7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World

The first book of Slavoj Zizek’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last. This is a very thought-provoking, funny, and accurate book, recommended for all and don’t be put off by the headline that this man is the most dangerous philosopher in the west. An example of what Zizek writes:In the last couple ofContinue reading “7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World”

16th April – Finntopia

Finland was until very recently poor and had been historically a country of extreme poverty for centuries. It is quite remarkable to see what a people and their politicians have achieved by caring for each other and being clever. Finland ranks at or near the top in air quality, education, happiness, honest government, opportunities forContinue reading “16th April – Finntopia”

30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton invented calculus, discovered the binomial theorem, explained the rainbow, created a reflecting telescope and explained gravity. He was Master of the Royal Mint and oversaw the updating of the English coinage. He was an MP. Most of these items should be known to most people. What is less well-known is that he spentContinue reading “30th March – The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton”

28th February – The Fastidious Assassins – Albert Camus

This is a critique of Communism and how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain. This essay examines the evolutions in France and Russia and argues that since they both produced tyranny and corruption, hope for the future lies only in revolt without revolution. In order to exist, man must rebel but rebellion mustContinue reading “28th February – The Fastidious Assassins – Albert Camus”

27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd demonstrates the unique brilliance of Isaac Newton’s perceptions, which changed the understanding of the world. Having read this book, I’m startled by how much Isaac Newton was able to do during his life not only in science, but as an MP, as the Master of the Royal Mint overseeing the re-coinage of England,Continue reading “27th February – Newton by Peter Ackroyd”

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”

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”

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”

3rd February – Brunanburh

I was reading the Book of Taliesin today and it mentioned the Battle of Brunanburh, which I had never appreciated the importance of. The battle was fought in 937 between Ã†thelstan, King of England, and an alliance of Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin; Constantine II, King of Scotland, and Owain, King of Strathclyde. The battle is often cited as the point of origin forContinue reading “3rd February – Brunanburh”

1st February – The Dig

I believe this film has been covered elsewhere. I would just like to say that I really liked this film and I believe it was completely unnecessary to have invented a character (I won’t say which one – spoiler non-alert) who falls for the wife of one of the archaeologists. The film implies that herContinue reading “1st February – The Dig”