Tag Archives: history

Caveat lector

Book Review: Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future, by Harry Leslie Smith I’d already added this to my to-read list when it turned up in the work book sale. I was curious, though I’d been warned that if you’re … Continue reading

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Finland awakes

Book Review: Come to Finland! Paradise calling, by Magnus Londen I enjoyed my visit to the Ateneum in Helsinki, and although thie pocket book relates to a previous exhibition at the National Museum of Finland I didn’t see, I’m glad … Continue reading

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Food, Glorious Food

Book Review: The Gastronomical Me, by M F K Fisher This was a random selection from the work book sale; I had never heard of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher before. First published in 1943, this is generically though not strictly … Continue reading

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A Period Piece

Book Review: Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford I picked this up in the work book sale on the basis of my enjoyment of a previous work by the same author, Red Plenty. It turns out that this is Spufford’s first … Continue reading

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En Saga

After looking through the guidebooks, we decided we couldn’t fit all three Baltic states into a single holiday, so we opted for a trip to Rīga and Tallin. The logistics were straightforward but not trivial, and we ended up with … Continue reading

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Oh, Jeremy … Thorpe

Book Review: Jeremy Thorpe, by Michael Bloch I am too young to remember Jeremy Thorpe. Over the years his story would rear up on occasion, with attendant whiff of scandal, but never really enough to get a good understanding of … Continue reading

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Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

Book Review: Breaking the Chains of Gravity – The Story of Spaceflight before NASA, by Amy Shira Teitel “Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That’s not my department”, says Wernher von Braun Tom Lehrer, Wernher … Continue reading

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