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24/12/2017:

Photos:

Woods
West Suffolk

11/12/2017:

Photos:

Road in snow
In the snish

06/12/2017:

Photos:

Salmon Leap Falls
Durham
View to the North York Moors. Sutton Bank and White Horse of Kilburn can be seen to the left
Yorkshire

27/11/2017:

Photos:

Trees
More trees

20/11/2017:

Photos:

Leaves
Trees

15/11/2017:

Photos:

Below a rapid
Devon: Rivers Walkham, Tavy and Dart

08/11/2017:

View towards Bingley
Yorkshire

02/11/2017:

A review of Changer l'oubli by Yvette Z'Graggen 4

"Yvette Z'Graggen was a Swiss author and broadcaster, born in 1922 to a German-speaking father and a Genevan mother. In this fascinating and moving memoir, she traces the family history of her father, Heinrich..." More


28/10/2017:

Photos:

Stubb Mill
More from east Norfolk - the sticks of the sticks

17/10/2017:

A review of Ein Jahr in London by Anna Regeniter 4

"The German publisher Herder has a series of books, "Reise in den Alltag" ("Journeys into Everyday Life"), that go deeper than traditional travel writing by tasking their authors with year-long diaries of their time in foreign countries. I'm fascinated by the differences between inside and outside perspectives on countries - the essence of a nation is often best appreciated by those from elsewhere - so I snapped up this interesting-sounding account by a young German woman of her first twelve months in England..." More


15/10/2017:

Photos:

Boats, Malthouse Broad
East Norfolk
A flock? of oystercatchers
North Norfolk

09/10/2017:

Guest review: Die Hauptstadt by Robert Menasse 4

"At least two major German-language writers have written extensively about the European Union. One is the poet, essayist and occasional novelist Hans Magnus Enzensberger, probably best known outside Germany for his writing on the media and his coinage "consciousness industry" to describe them..." More


08/10/2017:

A review of The Unexpected Professor by John Carey 4

"John Carey is a literary polemicist, a grammar school-educated Oxford don whose bête noires are academic and intellectual elistism. In his career as an English Professor at various Oxford colleges, he put his money where his mouth was, actively soliciting undergraduate applications from state schools, fighting to get the English curriculum updated to include more modern literature, and (as chair of a pan-University board) attempting to bring in line colleagues who refused to lecture on anything but their pet subjects..." More


01/10/2017:

Photos:

Lost amid the foamy pillows
Lee Valley Olympic whitewater course

24/09/2017:

  • A review of What's for Tea? by Claudia Hunt - a German book about English. 3

    "A book in German, for Germans, about English. Claudia Hunt spent fourteen years in the UK, and here educates her compatriots in the nuances of English idiom - "English as you didn't learn it at school" is the book's German subtitle..." More

  • Photos.
View to the town from the horse training grounds
A photographic raid on West Suffolk

20/09/2017:

Photos:

The beach, looking south
Kayak surfing for dummies

17/09/2017:

  • A review of Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. 4

    "Patrick O'Brian wrote twenty novels featuring Jack Aubrey, an English sea captain in the Napoleonic Wars, and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. The novels were slow to find a readership, but are now widely regarded as among the best historical novels in the English language..." More

  • For the first time, a guest review - of Vernon Subutex, Part 1 by Virginie Despentes. 3

    "Having read on the German cultural website perlentaucher.de that Virginie Despentes is the author frequently regarded as capturing the reality of contemporary France, I managed on a recent visit to find the volume named above in the bookshop at Marseille Airport. The back cover of the Livre de Poche edition I bought even makes an implicit comparison with Balzac by taking about a "comédie inhumaine"..." More


12/09/2017:

Photos:

Lincolnshire countryside
Lincolnshire
Water
Cruising the River Washburn

30/08/2017:

Photos:

Flowers
Getting warm and wet in the Austrian Alps
Paddleboarding
Come-down Monday - stand-up paddleboarding on the Cam

17/08/2017:

Photos:

The world through a gin and tonic
Yorkshire

07/08/2017:

Photos:

More shrubbery
Devil's Dyke

03/08/2017:

  • A review of Geological Structures by Chris and Helen Pellant. 4

    "An excellent introduction to geology. Starting with descriptions of the three main rock types - igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary - it goes on to explain the structural effects of folding, faults and unconformities..." More

  • Photos.
King's College
King's College

23/07/2017:

Photos:

Cafe Wave
River Tryweryn, Wales
Paddlers wait for a thunderstorm to pass beneath a dormant bouncy castle
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre

09/07/2017:

Photos:

Dad on the dog, with the dog
Yorkshire
Bug on a Lee Valley bib
Bug
Hens
Golden Ears

02/07/2017:

Photos:

View west
Yorkshire

25/06/2017:

Photos:

Wet glistening sand
Norfolk

19/06/2017:

Photos:

Freestyling
River Tryweryn, Wales

11/06/2017:

  • A review of Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townend. 3

    "The Secret Diary of Adian Mole, Aged 13¾ was a publishing phenomenon of the early 1980s. Its subject - the daily tribulations and anxieties of an awkward, introspective teenager - was so rich in humorous potential that it's surprising nobody thought of it earlier..." More

  • Photos.
River Cam
Fens
Rafts at the top of the Olympic course
Foamy pillows
View towards Burwell
Dyke

30/05/2017:

Photos:

Church of St. John the Evangelist
Yorkshire

24/05/2017:

Photos:

River Great Ouse
Cambridgeshire

15/05/2017:

  • A review of Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene. 4

    "Father Quixote, a lowly priest in a tiny Spanish town, helps out an Italian monsignor whose car has broken down, and is rewarded by being made a monsignor himself. While the church authorities consider where to move him to, he takes a road trip with the town's recently-deposed Marxist mayor, who is also at a loose end..." More

  • Photos.
Freestyling
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre

05/05/2017:

  • A review of Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift 3

    "Jane Fairchild, a housemaid in the 1920s, is given the day off by her employers on Mothering Sunday. Being an orphan, she has nothing particular to do - until a telephone call from her lover summons her to a rendez-vous at his parents' house..." More

  • Photos.
Lindley Wood Reservoir
Yorkshire

27/04/2017:

A review of Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett 3

"The third installment of Alan Bennett's miscellaneous non-fiction. About half of it is diary extracts; the rest consists of introductions to plays, articles and speeches written for miscellaneous occasions, and two scripts for plays that were never performed as intended..." More


17/04/2017:

Photos:

Cliffe Castle
West Yorkshire
Going for a walk
South Yorkshire
Crag
North Yorkshire

09/04/2017:

Photos:

Washes of New Bedford River
Fens

26/03/2017:

  • A review of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz. 4

    "Will Gompertz is the BBC's slightly offbeat Arts Editor - that enthusiastic bald guy who cultivates an image so unapologetically and ironically unhip that it's almost hip. A sense of irony is no bad thing for a writer on modern art, and What Are You Looking At? is a well-pitched guide to the visual arts from the late Nineteenth Century to the early Twenty-first..." More

  • Photos.
King's College and Senate House
Cambridgeshire

12/03/2017:

Photos:

The new mega-stopper at the bottom of the Serpent's Tail
Paddling in North Wales

14/02/2017:

Photos:

Otley
Yorkshire
Church
South Essex

30/01/2017:

Photos:

Paddling
Three laps of the Dart Loop

22/01/2017:

A review of Beethoven for a Later Age by Edward Dusinberre 4

"Memoirs by non-professional writers can be shapeless and fragmentary, owing to the glut of potential material that competes for inclusion in a short space. Edward Dusinberre, first violin of the Takács Quartet, deals with this challenge by using Beethoven's string quartets as the framework for an account of his twenty years as a chamber musician..." More


08/01/2017:

  • A review of Don't Sleep, There are Snakes by Daniel Everett. 4

    "Daniel Everett spent thirty years, on and off, living with his family among the Pirahã Indians of Brazil. He was an Evangelical missionary, tasked with learning the Pirahã language so that he could translate the Bible into it..." More

  • Photos.
Scots pines
Ilkley Moor

04/01/2017:

Photos:

Out on the wiley windy moors
Brontë country and Hockney country
Bridge over canal
Hippy country

01/01/2017:

  • A review of Kafka 's The Castle . 3

    "Kafka's masterwork? Some critics think so. It's unfinished, full of internal inconsistencies, and difficult to read, but in conception it is certainly Kafka's most ambitious novel..." More

  • Photos.
Long shadows on a hillside
Yorkshire

27/12/2016:

Photos:

River Tees
Paddling the River Tees - once more

05/12/2016:

Photos:

Cow Green Reservoir and the high Pennine peaks
Paddling and walking in Teesdale

24/11/2016:

Photos:

Trees
Autumn in the Science Park

07/11/2016:

Photos:

Farm
Reach Wood

30/10/2016:

Photos:

Trees
Essex - surprisingly nice in places

24/10/2016:

Photos:

Angler
Swinsty Reservoir, North Yorkshire
R, Kirkstall Abbey
Kirkstall Abbey
RHS gardens
Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire

18/09/2016:

Photos:

Paddler, Olympic course
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
View towards Guiseley
Yorkshire

22/08/2016:

Photos:

IJ, from the northern ferry port
Amsterdam and Haarlem

13/08/2016:

Photos:

Felixstowe pier
Sea kayaking taster session

08/08/2016:

Photos:

The
Back on the River Tryweryn

03/08/2016:

Photos:

Piggies
A rare visit to Staffordshire, county of my youth

25/07/2016:

Photos:

Byron's Pool
Paddling up the River Cam

21/07/2016:

Photos:

Punt
Cambridgeshire round-up

03/07/2016:

Reviews of:

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. (Strictly speaking, a review of the bit I read before giving up.) 0

    "I try to finish every book I start, but sometimes the task is beyond me. There are some books that, while fascinating to dip into, are too long to contemplate reading in their entirety if I'm not to abandon every other reading project for months or years..." More

  • One on One by Craig Brown. 4

    "Craig Brown is a humorist, best known for his spoof celebrity monologues in the British satirical magazine Private Eye. Against type, in One on One he adopts a restrained journalistic approach, describing 101 real-life meetings between famous people from the late 19th Century to the early 21st..." More


20/06/2016:

Photos:

Poppy field
A poppy field
View to church
A village in Hertfordshire
River Lea Navigation
Lee Valley Country Park
A paddler's eye view of the Legacy loop
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
Serpent's Tail, River Dee
Paddling in north Wales

04/06/2016:

Photos:

Mollie
Yorkshire

29/05/2016:

Cathedral and rooftops
Ely

07/05/2016:

A review of The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín 2

"Note: Since writing the review below, I've learned that The Testament of Mary was written after Tóibín's play Testament. In the play, I gather that the lack of context for Mary's monologue is deliberate: her identity, and her son's, are initially withheld to create suspense..." More


28/04/2016:

Photos:

Trinity College
The Backs, Cambridge

03/04/2016:

Photos:

Fields
Yorkshire

26/03/2016:

  • A review of City of the Mind by Penelope Lively 3

    "Matthew Halland works for a firm of architects that is designing an office block in London's Docklands in the late 1980s. Visits to the grandiose new development, and to the sites of smaller-scale renovation projects, have Halland criss-crossing London daily, and give him the impetus to ruminate on the character of his city with an insider's eye..." More

  • Photos.
Herons near their nest
River Cam
Cathedral
Ely

12/03/2016:

  • A review of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 3

    "A flawed but powerful novel. The first thing you need to know about it is that its protagonist, Antoinette Cosway, is the "mad woman in the attic" from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre..." More

  • Photos.
Windmill
Around Wicken, Cambridgeshire

28/02/2016:

Photos:

View to Leeds
West Yorkshire
Trees, water
Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk

25/02/2016:

Photos:

Abbey Rapids
Paddling in Teesdale
Castle ramparts
Richmond, Yorkshire

13/02/2016:

Photos:

Reeds
Sutton Gault

06/02/2016:

