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07/10/2018:

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

    "*** NOTE: This review contains spoilers *** A small selection of works, for students, 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 showcases the preoccupations and the range of this interesting author..." More

  • Photos.
Clearing at the site of the old quarry
Wood

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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.
Wild flowers, Parker's Piece
Cambridge
River Wharfe
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.
Cosmo - in skimpy summer coat
Yorkshire
Fen
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:

Pointing out the line pretty clearly
Alps, Days 6 and 7: Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley
Square
Alps, Day 8: Up an Alp, and Chambéry
Mountains
Alps, Day 9: Chambéry to Turin
From the air
Alps, Day 10: Flying home

26/08/2018:

Photos:

The road begins its long descent
Alps, Day 5: Italy to France with a cheeky paddle on the way

24/08/2018:

Photos:

Houses
Alps, Days 3 and 4

22/08/2018:

Photos:

Get-in for the Dora Baltea
Paddling in the Alps, Days 1 and 2

06/08/2018:

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Olympic course
Lee Valley
St. Cyriac's Church tower
Fens

31/07/2018:

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By the canal
Gargrave

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