July 16th, 2018


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Monday reading

The Æneid, by Virgil (translations by John Dryden and Robert Fagles, plus Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI)
Maigret Loses His Temper, by Georges Simenon

Last books finished
Doctor Who Quiz Book of Dinosaurs, by Michael Holt
Anno Mortis, by Rebecca Levene
“Slow Sculpture”, by Theodore Sturgeon
A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon
The Man Within My Head, by Pico Iyer
Under the Pendulum Sun (extract), by Jeannette Ng
The Two Jasons, by Dave Stone

Next books
Up Jim River, by Michael Flynn
The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, by Ian Mortimer

The 2018 World Cup

I was really glad to be able to watch the World Cup final yesterday in a cafe in Cormatin, Burgundy, with Anne, F and my sister who lives nearby.


The clouds were threatening, and we did get sprinkled at one point.


But the atmosphere was fantastic with local fans of all ages watching intently.


Sometimes you make the most of what you’ve got.


It was probably the most exciting World Cup final of my lifetime; my family, none of them particularly football fans, came along to humour me and were captivated. And for our fellow customers, the result was the right one.

Speaking of results, I can now reveal the final scores for my predictions contest:

N %
nwhyte 36 64 56%
johnny9fingers 29 57 51%
trepkos 28 50 56%
vilakins 28 58 48%
redfiona99 27 49 55%
coughingbear 18 31 58%
sevenorora 17 32 53%
hano 16 30 53%
drplokta 15 32 47%
po8crg 14 20 70%
mount_oregano 14 25 56%
huskyteer 11 22 50%
yiskah 8 13 62%
busarewski 7 10 70%
pseudomantid 6 9 67%
arwel_p 5 7 71%
strange_complex 4 9 44%
liliaeth 4 10 40%
dave_gallaher 3 3 100%
tournesolavande 3 7 43%
slemslempike 3 9 33%
infinitemonkeys 2 3 67%
filigree10 1 1 100%
despotliz 1 1 100%
高円美砂子 1 1 100%
altariel 1 1 100%
jeffreyab 1 2 50%
lexin 1 3 33%
sekvo 1 4 25%
brutti_ma_buoni 0 1 0%
snapsdavidlynch 0 1 0%

Congrats to johnny9fingers, trepkos, vilakins and redfiona99 who all acquitted themselves well.

There were seven matches where nobody predicted the result: Iran/Morocco, Portugal/Spain, Iceland/Argentina, Brazil/Switzerland, Senegal/Poland, Saudi Arabia/Egypt and Spain/Morocco.

johnny9fingers was the only person to predict that Switzerland would beat Serbia, pseudomantid was the only one to predict that Nigeria would beat Iceland, redfiona99 was the only one to predict that Iran would draw with Portugal, sevenorora was the only one to predict that Switzerland would draw with Costa Rica, and coughingbear was alone in predicting that Russia would beat Spain.

Thanks to all of you for participating. Livejournal is not yet dead! Though it is worth noting that when I did this in 2010, I had 281 participants rather than 31.