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22/06/2020:

Photos:

A Mere Duck? I feel like the king of the world
Eye Eye. What's Diss?

20/06/2020:

  • New page of Videos with Music and one video so far.

  • A review of Iedereen is Muzikaal by Henkjan Honing 3

    "I was hoping that this book about musical cognition would be up to the standard of Aap Slaat Maat by the same author, but I was somewhat disappointed. Its subject is musical cognition in humans, and it was only after its publication that Henkjan Honing dug deeper into the evolutionary origins of musicality, or proto-musicality, in humans and other animals that is covered by the later book..." More

  • Photos.
Swans and cygnets, Wicken Lode
Fens and beech trees

15/06/2020:

Photos:

View north-west
Fens
Bubbles
River Lark
River Cam
River Cam
Language students
Oldies: France, September 1991

09/06/2020:

Photos:

Reach Lode Lock
Living like a duck
Ponies
Fens
Trinity Bridge
Cambridge
A few poppies in a field of strange purple grass
Poppies
Castle
Oldies: Prague, June 1991
View to Snowdonia
Oldies: Cheshire and Wales, summer 1991

02/06/2020:

Photos:

Slabs o'rock
Yorkshire
Bike
Fens

26/05/2020:

Photos:

Juvenile geese
More cycling sights
Stonegate
York
A road across the hills
Bank holiday twenty-miler

20/05/2020:

Photos:

Geese and gozzers
Houses on hills, geese and gozzers

19/05/2020:

Photos:

Distant cyclists
Cycling in North Yorkshire
Lane
... and in West Yorkshire

15/05/2020:

Photos:

X-ercizerz
More Bradford Burbs

08/05/2020:

Photos:

Cottages
Cycling
Some trees
Cycling and walking
View to Glusburn
Cycling into North Yorkshire

05/05/2020:

Photos:

Bike
Two more days

03/05/2020:

Photos:

View to Baildon Moor
More Tour de Yorkshire

29/04/2020:

Photos:

Canal
Yorkshire, still

27/04/2020:

Photos:

Priest Thorpe Road
Today

26/04/2020:

Photos:

Horses and a foal, already exhausted from being alive
Today

25/04/2020:

Photos:

Canal
Today

24/04/2020:

Photos:

Dora
Hills/cat

22/04/2020:

Photos:

Viaduct
Up hill and down dale

21/04/2020:

Photos:

Lock keeper's cottage
Life on the towpath

19/04/2020:

Photos:

Flats by the canal
More of West Yorkshire by bike

13/04/2020:

Photos:

View to Baildon Moor
From the daily exercise ration

10/04/2020:

Photos:

Station Road
Lockdown miscellany

25/03/2020:

Photos:

View to Saltaire
A walk uphill

23/02/2020:

Photos:

St. Catharine's College
Cambridge
Reach Lode
Cycling in the south Fens

19/03/2020:

A review of The Fens by Francis Pryor 4

"Francis Pryor is a former archaelogist, well-known in the UK for his regular appearances on the television show Time Team. His most famous project was the excavation of Flag Fen, a large Bronze Age site to the east of Peterborough..." More


17/03/2020:

  • Videos now have thumbnails.
  • Photos.
Dry stone wall
West Yorkshire

09/03/2020:

Teesdale
Teesdale

23/02/2020:

Photos:

Station and Cathedral
Ely
The little that's left of the castle keep
Clare

09/02/2020:

  • A review of Strong Imagination by Daniel Nettle 3

    "Behavioural scientist Daniel Nettle begins this book with a quotation from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": Q::The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
    Are of imagination all compact. The idea that madness and creativity are connected is an ancient one, and in Strong Imagination Nettle investigates the connection in the light of modern scientific and anthropological evidence..." More

  • Guest review: Murder on the Malta Express by Carlo Bonini, Manuel Delia and John Sweeney 4

    "More than two years have passed since the heinous murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Despite the early arrest of three suspects, thought to be the perpetrators of the deed, rather than the brains behind it, nobody has been brought to trial..." More

  • Photos.
Gunpowder Park
Gunpowder Park. Dangerous!
One of the school buildings
Ely. Overcast.
Churchyard
Lidgate. Abstemious (in the 15th Century).
Churchyard
Swaffham Prior
Stowe Pool. Courtesy of L
Lichfield. Nostalgic.

31/01/2020:

A review of Aap Slaat Maat (The Evolving Animal Orchestra) by Henkjan Honing 4

"Human beings are the only animals that make music, but something in our biological evolution must have laid the groundwork for our ability. Charles Darwin wrote, "The perception, if not the enjoyment, of musical cadences and of rhythm is probably common to all animals, and no doubt depends on the common physiological nature of their nervous systems." Was he right? Henkjan Honing, a cognitive scientist in the field of musical perception, followed up Darwin's conjecture..." More


24/01/2020:

Photos:

Albert Dock
March-May 1991

20/01/2020:

Horse Racing Museum
Newmarket
Path, reeds
Fens

15/01/2020:

Photos:

Solitary tree on a corner of the road
The sticks, Suffolk
A sparrowhawk has its breakfast
Hawk

06/01/2020:

Photos:

Valley of Bradup Beck
Yorkshire and Cumbria

02/01/2020:

Photos:

Sunlight is reflected on buildings by the weir at dusk
Otley
Lit bridge
Paddling in Derbyshire
Gritty houses
More of West Yorkshire
Some building, a palace maybe
Oldies: Germany, early 1991

27/12/2019:

  • Guest review: The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton 4

    "Besides the obvious one about the overall quality of this biography of arguably England's finest writer on cricket, one other question immediately springs to mind when considering this book. Could it be of any interest to those with little or no interest in that sport? The first point to be made is that Cardus's journalism was not restricted to cricket..." More

  • Photos.
All Saints Church
Cottenham
Rox
Yorkshire

22/12/2019:

Kayaking videos from August 2018 - Dora Baltea and Rutor, Italy.


17/12/2019:

Photos:

Museum Street
Essex's posh end
Bike
The road to Lode

13/12/2019:

Photos:

A flat bit
It's time for Tees
Trees
Bolton Abbey
View south-east (?) from Muenster tower
Oldies: Freiburg im Breisgau (1990)

11/12/2019:

Videos: River Tees


01/12/2019:

Photos:

St. Mary's Church
To Norfolk for fifteen minutes on the sea

27/11/2019:

Photos:

The last drop on the Loop
Paddling the Dart

25/11/2019:

Videos of the Upper Dart.


