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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Well, we've had a President go missing, and a disguised Laundry team go in to retrieve him using a magical sky-bridge......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Hope it goes well. Keep us posted!...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Argh... I forgot the HTML processor. $handwave effects....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The Mandate: Perhaps he was already here, but unable to operate effectively due to <handwave> effects. Or perhaps someone DID manage to summon him, but didn't understand that they had summoned a baby. (These are not mutually inconsistent.) [[ html...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Indeed. "Sane", in this context, means "capable of winning the next election"; assuming there are any....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You may well be right. The sane move, from my reading of the party (I'm not a member), is to push Hunt into No. 10 and put the blame for both Brexit and the Covid failure on Johnson. But your...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Not disagreeing, except that the leader of the Conservatives has to be voted on by the membership. I suspect she is too brown for them, especially after the recent UKIP entryism. Same goes for Sunak; and I also suspect that...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    I've added it to my list. (Which is what it is, until I have an income again...)...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Or of course I could phrase it more usefully: Do magazines lose readers when they publish themed issues? It was always a question for me; was I more interested in having all of $magazine, or in not spending money, space...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Thanks for this. That also answers a related question implied by the "themed issue" concept, which is now rhetorical: do you lose readers when you have themed issues?...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Sheila, when you say "confident that stories will fit together", is that to do with having a common theme, or is it more subtle (as I suspect)? Could you expand on that, please?...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I am still pretty sure that Johnson will be kept hanging about as PM until May or perhaps a little longer, to let the unexpected nasty side-effects from Brexit appear. Then he can become a useful scapegoat, leaving plenty of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    OGH at 725: Depends on how long Biden remains President. If he retires after a year, Harris then has the option. Does she have the determination? Personally I'm not sure, but I've not watched her closely....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    To be fair, the number of ex-patriot Englishmen has grown rapidly over tha last few years....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Every four years in mid-November?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Punishment for driving offences: I've suggested elsewhere that one of the consequences should be an immediate immobilisation of the vehicle for, say, 24 hours....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thanks for the inside knowledge Moz....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    IIRC Australia mandates voting (no doubt I am being wildly simplistic here...). Does random voting or pure name recognition happen much in Oz? (I know, "can't get there from here" - transition is a serious problem. But it would at...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    David L at 58: I have been told that the increase in cars also had a serious effect on the magazine market (you can read on the train...), but I don't know about the timeframe....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I can well imagine how thankless a task teaching The Public plant ID is, having made some effort toward the same thing with birds. Most of them are a bit bamboozled by the idea that anything except owls *can* fly...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Bill Arnold at 1433: Thanks for this. Sobering and scary. In particular, the part where people are having resurgences, or perhaps reinfections. Because that just looks like a downward spiral. It's looking as if this is going to require something...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Paranoid people might suggest that the timing is mostly because Trump doesn't look electable, and Pence does....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    I look forward with interest. Welcome :)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I'm surprised how closely Hart and Keysell resemble The Doctor and one of his sequential sidekicks. I probably shouldn't be, but I am not a television person....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Bicycle troops: Surely the best use for them is as a reserve? That lets you use them on ground you already know and can do route mapping for. It also plays to their strengths - rapid deployment, reduced logistics, and...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Domestic beatings, from a traditional Brit Bobby; or, as the Brexiters know it, "taking back control"....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Muscle memory of typing "instruction" or "construction" or other words of similar, um, construction? The "strua" string is fairly uncommon in English; the "struc" string is commoner....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    David L at 953: Isn't he likely just to announce it anyway, regardless of whether it's there or not? If he's shown to have lied *after the election, he won't care either way....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Argh... then I've completely misunderstood the thing. Damn it. Thanks for the correction....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I suspect that the flamethrowers would still be really, really handy for sorting out the dead T. Rex's parasites (as Brian Aldiss has pointed out, IIRC)....
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