January 6th, 2011

politics

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My Delicio.us posting skipped a beat yesterday but seems to be back on form today. These were the links it should have posted:

What, child? What child? - treize64 comments on Upcoming Edition of Huckleberry Finn to Have N-word Removed and Replaced with Slave. "While I can smile at the intentions here, the method turns my stomach to the point of vomiting...the word "nigger" is a fact of American history and the current cultural fabric and every attempt to run away from the problem of its existence only buttresses the negative forces of ignorance powering it."

Because I'm Clever - Nasty Canasta on the Tenth Doctor

New Year... New Money - "So as Estonia enters the new year, it adopts a new currency. In fact, given the horrors of Estonian history over the past century, it is the ninth time that Estonia has been forced to change its money: 1910: Tsarist Roubles, 1916: Occupation Marks, 1918: Estonian Marks, 1928: Estonian Kroon, 1940: Soviet Rouble, 1941: Occupation Marks, 1944: Soviet Roubles, 1992: Estonian Kroon. The difference is that this time the symbolism is one of peaceful prosperity and not of occupation."

Chicks Dig the Eleventh Doctor - Tara O'Shea and Lynne Thomas on the Eleventh Doctor

Fezzes Aren't Cool - Mark Waid on the Eleventh Doctor
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Barquentine

Following on from the Sowerby resonance of just over a year ago, I now find myself having just finished one book and reading two more which feature a character called Barquentine. Granted, Gormenghast is the sequel to Titus Groan so in fact it's the same character, the heir and successor of Sourdust, the Master of Ritual; but I was then startled to encounter his cousin or descendant Susan Barquentine in Dave Stone's Doctor Who novel Heart of TARDIS. Both characters are sinister and somewhat faily (Mervyn Peake's Barquentine is sinister partly because he has a wooden leg and scoliosis, the Dave Stone one is a sinister succubus-like entity) but I'll discuss those problems later. What interests me now is, has anyone reading this ever actually met a real person whose real name was Barquentine?