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Friday 20. May 2022

Paul added 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams Paul gave 4 stars to So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4) by Douglas Adams
I did feel, with Life, the Universe and Everything, that the series was starting to lose it's way somewhat. With this book, though, Adams gets solidly back on track.

It's very different to what has gone before, and this is very much to the book's advantage. Arthur is more of a character this time around and there's visible plot.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is still very much a Hitchhiker's book, but it also demonstrates the value in a series taking the occasional left turn.


Paul: “Time for another #coffee while…”

Time for another while I start counting down to the weekend.

Good morning, and to all


The fun way to predict the unpredictable

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Schrödinger’s Brexit


I haven’t had much to say about the ongoing disaster that is Brexit, but a couple of articles caught my eye this week, so I thought it was worth making a brief return to the subject. First of all, Vince Cable asks “Why have Remainers gone silent as the costs of Brexit pile up?” While … Continue reading Schrödinger’s Brexit


Thursday 19. May 2022

Voices: The police think a party is only a party when Boris Johnson leaves it

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Paul P. is drinking a Hoppug Porterville by Brouwerij Hoppug at Untappd at Home


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Paul: “Was that it?”

Was that it?


Paul: “Sky has turned grey. Cat's com…”

Sky has turned grey. Cat's come in. I think the storm is about to hit.


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Paul: “Looks like we're in for rain t…”

Looks like we're in for rain today. Lots of rain.

Good morning, and to all


Wednesday 18. May 2022

Paul: “I've just noticed that The Bru…”

I've just noticed that The Brussels Times hasn't updated their RSS feed since March. That's annoying


The Great Decoupling and the end of the Golden Arches

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Any correlation between the truth and what Liz Truss said was entirely coincidental

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Reality check: the Northern Ireland protocol isn't the problem, Brexit is | Rafael Behr

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Voices: Why have Remainers gone silent as the costs of Brexit pile up?

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Paul: “It's nice to see that the stat…”

It's nice to see that the station cafe has reopened after a lengthy hiatus, but it's a bit of a blow to discover that they don't open until 9:00am.

Good morning, and to all.


Tuesday 17. May 2022

At ease, Martin Lewis – a queue of Tory MPs is here to solve the cost of living crisis | Marina Hyde

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Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

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Voices: Our politicians won’t mention the B-word – but Brexit has made Britain’s economic crisis worse

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Experts Say That Elon Musk Has No Idea How Math Works

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Paul: “Thirty minutes to breakfast. …”

Thirty minutes to breakfast.

Good morning, and to all.


Monday 16. May 2022

Paul: “Good morning, #fediverse and #…”

Good morning, and to all


Sunday 15. May 2022

Paul P. is drinking an Abt 12 by Brouwerij St.Bernardus at Untappd at Home


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Paul P. is drinking a Lentebier by Grutte Pier Brouwerij at Untappd at Home


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Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire” ❧ Current Affairs

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Paul P. is drinking a CORNET Oaked by Brouwerij De Hoorn at Untappd at Home


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Paul: “Enjoying a moment's peace with…”

Enjoying a moment's peace with a much deserved .

Good morning and to all.


Saturday 14. May 2022

Paul P. is drinking a Chimay Première (Red) by Bières de Chimay at Untappd at Home


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Paul P. is drinking a Ter Dolen Blond by Ter Dolen at Untappd at Home


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Paul P. is drinking a Chang Classic by Thai Beverage PLC at Meerhout

Thai lager is still lager.
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Paul P. is drinking a Kwak Blonde by Brouwerij Bosteels at Untappd at Home

I can certainly taste the hops in this.
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Johnson blames today’s Brexit woes on Brussels – that’s a load of old bull | Jonathan Freedland

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Friday 13. May 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, 2022 - ★★★

Sam Raimi is certainly on form visually and and this is certainly a much darker film than previous Marvel releases. Plotwise, however, it does feel a bit messy with a bit too much emphasis on the Madness and not enough exploration of the Multiverse.

Also, not having seen any of of the Wandavision series, I did get a strong feeling in the early parts of the film that I was missing a fair bit of context.


Paul P. is drinking a Palm Spéciale by Brouwerij Palm at Studio Geel


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Paul P. is drinking a Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) by Bières de Chimay at Volt


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Paul: “Good morning, #fediverse and #…”

Good morning, and to all.

And stay lucky ;-)


Back to Work


With the ongoing relaxation of COVID restrictions, the office is slowly reopening and I am now travelling to Brussels twice a week. I still have to wear a mask on the train, but the expectation is that this restriction will be lifted next week. Apart from that, it’s surprising just how normal everything feels. While … Continue reading Back to Work


Thursday 12. May 2022

Sociopathy and stupidity worn like badges of honour in cabinet of all the talents | John Crace

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Michael Gove causes havoc on breakfast TV – but at least he’s not Priti Patel | John Crace

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EU membership for Ukraine would be a victory for Europe

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Paul: “Working from home on Thursdays…”

Working from home on Thursdays means that I get to make the weekly trip to the market for chicken and waffles.

Good morning, and to all


Digital artists’ post-bubble hopes for NFTs don’t need a blockchain

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Wednesday 11. May 2022

Paul added 'Life, the Universe and Everything'

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams Paul gave 3 stars to Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) by Douglas Adams
I do have a strong sense of the series starting to lose its way with this novel. It certainly has its moments, but really doesn't come close to the standard set by the first two books.


Paul: “Looks like the moles are back”

Looks like the moles are back


What Theresa May got right (but also very wrong) about Brexit – a look at her striking intervention in the Queen’s Speech debate

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Charles’s Queen’s speech surpassed in dullness by Starmer-Johnson show

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Voices: Just saying things isn’t enough, prime minister – even if you can get Prince Charles to say them for you

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Paul: “Heading into the office today …”

Heading into the office today and, halfway to the station, I realised I'm wearing the boots I usually wear when gardening.

Good morning, and to all.