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Sir Talbot Buxomly, 'Blackadder 3'

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15/09/2018:

  • Book reviews:

    • Map Addict by Mike Parker 3

      "A fascination with maps feels, to those who have it, a vaguely embarrassing thing to admit to. Yet once you've taken the leap, it's surprising how many fellow cartophiles come out of the woodwork..." More

    • The Making of an Englishman by Fred Uhlman 4

      "I have to begin this review of the autobiography of the artist and writer Fred Uhlman (1901 - 1985) by adding the sub-title "Erinnerungen eines deutschen Juden" (Memoirs of a German Jew) of the German edition, which I was obliged to read, as the out of print English original (Gollancz, 1960) proved inaccessible. This represents an ironic reversal because initially, in keeping with prevailing attitudes in the early years of the Federal Republic, no German publisher was interested and the first German edition only appeared in 1992 thanks to the Municipal Archive of Uhlman's native city of Stuttgart..." More

    • The Reunion by Fred Uhlman 4

      "This short work belongs to the genre of the novella, which means, in the German tradition at least, as countless lecturers have told countless undergraduates, that, to follow Goethe's precepts, it should be marked by an out of the ordinary event and, towards the end, by a significant turning point. The Reunion certainly fulfils these criteria..." More

  • Photos.
Billy
Yorkshire
Reeds, wind pump
Fens

Recent News

04/09/2018:

When you view chronological statistics from the Photos - Places pages -

- you can now expand years to show months:


31/08/2018:

Photos:

Mountains
Alps, Days 6 and 7: Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley
The upper white water slalom course from the train
Alps, Day 8: Up an Alp, and Chambéry
Toilet break
Alps, Day 9: Chambéry to Turin
Entering Swiss air space
Alps, Day 10: Flying home

26/08/2018:

Photos:

Mont Blanc makes an appearance
Alps, Day 5: Italy to France with a cheeky paddle on the way

24/08/2018:

Photos:

Late afternoon paddling
Alps, Days 3 and 4

22/08/2018:

Photos:

Paddling
Paddling in the Alps, Days 1 and 2

06/08/2018:

Photos:

Olympic course
Lee Valley
Calf
Fens

31/07/2018:

Photos:

Very faint rainbow
Gargrave

24/07/2018:

Photos:

Town from the sea
Paddling on the Suffolk coast

21/07/2018:

Review: What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz. About plants. 3

"Plants respond to light, odour molecules, gravity and electricity. Does this imply that they have senses, or even that they possess a rudimentary form of consciousness? The title of this book, and its chapter headings - "What a Plant Sees", "What a Plant Feels", "The Aware Plant" etc..." More


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