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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes

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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

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11/11/2018:

Photos:

Autumn trees
Autumn in the Science Park
Woods
Yorkshire
River Stour
Paddling in Lovejoy Country

28/10/2018:

Photos:

Punters, King's Parade
Cambridge
Abbey ruins
Suffolk
Cathedral grounds
Ely
Quy Water
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.
Trees
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.
Wild flowers, Parker's Piece
Cambridge
Big sky
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:

White water slalom course, lower section
Alps, Days 6 and 7: Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère Valley
Marmot
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:

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

24/08/2018:

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Grand Eyvia
Alps, Days 3 and 4

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