Monthly Archives: August 2010

Royal Society Prize for Science Books

The shortlist for this year’s Royal Society Prize for Science Books has been announced. The longlist was announced in June and the winner will be announced on 21 October 2010 and wil get £10000. Personally I’ve only read the Brian … Continue reading

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Size Matters: Mark Miodownik’s 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

I’ve been a bit concerned about the Royal Institution. They’ve not had a very good time of it over the last few years, what with their financial crisis, making Baroness Greenfield redundant, then her claiming sexual discrimination, and so on; … Continue reading

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Michael Moorocock at the BFI

I last saw The Final Programme when it first came out in 1973: I didn’t enjoy it very much then and I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy it all that much this evening at the BFI. There were a few slow … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading

My colleague Catherine has written in her blog about her holiday cottage being supplied with reading material. It came with two bookcases of books, including Robertson Davies (one of my favourite authors) and other literary fiction, country books, and poetry. … Continue reading

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INTO THE MEDIA WEB: selected short non-fiction, 1956-2006, by Michael Moorcock

I mentioned in my post about Michael Moorcock, Doctor Who & Colonel Pyat that there was a new Moorcock anthology due in August. Into the Media Web, edited by John Davey, landed on my doorstep early this morning – presumably … Continue reading

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Conan Doyle’s old house, Undershaw, to be redeveloped

Undershaw is the house Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in, having had it built in 1897 as his wife needed to move into the country for health reasons. He lived there for ten years, and wrote while there, among other … Continue reading

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Total Recall: how the e-memory revolution will change everything.

‘The two offices of memory are collection and distribution’ – Samuel Johnson ‘Someday we will be able to store everything we see and hear’ – Bill Gates Imagine your whole life being lifelogged: digitised, recorded – every minute of your … Continue reading

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