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To The Memory Of A Great Man

Book Reviews: Beethoven – his life and times, by AteĊŸ Orga; and Eroica – The First Great Romantic Symphony, by James Hamilton-Paterson Generally, I try to spread out books on a similar subject, but these two were both relatively short … Continue reading

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The Al Gore Show

For the third Tuesday in a row, I headed off to Reading Film Theatre, this time for An Inconvenient Sequel. I’m not sure if I’ve seen the first film; certainly, if not, I have seen fragments of it. As a … Continue reading

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Terroir

Book Review: The Apple Orchard – The Story Of Our Most English Fruit, by Pete Brown I picked this up almost a year ago in the work book sale. The apple tree here (most likely a Bramley) fruits heavily every … Continue reading

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Hotel Salvation

Last night I went to see Hotel Salvation at Reading Film Theatre. Daya, the old man of the family, announces he believes it is his time to die and wants to do so in Varanasi; his middle-aged son Rajiv feels … Continue reading

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The film of the book

So, last night I went to see A Man Called Ove at Reading Film Theatre. Inevitably, there are some details that diverge from the book, which I read recently enough to remember, but in essence and spirit it is a … Continue reading

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Tomorrow Never Dies

Book Review: Kompromat, by Stanley Johnson I hesitated over this one in the work book sale, as I wasn’t sure I had the stomach for it, but in the end decided to “feel the fear and do it anyway”. After … Continue reading

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More tea, vicar?

Book Review: Empire of Tea – The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World, by Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger It is, apparently, almost 10 years since I read Markman Ellis’ The Coffee House, which is what prompted me … Continue reading

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