity of theatres and museums and the many cultural events that take place “on our doorstep”, but for all the yeas that we have lived in the capital this has never mattered either to us or to our mates. We have always been either too poor or too busy to bother with anything London had to offer. At the time even the Natural History Museum charged a 7 entrance fee and the British Library, the only attraction that would draw me to town when I was still a scientist, only opened its doors shortly before I left.
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The Sound of Music

Friday, August 19th, 2005

It’s a day of housework in preparation for a belated summer visit to Borth. We are not lucky with the weather: the rain has driven me out of the garden where I have effectively lived during the last three days whenever I wasn’t at the computer. To top that, I have yet another lose tooth and am forced to contemplate dentures at the age of forty and I’m in a ratty mood anyway. So I turn on the radio for some music and an illusion of company. One advantage of living back in England is that the reception for Radio 1 is reasonable, most of the time. I feel a little bit closer to London, not that we get the pirate stations here, but still…
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The Con Report

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

Five thousand of the planet’s brightest and most creative people converged at the Glasgow Armadillo which docked at ‘Earth’s Busiest Space Port’ for five days and all I have is hazy memories ;}
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Picture ©Frank Wu, reproduced with generous permission
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Letter from the New Hood

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

We now live in a Seventies-style house with a palatial open-plan lounge facing out over a two-tier garden through double glazed sliding doors. By rights, this would be a place for children. It is also the first place we inhabited that is ideal for pets—all that we have missed out on in life. Sadly we can’t get a cat because we’re only here for a year and a cat would get too attached to the place. A pet rabbit perhaps. It’s portable and can be left with friends or relatives or, if nobody wants it, eaten. It would also keep the lawn neatly trimmed…
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Why am I here?

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

This entry has not been saved for reasons unknown. I wrote it on Sunday at Worldcon after having come across a anti-German piece of nasty the previous night. It left me so livid that I was not able to function until I got on-line on a precious 15 minute slot where I typed this all down without editing on an awkward keyboard until the internet guy told me time was up. It was like a verbal haemorrhage. After this, I could re-join and enjoy the rest of the con, reviews of which will follow shortly.

I am glad that I never found out this entry did not post until I got back home!
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Block the Builders — Hiroshima Anniversary

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Monday the 8th of August marks the 60th anniversary of the bombimg of Hiroshima.

This is also the week that planning permission has been sought by our Friendly Neighbourhood Atomic Weapons Establishment for further building work to enable the development of the next generation of nuclear weapons. Naturally, there will be a demonstration at the site.

As I’m off to Scotland, I can’t be there but I hope that many will attend.

That’s all for now folks, see you again after Worldcon.