A review of Le Chapeau de Mitterrand by Antoine Laurain 3

"Daniel Mercier, an ambitious accountant, finds himself alone in his flat one winter evening without his wife and children. Bored, he decides to treat himself to dinner in a fancy Parisian brasserie..." More


31/01/2016:

Photos:

Gonville and Caius College, and St. Mary's Church
Cambridge

17/01/2016:

Photos:

Unknown paddler
Paddling the River Dart

05/01/2016:

A review of A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre 4

"The story of Kim Philby's exposure as a KGB agent and his subsequent defection to the Soviet Union is one of the most famous in espionage history, and has been related in many books before this one. Not having read those books, I'm in no position to say what Ben Macintyre's adds that is new..." More


01/01/2016:

Photos:

Canal and River Aire
Grimness
Conistone Falls
Paddling in Wharfedale

30/12/2015:

Photos:

Gate
Yorkshire

08/12/2015:

  • A review of England, England by Julian Barnes 2

    "Julian Barnes' writing can tread a fine line between cleverness and preciousness. Normally his novels incorporate enough of the stuff of ordinary human experience to sustain the reader through the odd stretch of pompous intellectual waffle..." More

  • Photos.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Yorkshire

25/11/2015:

Photos:

Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Yorkshire

08/11/2015:

A review of Er ist Wieder Da by Timur Vermes 4

"Adolf Hitler comes back to life in 21st-century Berlin and, after a brief period of confusion and adjustment, resumes the plans for world domination that he was forced to put on hold in 1945. Mistaken for an ultra-serious method actor, he is courted by a television production company, which lands him a regular slot on a show hosted by a Turkish comedian..." More


25/10/2015:

Photos:

Mill pond
Autumn scenes on the River Cam

11/10/2015:

  • A review of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 3

    "(This review contains spoilers, should you care.) The mystically inclined Hermann Hesse was drawn to eastern philosophy, and Siddhartha is - at first sight, at least - his fictional exposition of some of the main ideas behind Hinduism and Buddhism. The novel describes the life of Siddhartha, a Brahmin's son who feels something is missing in the routines and rituals of his privileged family life, and who goes off in search of his inner self..." More

  • Photos.
Cathedral
Ely and around

22/09/2015:

A review of Brief an den Vater by Franz Kafka 4

"In his will, Franz Kafka insisted that all his unpublished manuscripts be destroyed. It's a dizzying thought that should his executor, Max Brod, have followed his friend's instructions, one of the most influential writers of all time would barely have been a footnote in literary history..." More


14/09/2015:

  • A review of The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively 4

    "Don't be put off by the conventional subject matter of this novel. Anne, a woman in early middle age, with two children and a stable but dull marriage, enters into an affair with a man she meets while visiting her father in a care home in Staffordshire..." More

  • Photos.
River Cam
River life

01/09/2015:

  • A review of Life, Love and the Archers by Wendy Cope 4

    "Part of me objects to collections of previously published articles by well-known writers: my inner cynic says they they've already been paid for their work, so why should they get paid again, and particularly why should these cobbled-together books gain immediate access to the promotional stands at Waterstone's, when so many struggling new writers labour away for years without even finding a publisher? As the flash young journalist Jasper Milvain declares in New Grub Street, "To those who have shall be given." In Wendy Cope's case, some padding was needed to complement the reprintings of her poetry and television reviews, and she didn't need to find the material herself; having sold all her manuscripts to the British Library to raise money to buy a house, she got a call from her editor, who said there was enough workable material in Cope's unpublished memoirs to bring the page count of Life, Love and the Archers up to a saleable level. "I am a lucky woman," writes Cope at one point; she's referring to her love life, but most writers would envy her her professional fortune, too..." More

  • Photos.
Slalom paddler
Paddlers who are better than me

22/08/2015:

  • A review of Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes 4

    "In his free-form early novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, Julian Barnes included a philosophical-aesthetic appreciation of Géricault's "Raft of the Medusa". "Catastrophe into Art" was his first foray into art criticism; it was a wry but informative analysis of the painter's compromises with the historical truth of the depicted scene, a group of desperate sailors on a raft from a shipwreck, hailing the tiny speck of a ship on the horizon: Q::These are men who have drunk their own urine, gnawed the leather from their hats, consumed their own comrades..." More

  • Photos.
Heather and rowan tree
Yorkshire

17/08/2015:

  • A review of Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski 3

    "Novelist Jenny Diski agrees with her publisher to take a trip to the Antarctic, and to use the experience as the framework for her first non-fiction work. After failing to persuade the British Antarctic Survey to let her tag along on one of its voyages, she falls back on a two-week tourist cruise from Tierra del Fuego, via South Georgia, to the edge of the southern ice cap..." More

  • Photos.
Bottom of the Legacy loop
Paddling

26/07/2015:

  • A review of The Strength of Poetry by James Fenton 4

    "This book contains a series of lectures that James Fenton delivered during his time as Oxford Professor of Poetry. Most of it consists of analyses of the work of individual poets: Wilfred Owen, Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, D H Lawrence and W H Auden..." More

  • Photos.
Rocks
Yorkshire

12/07/2015:

Photos:

River Cam
Upper reaches of the River Cam
Lake
Lackford, Suffolk
Paddling
Nene Whitewater Centre

02/07/2015:

Photos:

Jenny
Cat
Barges begin their slow progress up the incline
Five Rise Locks, Bingley
Burwell Lode
Upware, Cambs.

07/06/2015:

A review of Jane Austen's Persuasion . 3

"Anne Elliot, daughter of a snobbish Somerset baronet, falls in love with the naval officer Captain Wentworth. Wentworth proposes, but the disapproval of her father and of an old friend, Mrs..." More


31/05/2015:

Photos from late April and May:

Tasty new club boat and abandoned dinghy
Grantchester
New Bedford River
Sutton Gault
Olympic course
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
River Cam
Cambridge
Woods
Yorkshire

19/04/2015:

A review of A Cursing Brain? by Howard Kushner 4

"Tourette's Syndrome is an odd and fascinating psychiatric condition. It is a torment for its sufferers, who are subject to involuntary tics that range from blinking and grunting, through jerking of the limbs, to the compulsion to utter swear words, insult interlocutors in the most hurtful terms, and behave in the most inappropriate manner for any given social situation..." More


07/04/2015:

  • A review of Making an Elephant by Graham Swift 3

    "A collection of non-fiction from a successful but self-effacing novelist. Among his generation of British writers, Swift has the most elusive personality; he lacks Salman Rushdie's exuberance, Martin Amis's brilliant way with words, or Julian Barnes' commanding gravitas..." More

  • Photos.
River Washburn
Yorkshire

31/03/2015:

Photos:

White water safety and rescue course
Bodies floating down the River Dee

04/03/2015:

A review of Infinite Minds by John Leslie 3

"Everything that exists, exists as a thought in a divine mind. There may be more than one divine mind..." More


25/02/2015:

Photos:

Whitewater action
Lee Valley kayaking on the Legacy Loop
River Tees
River Tees
Salts Mill
Yorkshire

09/02/2015:

I've translated a German poem - just for laughs, you understand.


02/02/2015:

Photos:

Punters walking across golf course
Yorkshire

25/01/2015:

  • A review of Beast and Man by Mary Midgley 3

    "Mary Midgley argues that human culture and morality should properly be regarded, not as freak developments in the history of life, but as extensions of "animal nature". More particularly, as a moral philosopher and a socialist, she feels we should pay more attention to altruistic behaviour in animals, and question Tennyson's conception of nature as ineluctably "red in tooth and claw"..." More

  • Photos.
St. John's College
Paddling the Cam again

07/01/2015:

Photos:

Dusk
Saltaire
Snow
The Chevin
Cat
Cat
Canal
The Aire Valley
View to Leeds
Baildon Moor

20/12/2014:

A review of In Trouble Again by Redmond O'Hanlon 4

"After a journey into the heart of Borneo, out of which came a successful book, Redmond O'Hanlon cast around for a companion on a more ambitious expedition to the rainforest of Venezuela. O'Hanlon's aim was to locate and spend time with a feared indigenous people, the Yanomami, whose men are noted for their hobbies of fighting each other with huge sticks, and massacring the inhabitants of neighbouring villages..." More


06/12/2014:

Photos:

Punt
A bracing winter paddle round the Backs

01/12/2014:

Photos:

River Towy
Scraping rocks in South Wales

23/11/2014:

Photos:

Trees
Lode
At the sluice
More sluice action

15/11/2014:

Photos:

Autumn tree
Cambridge Science Park
Heathland
Icklingham Plains, Suffolk

08/11/2014:

Photos:

River Cam
Another view from a kayak
Ilkley
Ilkley Moor

27/10/2014:

A review of The Fetish Room by Rudi Rotthier. It's about Redmond O'Hanlon 4

"Flemish journalist Rudi Rotthier spends 10 days touring southern England in the company of eccentric adventurer Redmond O'Hanlon. O'Hanlon leads Rotthier to the places where he grew up, including his father's old parishes (the latter was a Church of England vicar), and the schools he attended, including Marlborough..." More

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14/10/2014:

Woods
Yorkshire

04/10/2014:

A review of Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks 3

"Sacks takes a broad-ranging view of the phenomena of hallucination that can affect all our senses, but most prominently the visual and the auditory. He starts off with descriptions of sufferers of Charles Bonnet Syndrome, who develop hallucinations in apparent response to the loss of sight or hearing..." More

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21/09/2014:

Photos:

Sluicing it
Sluicing it
Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation
Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, Essex

14/09/2014:

Photos:

River life
Grantchester
River Lark and its washes
Isleham Marina
Paddling
Low-key whitewater paddling in Bedfordshire

31/08/2014:

Reviews of some Conrad short stories:

  • An Outpost of Progress 4
  • "Two middle-aged Belgians, an ex-soldier and an ex-civil servant, are left in charge of a trading post on the west African coast for six months. In their dealings with local tribes, they are dependent on their taciturn and inscrutable Negro assistant Makola..." More

  • Il Conde 3
  • "The narrator makes the acquaintance an old Eastern European aristocrat in a hotel in Naples, takes a ten-day break, then returns to find the old man shaken by a recent encounter with a thief in a dark alley. The thief turns out to be a member of a deadly gang, and when he discovers that the Count did not hand over all his money, lets it be known that there will be "consequences"..." More

  • The Duel 4
  • "An excellent novella recounting a long-running feud between two officers in Napoleon's army, the hot-headed southerner Feraud and the phlegmatic northerner D'Hubert. After wounding a civilian in a fit of temper, Feraud is apprehended at a party by D'Hubert on the orders of the general..." More

  • The Idiots 3
  • "A peasant Breton couple have four idiot children. The father loses the plot and becomes violent towards his wife, whom in his malicious simplicity he blames for his misfortune..." More

  • The Informer 3
  • "A group of anarchists printing seditious material in a house in London discover that they have an informer in their midst. Various characters are not what they seem, and there is much subtle manipulation going on..." More

  • The Lagoon 3
  • "A very short story about violence and romantic love in an Indonesian tribe. Can't remember much about it..." More

  • The Secret Sharer 4
  • "Though short, this is a very clever and intricate story. The narrator relates his experience as a young sailor taking on his first captaincy in the East Indes, at short notice and working with a crew with which he is unacquainted..." More

  • Youth: A Narrative 3
  • "A simple but well-written short story in which Conrad's favourite nautical raconteur Marlow describes his first voyage to the East Indies, as a ship's second mate. The ship's departure is delayed repeatedly, for a total of several weeks; just before it leaves England, the rats desert it..." More


27/08/2014:

Photos:

Pub Men outside the Mill
River Cam again
Path
Yorkshire

21/08/2014:

Photos:

Sluice session
Minimalist whitewater action at the River Cam sluice.

