Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson
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The British Rise to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Power......

Good news for British Sci-Fi and Fantasy, apparently all five of this years HUGO Novel Nominees are British for the first time in the awards 63 year history! No surprise to see the brilliant China Mieville amongst them, but I'm not keen on the BBCs overview of his "Iron Council" as it makes it sound a bit lame. On the other hand though the BBC have made me interested in picking up both Ian McDonal's "River of Gods" and Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell". Anyone read either of those two???

Why The Future Could Be British (BBC News Online; Thursday 4th August 2005)

In other news, I went and saw Charlie & The Chocolate Factory for the second time this evening. I went with Sarah as she hadn't sene it and we hadn't seen each other for near enough 2 weeks. It's still very good on the second viewing and I still urge everyone to try and catch it. It's currently my fave film of 2005! Yes, it even beat Sin City, Batman Begins and Vanity Fair!!!

I also seem to have gone a very retro in this evenings 'after hours' music taste. I'm currently listening to an album that I last listened to on vinyl back in the mid 80's. I have no real idea why I picked up the CD (admittedly it was cheap on ebay, but still....) and even less idea why I'm currently listening it and actually enjoying the mellowness of  some good old fashioned guitar based melodies. It is a classic amongst 80's albums and has actually got some real classic tracks on it. The CD? Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms".

OK, you can shoot me next time you see me....... :p
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