Tag Archives: places

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I was hesitant about booking a holiday in Portugal in mid-June, but was persuaded to go ahead. We had a good time – eventually – although, really, much of it was too hot for me; generally into the 30s and … Continue reading

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Best of 2016

Well, 2016 has been rubbish, but let’s try and pick out some more positive things from the year: Fiction – Doctor Who – Shada, by Gareth Roberts / Douglas Adams Non-Fiction – 1946 – The Making of the Modern World, … Continue reading

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The Garden of Earthly Delights

Perhaps last week was a good week to be away. The shootings in Orlando, the killing of Jo Cox, and the derailment of a train outside Paddington station all impacted on me in a bad way. After last year’s holiday … Continue reading

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Best of 2015

Fiction – The Merchants of Light – A Novel of Venice, by Marta Maretich Non-Fiction – The Cucumber for Java Book, by Seb Rose, Matt Wynne, and Aslak Helles√ły Music – Prom 28 – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Seven Studies on … Continue reading

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It is better to travel hopefully …

Book Review: Station to Station – Searching for Stories on the Great Western Line, by James Attlee Again this was from the work book sale, though it was one of three volumes that had already been on my wish list. … Continue reading

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The Antidote to Travel Writing

Book Review: Off the Map, by Alastair Bonnett A light volume from the work book sale, the volume examines places that have either been and gone, have somewhat unofficial, proscribed, or just plain baffling status, or barely exist at all. … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

Book Review: The Merchants of Light – A Novel of Venice, by Marta Maretich This was a spontaneous purchase from the work book sale. The blurb described the book as set in Würzburg at the end of World War II, … Continue reading

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