16/08/2014:

Photos:

Ridge
North Yorkshire
Celebrating the cat
South Yorkshire
St. Thomas' Church and some posh house
Lincolnshire

04/08/2014:

Photos:

Bridge of Sighs
The Cambridge Backs

31/07/2014:

Photos:

Duck
Bird life on the Cam
Beach
The lovely Norfolk coast

21/07/2014:

Photos:

Paddling
Whitewater paddling, Wales

15/07/2014:

Photos:

Reach Lode from the cycle bridge
Adventurers' Fen
View to Aldwincle
Northamptonshire
Geese
Geese

01/07/2014:

Photos:

Dazzling flowers, East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall, Yorks.

23/06/2014:

Photos:

Clouds over the River Cam
Along the River Cam
Woodland over the southern stretch of the Dyke
South Cambridgeshire

01/06/2014:

Photos:

Wind farm
South Cambridgeshire

25/05/2014:

  • A review of The Nigger of the "Narcissus" by Joseph Conrad 4

    "Joseph Conrad was that rare type, a man of action with the sensibility of a poet. The Nigger of the "Narcsissus" was the first fictional work based on his experience in the Merchant Navy, and it is a remarkable piece of writing: a gripping adventure story that is also a profound meditation on the human condition..." More

  • Photos.
Cattle
The River Cam

24/05/2014:

Stuff about Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.


23/05/2014:

Photos:

Washes of the River Cam
More photos of Upware

18/05/2014:

Photos:

Big barge
Upware, Cambs.

17/05/2014:

Photos:

Footbridge
River life

10/05/2014:

  • Reviews added of books I couldn't finish .
  • I finally dragged the site into the 21st Century and added submenus to the main menu items.

01/05/2014:

  • A review of The Bostonians by Henry James 3

    "It's a long time since I read this, and I'm not sure how I'd rate it if I read it today. It's a book I found more impressive than compelling - but certainly, unlike The Portrait of a Lady, it has a lot to say, and for the most part it says it well..." More

  • Photos.
River Cam
The River Cam (again)

26/04/2014:

  • A review of Dr. Johnson's Selected Essays 4
  • "Who would you guess is the second most quoted writer in the English language, after Shakespeare? Dickens? Wordsworth? Hardy? Nope, it's Samuel Johnson, compiler of the first comprehensive dictionary of the English language - a second-ranking figure in the fame stakes, but one of the foremost men of letters in eighteenth-century London. Johnson's relatively low literary profile these days is no doubt due to his chosen main medium, the essay: he wrote no systematic philosophical treatises, little poetry and little fiction..." More

  • Photos.
Another defunct bridge
Anston Stones Wood, South Yorkshire

19/03/2014:

More musical night thoughts, this time on Mahler and Debussy.


18/03/2014:

Photos:

Houses
Grafton Underwood, Northants.

05/03/2014:

Thoughts on Beethoven and Mahler.


01/03/2014:

Photos:

Trees by River Cam
The River Cam
Mousehold Heath
Norwich

12/02/2014:

Photos:

Paddler below Low Force
Paddling on the River Tees
Canal at dusk
Saltaire, West Yorks.
Ingleborough from Edge Lane
Yorkshire Dales

26/01/2014:

  • A review of What W H Auden Can Do for You by Alexander McCall Smith 3

    "Alexander McCall Smith is a writer of (I gather) undemanding detective stories, so it is with some surprise that one learns of his passion for W H Auden - one of the most erudite, subtle, and sometimes obscure, poets of the 20th Century. This is a slim volume in a "writers on writers" series by the Princeton University Press; in it, McCall Smith recounts his relationship with Auden's work, engages in some free-form literary criticism, and relates the inspiration he drew from Auden to his own life..." More

  • Photos.
Byron's Pool
The River Cam

24/01/2014:

A review of Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Me by Jean Hartley. 3

"George and Jean Hartley, a young married couple from Hull, founded the poetry magazine Listen in the early 1950s. After three well-received issues, they decided to publish a book, and approached a talented Listen contributor for a poetry collection..." More


13/01/2014:

A review of Stoner by John Williams. 3

"This is the life story of William Stoner, a quiet English lecturer in a university in the American Mid-west. After growing up as an only child to poor farming parents, Stoner goes to university, develops a passion for literature, gets an academic post, and proceeds to lead an unassuming, rather sad life..." More


06/01/2014:

Photos:

Ribblesdale
Ribblesdale
Waterfalls, Gordale Scar
Gordale
Cow and Calf (rocks)
Ilkley Moor

27/12/2013:

A review of Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. 4

"Despite its fame, this is rather a cheeky book, consisting of mere fragments of a novel that Isherwood never finished. As a tableau of life in late Weimar Germany, it was guaranteed a wide readership when it was published in 1939..." More


05/12/2013:

Photos of autumn trees, etc.:

East lake
Cambridge Science Park (I)
Trees by River Cam
Clayhithe, Cambs.
Autumn trees
Cambridge Science Park (II)
Autumn trees
Achurch, Northants.

29/11/2013:

A review of The Longest Journey by E M Forster 4

"This early novel by Forster is his most overlooked, but it is surprisingly interesting - more so than A Room with a View, which, finding it insipid and contrived, I gave up on after 30 pages. At the same time, I found The Longest Journey quite disturbing on some levels..." More


17/11/2013:

Photos:

Lode Mill
Lode, Cambridgeshire
Kayaks
River Crouch, Essex

10/11/2013:

Photos:

Northamptonshire in the rain
Northamptonshire
View to the City
London

13/10/2013:

  • A review of The Practice of Writing by David Lodge 3

    "As a fan of David Lodge's novels, I thought I'd check out his criticism. The Practice of Writing is a compilation of literary reviews, texts of lectures, and reports on his personal experiences of writing for television and the theatre..." More

  • Photos.
Church
Little Gidding
River Nene
Fotheringhay

30/09/2013:

Photos:

Canoeists on River Nene
Northamptonshire
Paddling
Wales

27/09/2013:

  • A review of Paradise News by David Lodge 4

    "Part-time theology lecturer Bernard Walsh learns that his aunt in Hawaii is dying, and at her request drags his elderly father to the other side of the world for a final reunion. Once in Hawaii, things are thrown out of kilter by his father's admission to hospital after a traffic accident..." More

  • Photos.
Reflections in stream
Trees

21/09/2013:

  • A review of The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth 4

    "Joseph Roth's longest and most ambitious novel follows the life of Carl Joseph von Trotta, a lieutenant in the Austrian army, as he moves from post to post in Eastern Europe in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trotta is the grandson of the "Hero of Solferino", an infantryman who saved the life of the Emperor in battle..." More

  • Photos.
Cathedral
Ely
Paddling
A paddle in Thetford Forest

08/09/2013:

A review of Deaf Sentence by David Lodge 3

"David Lodge started losing his hearing in his mid-40s, and by the start of his 70s, his affliction was beginning to detract significantly from his quality of life. Ever a resourceful writer, Lodge drew on his experience for this novel, which describes the daily ordeals of Desmond Bates, a retired Professor of Linguistics whose progressive loss of high-frequency hearing makes communication, and therefore living, increasingly difficult for both himself and those around him..." More


01/09/2013:

Photos:

Town from the water meadows
Stamford
View to Settle
Giggleswick
Albino snake
Exotic fauna in West Yorkshire
Trig point
Pen-y-ghent

27/08/2013:

Photos:

Back at the club house
River Cam
The other church at Aldwincle
Titchmarsh Nature Reserve, Northants.
Gatekeeper's house and church
South Pickenham, Norfolk
The Cam
Cambridge

11/08/2013:

Photos:

King's College Bridge
Avoiding the crowds (slalom style) on the River Cam

04/08/2013:

Photos:

Swans
South Yorkshire
East Riddlesden Hall
West Yorkshire
Hills and clouds
North Yorkshire
Beach
Salthouse, Norfolk
River Cam
River Cam

27/07/2013:

Updates to the Classical Reviews page:


17/07/2013:

Photos:

Cathedral
East Cambridgeshire
Baits Bite Lock
Milton
Mountains
Wales

07/07/2013:

Photos of Norfolk:

Stables
Houghton Hall
More minor surf
Brancaster

02/07/2013:

Photos:

View to Titchmarsh
Around the Nene Valley in Northamptonshire

28/06/2013:

Photos:

Fen in mist
Adventurers' Fen
St. Andrew's Church
Soham

17/06/2013:

Photos:

St. Giles' Church
Wadenhoe

09/06/2013:

A review of The Wild Rover by Mike Parker 3

"Hard on the heels of his quirky bestseller Map Addict came this, Mike Parker's homage to the British footpath network. Aimed squarely at the same readership as the earlier book - most map lovers are walkers, and vice versa - The Wild Rover is an informative and witty volume, though it is somewhat disjointed, and its tone is occasionally soured by snide comments about those whom Parker regards as stuffy or boring..." More


04/06/2013:

Photos:

St. Andrew's Church
Snailwell, Cambs.
Hill and lonely barn - the archetypal Dales view
Yorkshire

07/05/2013:

Photos:

Ducks
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Cycle bridge
Adventurers' Fen
Reeds
Fordham Woods
Waiting to start
Paddling in the Wye Valley

20/04/2013:

Book reviews:

  • Yehudi Menuhin: Unfinished Journey 3
  • "The great violinist's autobiography is thorough and thoughtful, if somewhat lacking in flair. Menuhin recounts his career, as a musician, mentor and teacher, in plenty of detail; but don't come to this book expecting incisive self-revelation..." More

  • Julian Barnes : Levels of Life 4
  • "This book is in three very different parts: the first describes early balloon flights by three nineteenth-century Europeans; the second part an affair between two of the latter, the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt and the maverick balloonist Frederick Burnaby; the third part is a meditation on the author's grief at the death of his wife. Barnes tries to stretch themes across all the three parts - flight, height, wind-powered versus machine-powered aviation, photography - and to imply a hidden intricacy to the work that belies its somewhat dislocated aspect..." More


14/04/2013:

Review of books read a long time ago:

  • Hermann Hesse: Der Steppenwolf 4
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) I read this over twenty years ago, and can't remember much about it. Harry Haller is a disillusioned man living in Berlin who (if I recall correctly) is recently divorced..." More

  • Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game 3
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) This is Hesse's longest and most ambitious novel, but I would struggle really to recommend it. It is set in a fictional European country that, if I recall correctly, is built on vaguely feudal lines..." More

  • Robert Musil: The Confusions of Young Törless 4
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) I can't remember much about this novel, and I recall I found it difficult to read at the time. Musil is an erudite writer whose long sentences and large vocabulary make reading him in the original German quite a challenge..." More

  • Benjamin Constant: Adolphe 3
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) An early exemplar of the French psychological novel. Adolphe is a young man who engages in an affair with an older woman..." More

  • Madame de la Fayette: La Princesse de Clèves 3
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) An extremely early psychological novel. I can't remember much about it, but it centres on a young princess who falls in love with somebody or other, and emotional intrigues throughout the court..." More

  • Peter Handke: The Left-handed Woman 2
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) A woman leaves her inadequate and sometimes abusive husband. Though she feels sorry for his distress at the break-up of their marriage, she is happier living alone, something that none of her friends can understand..." More

  • Peter Handke: Short Letter, Long Farewell 3
  • "(Qualifier: ages since I read this.) I can't even remember if I finished this novel. I think I did..." More


13/04/2013:

A review of Flight Without End by Joseph Roth 4

"Franz Tunda is an officer in the Austrian army, who gets captured by Russians in the First World War, escapes, spends a couple of years living with a Polish fur trader in Siberia, then slowly makes his way across Asia and Europe to Paris. His self-instigated mission is to find his old fiancée; though he knows she is married to another man, she represents a vague ideal to him that he acknowledges, on one level, to be arbitrary and delusional..." More


30/03/2013:

  • A review of The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes 3

    "An assured collection of short stories that all deal, directly or obliquely, with old age and its attendant themes: regret, disappointment, physical and mental decline, loneliness. In terms of craftsmanship and insight, this book is definite four-star material; but in terms of enjoyability it has to be marked down to three..." More

  • Photos.
Snow drift
Photos of Ribblesdale

23/03/2013:

Thoughts on bad descriptive passages in novels.


