19th February – Pythagoras

The book Pythagoras – His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe by Kitty Ferguson is far more than a biography of Pythagoras and his followers. This book traces the influence that Pythagoras has had on important thinkers throughout the last 2,500 years ranging from Plato to Bertrand Russell via Copernicus and Kepler. FromContinue reading “19th February – Pythagoras”

16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Some points that resonated after my reading of this book today: 1 – Casualness has become increasingly popular, because people think in terms of efficiency rather than appreciation. 2 – In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires. However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular traditionContinue reading “16th February – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior”

15th February – John Steinbeck

Well-written satire that is still as funny today as it was when it was published. I believe this is Steinbeck’s only satirical novel and although it does poke fun at French politics, there’s more to it than that. The book, a fabrication in case you weren’t sure, is about Pippin Héristal, an amateur astronomer whoContinue reading “15th February – John Steinbeck”

14th February – The Book of Taliesin

This is a history book as well as a book of poetry. Firstly, there are 60 pages of introduction. I advise you to read this introduction as it sets the scene for both the history and the poetry. There are 6 pages of notes for the introduction. The book is in English and has beenContinue reading “14th February – The Book of Taliesin”

9th February – The Origins of Creativity

This is a fine book by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning naturalist Edward O Wilson. This book is about the relationship between the humanities and the sciences and their roots in human creativity and what it means to be human. When did humans start being creative, well the answer is a lot longer ago thanContinue reading “9th February – The Origins of Creativity”

7th February – God’s Fury England’s Fire

I just finished reading this authoritative history of the English Civil Wars in the 1640s A new history of the civil wars in England in the 1640s and 1650s outlining battles, diseases, religious fervour, and radical politics involving the New Model Army, Levellers, petitioners, pamphleteers, and Charles I. This book goes into great detail aboutContinue reading “7th February – God’s Fury England’s Fire”

Office Life – Excerpt 3

An excerpt from a book on life in an English office As Wood finished his cigarette he noticed a programmer called Phil Bracewell coming towards him. Bracewell had scruffy, brown hair, a wispy moustache, and glasses that magnified the hazel pupils of his eyes. “Eh Phil, I hope you’re not coming over to fart nearContinue reading “Office Life – Excerpt 3”

Office Life – Excerpt 2

Another excerpt from a book on life in an English office “I can only speak about the hair on her head,” replied Tranfield,”but it does look like the colour of shoe polish doesn’t it?” “God, Martian, who taught you to program, Aristotle?” “Harry who?” “Aristotle the ancient Greek philosopher, you dimwit, this code is soContinue reading “Office Life – Excerpt 2”

She’s Coming For You

Another chapter from the fictional story about the lady assassin who is hunting trophy hunters in Spain. The train from Pamplona arrived at the station called Rosa de Lima on the edge of the city of Burgos. Buses to the centre of the city run roughly every thirty minutes – there was an electronic scheduleContinue reading “She’s Coming For You”