22/11/2019:

Gunpowder Park
Post-paddle nature chill-out
The iconic weather island from
Oldies from September 1990

15/11/2019:

Photos:

East Riddlesden Hall grounds
Keighley
Tamworth Street
Lichfield
Old coach house
Cannock Chase
Relics of cave-dwelling, possibly
Old photos - Dordogne, summer 1990

04/11/2019:

  • A compilation of splashings at the Lee Valley Olympic white water course
  • A review of Cathedral by Raymond Carver 4

    "This collection of short stories saw Carver's transition to his mature style. His protagonists have arrived in the middle of life with the sense that their best years are behind them: trapped in boring marriages, alcoholic, or smoking too much weed, they spend their days wondering whether anything better lies beyond the disappointment of their current predicaments..." More


27/10/2019:

Christ's Pieces
Cambridge
Looking down from bridge
Old photos from October 1989 to June 1990

18/10/2019:

  • Do you want to know about my kayaks? Of course you do.
  • Photos.
A path east of the town centre
Suffolk photo roundup

06/10/2019:

A review of Homo Faber by Max Frisch 4

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


28/09/2019:

Photos:

Jenny
Yorkshire
Paddling
An abortive paddling trip to Wales :(
Olympic course
A rear-view lap of the Olympic course

10/09/2019:

Photos:

Queens' Lane
Cambridge
Paddling the Rissbach
Paddling in the Alps/European road trip
Church
East Cambridgeshire

22/08/2019:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Photos.
An outdoor meal
Old photos from the summer of 1989

06/08/2019:

Photos:

Billy
Moor
Eddied out
Cruisin' the Washburn

29/07/2019:

Photos:

Woods
Yorkshire
A squirrel hits the jackpot in Lammas Land car park
Cambridge
Back to the changing rooms
Paddling at Lee Valley on the hottest day on record!
Camp fire
Wales

08/07/2019:

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

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

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

26/06/2019:

Fields
Yorkshire

15/06/2019:

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

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

  • Photos.
Farm and poppies
East Cambridgeshire

05/06/2019:

Photos:

Village green
Cycling out of Cambridge

01/06/2019:

Photos:

Hosses
Fens
Porth Dafarch
Sea kayaking on Anglesey

08/05/2019:

Photos:

Logs
Southern Yorkshire Dales

06/05/2019:

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

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

  • Photos.
The pointy feature
A session at HPP
The Ace of Spades
Bingley

27/04/2019:

Photos:

Rock visitors
Yorkshire
The Wysteria House
Action shots of fenland cycling

17/04/2019:

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

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


10/04/2019:

Photos:

View to Grantham
Lincolnshire
King of the castle
Yorkshire
Whipple Museum
Cambridge
Serpent's Tail
Wales

23/03/2019:

A review of Loners by Sula Wolff 3

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


06/03/2019:

Photos:

Ugly church (Christ Episcopal)
Waltham, Massachusetts, and a bit of Connecticut
Trees, lamppost
A week in Waltham, MA
Holy Family Church
A tour of the cradle of the American Revolution, Massachusetts
Beach
The North Shore of Massachusetts
Downtown from the airport seafront
Boston, Massachusetts
The city at dawn
Flying home

18/02/2019:

Photos:

Paddler caught in a stopper
Lee Valley Olympic course

11/02/2019:

  • A review of Olijfje by Helga Ruebsamen 3

    "Helga Ruebsamen was born to a German father and a Dutch mother in the Dutch East Indies. Her family was in the Netherlands when the Second World War broke out, and was unable to return home..." More

  • A guest review of L'ordre du jour by Eric Vuillard 4

    "I read this Goncourt Prizewinning work in the original French, in which it is entitled L'ordre du jour. This term can also be rendered as 'The Agenda', which, as I hope to show, might in some respects be a better translation..." More

  • What sort of thing happens on a Thursday? Now you can find out with the "Days of Week" Photos Statistics widget:

  • Photos.
Road
Wharfedale
Sheep's Green
Cambridge
Fens
Fens

28/01/2019:

Photos:

Gunpowder Park
Gunpowder Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex

22/01/2019:

Photos:

Serpent's Tail
Wales

13/01/2019:

  • A review of Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years by Sue Townsend 3

    "I continue my non-chronological journey through Adrian Mole's adult diaries. The Wilderness Years was the first full volume of Mole's journals to be published after the narrator hit his twenties, and Sue Townsend had the challenge of supplanting the humour of the first two books, which derived substantially from their naive teenage perspective, to a more sophisticated adult context..." More

  • Photos.
Woods
Chevin
Slawston Hill
A grey day in Leicestershire

05/01/2019:

A review of Titaantjes by Nescio 4

"JHF Grönloh was a Dutch businessman who secretly wrote short works of fiction and published them under the pen name of Nescio (Latin: "I don't know"). He is famous in the Netherlands, but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world - hardly surprising since no English translations of his work existed until 2012..." More


04/01/2019:

Photos:

Trees
West Yorkshire
Waves batter the sea wall
Abortive kayak surfing, East Yorkshire

30/12/2018:

Photos:

Surfing
Derbyshire, Part 1
Blurred dog
Ilkley Moor
Monsal Trail
Derbyshire, Part 2

26/12/2018:

Photos:

Even wronger
Paddling in Durham and Cumbria - GoPro photos added
Town Street and St. John's Church
Thaxted, Essex

20/12/2018:

A review of Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend 4

"It's autumn 2002, the New Labour Government is threatening war on Iraq, and Adrian Mole has nervously cancelled a holiday in Cyprus after Tony Blair's announcement that Iraq could pound the island with weapons of mass destruction within forty-five minutes. Eternally naive, Mole writes to the Prime Minister asking for proof of the claim, required by the travel agency to redeem his deposit of £57.10..." More


15/12/2018:

Photos:

Dachshund
Cambridge
Crab apples like baubles. It's so Christmassy
Reach
Salmon Leap Falls
Durham and Yorkshire

18/11/2018:

  • A review of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 4

    "In Joseph Conrad's most famous novella, the narrator Marlow recounts a journey he made as the captain of a small steam boat up a large central African river. Not knowing in advance the purpose of the boat's journey, he had a strange intuition that this region unpenetrated by civilisation would yield up to his inquisitive mind dark but fascinating secrets..." More

  • Photos.
Christ's Pieces
Cambridge

11/11/2018:

Photos:

Larch
Autumn in the Science Park
De poesen
Yorkshire
Discussing technique
Paddling in Lovejoy Country