20/03/2013:

  • A review of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 4

    "George and Lennie are itinerant workers moving among the ranches of northern and central California. George is small, quick-witted and articulate, Lennie stupid, gentle and strong..." More

  • Photos.
Deer
Photos of Adventurers' Fen

09/03/2013:

A review of Job by Joseph Roth 4

"Roth tells the story of Mendel Singer, a poor, pious Russian Jew who makes a meagre living teaching the Bible to children. His life is hard and joyless, his marriage without passion, and his children a cause of endless worry: his eldest son turns his back on Judaism and joins the army; the second son leaves the country to avoid conscription, and is not heard from for years; his daughter sleeps with Cossacks from the nearby barracks; and his youngest son is a retarded cripple..." More


24/02/2013:

A review of Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane 3

""A story of adultery no different from a hundred others" is how Theodor Fontane described this, one of his best-known novels. His modest assessment of the work may be disarming: but it does, indeed, lack the sweep and penetration of the best realist literature..." More


23/02/2013:

  • Short reviews of more books I read as a student, aeons ago:
    • Les Mots by Jean-Paul Sartre 4

      "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) Sartre's autobiography. It's very short, and rather than being a chronological narrative of the events of his early life, is an account of his relationship with literature and language - how, in short, he became a writer..." More

    • A volume of Simone de Beauvoir's autobiography 3
    • "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) Another book I read as a student, this is the first volume of de Beauvoir's autobiography. It is a readable, straightforward and honest-seeming book that evokes fairly vividly the writer's early life and education, and includes an account of her early relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre..." More

    • Les belles Images by Simone de Beauvoir 3

      "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) A book about a woman working in an advertising agency in the 1960s, who comes to question her choice of career and why she lacks the enthusiasm for superficial things that she finds in her colleagues. I can't remember much about this novel, but it offered a fairly interesting insight into the advertising world in the 1960s, as well as being a semi-philosophical critique of the rising consumerist culture in general..." More

  • Photos.
A nice cup of tea
Yorkshire and Cumbria
Getting in
A paddle along the Cambridgeshire lodes

13/02/2013:

A review of Joseph Roth 's short story April 4

"An unnamed narrator describes the few weeks he spent in a small town in late spring, where he observed the locals, engaged in a relationship with a young waitress, and finally "fell in love" with the postmaster's daughter, who would stand at her bedroom window every day and whom the narrator never spoke to, other than to say hello. Subtitled "The History of a Love", this strange short story has no obvious analytical message..." More


03/02/2013:

Photos:

Re-entering the flow, yet again
A chilly paddle in south Cambridgeshire

29/01/2013:

  • Reviews of some books I read decades ago:
    • Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre 4

      "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) A French historian, Roqentin, hangs out in a fictionalised Le Havre, visits the library, bars and a prostitute, and observes wryly the behaviour of his fellow human beings. He becomes paradoxically fascinated by his own boredom, and by the pointlessness and hypocrisy of all human doings..." More

    • America by Franz Kafka 3

      "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) Young Karl Rossman emigrates to America and wanders around searching for somewhere to call "home". It's far too long since I read this novel for me to remember very much about it at all, except that it wasn't as compelling as Der Process..." More

    • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 4

      "(Qualifier: Ages since I read this.) Possibly Kafka's most coherent proper "story". Though short, it is, I believe, the longest piece he finished..." More

  • And one of The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth 4

    "Alcoholic tramp Andreas Kartak, a Polish émigré living in Paris, receives a mysterious gift of 200 francs from a well-to-do stranger. Initially intent on using the money to get back on his feet, he promises the stranger that he will repay it..." More

  • Photos.
The B1102
Winter scenes in Cambridgeshire

06/01/2013:

Photos:

Viaduct
Bits of the Yorkshire Dales on New Year's Day
Coot, Sefton Park
Liverpool
Duck
Leeds

01/01/2013:

Photos:

Flooded fields
Brampton, Cambridgeshire
Attermire Scar
Scosthrop Moor, Yorkshire
A bit of limestone
Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire
Drips
Gordale, Yorkshire
Group shot
South Yorkshire
View to Ribblesdale
Wet moors
Clapham Falls
Clapham

25/12/2012:

  • A review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 4

    "Narrator Tony Webster splits up with his manipulative girlfriend Veronica while a student; shortly afterwards, she starts going out with a friend of his, the intensely serious and intimidatingly intelligent Adrian. Tony goes on to lead an averagely disappointing but quiet life; things go, to put it mildly, less smoothly for Adrian and Veronica..." More

  • Photos.
Frost
Frosty fields in Cambridgeshire
Market Square
Cambridge
Cathedral
Ely
The widescreen world
Lackford Lakes, Suffolk
Abbeygate Street
Bury St. Edmunds

04/12/2012:

Photos:

St. Mary's Church
Withersfield, Suffolk
Flooded fields between the Bedford Rivers
One of my fave spots in Cambridgeshire - Sutton Gault

18/11/2012:

Photos:

River Tees
Teesdale (from a kayaking trip, but unfortunately lacking paddling shots)
Woods
Shipley Glen, Yorkshire
Mill
A kayaking trip on the River Great Ouse, Cambs.

06/11/2012:

Some poems, written or completed relatively recently:

Photos:

North end of King's Parade
Cambridge again
Trees
The ritual Anglesey Abbey autumn photoshoot

14/10/2012:

Gonville and Caius College
Cambridge, early evening

13/10/2012:

A couple of new things:

  • Notes on Big Country's Celt-rock classic The Crossing added to the "Pop CDs" page.
  • A new page added containing notes on some poets.

11/10/2012:

Small changes to the site:

  • Boxes have rounded corners, at least they do if you are using Firefox.
  • The main Poetry page now includes a random poem.

09/10/2012:

A review of Walking Home by Simon Armitage 4

"In 2010, poet Simon Armitage walked the Pennine Way, the most famous long-distance footpath in England. The Pennines are a range of hills running for 250 miles down the middle of the north of the country, and are characterised by alternations of bleak, rain-soaked moorland and beautiful, tranquil valleys..." More


17/09/2012:

Photos:

Houses and Flasby Fell
North Yorkshire
Double rainbow
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
A sheepdog enjoys professional perks
Dent, Cumbria

13/09/2012:

Photos:

Path
Beechwoods Nature Reserve
Cathedral from the west
Ely
Wind pump
Wicken Fen
River Cam
A paddle up the upper reaches of the Cam
Massive clouds
Massive clouds in Cambridgeshire
Marshy area
Rutland Water
Punters, Trinity Street
Cambridge
Pylon and Ely Cathedral
Devil's Dyke
The camera succumbs to inevitable wetness
A paddler's-eye view of Cambridge
Boat
Rutland Water again
St. Wulfram's Church
Grantham, Lincs.
Railway bridge
Knaresborough, Yorks.

12/08/2012:

This month's photos so far:

Clouds
Cloudscapes near Coveney, Cambs.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Wellingborough, Northants.
Priory
North Norfolk

31/07/2012:

Photos:

St. John's Church
Places at the World's End, No. 5: Little Gidding
Church
Hemington, Northants.
North Street
Oundle, Northants.
St. Peter's Church
Lowick, Northants. (reprise)
Wind turbines at dusk
Wind turbines near the M1/A14 interchange
Punters
Cambridge

27/07/2012:

Photos:

Fields
Yorkshire
City skyline
Central Cambridgeshire
All Saints' Church
Pidley Church
Bridge
Stamford
Church
Lowick, Northants.
Colour-adjusted and filtered cameraphone shot
Modified pictures of Yosemite Valley

05/07/2012:

  • A review of The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst 4
  • "On July 10th, 1969, an unmanned, battered trimaran was found bobbling peacefully in the middle of the North Atlantic by the crew of a Royal Mail ship. It turned out to be boat of Donald Crowhurst, the only remaining competitor in a Sunday Times non-stop round-the-world yacht race that had begun the previous year..." More

  • Photos.
Swan, cygnets
Photos of Burwell Fen

29/06/2012:

Photos:

Heron
Adventurers' Fen.

25/06/2012:

  • A review of Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad 4

    "(Warning: contains slight spoilers.) This is one of those awkward books that falls between a three-star and a four-star valuation. It combines great literary qualities with elements of melodama and cheap adventure fiction..." More

  • Photos.
Poppies
Photos of West Row (Suffolk), Cambridge and Wicken Fen
Trinity Lane
Photos of West Row (Suffolk), Cambridge and Wicken Fen
Water
Photos of West Row (Suffolk), Cambridge and Wicken Fen

20/06/2012:

Sea ice, as usual
Found some photos from my recent flight to California.

18/06/2012:

Photos:

Fields, trees
Yorkshire again.

06/06/2012:

Photos of California:

Colour-adjusted and filtered cameraphone shot
Yosemite Valley (a single cameraphone shot - I lost my camera and with it all the good photos of the most transcendentally awesome natural scenes I've ever viewed)
View towards Marin County
San Francisco in the evening
Las Trampas Ridge
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness near San Ramon
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve, view south-east
Other places in central California
Rocks and tree
The Big Sur coast, Monterey and Carmel
Lombard Street
San Francisco in the afternoon
The island wears a cloudy hat
(Appendix: Bits of Britain from the air)

18/05/2012:

Photos:

View over the Fens, from the old graveyard
Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

09/05/2012:

  • A review of La Symphonie Pastorale by André Gide 3

    "A French country pastor keeps a diary in which he traces his relationship with a blind teenage girl he takes into his family's care, after the death of the deaf aunt with whom she lived. He teaches her to speak and devotes much time and attention to her education, to the extent that his wife's jealousy is aroused..." More

  • A review of The Hound of the Baskervilles 4
  • "Sir Charles Baskerville dies of a heart attack after being chased by a huge ghostly dog near his Dartmoor home. His friend Dr..." More

  • Photos.
Tarn
More photos of Yorkshire

05/05/2012:

Photos:

St. Leonard's Church, interior
Bridgenorth, Shropshire

16/04/2012:

A review of An Introduction to English Poetry by James Fenton 4

"A bit of a misleading title: this isn't a guide to poetry as such, but an overview of poetic form in the English language, by a highly-regarded poet (if not a very prolific one). As such, it's rather good: it goes through the most common metres and a few standard poetic structures - the stuff most of us were never taught properly at school..." More


25/03/2012:

It's the Fens
Photos of a flat area.

10/03/2012:

Updates to the Pop CD catalogue.


05/03/2012:

  • A review of The Science Delusion by Rupert Sheldrake 4

    "This book is long overdue: a high-level critique of scientific dogmatism by a scientist of impeccable credentials. (Rupert Sheldrake has been a Research Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.) Sheldrake's method in this book is simple, but highly effective: to take what he calls "the ten dogmas of modern science", and turn them into questions: to ask whether, on the basis of scientific evidence, we are right to take them as assumptions..." More

  • Photos.
Pub
Photos of Ironbridge
Church
Photos of Ely
Reflection of trees in puddle
More photos from Yorkshire

18/02/2012:

Photos:

View towards Magog Down
Photos from near Sawston, Cambs.
Bank of River Ribble
Photos from Yorkshire

02/02/2012:

  • A review of How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge 3

    "Lodge traces the lives of a group of Catholic students who meet at London University in the 1950s, and observes how the growth of the permissive society over the subsequent couple of decades affects their relationships and their faith. As the Catholic Church struggles painfully to modernise itself, the young people find themselves, to varying degrees, simultaneously liberated and disoriented..." More

  • Photos.
St. Julian's church
Photos of Shropshire
Pylons and electricity substation
Photos of Burwell Fen

29/12/2011:

Photos:

South village from bridge
Wansford, Cambridgeshire
Ingleborough
Ribble Valley, Yorkshire
Church
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

06/12/2011:

Photos:

Church
A paddle up the Great Ouse

25/11/2011:

  • A review of Meine Weltansicht by Erwin Schrödinger 4

    "As a young man, Erwin Schrödinger planned to divide his academic career between theoretical physics and philosophy. Circumstances forced him to drop his ambitions in the latter, with the result that his philosophical output is confined to two essays written in his leisure time..." More

  • Photos.
Autumn trees
Photos of the Gog Magog Hills near Cambridge
Sheep
Photos of North and West Yorkshire
Salts Mill
Photos of North and West Yorkshire

12/11/2011:

Some philosophical ideas that I have been mulling over for a while.


