June 14th, 2008

alphabets

The Name Game

When I was a Cambridge undergraduate, I was in the same yeargroup and at the same college as this guy. Mind you, in the year below us at Clare there were two Andrew Smiths.

Samuel Pepys finds himself in a slightly more extreme situation, having dinner with no less than four Richard Brownes, three of whom were knighted and thus Sir Richard Browne.

Tell me, does this ever happen to you?
church

June Books 22) God's Politics

22) God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, by Jim Wallis

Rather sad to report that I'm not going to finish this, even though I agree with a lot of what the author is saying - particularly, that the right wing's capture of the religious high ground in the 2004 presidential election was both crucial and dishonest. But the style rather put me off - Wallis is preaching rather than analysing, and shows off about his own achievements rather too much. I got the message in the first couple of chapters, and don't really feel I need to read the rest - especially since the battle lines of 2008 are rather more blurry, but not really in line with Wallis's prescription.
doctor who

Four of Five

Not certain that my watching of Old Who will keep ahead of my reading of the novels, but it looks like I will finish both projects before the summer holidays. More or less at random (and out of sequence, but in the order I watched them) here are the most recent four Fifth Doctor stories I've (re) watched.

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So, my verdict: Terminus definitely one to look out for, The King's Demons definitely one to avoid, the other two OK but not spectacular.