28/10/2018:

Photos:

Trinity Lane
Cambridge
Trees
Suffolk
New sculpture. Looks like angels or something
Ely
Lode Mill
Lode

07/10/2018:

  • Book review: Selected Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant 4

    "*** NOTE: This review contains spoilers *** A small selection of works by the prolific and influential master of the French short story. Containing just twelve pieces, most of them under ten pages long, this is an easy volume to get through, that conveys the preoccupations and range of this interesting author..." More

  • Photos.
Bike
Wood

30/09/2018:

  • Book review: Eleven Minutes Late: A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain by Matthew Engel 4

    "Matthew Engel is probably best known as a cricket journalist, writing for The Guardian and then being editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for twelve years, which surely means that he belongs to the high priesthood of cricket journalists. His writings have always been marked by trenchant criticism, not least of the follies of the game's administrators, and by humour; he once suggested that the England Test player Philippe Edmonds, not known for the cricketing equivalent of football's "work rate", if there is one, would have liked a contract involving "no heavy lifting"..." More

  • Photos.
Flowers and matching children's bouncy things
Cambridge
The abbey
Yorkshire

15/09/2018:

  • Book reviews:

    • Map Addict by Mike Parker 3

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

    • The Making of an Englishman by Fred Uhlman 4

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

    • The Reunion by Fred Uhlman 4

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

  • Photos.
The moor
Yorkshire
Walkway and wind pump
Fens

04/09/2018:

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

- you can now expand years to show months:


31/08/2018:

Photos:

River Isere
Alps, Days 6 and 7: Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley
Peaks
Alps, Day 8: Up an Alp, and Chambéry
Alps
Alps, Day 9: Chambéry to Turin
Alps. Matterhorn and Monte Rosa on the right
Alps, Day 10: Flying home

26/08/2018:

Photos:

Rutor River
Alps, Day 5: Italy to France with a cheeky paddle on the way

24/08/2018:

Photos:

A street
Alps, Days 3 and 4

22/08/2018:

Photos:

Get-out
Paddling in the Alps, Days 1 and 2

06/08/2018:

Photos:

Playboater, Olympic course
Lee Valley
The new cycle path between Quy and Lode
Fens

31/07/2018:

Photos:

By the canal
Gargrave

24/07/2018:

Photos:

Beach huts and Kensington day-trippers
Paddling on the Suffolk coast

21/07/2018:

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

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


18/07/2018:

Photos:

Micro-eddy of the Ski Jump
Tryweryn

10/07/2018:

Photos:

Sunlight on sea
North Norfolk

07/07/2018:

Photos:

Legacy course
Lee Valley White Water Centre

05/07/2018:

You can now view chronological statistics in the Photos - Places pages:


01/07/2018:

  • A review of The Story of Oosterhuis by Belcampo. 3

    "Belcampo was the pen name of Herman Pieter Schönfeld Wichers, a Dutch author of H G Wells-style fantasy stories. Het Verhaal van Oosterhuis is the tale of a Dutchman who, on a professional expedition to the Indian subcontinent, falls down a ravine, miraculously survives, and is nursed to recovery among a tribe that lives in the bottom of the ravine..." More

  • Photos.
Clare and King's Colleges
Punters in Cambridge

30/06/2018:

Photos:

Crossing the flow
Upper Tryweryn
Most of the Welsh 3000s (Snowdon, the Glyders, Tryfan, the Carnedds)
Views of Snowdonia

26/06/2018:

Photos:

Below the Graveyard
Paddling the Lower Tryweryn

19/06/2018:

Photos:

Telegraph cables
South Cambridgeshire
Flowers in hedgerow
Dalham, Suffolk
Goat
Yorkshire

02/06/2018:

Review: Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith. About octopuses. 4

"The cephalopods are a class of molluscs with two members - octopuses and cuttlefish - that have developed sophisticated nervous systems and high levels of intelligence, the only invertebrates to have done so. What makes them so interesting is that this intelligence developed along a separate evolutionary line from that of mammals and birds..." More


31/05/2018:

Photos:

More graffiti
Almscliffe Crag

20/05/2018:

Photos:

Waterways
Cambridgeshire
Launching
Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre
Dora - half cat, half seal
Yorkshire
Windmill
Dalham, Suffolk

08/04/2018:

  • There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. But the camera never lies. Where does that leave the new Photos Statistics page? Don't ask me.
  • Guest review of Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia , edited by Joseph A Debono and Caroline Muscat 4

    "In the immediate post-war period, in Britain at least, Malta was known as the plucky colony which had withstood against the odds the aerial bombardment inflicted upon it by the Axis powers and been rewarded with the George Cross. This award was even recognised by the newly created British Railways in 1948 with the addition of the initials GC on the nameplate of the locomotive named after the island..." More


03/04/2018:

Photos:

Dad and Mollie
Yorkshire

25/03/2018:

Photos:

River Kennett
Dalham, Suffolk

21/03/2018:

Photos:

Snow
Spring midwinter is its own season

15/03/2018:

Photos:

Sea kayaking
Scolt Head, Norfolk

04/03/2018:

Photos:

Dalham Hall and church
Snow hits Suffolk

01/03/2018:

Photos:

Sneeuw
Cold snap

27/02/2018:

Photos:

Dora
Yorkshire

18/02/2018:

Photos:

Abbey ruins
Bury St. Edmunds

11/02/2018:

  • A review of Beast by Paul Kingsnorth 4

    "A hermit living in a deserted building on a West Country moor wakes up one day out of a dream or trance, to find himself lame and scarred by marks that seem to have been made by a large animal. After recovering his powers of movement, the hermit, Edward Buckmaster, wanders about the moor, with the vague feeling of being in search of something..." More

  • Photos.
Graffiti on a condom machine, Darwin College
Condom machine
Senate House, e-Luminated
Cambridge University freaks out
Heavy shower a mile or two away
Windy wastes

06/02/2018:

A review of France: A Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jonathan Miller 3

"This volume, written by a former Sunday Times journalist resident in France, consists almost entirely of short entries on a variety of topics relating to contemporary issues. These are presented alphabetically and in French, with the exception for no clear reason of 'European Union', since 'Union Européenne' would have hardly been more taxing to non-speakers of French than, for example, 'Professions Protégées', especially as there is always an English sub-heading to provide an explanation of the French term..." More


03/02/2018:

Photos:

The village from the dunes
Surf's up in Norfolk

31/01/2018:

