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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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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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Two Shades of Blue

Book Review: Oxford and Cambridge – An Uncommon History, by Peter Sager I had seen this years ago and added it to a wish list, so I was pleased to receive it as a Christmas present. I hadn’t realised until … Continue reading

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Best of 2017

So, farewell then, 2017. Better than 2016, but that is setting the bar a bit low. The best of the year for me: Fiction – The Art of Noise, by Julian Barnes Non-Fiction – Kind of Blue, by Ken Clarke … Continue reading

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The Golden Age and beyond

Book Review: Poster to Poster – Railway Journeys in Art – Vol 2 Yorkshire and the North East, by Richard Furness The book sale at work spoils me as to the price and value of books; but we also have … Continue reading

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The Dubliners

Through a variety of logical twists centred on other events, we opted for a short break in Dublin last weekend. Leaving directly from work, the flight from London City Airport was much less hassle than Heathrow, and although we didn’t … Continue reading

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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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