02/11/2011:

Clare Bridge
Photos of Cambridge

25/10/2011:

  • A review of The Philip Larkin I Knew by Maeve Brennan. 3

    "Maeve Brennan was sub-librarian at Hull University, and Philip Larkin's "unofficial" lover for most of the time that he worked there. Their relationship, though founded on deep mutual affection, was complicated by three factors: Larkin's ambivalent attachment to another woman, Monica Jones; Brennan's Catholicism, which precluded committed sexual relations outside marriage; and Larkin's belief that his creative talent was dependent on the emotional freedom of bachelorhood..." More

  • Photos.
Sheep
Photos of Lancashire
Stile
Photos of Yorkshire
Cathedral
Photos of Ely
Paddling trip on River Lark
Photos from a paddle on the River Lark

03/10/2011:

More photos:

Distant lights
Linton, Cambridgeshire
Market square
Clare, Suffolk

28/09/2011:

Photos from lunchtime flights from the office:

Downy stuff
Magog Down, Cambridgeshire
Civilised lunching in Essex
Saffron Walden, Essex
The River Cam, a mere trickle at these dizzy heights
Littlebury, Essex

25/09/2011:

A review of a book about Wolfgang Pauli , the physicist. 3

"Wolfgang Pauli was one of the greats of twentieth-century physics, the original postulator of both particle spin and the neutrino (a chargeless particle produced by atomic decay). He was also a somewhat controversial figure, humorously blunt in his criticisms of colleagues, and in the latter half of his career entertaining ideas about the relationship between physics and psychology that more conventional scientists have found hard to take seriously..." More


11/09/2011:

Updates to the Pop CD catalogue.


28/08/2011:

Pond
Photos of Anglesey Abbey
View to Niederweiler
Photos of Germany and Luxembourg

07/08/2011:

A review of The Body Electric


03/08/2011:

Given the impending collapse of industrial civilisation, I can't be bothered to submit poems for publication. Here are a few that I wrote several years ago that never saw the light of day - until now, you lucky surfer:


01/08/2011:

Photos:

Punts
Cambridge
View over Stour Valley from wood
Great Henny, Essex

24/07/2011:

Photos:

Brasenose College
Oxford.

10/07/2011:

View from canoe
Photos of the Cam and Boxted, Suffolk.
View up Glem Valley
Photos of the Cam and Boxted, Suffolk.

02/07/2011:

Recent photos:

Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral from Stuntney
Car
Ashen, Suffolk
The Wash
Snettisham, Norfolk
Water Meadows
Sudbury, Suffolk
How zany are these students?
Grantchester and Cambridge

13/06/2011:

Punters contemplate weird clockwork insect thing
More photos from Cambridge and Grantchester.

04/06/2011:

JC
Photos from a paddle up the Cam.

02/06/2011:

Poppies
Photos of poppies near the office, and Sussex.
St. Nicholas' church
Photos of poppies near the office, and Sussex.

31/05/2011:

Ingleborough
Photos from Yorkshire.

28/05/2011:

North Street
Photos of Chichester.

05/05/2011:

Sheep
Photos of sheep and Anglo-German entente.

29/04/2011:

Reviews of three stories by Tolstoy :

  • Happy Ever After 4
  • "Following the death of her father, Masha, an innocent young woman from the Russian countryside, marries her guardian, a man twice her age, and for a while the pair are blissfully happy. However, once introduced to the society life of Petersburg, Masha realises what she has been missing out on, and starts to relish the attention she receives from the cosmopolitan townsfolk, particularly its men..." More

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich 4
  • "Tolstoy succinctly traces the life and career of Ivan Ilyich Golovin, a conventional but successful lawyer, then describes his slow and painful death and his reflections during it. As much as by physical suffering, Golovin is pained by doubts about the worth of the life he lived: he has been superficially honourable and superficially satisfied with his lot, but emotionally and spiritually his existence has been frigid and lonely..." More

  • The Cossacks 4
  • "A wonderful novella that describes the experiences of Dmitrii Olenin, a young Russian nobleman who heads of to join the army in the Caucasus, hoping to find there, in some form, opportunities for an authentic life that he feels denied in the cushy and stifling atmosphere of Moscow. Once stationed in a Cossack village in the plains below the mountains, he finds his minimal military duties give him plenty of time to study local customs, and rather than spend his days with his fellow soldiers, he takes to a life of semi-integration into Cossack life, drinking and shooting with some of the villagers, and ultimately falling in love with his landlord's daughter..." More


11/04/2011:

Dad and Skye
More photos from Long Preston.

21/03/2011:

  • Updates to the Pop CD catalogue, though the page is so long now you'll have a hard time spotting 'em.
  • Photos.
Edge of field
More pylons.

12/03/2011:

  • A review of Whoops! by John Lanchester. 3

    "Most of us have little understanding of precisely what caused the 2008 credit crunch, beyond that it had a lot to do with greed and something called toxic loans. John Lanchester was in a similar position when he stumbled upon the subject of high finance during research for a novel; so fascinating did he find the matter that he decided to devote a non-fiction book to it instead..." More

  • Book reviews now have clickable star ratings.
  • Photos.
Thatched houses, Church Lane
Photos of Pampisford in Cambridgeshire.
Pylons
Photos of pylons.

05/03/2011:

  • A review of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot 3

    "This was George Eliot's notoriously flawed final novel. It tells two stories: the one of Gwendolen Harleth, a spoilt, beautiful girl who marries a charismatic and attractive, but emotionally sadistic man, Henleigh Grandcourt; the other of Daniel Deronda, a noble young man brought up as a "nephew" by the affable but conventional Sir Hugo Mallinger, who develops an interest in Jewish culture before discovering its relevance to his true lineage..." More

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  • A review of Le Rêve de D'Alembert by Denis Diderot. 4

    "A set of three philosophical dialogues conducted by imaginary representations of people Diderot knew: D'Alembert, who had worked with Diderot on the Encyclopédie; Mademoiselle de Lespinasse, a well-known salon dame; and the knowledgable Doctor Bordeu. The discussions focus on the workings of the mind and the nervous system, the relationship of mind to body, and the questions of morality and free will..." More

  • A blog entry on the types of people who believe, and disbelieve, conspiracy theories.
  • Photos.
St. John's College Chapel
Photos of Cambridge.

12/02/2011:

  • A review of Small World by David Lodge 4

    "Innocent young English lecturer Persse McGarrigle, from Limerick University in Ireland, meets the girl of his dreams at a conference, loses track of her whereabouts, and travels the world in search of her. Meanwhile, elder academics Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp jump from conference to conference in search of intellectual stimulation, career progression, parties and sexual good times..." More

  • Photos.
Submerged stone walls, Ribble Valley
Photos of Long Preston

23/01/2011:

Whitehall from Trafalgar Square
Photos from London.

16/01/2011:

A review of Nothing Natural by Jenny Diski. 3

"Self-sufficient single mum Rachel gets involved in a sado-masochistic relationship with a charismatic older man, Joshua - a relationship that brings to the surface old insecurities that she thought she had got over long ago. Initially accepting the relationship as a bit of noncomittal, intense fun, she comes to want more from it - yet also develops suspicions about Joshua's dark side that trouble her..." More


10/01/2011:

A review of The Age of Absurdity by Michael Foley. 3

"Grumpy old academic Michael Foley has his shot at the "modern life is rubbish" genre (you'll notice I've been reading a lot of this genre lately). Subtitled "Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy", his book attacks the shallowness, narcissism and boredom encouraged by the modern social environment..." More


04/01/2011:

Photos:

River Ribble
Ribblesdale.

02/01/2011:

Ingleborough
Photos from the knobbly hills.

30/12/2010:

  • A review of Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich. 4

    "Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich lays into the "positive thinking" movement that has substantially infiltrated the business, self-help, medical and even academic scenes in the USA. As a cancer patient, she was bombarded with injunctions to see the bright side of her disease, and made to feel guilty about voicing bitterness or fear..." More

  • Photos.
Flank of Ingleborough
Part of Ingleborough
Dad
Thurcroft, South Yorks.
F, A and R
Skipton

27/12/2010:

  • A review of Straw Dogs by John Gray. 3

    "John Gray constructs a free-form polemic against liberal humanism: the idea that the the story of humanity is - or will be - one of perpetual progess and ever-increasing happiness for ever-increasing numbers of people. As Gray sees it, humanism is effectively an extension of, or a replacement for, Christianity, with its consolations of eternal life and relief from suffering..." More

  • Photos.
Snow
Photos of Christmas Day in Suffolk and Essex.

21/12/2010:

Photos:

Highland cows
Wandlebury, Cambridgeshire.

20/12/2010:

Photos:

Almshouses and church
Suffolk and Essex in the snish.

17/12/2010:

Photos:

Trees, snow and sun
Another lunchtime wander on Magog Down, in the snow this time.

07/12/2010:

Addenbrooke's
Photos of South Cambridgeshire in the frost.

21/11/2010:

A segment of Pendle Hill
Photos of Downham and Clitheroe in Lancashire.
Forest of Bowland
Photos of Downham and Clitheroe in Lancashire.

06/11/2010:

Photos of:

Autumn trees
Long Preston
Lode Mill
Anglesey Abbey, where every autumn is slightly different, although not really very different
Trees
Beechwoods Nature Reserve near Cambridge
View to Cambridge city centre
Cherry Hinton near Cambridge

26/10/2010:

Photos:

Spider
Spider
Roof of St. Pancras Station
St. Pancras Station
Trees and high cloud
Reach Wood
From the air
Flying to Seattle (from a couple of years back - extra photos added)

Plus:


04/10/2010:

Photos of:

Sunlit bridge
Burwell Fen
View south
Long Preston, Yorkshire
Farmhouse and Pen-y-ghent
Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent

24/09/2010:

Photos of:

Christmas party
Lancaster, October 1988-March 1989
Paul C
Lake District, February 1989
River walk
Wales, March-April 1989
Scargill
Lichfield, April 1989
Ben
Dovedale, Derbyshire, April 1989
We were so wacky back then
Lancaster, May 1989
The moon, September 2010

18/09/2010:

Scots pines
Photos of Chippenham Fen.