Photos:

Eddying out
Wet weekend in Wales

22/01/2018:

Photos:

Church
Gazeley, Suffolk
Below Euthanasia Falls
Paddling in Devon - GoPro photos added
River Tees
Paddling in Durham - GoPro photos added

09/01/2018:

  • A review of My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs by Kazuo Ishiguro 3

    "Just how short can a book be that readers will part with £5 for it? My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs is the text of Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Literature Prize acceptance speech, and comes in at just 36 small pages. It's a good speech, characterised by the restraint and decency that are hallmarks of Ishiguro's persona..." More

  • Photos.
Humber Bridge
Humber

07/01/2018:

Photos:

Cat
Staffordshire
Summit paraphernalia
Baildon Moor
Back at the suspension bridge
Wharfedale

02/01/2018:

Photos:

Appletreewick Falls
Final paddle of 2017: River Wharfe

30/12/2017:

  • A review of How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley 3

    "This is a good idea for a book, but I'm not sure Tristan Gooley was the right person to write it. Gooley is an adventurer and "natural navigator", an expert at finding his way in the wilds..." More

  • Photos.
Cat
West Yorkshire
Get-in
Back on the River Tees
Reservoir
Keighley and Ilkley
Horsey trucks
Snow

24/12/2017:

Photos:

Market
West Suffolk

11/12/2017:

Photos:

Leaves, still green
In the snish

06/12/2017:

Photos:

Abbey Rapids
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:

Towards Lode Mill
More trees

20/11/2017:

Photos:

Quy Water
Trees

15/11/2017:

Photos:

Rapid
Devon: Rivers Walkham, Tavy and Dart

08/11/2017:

Outflow
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:

It's Norfolk
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:

Some kind of platform, Ranworth Marshes
East Norfolk
Beach
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 bêtes 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:

Paddler
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.
Angel Hill and Abbeygate Street
A photographic raid on West Suffolk

20/09/2017:

Photos:

A paddle past the cliffs
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
River Washburn
Cruising the River Washburn

30/08/2017:

Photos:

Beginning of the 1300m descent from the Station Vallugagrat
Getting warm and wet in the Austrian Alps
Paddleboarding
Come-down Monday - stand-up paddleboarding on the Cam

17/08/2017:

Photos:

Ducks above a weir
Yorkshire

07/08/2017:

Photos:

Big skies
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:

By the Cafe Wave
River Tryweryn, Wales
An evacuated Legacy loop
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre

09/07/2017:

Photos:

Fine-tuning the climate control
Yorkshire
Bug on a Lee Valley bib
Bug
Hens
Golden Ears

02/07/2017:

Photos:

Dad and Mum
Yorkshire

25/06/2017:

Photos:

Harbour
Norfolk

19/06/2017:

Photos:

Path by Bala Lake
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
Paddler, Olympic course
Foamy pillows
Cloudscape
Dyke

30/05/2017:

Photos:

Donkey sanctuary
Yorkshire

24/05/2017:

Photos:

Brass band, Jubilee Park
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.
Bluebells
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:

Daffodils, Cliffe Castle
West Yorkshire
View to Laughton Church
South Yorkshire
Rocks 'n' gorse
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.
Mysterious leak... Awaiting news of a flood
Cambridgeshire

12/03/2017:

Photos:

Paddling
Paddling in North Wales

14/02/2017:

Photos:

Plane landing
Yorkshire
River Crouch
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.
Quarry
Ilkley Moor

04/01/2017:

Photos:

Penistone Hill
Brontë country and Hockney country
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.
Moor and covert
Yorkshire

27/12/2016:

Photos:

River Tees
Paddling the River Tees - once more

05/12/2016:

Photos:

Low Force
Paddling and walking in Teesdale

24/11/2016:

Photos:

Trees
Autumn in the Science Park

07/11/2016:

Photos:

Clouds
Reach Wood

30/10/2016:

Photos:

A levitating leaf, it would appear
Essex - surprisingly nice in places

24/10/2016:

Photos:

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

18/09/2016:

Photos:

Paddler, Olympic course
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
Nidderdale
Yorkshire

22/08/2016:

Photos:

St. Nicolaaskerk
Amsterdam and Haarlem

13/08/2016:

Photos:

Sea kayaking
Sea kayaking taster session

08/08/2016:

Photos:

Bottom of the Upper Tryweryn
Back on the River Tryweryn

03/08/2016:

Photos:

West Staffordshire countryside
A rare visit to Staffordshire, county of my youth

25/07/2016:

Photos:

Swans, Byron's Pool
Paddling up the River Cam

21/07/2016:

Photos:

Bumping
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:

A stunning poppy field next to the A505
A poppy field
Church, threshing in fullgrown thickness (Philip Larkin)
A village in Hertfordshire
River Lea Navigation
Lee Valley Country Park
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
A raft
Paddling in north Wales

04/06/2016:

Photos:

Pointy rock
Yorkshire

29/05/2016:

Cathedral
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.
The orange boat brightens up a dull March day
River Cam
Cathedral, main tower
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 Bingley
West Yorkshire
Church
Lynford Arboretum, Norfolk

25/02/2016:

Photos:

Whorlton Falls
Paddling in Teesdale
River Swale
Richmond, Yorkshire

13/02/2016:

Photos:

Reeds, New Bedford River
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:

Pembroke College
Cambridge

17/01/2016:

Photos:

River Dart
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
Linton Falls
Paddling in Wharfedale

30/12/2015:

Photos:

Walk
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:

Competition for the cushion
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:

River Cam
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 stipulated that all his unpublished manuscripts should 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.
Bridge of Sighs
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.
Paddlers
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.
Stream
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.
River Cam
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.
US-style church
Yorkshire

12/07/2015:

Photos:

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

02/07/2015:

Photos:

Jenny
Cat
Five Rise Locks
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
Gill Beck
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.
Toad
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
Paddling
River Tees
Dora
Yorkshire

09/02/2015:

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


02/02/2015:

Photos:

Idle Hill
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.
Bridge of Sighs
Paddling the Cam

07/01/2015:

Photos:

Dusk
Saltaire
Otley
The Chevin
Cat
Cat
Canal
The Aire Valley
Bradford, Shipley and Saltaire
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:

Clare Bridge
A bracing winter paddle round the Backs

01/12/2014:

Photos:

River Usk
Scraping rocks in South Wales

23/11/2014:

Photos:

View across a field
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
View up Whafedale
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:

Otley
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
Skirting the urban grime
Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, Essex

14/09/2014:

Photos:

River life
Grantchester
Boat
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:

Mill pond
River Cam again
Sam
Yorkshire

21/08/2014:

Photos:

Sluice session
River Cam sluice

16/08/2014:

Photos:

Ridge
North Yorkshire
Celebrating the cat
South Yorkshire
Village from west
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:

Clouds
Adventurers' Fen
View to Aldwincle
Northamptonshire
Geese
Geese

01/07/2014:

Photos:

Flowers, East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall, Yorks.

