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Names, gender and identity

I was surprised at how disappointed (and disturbed) I was to discover that the title character in The Sword of Rhiannon was, in fact, male. And not only male, but a male evil god accidentally released from his prison. (This isn’t a spoiler: you find out who he is by …

The Sword of Me

I can’t now remember why Robin and I decided to run an egosearch on Google Images. I think it might have been something to do with a discussion on the relative popularity of our names. In any case, Robin doesn’t seem to have very much of a net presence. A …

Baby update

I had an appointment with the midwife yesterday. I gave a blood sample (I didn’t have to, but I’ve been feeling quite tired lately so I asked for my haemoglobin levels to be tested; I haven’t heard back which I was told means that they’re normal) and we listened to …

Deathly Hallows

No spoilers, but Book VII is brilliant! Much the best book of the series – well, I suppose this was the one she was aiming for all along and she’s had longer to plan it than with any of the others. It’s very well put together, very clever, and it …