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  1. French politics: houlala!

    Do you know when the result is likely to be announced?
  2. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I read John Hornor Jacobs' The Incorruptibles. It's got an interesting mix of different elements - it's an alternate history where the Roman Empire now rules most of the Americas, it's also a fantasy Western with elves taking on the role of the natives, there's a fair bit of political intrigue and all the technology is based on 'engineers' enslaving daemons to do their bidding which adds a supernatural horror element. Although all these different pieces of world-building do make it feel fairly original, I sometimes felt it was trying to pack a bit too much into a relatively short book and what feels like it should be the primary plot is squeezed into the last hundred pages.
  3. Listening to British Sea Power's new album Let The Dancers Inherit The Party
  4. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    Apparently Corbyn's masterplan is to bribe us with more bank holidays.
  5. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I think they should all be available in e-book form. I don't think any of them are available as physical books (not sure if they ever intend to do an anthology of them).
  6. Doctor who Series 10; He has been away for a while but he is back!

    Earlier in the episode the Doctor pointed out that he'd met a number of the ships evacuating Earth during his journeys and this was only one of them so the later line about the human race facing extinction due to the robots seemed a bit contradictory. I'm assuming this is meant to be set during the period where Earth had to be abandoned due to solar flares and this colony is part of the human diaspora along with the likes of the inhabitants of the British spaceship in the Matt Smith Space Whale episode (which also featured a different kind of deadly smiling/frowning robots). I thought it was a decent episode, even if it doesn't really stand out particularly.
  7. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    It's quite possible. He did once describe the decision to build some wind turbines near one of his golf courses as 'doing more damage to Scotland than virtually any other event in Scotland's history'.
  8. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    Apparently it's originally from a local Glasgow paper. She is quoted as saying she had been 'advised to stay quiet'.
  9. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    It is a great cover. I was thinking the same thing as you for what the Champion looks like.
  10. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    If we could anticipate it now perhaps it wouldn't be a major surprise? I agree with the other suggestions that it seems likely any surprises might be about who wins individual seats rather than who wins the election overall. That said, recent politics around the world have been anything but predictable. You might be thinking of the leadership challenge he faced last year where one of the more centrist MPs challenged him after the Brexit vote, but Corbyn won the leadership election by a big margin.
  11. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    I'm a bit unconvinced about the suggestion that there's a big pool of SNP voters out there who would be so horrified by the prospect of a second Independence Referendum that they boycott the party. Perhaps you could find a few who might think that, but it seems unlikely to be a big crowd. When the SNP's dominance over Scottish politics ends I wouldn't think it would be over an Independence-related issue, it would be more likely to the same sort of thing that usually takes down political parties - major scandals or poor performance in Government. BBC News were speculating about whether David Milliband could make a comeback as well, he's been working for a charity dealing with disasters which should be good experience for the current Labour party.
  12. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I thought The Three Body Problem tended to be at its best when it was less involved with the scientific parts of the storyline. I thought the bits set during the Cultural Revolution did a good job of showing the oppressiveness of that time period, and I liked most of the scenes set inside the computer game, but wasn't so keen on the rest of the story.
  13. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    John Curtice pointed out earlier on BBC News that even if Labour do lose the popular vote by a massive margin so many of their current seats have huge majorities that they should hold on to most of them so they should still be the main opposition. Of course, any authority they might still claim to have would be eroded even further by such a result. I agree, I think their position on Brexit seems confused so they don't really want the election to be about Europe, but they might not be able to do much about that. The Tories did do reasonably well in last year's Scottish Parliament elections to finish second, but that was with an enthusiastically pro-EU Scottish leader, it seems like it would be much harder to win an Edinburgh constituency with Theresa May leading the campaign. I'd doubt the SNP will suffer many losses although some are possible, and they've probably got a chance to pick up the existing Tory and Labour seats. The Lib Dems are probably safe in the Northern Isles and might be able to regain a couple of their former constituencies where a pro-EU/anti-Independence message might go down well. There are definitely some Labour seats the Lib Dems might win. I think they'd be in with a good chance here in Cambridge where they only narrowly last in 2015 to Labour and Corbyn's lukewarm opposition to Brexit isn't going to go down well here.
  14. How long do you think it'll be until he goes Full Amin and declares himself King of Scotland?
  15. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I finished Ian McDonald's Luna : Wolf Moon. I thought it was a good book, it felt a bit more focused than the first book in the series. I like the lunar setting and the increasingly violent squabbling between the families who dominate it. There's also some great writing, the scene with Lucasinho giving a lengthy monologue on cake to distract his younger cousin from the fact they're running for their life is particularly great. Next up I think I'll read John Hornor Jacob's The Incorruptibles I am curious about this one, it does have an interesting premise but I'm not quite sure how that's going to be turned into a plot.