30th July – Fear on the Phantom Special

A very readable story of 350 pages, the 17th in the Railway Detective series by Edward Marston The murderer(s) are not obvious at all. At various times I suspected most of the leading characters but none of them were the ones who dunnit! There is a slightly weird ending which to my mind needs someContinue reading “30th July – Fear on the Phantom Special”

27th July – William McGonagall – A selection – A review

William McGonagall would go to great lengths to achieve a rhyme and his poems are more like brief histories of the events they depict, quite vividly in most cases. I like the poems / histories and he does touch on some truths for example in his poem about Culloden Prince Charles Stuart, of frame andContinue reading “27th July – William McGonagall – A selection – A review”

25th July – The Somme Stations – Book Review

This is a book in the ‘Steam Detective’ series by Andrew Martin. The steam detective is DS Jim Stringer though in this book, he’s in the army during World War I. This is as much a book about the conditions in the First World War at the time of the various campaigns around The SommeContinue reading “25th July – The Somme Stations – Book Review”

21st July – Australian Animal Regulations…

…or lack of them. I was reading Private Eye which has some seriously good journalistic stories untainted by bias (it’s not just a satirical magazine) and saw a story about the trade deal between the UK and Australia. The story contained some information about the transportation of cattle and sheep in Australia and what conditionsContinue reading “21st July – Australian Animal Regulations…”

20th July – Review of The Saint-Fiacre Affair

Another excellent book from Georges Simenon. This one is personal for Maigret as he goes back to his childhood home and village as a note is received by the police in Paris indicating a crime will be committed at the Church of Saint-Fiacre during first mass on All Souls’ Day. Sure enough a crime isContinue reading “20th July – Review of The Saint-Fiacre Affair”

19th July – Book review – The Anglo-Saxon Age – A very short introduction

This book is a brief introduction to the political, social, religious, and cultural history of an age when so many basic aspects of modern England were formed ranging from government institutions to the landscape and language. Little is known of England before the 540s as the only substantial work from the time is ‘The RuinContinue reading “19th July – Book review – The Anglo-Saxon Age – A very short introduction”

17th July – Treasure Island

It’s a classic and rightly so. A tale of pirates, the high seas, and of course a treasure map created by the buccaneer Captain Flint. The many memorable characters include Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, Ben Gunn, Billy Bones, and Blind Pew. Robert Louis Stevenson’s original title for this book was ‘The Sea Cook’ asContinue reading “17th July – Treasure Island”

15th July – The Christians and the Fall of Rome by Edward Gibbon

In its day this book was regarded as iconoclastic and subversive as it indicted the delusory nature of faith. The book is one mass of text and you have to plough through the whole book without any break for a new chapter. As there’s only 91 pages then it’s not so difficult, but make sureContinue reading “15th July – The Christians and the Fall of Rome by Edward Gibbon”

2nd July – The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto

Again I’m not sure I understood all the points made by Slavoj Zizek especially when referring to Hegel and his ‘negation of negation’. However, Slavoj Zizek is an entertaining author and is saying here that exploitation of the workers no longer occurs in the way Marx described it in his time and in the placesContinue reading “2nd July – The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto”

Covid Vaccines

Another great point from New Internationalist is that $100 billion of public money has been poured into private companies so that they can produce vaccines. Just in case you thought that the state was good for nothing and doesn’t support research and development! If this surprises you, find out who developed the touch-sensitive screens weContinue reading “Covid Vaccines”