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Oscar Wilde

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15/06/2019:

  • 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.
Greenery
East Cambridgeshire

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05/06/2019:

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Cycle path
Cycling out of Cambridge

01/06/2019:

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Hosses
Fens
Paddling the Swellies
Sea kayaking on Anglesey

08/05/2019:

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The wood floor is carpeted with wild garlic
Southern Yorkshire Dales

06/05/2019:

  • 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.
Wave
A session at HPP
Dilapidation
Bingley

27/04/2019:

Photos:

An unseasonably hot Easter Sunday in the garden
Yorkshire
Stretham Road
Action shots of fenland cycling

17/04/2019:

A review of I Can't Stay Long by Laurie Lee 4

"Laurie Lee acquired fame with his first volume of autobiography, Cider with Rosie, in 1959 - an evocative account of his childhood and youth in the idyllic Gloucestershire hills. I was one of thousands of late-twentieth-century English schoolchildren forced to read it at too young an age..." More


10/04/2019:

Photos:

View to Grantham
Lincolnshire
King of the castle
Yorkshire
Botolph Lane
Cambridge
Paddling
Wales

23/03/2019:

A review of Loners by Sula Wolff 3

"The term "Asperger's Syndrome" is in common use today, but back in 1995, there was no widely-accepted label for the psychological condition whose subjects are characterised by solitariness, the pursuit of obsessive interests, and difficulties in social interaction. We all knew the type, though - the "nerd"..." More


06/03/2019:

Photos:

City Hall
Waltham, Massachusetts, and a bit of Connecticut
Trees, lamppost
A week in Waltham, MA
First Parish Church
A tour of the cradle of the American Revolution, Massachusetts
Sea birds in the harbour
The North Shore of Massachusetts
Ultra-posh Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
The city at dawn
Flying home

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