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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Thanks for the advice on Slouch Witch. I picked up the first and flew through it. Just the thing with a cluster feeding newborn.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Oooh, potentially you could see some future dead Miles foreshadowings in Flowers. Good shout on that tack.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    It has! It was just the thing to pick up when under a cluster feeding newborn, though it resulted in tears. Echoes of the Mountains of Mourning. Not essential but a very pleasant read.
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Last night was home made duck burgers, sweet corn fritters and an avocado and mango salsa. tonight, I think we shall just go to our neighborhood Japanese. The toddler loves ramen and I’m too pregnant to cook.
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    Feminism -- A continuing discussion

    Reproductive and maternity related rights are being heavily contested at the moment in Ireland. In 1983, an amendment (the 8th) was put into the constitution to give the “Unborn” equal rights as the woman “the state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. Basically, abortion was outlawed. Subsequent amendments were passed allowing “the right to information”, the “right to travel” and controversially, termination where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of a mother. However, the 8th has also been used to keep a clinically brain dead woman on life support to try and sustain a 17 week fetus (failed, horrifically). Asylum seekers with visa issues (and money issues) have had problems. Terminations for medical reasons and in the case of fatal fetal abnormalities are problematic. Women have died during mismanagement of a miscarriage when an early termination would have saved their lives. Every weekday approx 12 women travel to the U.K. for an abortion and a further 5 take pills ordered over the internet to bring on an abortion, at home, alone and facing a penalty of 14 years imprisonment if prosecuted. Merternity care is inhibited. To protect the right to life, medical Practictioners can override a requirement for the mother to consent to treatment (recent case where health board took a woman to court to mandate a c sec when she wanted a trial of Labour to see if she could have a Vbac). 81% of the institute of gynaecologists and obstetricians voted to lift the ban. Its a tight and dirty election. Pro choicers are subject to the usual venom. A particularly lovely bunch called the “institute for bioethical reform” are protesting outside maternity hospitals with massive graphic banners (exactly what you don’t want to see if you’ve just had a d&c, or been told you miscarried, or your much wanted child has a FFA. If you can, would you consider promoting and sharing a Facebook page called “in her shoes - women of the 8th”. It’s a frankly heartbreaking page where women have told of all their maternity issues in Ireland. If you had a few bob to spare, funding is always welcome. Together for yes have merchandise you can buy. Abortion Rights Alliance and Women help Women are always in need of funds to help women travel and procure care. You can’t (I think) donate to the referendum directly but the above would be helpful.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Oh wonderful. That’s news I’m delighted to hear. Thank you William
  7. Apparently I’m an engaged shopper, who travels internationally and watch soccer quite a bit. Meh
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Spanish tortilla. Onion, potato and goats cheese filling, green salad on the side.
  9. I’m mildly interested in this. I’m essentially a reluctant adopter of tech. I was massively anti kindle - until Himself boy got one and I picked it up one day when we were traveling. It’s now my favourite thing in the world and I do the vast majority of my reading on one of the two I own. He on the other hand is an early adopter. So we have Alexa, and an echo dot in the bedroom. After a slow start, I have to admit I like it. I like voice controlled Spotify when I’m cooking. Actually voice recognition is most useful when prepping and cooking. I like being able to call the most recent podcast of a couple of series on tune in. I like being able to call downstairs on a drop in if I’m putting the toddler to bed and I want him to do something. The lights come on before I get home (Ireland so it’s dark early in winter) which is a nice minor security feature. When we were on holiday a fortnight ago, they were coming on and off at various intervals in the living and main bedrooms, which is a definite security feature. We’re radio listeners anyway, so the digital radio is handy. Would I have bought it. No. Am I glad I have it? Yes.
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    I Got Insta-Banned From Twitter

    Rachel Parris is doing a stellar job on a The Mash Report. I’m really enjoying her segments
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    World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Have you read The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls or the Hallowed Hunt, Lily? If not, get thee to a purveyor of fine quality literature post haste. They are lovely, well written, idealistic books. Yes, bad things happen to good people, but they develop, and grow, and have relationships and are generally marvelous.
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    Favourite books read in 2017

    I I haven’t formally thrown in the towel, but I’m fairly certain this will be a did not finish for me. Favourites. Assassins Fate by Robin Hobb. Lovely ending to The Fitz cycle. Actually, as I read all 3 last year, they, as a whole, are probably my favorite reading experience of the year. Rereads of A civil campaign and Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Older Miles is the best. Eleanor Oliphant is absolutely fine, by Gail Honeyman. Well developed character study. I was not expecting what I got. The stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear. Welcome return to the Eternal Sky. The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin. Solid conclusion to the trilogy.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Oh that’s very exciting. A definite “must read” ASAP for me. thanks for the unexpected good news.
  14. Started into the Void trilogy this week by Hamilton. I tend to enjoy his stuff, and it’s definitely space opera.
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    4 courses on the cards for tonight. Fig (roast) and goats cheese salad. Celeriac and smoked haddock soup. Roast chateaubriand, gravy, roast potato, carrots and parsnips. Toffee soufflé.