23/06/2014:

Photos:

Swan and cygnets - already looking a lot bigger
Along the River Cam
Nettles
South Cambridgeshire

01/06/2014:

Photos:

Fields, woods
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.
River Cam
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:

Plants
Upware, Cambs.

17/05/2014:

Photos:

River Cam
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.
Footbridge
Anston Stones Wood, South Yorkshire

19/03/2014:

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


18/03/2014:

Photos:

Church and blossoming trees
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:

Low Force
Paddling on the River Tees
Swans and ducks
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.
Mill pond
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
Wharfedale
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)
Looking to Cow Hollow Wood
Clayhithe, Cambs.
East lake
Cambridge Science Park (II)
Road to the church
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:

Dog walkers
Lode, Cambridgeshire
Kayaks
River Crouch, Essex

10/11/2013:

Photos:

Northamptonshire in the rain
Northamptonshire
Southwark and Tower Bridges
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
Church
Fotheringhay

30/09/2013:

Photos:

Canoeists on River Nene
Northamptonshire
View to Snowdon massif
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.
Trees
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:

Geese and ducks near the bridge
Stamford
Limestone scars
Giggleswick
Meerkats
Exotic fauna in West Yorkshire
View to Ingleborough
Pen-y-ghent

27/08/2013:

Photos:

Old school punters
River Cam
A nice assortment of birds
Titchmarsh Nature Reserve, Northants.
A Norfolk field and Norfolk woods
South Pickenham, Norfolk
Intense paddlers
Cambridge

11/08/2013:

Photos:

King's College Chapel
River Cam

04/08/2013:

Photos:

Petals on a leaf
South Yorkshire
East Riddlesden Hall
West Yorkshire
Tree
North Yorkshire
Beach
Salthouse, Norfolk
River Cam
River Cam

27/07/2013:

Updates to the Classical Reviews page:


17/07/2013:

Photos:

Soham Lode
East Cambridgeshire
Baits Bite Lock
Milton
Setting off down the lower river
Wales

07/07/2013:

Photos of Norfolk:

The grounds
Houghton Hall
The beach
Brancaster

02/07/2013:

Photos:

Fields and wood
Northamptonshire

28/06/2013:

Photos:

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

17/06/2013:

Photos:

The Nene Way
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:

Beech wood
Snailwell, Cambs.
Lamb
Yorkshire

07/05/2013:

Photos:

Mum
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Reach Lode
Adventurers' Fen
Gnarly tree and board path
Fordham Woods
Limbering up
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.
Bridge
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.
Some minor lode
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.
Mum, Dad and Mollie
Yorkshire and Cumbria
Paddling Wicken Lode
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:

Limbering up
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.
Road signs in snow
Winter scenes in Cambridgeshire

06/01/2013:

Photos:

Viaduct
Bits of the Yorkshire Dales on New Year's Day
E and B, Sefton Park
Liverpool
Swans
Leeds

01/01/2013:

Photos:

Flooded fields
Brampton, Cambridgeshire
Attermire Scar
Scosthrop Moor, Yorkshire
Pen-y-ghent
Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire
Whitewater ducks
Gordale, Yorkshire
Abbey ruins
South Yorkshire
View to Ribblesdale
Wet moors
Church
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
Various white birds
Lackford Lakes
Arc shopping centre
Bury St. Edmunds

04/12/2012:

Photos:

St. Mary's Church
Withersfield, Suffolk
Flooded fields between the Bedford Rivers
Sutton Gault

18/11/2012:

Photos:

Abbey and River Tees
Teesdale
View over Airedale
Shipley Glen
Kayaking trip on River Great Ouse
A kayaking trip on the River Great Ouse

06/11/2012:

Some poems, written or completed relatively recently:

Photos:

King's College Chapel
Cambridge again
Trees
Anglesey Abbey

14/10/2012:

Rose Crescent
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:

Submerged stepping stones
North Yorkshire
River Lune and Pennines
Kirkby Lonsdale
Cobbled lane
Dent

13/09/2012:

Photos:

Addenbrooke's
Beechwoods Nature Reserve
Cathedral from the west
Ely
Men follow a black ghoul across a field
Wicken Fen
River Cam
A paddle up the upper reaches of the Cam
Clouds over stubble field
Massive clouds in Cambridgeshire
Marshy area
Rutland Water
Trinity College and Faculty of Divinity
Cambridge
The Dyke, field, pylons
Devil's Dyke
Mathematical Bridge
A paddler's-eye view of Cambridge
North
Rutland Water
St. Wulfram's Church
Grantham
Castle grounds
Knaresborough

12/08/2012:

This month's photos so far:

Clouds
Coveney, Cambs.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Wellingborough, Northants.
A post box outside the church
North Norfolk

31/07/2012:

Photos:

Church interior
Little Gidding
Church
Hemington, Northants.
New Street
Oundle, Northants.
St. Peter's Church
Lowick, Northants.
Wind turbines at dusk
Wind turbines near the M1/A14 interchange
Garrett Hostel Lane
Cambridge

27/07/2012:

Photos:

Mum and Mollie
Yorkshire
Cathedral from the west
Central Cambridgeshire
All Saints' Church
Pidley Church
Bridge
Stamford
Church at dusk
Lowick,
This crumby phone shot is the only one I have of the Valley after losing my camera :(
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.
Assortment of cloud types
Burwell Fen

29/06/2012:

Photos:

Deer
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.
River Lark
West Row
Punters
Cambridge
Clouds doing their thing
Wicken Fen

20/06/2012:

Sea ice, as usual
flight to California

18/06/2012:

Photos:

Mum and Pendle Hill
Yorkshire

06/06/2012:

Photos of California:

Colour-adjusted and filtered cameraphone shot
Yosemite Valley
Lights and tramlines
San Francisco in the evening
View north
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
View south down Los Vaqueros Road
Other places
On a path down to the seashore
The Big Sur coast, Monterey and Carmel
Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco
San Francisco in the afternoon
From the air
Bits of Britain from the air

