December 15th, 2013

diplomacy

Where I've been this year

Having returned from a jetlagged stopover in London with the eminently hospitable clanwilliam and gmh, it's time for the 2013 overnight meme:

List the places where you spent a night away from home this year, marking places where you spent two or more non-consecutive nightswith an asterisk.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Munich, Germany
Los Angeles, USA
Berlin, Germany*
London, England*
Barcelona, Catalonia*
Bratislava, Slovakia
Loughbrickland, Northern Ireland*
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Kidderminster, England
Krynica-Zdrój, Poland
Strasbourg, France
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Nottingham, England
Edinburgh, Scotland
Cologne, Germany
New York, USA

17, which is one more than last year. Also two overnight transatlantic flights. Nine countries in the above list, with a day trip to Geneva, and passing through Luxembourg en route to and from Strasbourg, taking the total to eleven countries this year. Five trips to London, of which three were entirely Worldcon-related and some Worldcon business was done during both of the other two.

Previous years: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.
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December Books 8) Death and Diplomacy, by Dave Stone

Continuing a decent run of Who books, this is the Seventh Doctor story which introduces Jason Kane, husband of Bernice Summerfield. I knew a lot of Jason's later continuity from Big Finish audios, but had somehow not absorbed that he was actually from 1996. Anyway, I was delighted with his introduction to the character, whose whirlwind romance with Benny comes against a background of mildly comical terror; meanwhile the Doctor is attempting to sort out a complex conflict between three competing alien races, and Roz and Chris have a subordinate but still entertaining plot line.