This isn't an apologia, even though Hardman did fall in love with one of her MP case studies which I'm sure isn't recommended practice. There is a lot of reporting of situations in recent years where MPs off and on the front benches should have done much better, being distracted by the legality of a proceeding - such as the invasions of Iraq and Libya - over the practicalities and details of the post-invasion plans, or in the case of Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill allowing it to career into the Commons without either of the Coalition government party leaders understanding what was planned. However, while entertaining it leaves one more frustrated with the state of affairs than confident about solutions.
An introductory post on The Event Library adds a little more context.
Afterword on my review, at The Event Library
Also, news on the publication of issue 42 of the Oxford-based Doctor Who fanzine, The Tides of Time.
Two other reviews with different opinions:
James Cooray Smith at Hero Collector
J.R. Southall at Starburst
On Twitter, he reports "My entry in @theblackarchive series of monographs on individual Doctor Who stories can now be ordered from the publisher. This 1973 story dwelt in currents of Gothic literature and film, feminism and post-imperial consciousness, and potato-headed aliens."
Here, he urges you to go to The Black Archive website and place an order for the print edition of The Black Archive 24: The Time Warrior. Ebook ordering to follow on publication day or thereabouts.
Umbrella (3191 words) by SirGuinglain
Fandom: Doctor Who, Giles cartoons
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Third Doctor, Zoe Heriot
In an alternative timeline where Zoe was exiled to Earth with the Doctor (as was intended at one point), Zoe has difficulty blending in to twentieth-century London - and it looks as if twentieth-century London might have its own ideas. First published in issue 20 of 'The Terrible Zodin', Fall 2017.
The latest issue of The Tides of Time, number 41, was published by The Oxford Doctor Who Society in June 2018. It's printed in colour throughout its 80 pages and is edited by James Ashworth, who is studying biology at Worcester College, and society veteran, its historian Matthew Kilburn.
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A PDF of the issue (compact, just over 5Mb in size) can be downloaded from this link.
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Philip Pullman has returned to the world of Lyra, nearly two decades after completing the trilogy His Dark Materials - but the events narrated are set about ten years before those of the books which illuminated children's literature in the 1990s. This isn't a backward-looking story; more light and plenty of shade is cast over Lyra's world, with details of stratification of class, income and education which resonate in the era of Trump and Brexit. Pullman's concerns over the natures of knowledge and consciousness are perhaps even more acute in his storytelling, enriched here by Thames lore which calls back to the age of Kipling and Grahame and toasts the modernity of Aaronovitch. Characters are spun carefully and unpredictably and we get to know a few old friends better. Perhaps, now, we have a clue why Lyra is surnamed Belacqua; and perhaps the Silent Commonwealth had to prefigure the Republic of Heaven.