18/05/2012:

Photos:

Church
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.
City centre from the train
Yorkshire

05/05/2012:

Photos:

View east over the River Severn
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
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.
Bridge
Ironbridge
Cathedral
Ely
Jogger
Yorkshire

18/02/2012:

Photos:

Footprints
Sawston, Cambs.
Long Preston Beck
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. Mary's church
Shropshire
Pylons and electricity substation
Burwell Fen

29/12/2011:

Photos:

Bridge
Wansford, Cambridgeshire
Ingleborough
Ribble Valley, Yorkshire
Market Street
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

06/12/2011:

Photos:

Kayak trip on River Great Ouse
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.
Pumpkins
Gog Magog Hills
Village and hills
North
Shops at dusk
West Yorkshire

12/11/2011:

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


02/11/2011:

Queen's Road
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.
Road
Lancashire
River Ribble
Yorkshire
Cathedral
Ely
Paddling trip on River Lark
a paddle on the River Lark

03/10/2011:

More photos:

Looking down to the Cam
Linton, Cambridgeshire
Half-timbered building
Clare, Suffolk

28/09/2011:

Photos from lunchtime flights from the office:

Trees
Magog Down, Cambridgeshire
Civilised lunching in Essex
Saffron Walden, Essex
Coloured houses
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
Anglesey Abbey
Sculpture park
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 and colleges
Cambridge
Flowers in path
Great Henny, Essex

24/07/2011:

Photos:

All Souls' College
Oxford

10/07/2011:

View from canoe
the Cam
Glemsford Church
Boxted, Suffolk

02/07/2011:

Recent photos:

Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral from Stuntney
Field
Ashen, Suffolk
Beach mankiness
Snettisham, Norfolk
Ranchin' in Lovejoy Country
Sudbury, Suffolk
Punters on Silver Street Bridge
Grantchester and Cambridge

13/06/2011:

Trumpington Street
Cambridge and Grantchester

04/06/2011:

Flowers
a paddle up the Cam

02/06/2011:

Poppies and cycle path
poppies near the office
Beach huts
Sussex

31/05/2011:

River Ribble
Yorkshire

28/05/2011:

Cross
Chichester

05/05/2011:

Barn and wall
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 off 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:

R, F and A
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.
Pylon and 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
Pampisford
Pylons
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
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.
Village from the south
Long Preston

23/01/2011:

Whitehall from Trafalgar Square
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:

Pen-y-Ghent
Ribblesdale.

02/01/2011:

Pen-y-Ghent
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.
Frozen water
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
Christmas Day in Suffolk and Essex

21/12/2010:

Photos:

Snowy scene
Wandlebury, Cambridgeshire.

20/12/2010:

Photos:

Almshouses and church
Suffolk and Essex in the snish.

17/12/2010:

Photos:

Cambridge
Magog Down

07/12/2010:

Frost
South Cambridgeshire in the frost

21/11/2010:

A segment of Pendle Hill
Downham
People by the castle floodlights
Clitheroe

06/11/2010:

Photos of:

Small valley
Long Preston
Trees and bushes
Anglesey Abbey
Trees
Beechwoods Nature Reserve
View to Cambridge city centre
Cherry Hinton

26/10/2010:

Photos:

Spider
Spider
St. Pancras Station and Euston Road
St. Pancras Station
Tree
Reach Wood
River
Flying to Seattle (from a couple of years back - extra photos added)

Plus:


04/10/2010:

Photos of:

Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen
Hills
Long Preston, Yorkshire
Ingleborough
Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent

24/09/2010:

Photos of:

Debbie, Christmas party
Lancaster
Paul C
Lake District
Walking back to the van
Wales
Scargill
Lichfield
Hill
Dovedale, Derbyshire
University health centre
Lancaster
Moon and bits of tree
The moon

18/09/2010:

Scots pines
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
Signpost and post office
Surrey

08/09/2010:

Old photos from:

Bridge over river
Europe Interrail trip, August-September 1988
Red Tarn and Striding Edge
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:

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

And some new ones:

Heidi
Christmas in Germany, 1984
WW1 trenches
One-day trip to the Belgian trenches, February 1985
Mountains
Bavaria, April 1986
Cathedral
Ely

03/09/2010:

More old photos:

Village from castle
Germany and Luxembourg, May 1984
Castle
The Germans visit England, July 1984
Mum, Dad and Ben
North Yorkshire and Wales, August 1984

02/09/2010:

More old photos:

Coast
Devon, June 1982
View over the new town
Scotland, July 1982
R and me at trig point
Near Sheffield, August 1982
Thomas
Wales and Lichfield, August 1983

01/09/2010:

More old photos:

Easter Sunday
Belgium, April 1980
Mountainside
Lake District, August 1986
Reynard's Cave
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, June 1988 (conservation working holiday)
R
North York Moors and Yorkshire coast, July 1988

31/08/2010:

Some very old photos added:

Preparing for the ascent
Lichfield and Snowdonia, June 1987
Coppicing at Lloyd's Coppice
North York Moors and Ironbridge, October 1987
Milou
France, February-May 1988
Furness Abbey
Lichfield and Barrow-in-Furness, May 1988
Walk with BTCV group
Yorkshire Dales, September 1996
Pushkin blocks the way to the kitchen
Cheshire, August 2003
Hazy hills
Wharfedale, August 2003
View to Snowdonia
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:

Waterfalls, Gordale Scar
Yorkshire Dales

13/08/2010:

Low cloud
Lancashire
View north
Yorkshire
Nick and Sarah
Cleethorpes

04/08/2010:

A and Dad
Flamingo Land, Pickering and Sutton Bank

24/07/2010:

Kilnsey Crag
Wharfedale

28/06/2010:

Photos of:

Mollie
Gargrave
Cow attack
Rose Castle

12/06/2010:

Photos of:

Weird low cloud and Wicklow Hills
The Wicklow Hills
By the river
Gargrave

16/05/2010:

Photos of:

Dad, Mum, F and the dogs
Leeds
View to Beara Peninsula
Around Killarney
Ship and clouds
Kinsale, Old Head of Kinsale and Garrylucas Beach

08/05/2010:

View to sea
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.
The village
More photos of the Cork coast.