15/09/2010:

More old books finally reviewed:

  • John Ardagh: Germany and the Germans 4
  • "This is a 1995 edition of a book originally published in 1988. Though now rather out of date, it offers very piquant insights into post-war German life, society and thinking..." More

  • John Humphrys: Devil's Advocate 4
  • "The presenter of Radio 4's Today show casts his eye on the Britain of the late 1990s and finds it, on balance, a pretty rubbish place. People are greedy, materialistic, shallow and mannerless..." More

  • Redmond O'Hanlon: Congo Journey 4
  • "Redmond O'Hanlon, accompanied by Lary Shaffer, heads into the Congo jungle in search of some mythical lake monster. As usual, his ostensible mission is really a pretext for throwing himself into extreme situations and, incidentally, studying the local flora and fauna..." More

  • Redmond O'Hanlon: Into the Heart of Borneo 4
  • "Redmond O'Hanlon and the poet James Fenton head up a mountain in Borneo in the steaming equatorial heat, staying with hedonistic natives and followed everywhere by huge butterflies. It's a long while since I read this book, but what sticks in my mind most about it is that it is one of the funniest I have ever read..." More


14/09/2010:

Some reviews added of books I read ages ago:

  • Richard P Feynman: The Character of Physical Law 4
  • "This is one of the books that reignited my interest in science as an adult. It's based on a set of lectures that Feynman delivered at Cornell University, aimed at the general public, and exemplifies his ability to explain difficult concepts both clearly and tersely..." More

  • Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Revolution 1789-1848 4
  • "It's a long time since I read this book, so I can only convey my general impression of it, rather than analysis of its details. As usual, Hobsbawm's Marxism skews somewhat his take on events, but his panoramic understanding of the forces of history easily outweighs this limitation..." More

  • W G Hoskins: The Making of the English Landscape 4
  • "The classic account of how England's landscape acquired its character. The book covers both the urban and the rural landscapes, and is written with passion and an appealingly personal touch..." More

  • John Julius Norwich: Byzantium: The Early Centuries 4
  • "It's a long time since I read this, but I remember it being an exceptionally readable account of the early history of the eastern Roman Empire. Some critics have called into question its accuracy - John Julius Norwich was a diplomat, not a historian..." More

  • Bertrand Russell: History of Western Philosophy 4
  • "In my experience, many philosophers take a single interesting idea and make it seem as boring as possible by repeating and refining it to fill out whole books (or their careers). Philosophy therefore lends itself well to summary, and I can't imagine a better summary than this..." More


11/09/2010:

Photos of:

Magdalene Street
Cambridge
Posting house
Surrey

08/09/2010:

Old photos from:

View from the DDR TV tower
Europe Interrail trip, August-September 1988
Red Tarn
Helvellyn, Cumbria, October 1988

05/09/2010:

A review of Deep Rivers by José María Arguedas added. 3

"José María Arguedas is held by some critics to be the unsung master of South American literature. Born in Peru of European descent, but brought up among Quechua-speaking Indians, he certainly has a different cultural perspective from most Latin American literati..." More


04/09/2010:

Yet more old photos:

In a forest
Christmas in Germany, 1984
On the ferry
One-day trip to the Belgian trenches, February 1985
Mountains
Bavaria, April 1986
Cathedral
Ely

And some new ones:

My first (and last) go on a motorbike
Christmas in Germany, 1984
WW1 trenches
One-day trip to the Belgian trenches, February 1985
Stefan and ski jumps
Bavaria, April 1986
Cathedral gate
Ely

03/09/2010:

More old photos:

Andreas and Heidi
Germany and Luxembourg, May 1984
View from Minster tower
The Germans visit England, July 1984
Ben admires the view
North Yorkshire and Wales, August 1984

02/09/2010:

More old photos:

On the moor
Devon, June 1982
View over the Tay estuary
Scotland, July 1982
Grandad at trig point
Near Sheffield, August 1982
Ben
Wales and Lichfield, August 1983

01/09/2010:

More old photos:

Colin B, me
Belgium, April 1980
Ben
Lake District, August 1986
BTCV group
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, June 1988 (conservation working holiday)
Partial rainbow
North York Moors and Yorkshire coast, July 1988

31/08/2010:

Some very old photos added:

Dad, Ben and Treacle
Lichfield and Snowdonia, June 1987
The Iron Bridge
North York Moors and Ironbridge, October 1987
Hovercraft
France, February-May 1988
Me and Ben
Lichfield and Barrow-in-Furness, May 1988
Malham Beck, from the top of the Cove
Yorkshire Dales, September 1996
Pushkin blocks the way to the kitchen
Cheshire, August 2003
Hazy hills
Wharfedale, August 2003
Trig point
Wales, August 2003

28/08/2010:

Search terms are now highlighted in the full text of Book Reviews .


27/08/2010:

Language field added to Book Reviews search.


26/08/2010:

Photos:


24/08/2010:

Book reviews are now searchable.


20/08/2010:

Photo thumbnails added to the home page.


15/08/2010:

Gorge above Gordale Scar
Photos of the Yorkshire Dales.

13/08/2010:

View to Forest of Bowland
Photos of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cleethorpes.
Fields
Photos of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cleethorpes.
Ship and oil rig
Photos of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cleethorpes.

04/08/2010:

Mum and Dad
Photos of Flamingo Land, Pickering and Sutton Bank.

24/07/2010:

Kilnsey Crag and River Wharfe
Some photos of Wharfedale.

28/06/2010:

Photos of:

Mollie gets a brushing
Gargrave
The Castle
Rose Castle, former palace of the Bishop of Carlisle

12/06/2010:

Photos of:

Weird low cloud and Wicklow Hills
The Wicklow Hills
A, Mum, Mollie, Dad
Gargrave

16/05/2010:

Photos of:

A
Leeds
Muckross Lake
Around Killarney
Sampling the rock pools
Kinsale, Old Head of Kinsale and Garrylucas Beach

08/05/2010:

Anglican church
More evening photos of the Cork coast.

25/04/2010:

  • A review of QED by Richard P Feynman 3

    "This book derives from a series of lectures given by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman that introduce the theory of quantum electrodynamics (QED). QED is one of the pillars of modern quantum theory, and describes the probablistic interactions of electrons and photons..." More

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  • Photos.
Rocks, cliffs, sand
More photos of the Cork coast.

18/04/2010:

Crossing a stream
Photos from a walk in County Kerry.

11/04/2010:

Photos of:

Abbey
The south Cork coast
Ladies' View
Kenmare and the Kerry mountains

05/04/2010:

Barn
Photos of Yorkshire and Manchester.
Tramlines
Photos of Yorkshire and Manchester.

29/03/2010:

Finally, finally, I finish the second novel of Die Schlafwandler by Hermann Broch 4

"As mentioned in my review of Pasenow oder die Romantik, I am working my way slowly through this large and weighty modernist doorstep, and reviewing each individual novel as I finish it. Esch oder die Anarchie is the second novel of Broch's trilogy..." More

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28/03/2010:

Water wheel
A shedload of photos from the Sheep's Head Peninsula.

20/03/2010:

View to Macgillycuddy's Reeks
Photos from a spin around the Beara Peninsula.

17/03/2010:

Acrobatic dog
Photos of the West Cork coast.

14/03/2010:

Photos:

Stoney Steps
Photos from this weekend.

28/02/2010:

Cathedral
Photos of Cobh.

27/02/2010:

Moor Abbey, with Galty Mountains in background
Photos of Tipperary and environs.

22/02/2010:

Photos of:

Mist rising over Lough Mahon
Lough Mahon
Horse
Clonakilty and Inchydoney Beach
View to Galty Mountains
Places north of Cork

30/01/2010:

Photos of:

Over Douglas River estuary to Rochestown
The estuary near Cork
Cliffs and sea
Old Head of Kinsale
Some say Balamory isn't a real place...
Kinsale

23/01/2010:

  • Dogsticker page updated to reflect my current circumstances.
  • Photos.
Chav crosses bridge
More photos added of Cork city.

17/01/2010:

Eggmobile
Photos of Sandy Cove, County Cork, plus some more of Lough Mahon.
Rainbow, Joe McHugh Park
Photos of Sandy Cove, County Cork, plus some more of Lough Mahon.

16/01/2010:

Lough Mahon
Photos of Lough Mahon, Cork.

15/01/2010:

Photos of:

Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen
King's Parade
Cambridge
Holy Island
Anglesey, Wales
Wicklow Hills from ferry
The Irish Sea
Castle
Cork and environs

04/01/2010:

Snow on hills
More photos of North Yorkshire.

01/01/2010:

Photos:

Pendle Hill
Recent photos (Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool).

25/12/2009:

Photos:

Churchyard in snow
A whiteish Christmas.

23/12/2009:

Photos:

Church
How about that: there's still snow in Cambridgeshire.

18/12/2009:

Photos of:

Sunset, Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen
Main street
Yorkshire in snow

12/12/2009:

  • A review of Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez 2

    "A short novel describing the events surrounding the murder of one Santiago Nasar, falsely accused by Angela Vicario of taking her virginity before her marriage to Bayardo San Román. On learning of her impure past, San Román returns her, disgusted, to her family, and her twin brothers vow to avenge the shame brought upon her, by killing Nasar..." More

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  • Photos.
Market place
Photos of Oundle in Northamptonshire.

07/12/2009:

A review of the first part of Die Schlafwandler by Hermann Broch 3

"Broch's trilogy of novels Die Schlafwandler is meant to be read as one work; however, it took me long enough to read the first novel, and I'm not sure how soon I'll get around to the others, so I'm reviewing it now while it's still fresh in my mind. The theme of Die Schlafwandler is the decline of values in late 19th-Century and early 20th Century Europe..." More

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25/11/2009:

St. Patrick's Street
Photos from a very brief visit to Cork, Ireland.

19/11/2009:

Eco art installation, Trafalgar Square
Photos of London at night.

15/11/2009:

Those sheep look just like rocks
First batch of old photos (Old Man of Coniston from 2003) scanned in from the negatives. Loads more to come...

31/10/2009:

F (by R)
More photos of Yorkshire.
Mist and trees
Photos of Anglesey Abbey.

26/10/2009:

Factory and Langcliffe
Photos of Ribblesdale.

26/10/2009:

Trees and tarn
Photos of that classy lake Malham Tarn.

22/10/2009:

Photos of:

Trees
Lode
Skipton Woods
Skipton

12/10/2009:

  • A review of The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera 4

    "Milan Kundera muses on the novelist's craft via a series of essays and self-instigated interviews. There is no central thesis; or rather, there are several central theses, which often contradict each other..." More

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  • Photos.
Autumn trees
Autumnal shots of Reach Wood.

05/10/2009:

Moon+cloud FX
Photos of the moon.

04/10/2009:

A review added of Graham Famelo's biography of Paul Dirac . 4

"Paul Dirac was one of the central figures in the development of quantum mechanics, yet for most of us his name is less familiar than those of his peers Bohr, Heisenberg and Schroedinger. To account for this is partly the fact that he never lent his name to theorems or concepts that found their way into popular discussion..." More


01/10/2009:

Photos:

Weeds
Some photos from last week. Subjects: grass, dumped vehicles.

15/09/2009:

A review added of See No Evil


12/09/2009:

Lane
Photos of east Cambridgeshire and Blakeney Point.
Beach
Photos of east Cambridgeshire and Blakeney Point.

07/09/2009:

Many years ago I tried to write a thesis on the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. Reviews of most of his novels , based on hazy memories of them, are now here.


02/09/2009:

A review of The New Rulers of the World


31/08/2009:

Ex-surfer walks past Adnams brewery
Photos of the crumbling coast.

29/08/2009:

Sky, wind pump
Photos of Wicken Fen.

26/08/2009:

Church
Photos.

21/08/2009:

  • A review of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour . 4

    "Waugh wrote a trilogy of novels set in the Second World War, chronicling the deflating military experiences of the well-meaning, put-upon upper class Catholic, Guy Crouchback. These novels were Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender..." More

  • Photos.
Barge
3 photos.

10/08/2009:

Dappledness
A quiet month so far for photos, but here are a few.

27/07/2009:

Photos:

Oskar
Photos from Yorkshire.

22/07/2009:

Photos:

Sky
Photos of pylons.

15/07/2009:

That R S Thomas knew how to do it.


13/07/2009:

Book reviews are now database-driven. For you, the non-existent user who is ever in my mind, this means that you can open each review in its own page rather than scrolling through the whole lot, among other stuff that you couldn't care less about.


10/07/2009:

Photos:

The A14
Photos of Devil's Dyke near Burwell.

06/07/2009:

A review of Nothing to be Frightened of by Julian Barnes.


04/07/2009:

Photos:

Punters, building and crumbling cliffs
Another spell of nice weather and unemployment, another trip to Norfolk.

01/07/2009:

Photos:

Mollie
More photos from Yorkshire.

26/06/2009:

A review of Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.


25/06/2009:

Photos of:

Fox
Reach wood.
School and cafe
Skipton.
Every
Leeds.

/06/2009:

Some more Amazon lists added to the Music page.


13/06/2009:

A review of Ungeduld des Herzens by Stefan Zweig.


08/06/2009:

The layout of the page of my poetic efforts has been de-cluttered (at least that's the idea).


02/06/2009:

Photos:

View to coast
Another photo trip to the Norfolk coast.

25/05/2009:

Photos from:

Reach Lode. It's Roman, you know
Walks near Ely and Reach.
Boats in the distance
A spin up to Norfolk in the Eggmobile.

