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George Costanza, 'Seinfeld'

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06/10/2019:

A review of Homo Faber by Max Frisch 4

"Swiss writer Max Frisch is best known in the Anglophone world for his plays Andorra and Biedermann und die Brandstifter (The Fireraisers). Both plays deal with themes of self-deception, complacency and guilt; they portray communities and individuals that "allow things to happen", much as, to critical eyes, Switzerland sat back comfortably through history, making money, while wars raged around it..." More

Recent News

28/09/2019:

Photos:

Heather
Yorkshire
Paddling
An abortive paddling trip to Wales :(
Powering it past the bottom stopper
A rear-view lap of the Olympic course

10/09/2019:

Photos:

Queens' Lane
Cambridge
Paddling
Paddling in the Alps/European road trip
It's just like Holland
East Cambridgeshire

22/08/2019:

  • 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

06/08/2019:

Photos:

Dad hacks through the undergrowth
Moor
There's a tree in the middle of the river - it must be the Washburn
Cruisin' the Washburn

29/07/2019:

Photos:

Trees, grass
Yorkshire
A squirrel hits the jackpot in Lammas Land car park
Cambridge
Dusk descends on the baking hot day
Paddling at Lee Valley on the hottest day on record!
Somewhere
Wales

08/07/2019:

  • 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.
Isolated house
Cycling to the county's edge - and beyond!
River Cam
They can't keep me away - triaging a cycle route to work, on a Sunday

26/06/2019:

Shrubbery
Yorkshire

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.
Some flower
East Cambridgeshire

05/06/2019:

Photos:

B1102 + cycle path
Cycling out of Cambridge

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