18/04/2010:

Walkers
a walk in County Kerry

11/04/2010:

Photos of:

Shadow of metal butterfly
The south Cork coast
Man walks past mountains
Kenmare and the Kerry mountains

05/04/2010:

A hill with a streak of snow on it
Yorkshire
Tramlines
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:

Beara Peninsula
the Sheep's Head Peninsula

20/03/2010:

View west
Beara Peninsula

17/03/2010:

Shops
West Cork coast

14/03/2010:

Photos:

Stoney Steps
Photos from this weekend.

28/02/2010:

Yuppie flats
Cobh

27/02/2010:

House and Galty Mountains
Tipperary and environs

22/02/2010:

Photos of:

Lough Mahon
Lough Mahon
Main street
Clonakilty and Inchydoney Beach
Mist rising over Lough Mahon
Places north of Cork

30/01/2010:

Photos of:

Over Douglas River estuary to Rochestown
The estuary near Cork
Signal tower
Old Head of Kinsale
Ouch!
Kinsale

23/01/2010:

  • Dogsticker page updated to reflect my current circumstances.
  • Photos.
Holy Trinity Church and River Lee South Channel
Cork city

17/01/2010:

House and sea
Sandy Cove
Jacobs Island
more of Lough Mahon

16/01/2010:

Marsh, Joe McHugh Park
Lough Mahon, Cork

15/01/2010:

Photos of:

Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen
Unniversity Senate House
Cambridge
Bridge
Anglesey, Wales
Snow shower
The Irish Sea
Bridge
Cork and environs

04/01/2010:

Bridge
North Yorkshire

01/01/2010:

Photos:

Pendle Hill
photos (Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool)

25/12/2009:

Photos:

Church
whiteish Christmas

23/12/2009:

Photos:

In the snow
snow in Cambridgeshire

18/12/2009:

Photos of:

Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen
Bullox by canal
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

    .
  • Photos.
West Street
Oundle

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
Cork

19/11/2009:

Entrance to Embankment Tube Station
London at night

15/11/2009:

R studies the map
Old Man of Coniston from 2003

31/10/2009:

Autumn trees, R's coat
Yorkshire
Tree and mist
Anglesey Abbey

26/10/2009:

Settle and Giggleswick
Ribblesdale

26/10/2009:

Gate
Malham Tarn

22/10/2009:

Photos of:

Trees and field
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

    .
  • Photos.
Chalk pit
Reach Wood

05/10/2009:

Moon+cloud FX
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:

Dry grass
photos

15/09/2009:

A review added of See No Evil


12/09/2009:

Cathedral and boats
east Cambridgeshire
Veg
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:

Probably a metaphor for something or other
the crumbling coast

29/08/2009:

Sky, wind pump
Wicken Fen

26/08/2009:

House and tranquil Suffolk scene
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.
Weeds in wheat field
3 photos

10/08/2009:

Gate, wheat field
here are a few

27/07/2009:

Photos:

Ribblehead Viaduct
Photos from Yorkshire.

22/07/2009:

Photos:

Clouds
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:

Fields and sky
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:

View to the beach
another trip to Norfolk

01/07/2009:

Photos:

Railway line
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
Albion Place
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 the sea from the coastal ridge
Norfolk coast

25/05/2009:

Photos from:

Blowing in the wind. What's blowing? I have no idea
Walks near Ely and Reach
Jogger
A spin up to Norfolk

19/05/2009:

  • Gloomy ruminations on the BNP.
  • Photos.
Norber Rocks
wet hills

17/05/2009:

Dad and A
Photos of relatives, etc.

01/05/2009:

Photos:

Sunset
East Anglian skies

28/04/2009:

Photos:

Sheep
Ovine gangland
Downing Street
Cambridge
Melford Hall wall and gatehouse
Long Melford

21/04/2009:

  • A review of The Search by C P Snow.
  • Photos.
A piece of farm machinery
yet more photos of Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire

17/04/2009:

Moor Street and Pendle Hill
More photos

14/04/2009:

Photos:

People on stepping stones
Easter Monday photos.

12/04/2009:

Photos:

F and A
Easter Sunday photos.

08/04/2009:

Photos:

Training grounds
more photos of Newmarket

02/04/2009:

Photos:

All Saints Church
Recent photos

20/03/2009:

It's the Fens
fenphotos

21/02/2009:

Flooded fields
obscure parts of Cambridgeshire

11/02/2009:

Some updates to the Pop CD catalogue.


07/02/2009:

Photos:

Like a Greek statue, Dan H is poised for attack
engineers frolic

02/02/2009:

Photos:

Moorhen
Snow in the Science Park.

25/01/2009:

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


08/01/2009:

Photos:

The canal is impersonating a road. Naughty!
Photos of snow.

07/01/2009:

A review of Doctor Copernicus by John Banville.


06/01/2009:

Horses and hills
Yorkshire and Lancashire

01/01/2009:

Hoar frost
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
Devil's Dyke

06/12/2008:

Photos:


29/11/2008:

Photos:


16/11/2008:

Photos of:

Mum (by F)
Yorkshire
Children in Need Fun Run
The Cambridge Children in Need Fun Run
Quy Water
Lode

09/11/2008:

Trees, bench
Anglesey Abbey
Golden trees
Cambridge Science Park
Rocks, noticeboard, stuff
Brimham Rocks

13/10/2008:

Trees
Reach Wood

28/09/2008:

Photos:

The party is sucked into the kitchen
Photos

26/09/2008:

5th Avenue
Alaska
Washington Mutual Tower
Seattle

24/09/2008:

A review of A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin.


21/09/2008:

Photos of:

Clouds and oil rig
Flying to Seattle
View east from the I-5
Washington State
View south
British Columbia
Mountains
Alaska

(More to follow.)


23/08/2008:

A review of The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.


24/07/2008:

Photos of:

Clouds and sun
Flying to California
Summit
California
Mountains
Flying back from California

08/07/2008:

King's College Chapel
Cambridge
Giving up on the beach
Cromer
Cathedral bissected by crane
naughty Norwich

02/07/2008:

Photos:

Punts and Magdalene College
photos

29/06/2008:

A review of The Nature of Consciousness by Susan Pockett.


26/06/2008:

Photos:

Water tower
photos

14/06/2008:

A review of An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge.


07/06/2008:

Here's some new stuff:

Nice building, Abbey Place
Photos from the last month

03/05/2008:

Photos:

St. Botolph's Church
Photos

14/04/2008:

Photos:

Church Street
Photos

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:

Telephone box and clock, Eastgate Street
Chester and Yorkshire

05/03/2008:

A review added of The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.


