19th January

Today, it’s about litter and literature.

I picked up a whole bag of rubbish / garbage / trash today as I was walking around the local park here in Vancouver. I can’t believe people will spoil a nice green area with plastics that will never break down in the environment. In its drive to be the ‘Greenest City in the World’, Vancouver no longer employs many people who pick up litter. I’m not sure I understand this too well. I don’t enjoy wearing a glove and picking up plastic in my spare time, but that’s what I do.

I’ve started reading a volume called The Book of Taliesin, one of the most famous of Middle Welsh manuscripts, dating from the first half of the 14th century though many of the fifty-six poems it preserves are taken to originate in the 10th century or before. The introduction is 60 pages long and there are six pages of notes on the introduction. This is a very thorough explanation of the context for these poems. Indeed, it will take longer to read the introduction that it will take to read the poems.

The next book on my list is about the English Civil Wars in the 1640s including the Battle of Marston Moor and the Putney Debates, an incredibly significant discussion about the future of the political system in England.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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