19/05/2009:

  • Gloomy ruminations on the BNP.
  • Photos.
Some Norber Rocks and some trees
Photos of wet hills.

17/05/2009:

A
Photos of relatives, etc.

01/05/2009:

Photos:

Sunset
It's true what they say about those East Anglian skies.

28/04/2009:

Photos:

Reeds by Reach Lode
Ovine gangland.
Free School Lane, with King's College Chapel behind
Cambridge.
Almshouses
Long Melford.

21/04/2009:

  • A review of The Search by C P Snow.
  • Photos.
Cathedral from the train
And yet more photos of Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.

17/04/2009:

Unmaternal sheep pay the price
More photos.

14/04/2009:

Photos:

Pool thing near the river
Easter Monday photos.

12/04/2009:

Photos:

Meg
Easter Sunday photos.

08/04/2009:

Photos:

Training grounds
I have nothing better to add today than more photos of Newmarket.

02/04/2009:

Photos:

All Saints Church, from Palace Street
Recent photos.

20/03/2009:

Sunset
More fenphotos.

21/02/2009:

Church
Photos of some obscure parts of Cambridgeshire.

11/02/2009:

Some updates to the Pop CD catalogue.


07/02/2009:

Photos:

Snow
What happens when engineers frolic.

02/02/2009:

Photos:

Moorhen and ripples
Snow in the Science Park.

25/01/2009:

A review of The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.


08/01/2009:

Photos:

Icy patterns on canal
Photos of snow.

07/01/2009:

A review of Doctor Copernicus by John Banville.


06/01/2009:

Barn
More photos - Yorkshire and Lancashire.

01/01/2009:

Folly
Photos of Yorkshire.

28/12/2008:

A review of a book about Superstrings.


22/12/2008:

A review added of The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa.


07/12/2008:

Tree and moon
Some photos of Devil's Dyke.

06/12/2008:

Photos:


29/11/2008:

Photos:


16/11/2008:

Photos of:

F
Yorkshire
Children in Need Fun Run
The Cambridge Children in Need Fun Run
Quy Water
Lode

09/11/2008:

Columns, trees
Photos of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge Science Park and Brimham Rocks.
Far east lake
Photos of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge Science Park and Brimham Rocks.
Rocks
Photos of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge Science Park and Brimham Rocks.

13/10/2008:

Trees
Photos of the trees in Reach Wood, which are coming on strong.

28/09/2008:

Photos:

Dad's silhouette
Photos of a party in Yorkshire.

26/09/2008:

Islands
More photos of Alaska and Seattle.
5th and Roy
More photos of Alaska and Seattle.

24/09/2008:

A review of A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin.


21/09/2008:

Photos of:

View from plane
Flying to Seattle
The I-5
Washington State
Mountains, sky, sea
British Columbia
Injured microscopic owl
Alaska

(More to follow.)


23/08/2008:

A review of The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.


24/07/2008:

Photos of:

Lakes reflecting sunlight
Flying to California
View from Marriott Hotel, evening
California
Burbs
Flying back from California

08/07/2008:

Peterhouse College
Photos of Cambridge, Cromer and naughty Norwich.
F and R
Photos of Cambridge, Cromer and naughty Norwich.
Castle and part of shopping mall
Photos of Cambridge, Cromer and naughty Norwich.

02/07/2008:

Photos:

Simon C-S and Gordon
Some photos, mostly of the office punting trip.

29/06/2008:

A review of The Nature of Consciousness by Susan Pockett.


26/06/2008:

Photos:

Churchyard
A few more photos.

14/06/2008:

A review of An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge.


07/06/2008:

Here's some new stuff:

Church tower
Photos from the last month

03/05/2008:

Photos:

Silver Street Bridge
Photos.

14/04/2008:

Photos:

Pew shadows, church
Photos and updates to Pop CD catalogue.

27/03/2008:

A review added of Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life?


19/03/2008:

A blog entry on the coming end of civilisation. Enjoy.


18/03/2008:

Dad, Mum, Sue, John
Photos of Chester and Yorkshire.

05/03/2008:

A review added of The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.


21/02/2008:

Moorhen walking on lake
Some photos of the Science Park and updates to the Pop CD catalogue.

09/02/2008:

Photos:

F
Some photos (Yorkshire and Ely).

26/01/2008:

A review added of Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks.


05/01/2008:

Town hall and reflection of Alhambra Theatre
Some photos.

15/12/2007:

A review of Penelope Lively'sMoon Tiger.


27/11/2007:

Dad and cow in conversation
Photos from Yorkshire.

27/10/2007:

Photos:

Columns
With the predictability of a Coldplay tune come this year's Anglesey Abbey autumn photographs.

25/10/2007:

High Petergate
Photos of York.

21/10/2007:

Lady Street
Photos of Bury St. Edmunds, Lavenham and Cambridge.

20/10/2007:

Sunset, clouds, wires 'n' birds
More photos.

11/10/2007:

Photos:

Autumnal blur
More photos of nothing in particular.

30/09/2007:

John Hiatt's Slow Turning added to the Pop CDs page.


26/09/2007:

Photos:

Church tower and sky
Photos from the north.

16/09/2007:

Gabled building
Photos of Saffron Walden.

10/09/2007:

A review of Love, etc by Julian Barnes.


08/09/2007:

Karate demonstration
Photos of the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival.

05/09/2007:

Photos:

A moorhen chick tackling a slope
Life's a riot in the Cambridge Science Park.

03/09/2007:

Bow-to-bow
Cameraphone photos of the office dragon boat practice session.

30/08/2007:

Photos:

Buildings by River Nene
Photographic fruit of an afternoon in the north Fens.

27/08/2007:

R and Whernside
More photos from Yorkshire.

19/08/2007:

A review of Goodbye to All That.


13/08/2007:

The A14, wobbling a bit
Photos of a dual carriageway at dusk.

06/08/2007:

Sunlit ramp to the prom
Photos from Norfolk.

30/07/2007:

Photos:

Norman Tower
Photos from my weekly drive through Suffolk.

26/07/2007:

Photos:


22/07/2007:

Woods
Photos of woods and pylons.
Pylon
Photos of woods and pylons.

09/07/2007:

Me and Mum
Photos of Rob and Margo's wedding and a couple of days with the parental units.
Graveyard
Photos of Rob and Margo's wedding and a couple of days with the parental units.

02/07/2007:

Leaves and field
Some photos of Chippenham Fen.

11/06/2007:

Photos:

Cow parsley at the edge of the wood
Photos from just outside Cambridge.

06/06/2007:

Photos of:

St George's Square
Stamford
Wall
Yorkshire
Steps by Priory
Lancaster
Bits of Arnside
Arnside (Cumbria)

19/05/2007:

New:

Church
Photos of Kedington in Suffolk.

10/05/2007:

A review of Elkhonon Goldberg's The Executive Brain added.


08/05/2007:

Photos:

Church porch
Photos of churches, sunsets.

30/04/2007:

Photos:

Stour Street
April's photo count now suggestive of pathological malfunction... These are of Sudbury.

28/04/2007:

Photos:

Horses and hawthorn bush
A few photos of parts of Cambridgeshire.

18/04/2007:

A review added of Thinks... by David Lodge.


15/04/2007:

Photos:

Sunlit gate
Some photos of some of Suffolk.

14/04/2007:

A review of Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks.


10/04/2007:

An Easter egg hunt messily commences
Photos from Easter weekend up north.

05/04/2007:

Stile and Burwell Lode
A few photos of Burwell Fen.

01/04/2007:

Photos:


12/03/2007:

Photos:

Trinity College gate
Some more photos.

07/03/2007:

Photos:

The moon and my study roof
A few more photos. Not many.

04/03/2007:

Photos:

Fullish
Some pictures of tonight's lunar eclipse. Unfortunately I didn't perfect the camera settings till the end, but still, some of them came out surprisingly well.

26/02/2007:

A review added of a biography of André Gide. He was a French writer.


03/02/2007:

  • The Manic Street Preachers' Know Your Enemy added (with some reservations) to the Pop CDs page.
  • Having just added to the oBlog page I'm concerned about the impression it gives of me as a raging head-case, although not concerned enough (yet) to stop writing it.

29/01/2007:

Albums by Neil Diamond and Johannes Schmoelling added to the Pop CDs page.


21/01/2007:

Photos:

Bridge and reeds
Some fenny photos.

16/01/2007:

A page of brief photo notes added.


13/01/2007:

To celebrate the 5th anniversary (*) of me having nothing better to do with my spare time, Dogsticks has been given a garish new look.

The site's optimised for Firefox. In Internet Exploder, some of the headings are a little oversized but I think it's basically OK.

There are one or two small usability/design gremlins still lurking that I intend to get around to fixing some time in the next geological epoch.

Another minor change is that headings in the Photos pages are now clickable, so you can cross-click between dates and places until you find something more interesting to do.

For those non-existent people who care, here's what the site used to look like:

(*) To the day, as it happens.


06/01/2007:

Fountains Fell and mine shaft
More photos of bits of Yorkshire.

03/01/2007:

Cowside Beck and scars
More photos.

31/12/2006:

Photos:

A and M
Post-Xmas photos added.

23/12/2006:

oBlog updated with festive spleen.


17/12/2006:

King's and Clare College Bridges
First sensible photos from my new digital SLR and its poncy lens.

10/12/2006:

Photos:


09/12/2006:

oBlog added.


08/12/2006:

A review of yet another of those "science and spirituality" books added, but actually this one - The Self-Aware Universe - is quite interesting.


06/12/2006:

Building site
An excessive number of photos from a trip to Berlin.

25/11/2006:

Photos:

A few family pics from Yorkshire.

15/11/2006:

Photos:

Windmills
The trees are certainly having a party this autumn: check out these exhibitionists by the B1102 and in the Science Park.
At the sluice
The trees are certainly having a party this autumn: check out these exhibitionists by the B1102 and in the Science Park.

12/11/2006:

Punters, Trinity Street
More autumn photos - of Cambridge.

11/11/2006:

  • A poem accepted for publication.
  • Photos.
Poplars along Quy Water
Yet more photos of Anglesey Abbey (plus a few more of the Science Park).
River from Magdalene Bridge
Yet more photos of Anglesey Abbey (plus a few more of the Science Park).

09/11/2006:

Farewell to Bleak House after 10 months.


04/11/2006:

Photos:

Bright shrubbery
It's this year's autumn snaps of Anglesey Abbey.

01/11/2006:

Photos:

The camera succumbs to inevitable wetness
Autumn comes to the Science Park.

21/10/2006:

Some stuff added to the Pop CD catalogue.


14/10/2006:

A review of Phantoms in the Brain by VS Ramachandran added.


09/10/2006:

A review of The Tax Inspector by Peter Carey added.


30/09/2006:


23/09/2006:

Photos:

The Gallery
After a summer of unsuccessful attempts, I finally manage the ascent of Ely Cathedral's octagon tower.

13/09/2006:

Monet bridge
Photos of that jewel of Cambridge, the Science Park.

10/09/2006:

Some more bits added to the Classical Music page.


02/09/2006:

Photos from the Yorkshire Dales and a walk in Wales.
Brian and Trinity entering a small dry valley
Photos from the Yorkshire Dales and a walk in Wales.

22/08/2006:

A random photo thumbnail now appears on the home page, as you can see. You can click it if you want.


20/08/2006:

Random quotations now grace this home page.


05/08/2006:


30/07/2006:

Stuff:

Photos from a visit to outrageously twee Saffron Waldon plus some of telegraph poles near Burwell.
Telegraph poles and braking learner biker
Photos from a visit to outrageously twee Saffron Waldon plus some of telegraph poles near Burwell.

27/07/2006:

Shaky wooden tube
Photos added of an office trip to Go Ape! in Thetford Forest, done in the name of teambuilding or something.

23/07/2006:

Stumps, Abbey ruins
Photos of Bury St. Edmunds and a few more of Ely.
Cathedral porch before a storm
Photos of Bury St. Edmunds and a few more of Ely.