21/02/2008:

Duck on frozen lake
Science Park

09/02/2008:

Photos:

Entrance, King's School
photos

26/01/2008:

A review added of Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks.


05/01/2008:

Church Street
Some photos

15/12/2007:

A review of Penelope Lively'sMoon Tiger.


27/11/2007:

Canal
Yorkshire

27/10/2007:

Photos:

Gazebo thing
Anglesey Abbey autumn photographs

25/10/2007:

Art installation in St. Mary's Church (
York

21/10/2007:

R on roof of St. Mary's Church
Bury St. Edmunds, Lavenham and Cambridge

20/10/2007:

Sunset, clouds, wires 'n' birds
photos

11/10/2007:

Photos:

Grammatical defacement of poster on the inside of a toilet cubicle. Only in Cambridge...
photos

30/09/2007:

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


26/09/2007:

Photos:

Dad, F
Photos

16/09/2007:

Buildings by church
Saffron Walden

10/09/2007:

A review of Love, etc by Julian Barnes.


08/09/2007:

Liviu, Steve, Pietro and John discussing tactics, or something
Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

05/09/2007:

Photos:

Monet bridge, up close
Cambridge Science Park

03/09/2007:

Pat's back and Jon W's head
dragon boat practice session

30/08/2007:

Photos:

Houses
Photographic

27/08/2007:

Path down hill
Yorkshire

19/08/2007:

A review of Goodbye to All That.


13/08/2007:

A14
dual carriageway

06/08/2007:

Stuff
Norfolk

30/07/2007:

Photos:

Sunset
Photos

26/07/2007:

Photos:


22/07/2007:

Woods
woods
Pylons and clouds
pylons

09/07/2007:

Evening bash
Rob and Margo's wedding
Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent
a couple of days with the parental units

02/07/2007:

Tree life
Chippenham Fen

11/06/2007:

Photos:

The glory that is Addenbrooke's Hospital
just outside Cambridge

06/06/2007:

Photos of:

Gravestones, St. Mary's
Stamford
A feeds her face
Yorkshire
Dad on the dog
Lancaster
Station
Arnside

19/05/2007:

New:

Church tower and wisps of cloud
Kedington

10/05/2007:

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


08/05/2007:

Photos:

Sunset through rain
Photos

30/04/2007:

Photos:

Stour Street
Sudbury

28/04/2007:

Photos:

Rows of trees
photos

18/04/2007:

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


15/04/2007:

Photos:

Sunset reflected in Windows
Some photos of some of Suffolk

14/04/2007:

A review of Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks.


10/04/2007:

View towards Gargrave
Easter weekend up north

05/04/2007:

Burwell Lode
Burwell Fen

01/04/2007:

Photos:


12/03/2007:

Photos:

Bikes outside the University Senate House
photos

07/03/2007:

Photos:

Man walking
photos

04/03/2007:

Photos:

Lunar eclipse
lunar eclipse

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:

Bloke, kid and dog
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:

Trees below Pen-y-ghent
Yorkshire

03/01/2007:

Fishery and Crag, Kilnsey. Note fishy ripples
More photos

31/12/2006:

Photos:

F and me
Post-Xmas photos

23/12/2006:

oBlog updated with festive spleen.


17/12/2006:

Trinity Lane
photos

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:

River and government buildings
Berlin

25/11/2006:

Photos:

Yorkshire

15/11/2006:

Photos:

St. Mary's Church
by the B1102
King's Parade
in the Science Park

12/11/2006:

Magdalene Bridge
Cambridge

11/11/2006:

  • A poem accepted for publication.
  • Photos.
Tree
Anglesey Abbey
Befrienders of cows
Science Park

09/11/2006:

Farewell to Bleak House after 10 months.


04/11/2006:

Photos:

This is pretty vile too
Anglesey Abbey

01/11/2006:

Photos:

St. John's College, and Faculty of Divinity
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:

School grounds
octagon tower

13/09/2006:

Weeping willow
the Science Park

10/09/2006:

Some more bits added to the Classical Music page.


02/09/2006:

the Yorkshire Dales
Brian and Trinity entering a small dry valley
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:

River life
Ely

30/07/2006:

Stuff:

Saffron Waldon
Telegraph poles, B1102, motorcyclist
telegraph poles

27/07/2006:

Julian
Go Ape!

23/07/2006:

Abbeygate Street
Bury St. Edmunds
The Gallery
Ely

16/07/2006:

Photos:

Sunlight on River Great Ouse
photographs of Ely
House, Ballingdon Street
Sudbury
Old Town Hall
Lavenham

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:

Cows on a furrowed field
Newark-on-Trent, Gargrave and Skipton

16/06/2006:

Photos:

photos of various places

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:

Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument and Capitol from Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC
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
Trees
Chippenham Fen

26/02/2006:

Cathedral
Ely

06/02/2006:

Pop CD catalogue updated.


22/01/2006:

A review of DNA by James Watson added.


10/01/2006:

View south-west, from Duomo roof
Florence

02/01/2006:

Helsby and Ellesmere Port, from Helsby Hill
Cheshire
Barney
Thurcroft, S. Yorks
Melford Hall
Long Melford, Suffolk
Water Street
Lavenham, Suffolk

18/12/2005:

  • A poem accepted for publication.
  • Photos.
Tree and fence
Chippenham Fen

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, east window
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.
Gate and horses
Reach

02/11/2005:

Greater red bush
Anglesey Abbey

30/10/2005:

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


21/10/2005:

Bit of tree
Wicken Fen

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:

Near the castle
Bratislava
Staatsoper and other buildings
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.
Things get off to a laid-back start
punting trip

17/08/2005:

New stuff:

Snowdon, from summit of Y Garn
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:

photos

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:

Building and surf
South Africa

09/04/2005:

A poem accepted for publication in Poetry Monthly.


06/04/2005:

Wharfedale

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:

From the air
photos

26/02/2005:

Pop CD Catalogue brought up to date.


17/02/2005:

Photos:


12/02/2005:

Photos:

Balls
Anglesey Abbey

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:

Wawel, from town hall tower
Poland

07/09/2004:

Dragon boat practice
Cambridge
Telegraph poles, B1102, motorcyclist
Burwell
Scary sunset
Great Bradley
Church and house
Rattlesden

03/09/2004:

Two more poems due to be published.


30/08/2004:

The gardens
Norfolk

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.
View north from summit
Wales
3 busses
London

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:

Facades on Eastgate Street
Cheshire
The massive crater left by the RAF Fauld explosion in 1944
Staffordshire

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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