March 31st, 2010


North Down latest

The plot thickens in North Down, where one of the UUP's two assembly members has resigned in support of Lady Sylvia Hermon, the local MP.

The UUP's strategic linkage with the Conservatives has thus so far seen the nomination in the only seat they won last time given to the Tories, the loss of their only MP and of another elected representative; meanwhile the most winnable of the other 17 seats, South Antrim, is also the only seat where no candidate has yet been agreed between the two partners. Perhaps voters will see this as a winning strategy; I am not myself a voter, but I am not hugely convinced.

March Books 25) The Last Voyage, by Dan Abnett

I saw a very favourable review of this Tenth Doctor audio book in DWM, but started off feeling a bit disappointed, particularly after my enjoyment of Dead Air; once again, the Doctor ends up on a ship and has to deal with peculiar forces which appear to be attacking the crew (the fact that I'm also in the middle of rewatching the Second Doctor base-under-siege stories didn't help). But actually it grew on me, really for two reasons: first, Tennant, once again, is a brilliant reader, this time telling the story in third person so that he switches from his native Scots to his Doctor's Estuary English, and likewise for the other characters as appropriate; and secondly because the story turns out to have a genuinely good sfnal concept behind it, which really tied up all the ends rather neatly. So, finishing the month's consumption of books, both paper and audio, on a high.