16/07/2006:

Photos:

High Street Passage
Exceptionally clear weather made it a good weekend for photographs of Ely. There are also some of Sudbury, and of Lavenham from a couple of weeks back.
House, Ballingdon Street
Exceptionally clear weather made it a good weekend for photographs of Ely. There are also some of Sudbury, and of Lavenham from a couple of weeks back.
Old Town Hall
Exceptionally clear weather made it a good weekend for photographs of Ely. There are also some of Sudbury, and of Lavenham from a couple of weeks back.

14/07/2006:

New science book review: The Space Between Our Ears by Michael Morgan.


08/07/2006:

A review of Jorge Luis Borges's Fictions added.


20/06/2006:

Main street
Some photos of Newark-on-Trent, Gargrave and Skipton added.

16/06/2006:

Photos:

New photos of various places added.

26/05/2006:

Two poems accepted for publication: this one and this one.


24/04/2006:

The poetry magazines response times page has been funked up slightly.


17/04/2006:

A review of a book about Information Theory added.


08/04/2006:

World War II Memorial and Washington Monument
New photos of Washington, DC and New York.
New photos of Washington, DC and New York.

25/03/2006:

A review of The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot added.


18/03/2006:

Ooh, there's been a lot going on today:


09/03/2006:

A review of Untold Stories by Alan Bennett added to the Biography/Memoir Book Reviews page.


08/03/2006:

Photos added:

Mad frolicking dog
Cilcain, Wales
Backlit grassy stuff
Chippenham Fen

26/02/2006:

Cathedral, north transept and octagon
Photos of Ely added. And one of Swaffham Prior Fen.

06/02/2006:

Pop CD catalogue updated.


22/01/2006:

A review of DNA by James Watson added.


10/01/2006:

Gulf of La Spezia and Mt. Pisanino
Photos of Florence.

02/01/2006:

Helsby and Ellesmere Port, from Helsby Hill
Bits of Cheshire
Barney
A cat in Thurcroft, S. Yorks
Holy Trinity Church, Lady Chapel
Long Melford, Suffolk
Orange house, glowing cosily at dusk
Lavenham, Suffolk

18/12/2005:

  • A poem accepted for publication.
  • Photos.
General fen stuff
Some photos of Chippenham Fen added.

29/11/2005:

A review of The Non-Local Universe by a couple of geezers added.


19/11/2005:

Pop CD Catalogue brought up to date, pretty much.


18/11/2005:

Stuff:

St. Mary's Church, interior
A few photos of Burwell Church

10/11/2005:

Two poems accepted for publication by Other Poetry: one about pylons, the other about nothing much.


06/11/2005:

  • A review of Man and the Natural World by Keith Thomas added to the History Book Reviews page.
  • Photos.
Village green
Some photos of the microscopic Cambridgeshire village of Reach added.

02/11/2005:

Alley of trees
More photos of Anglesey Abbey added.

30/10/2005:

A review of Entanglement by Amir Aczel added to the Science Book Reviews page.


21/10/2005:

Characteristic WF vista
Photos of mellow Wicken Fen added.

03/10/2005:

A review of Slaughterhouse 5 added.


22/09/2005:

A review added of Steve Jones's The Language of the Genes.


16/09/2005:

Teenagers on castle steps
Photos added of Bratislava and Vienna.
Karlskirche
Photos added of Bratislava and Vienna.

31/08/2005:

A couple more book reviews:


24/08/2005:

  • Poetry achievement of the year! A poem to appear in 'The Rialto'.
  • Photos.
Martin redefines the term
Photos of QUALCOMM Cambridge's punting trip added.

17/08/2005:

New stuff:

The wine starts to wear off
Photos from the last 3 months

01/08/2005:

Two book reviews added:


12/07/2005:

A review added of An Anthropologist on Mars.


03/07/2005:

A review added of a book about relativity.


24/06/2005:

A review of an interesting book about hypnosis added.


07/06/2005:

Photos:

A few miscellaneous photos added.

02/06/2005:

Pop CD Catalogue brought up to date.


28/05/2005:

A review of The God of Small Things added.


14/05/2005:

Reviews of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and The Sense of Being Stared At added.


26/04/2005:

Seagull
Photos of South Africa added.

09/04/2005:

A poem accepted for publication in Poetry Monthly.


06/04/2005:

Some photos of Wharfedale added.

25/03/2005:

A review added of a book on British geology that is almost as old as the rocks it describes.


14/03/2005:

Photos:

Edge of Hudson Bay
A work trip to California is recorded in photos.

26/02/2005:

Pop CD Catalogue brought up to date.


17/02/2005:

Photos:


12/02/2005:

Photos:

Alley of trees
More floral activity at Anglesey Abbey. (After following the link, scroll down to view the latest pictures, or alternatively click here.)

08/02/2005:

A review of Gerald Edelman's Bright Air, Brilliant Fire added.


31/01/2005:

Poetry mag Obsessed with Pipework is going to publish either Between Estuaries or M6 Toll Plaza.


11/01/2005:

A review of George Johnson's Fire in the Mind added.


03/01/2005:

Stuff added:


24/12/2004:

Three (count 'em) more poems accepted for publication in Fire. Also, the list of poems is now database-generated.


08/12/2004:

Another poem ('Sleeper') due for publication.


04/12/2004:

A review of Gide's L'immoraliste has been added.


02/12/2004:


13/11/2004:

Photos:


05/11/2004:

A review of The Emperor's New Mind added.


04/10/2004:


23/09/2004:

Another poem ('Winter') accepted for publication.


16/09/2004:

Cathedral
Photos of Poland added.

07/09/2004:

King's College Chapel, roof
Photos of Cambridge, Burwell, Great Bradley and Rattlesden added.
St. Mary's Church, interior
Photos of Cambridge, Burwell, Great Bradley and Rattlesden added.
Scary sunset
Photos of Cambridge, Burwell, Great Bradley and Rattlesden added.
Organic telegraph pole
Photos of Cambridge, Burwell, Great Bradley and Rattlesden added.

03/09/2004:

Two more poems due to be published.


30/08/2004:

Dinghy
Some recent photos of Norfolk added.

27/08/2004:

A review of Nick Herbert's Quantum Reality added.


25/08/2004:


16/08/2004:

  • I've just finished reading Heinz R Pagels' The Cosmic Code.
  • Another of my miserable poems has been accepted for publication.
  • Photos.
Serpent's Tail, River Dee
Photos of Wales and London have been added.
Big Ben, bus
Photos of Wales and London have been added.

29/07/2004:

A review of Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Capital added.


26/07/2004:

A review of a strange book called The Cosmic Serpent added.


19/07/2004:

Photo session
Some photos of Cheshire and Staffordshire added.
West Staffordshire countryside
Some photos of Cheshire and Staffordshire added.

22/06/2004:

Photos:


27/05/2004:

A review of Lampedusa's The Leopard added.


06/05/2004:

Reviews of some more biographies that I've read over the years have been added.


27/04/2004:

Fine weather, lighter evenings and a digital camera mean further photos to inflict on visitors. These are of Suffolk and - just for a change - Cambridgeshire.


20/04/2004:

Yet more photos of fens added.


17/04/2004:

A review of John Ruskin's Selected Writings added.


03/04/2004:

The Pop CD Catalogue is now pretty much complete.


01/04/2004:

Photos of Venice added.


21/02/2004:

More photos of the Fens added.


17/02/2004:


03/02/2004:

News items older than 3-odd months are now siphoned off onto an archive page.


29/01/2004:

  • Two more of my poems are going to be published by the ever-charitable Pulsar.
  • A Links page has been added.

26/01/2004:

A review of Norman Davies' 'The Isles' added to the History Book Reviews page.


24/01/2004:

More entries added to the pop CD catalogue..


15/12/2003:

Further expansion of the pop CD catalogue has taken place.


29/11/2003:

Some more entries added to the pop CD catalogue.


11/11/2003:

Some photos of Anglesey Abbey added.


09/11/2003:

A review of 'Identity' by Milan Kundera added.


02/11/2003:

The Photos page now has thumbnails, and some pictures of Brittany.


13/10/2003:

Pop CD Catalogue added.


20/09/2003:

Two more poems added.


26/07/2003:

A review of The Light of Day by Graham Swift added.

Reviews of other books have also been spruced up slightly.

(PS Recently updated items now have an 'Updated' label.)


12/07/2003:

Two more classical music reviews added.

(PS New items on all pages now have a 'NEW!' label indicating when they were added.)


09/07/2003:

A review of Stefan Zweig's Schachnovelle added.


04/07/2003:

It's been a busy day:


18/06/2003:

A review of Afternoons in Utopia added to the Pop CDs page.


11/06/2003:

Another poem (Swimming) added.


31/05/2003:

More stuff added to the UK Poetry Magazines page.


25/05/2003:

Another poem (Twitch) added.


08/05/2003:

Comments on Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata updated to include Stephen Kovacevich's new recording.Another poem (Trouble) added.

24/04/2003:

A review (only half a century late) of JK Galbraith's The Affluent Society added.


21/03/2003:

What do Simple Minds and Ludwig van Beethoven have in common? They have both just had reviews added to Dogsticks.


11/03/2003:

The last of Dogsticks' broken links has been banished. Appropriately enough this historic event is due to the addition of the History Book Reviews page.


10/03/2003:

I've just finished reading The Older Hardy by Robert Gittings. Not only that - I've also written a review of it.


08/03/2003:

How could I create a Web page about my favourite bits of classical music and not include Mahler's 4th Symphony? I couldn't.


06/03/2003:

My pontifications on Paul Simon's Negotiations and Love Songs are now public. In addition, the other pop reviews have had some of their scabs of stylistic infelicity sand-blasted off. Ouch!


24/02/2003:

Pages for individual poems are now generated dynamically by a CGI script (saves me having to HTMLify them by hand). Book reviews will soon be getting the same treatment, I hope.


22/02/2003:

People have been clamouring* for the Biography book reviews page to be added. Here it is then.

* Not really.


12/02/2003:

More unstructured musings on classical music added.


11/02/2003:

The Classical Music page now exists, consisting currently of one review.


09/02/2003:

A review of Money by Martin Amis has been added.


12/01/2003:

The Music page makes its belated appearance.


05/01/2003:

A few more UK poetry magazines added.


20/12/2002:

Here's what I think of UK poetry magazines!


15/12/2002:

A review of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep added.


03/12/2002:

Another poem, Flying After Fifteen Years, added.


30/08/2002:

A review of Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden added.


29/08/2002:

Photos of Lithuania added.


12/08/2002:

More poems added.


04/08/2002:

A review of Jane Austen's Emma added.


16/06/2002:

The first batch of science reviews has just been delivered to the Book Reviews area. Get 'em while they're hot!


23/05/2002:

Dogsticks goes dynamic: a CGI script now puts a Dogsticks frame around individual photos.


15/05/2002:

Blimey! I've had another poem accepted for publication.


06/05/2002:

Dogsticks goes stateside: check out the new exhibition on the Photos page.


30/04/2002:

Dogsticks is now on a different server, and has its own domain name. World domination to follow shortly.


26/03/2002:

The Poetry page has been purged of broken links.


25/03/2002:

  • Site slightly restructured.
  • A review of Andy Croft's Just As Blue added.

16/03/2002:

Three more book reviews added to the increasingly unwieldy Post-1900 Fiction page.


09/03/2002:

A few more book reviews added to the Post-1900 Fiction page.


05/03/2002:

Photos of East Anglia are now on display in the Photos page.


25/02/2002:

More book reviews added to the Post-1900 Fiction and Miscellaneous Non-Fiction pages.


24/02/2002:

Pre-1900 Fiction and Miscellaneous Non-Fiction book reviews pages created.


23/01/2002:

The Photos page now has things in it!


13/01/2002:

Dogsticks up and running.

Dogsticks was created from XML source files using the fab Saxon Java XSL processor, which is free from somewhere on the Net.

Future projects include:

Photos:


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