Much the most important thing that happened to us in January 2011 was that little U, who had just turned seven, said her first words. God bless you, A.A. Milne, wherever you are. (And Walt Disney too, I guess.)
The month had started with a solar eclipse. In my office, my Estonian intern L departed to the EU's information service, where she spent a couple of years answering citizens' questions before getting a serious government advisory position back home, where she still is. Her replacement, J, was from an even smaller EU country, Luxembourg, and (spoilers) also now works for her home government as an adviser, though I recruited her from a volunteer position in Kosovo.
My only work trip that month was to Chișinău again, where I spoke at a conference and was given a tour of the famous Cricova wine cellars, including President Putin’s private stash.
It had snowed in Moldova too.
I had a couple of other cultural excursions, one to an exhibition of relics in Leuven:
And to the Hergé Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve, well worth a visit.
I posted two pieces on the abolition of the Irish Seanad, for all the good that did, and continued to hate my HTC Desire phone.
I read 16 books in January 2011.
The Hiſtory of That moſt Eminent Stateſman, Sir John Perrott
Sisters of Sinai, by Janet Soskice
For Noble Purposes, by Richard Porter
Tyrone's Rebellion, by Hiram Morgan
The Secret Life of Trees, by Colin Tudge
Non-genre fiction: 1
The Undiscovered Chekhov, by Anton Chekhov
SF (non-Who): 3
Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake
Doctor Who: 6
Heart of TARDIS, by Dave Stone
Doctor Who Annual 1979
AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe, by Lance Parkin
Shadowmind, by Christopher Bulis
The Scarlet Empress, by Paul Magrs
Doctor Who Annual 1980
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers vol.2, by Fumi Yoshinaga
Page count: 4400
2/16 books by women (Soskice, Yoshinaga).
1/16 by PoC (Yoshinaga).
- Sisters of Sinai, about two Victorian women who made a massive contribution to biblical studies; you can get it here.
- Tyrone's Rebellion, superb account of the Nine Years' War; you can get it here.
- AHistory, an exhaustive chronology of the Whoniverse; you can get it here.