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Ludwig van Beethoven



  • A review of Michael Palin's first volume of diaries 4
  • "These diaries largely consolidate Michael Palin's status as the "Nice One" among the Monty Python's Flying Circus crew. When there were disagreements and tensions, it was he who stepped in as mediator, and he took up more than his share of the slack left by his less reliable co-stars - in particular Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle..." More

  • A guest review of The Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andrić 4

    "If asked to name a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature it seems unlikely that many, at least in western Europe and North America, would immediately come up with the name of Ivo Andrić, the 1961 laureate. This is unfortunate, not just for literary reasons, but also because, as a recent biography by the German journalist Michael Martens shows, his other life in politics was extremely remarkable, even by the standards of the twentieth century..." More

  • A guest review of Le Rapport de Brodeck by Philippe Claudel 3

    "On the evidence of numerous recent books and films, Germany and especially the Nazi era remain an important subject for French writers and film makers. One example is the 2009 television series Un village français which depicts life in a northern village under the German Occupation..." More

  • Photos.
Town from the south
Old photos from the summer of 1989

Recent News



Cruisin' the Washburn



King of cats
A squirrel hits the jackpot in Lammas Land car park
Back to the changing rooms
Paddling at Lee Valley on the hottest day on record!
Snack break


  • A review of Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson 4

    "I suppose an author must be doing something right for me to read three of his books back to back. Notes from a Big Country is a compendium of Bryson's columns for the Mail on Sunday magazine that he wrote after his move back to the States in 1995..." More

  • Photos.
Golden ears
Cycling to the county's edge - and beyond!
Fen Rivers Way
They can't keep me away - triaging a cycle route to work, on a Sunday


Beneath a rowan tree


  • A review of Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 4

    "This book is so well-known that for a long time I almost felt as though I'd read it. My image of Bill Bryson was of a bluff, upbeat Yankee purveying witty but bland observations on the quaint ways of the British people, unintentionally patronising them with reminders of what a noble, scenic and history-filled island they inhabit, and enjoining them to desist in their self-deprecating ways and to be a bit more openly proud of their country..." More

  • Photos.
The stream
East Cambridgeshire



By Midsummer Common
Cycling out of Cambridge



Sea kayaking
Sea kayaking on Anglesey



Skipton Woods
Southern Yorkshire Dales


  • A review of Schimmen rond de Parula (Ghosts Around Parula) by F Springer 4

    "F Springer was the pen name (Dutch writers seem to like their pen names) of Carel Jan Schneider, a civil servant and diplomat who spent his childhood in the Dutch East Indies, and worked for three years as an administrator in western New Guinea before his career moved him elsewhere. He draws on his knowledge of the Indonesian archipelago in this fascinating and sobering tale of cultural conflict..." More

  • Photos.
The pointy feature
A session at HPP
Five Rise Locks

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