Lord Mayor/Midnight Mayor

Oh yes… did I mention the sequel to A Madness of Angels? So, for many, many hundreds of years there has been an individual in London called the Lord Mayor.  In Magna Carta it was set down that the Lord Mayor of London could prevent the king entering within the city walls which at the time defined the city.  He was the chief authority in the city, a leader during disasters, a powerful figure within the guilds, wealthy and for a long time, the nearest thing London had to any sort of definable legal authority.  In recent centuries his power …

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Moon/Apollo 13/Sunshine

So, a few days ago, I went to the cinema with my Dad, to see Moon.  First up, don’t get the impression that my Dad is the only person I go to the cinema with.  He’s just the only person who is willing to see films with me that are either a) science fiction or b) very bad, since most other people in my life are either operating in different genres or suffer from taste. Second, Moon is really very good!  I had hopes, since it seemed to be one of the very few films set in space which seemed …

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GIVE ME BACK MY HAT

It has been pointed out to me that there’s a sequel to Madness of Angels due to be published at some point in the next few months, and in the interest of this not coming as a total shock, I figure that I might as well say a few things about it now in order to stir up a furor of… well… fervour… However!  In the interest of not actually giving anything away whatsoever, I’m going to do this in minor drips and drabs.  So, I think the very first, and absolutely most important thing to say about Matthew Swift’s …

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A dog and a cat

I know that these aren’t strictly literary heroes, but since I’m covering my heroes generally, I figured I might as well throw them in.  Garfield the cat and Grommit of Wallace and Grommit fame are up there as two of my greatest heroes of all time.  I mean, you could make a loose case for arguing that Garfield is a literary figure… of sorts… but it would be a very, very loose case and I’m not really going to try and make it.  I was introduced to Garfield by a friend at school, who for the purpose of anonymity we’ll …

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