Being Better – a book about Stoicism

Zeno of Citium founded Stoicism at the Stoa Poikile – the Painted Porch – a colonnade that stood outside the public market in Athens over two thousand years ago. Zeno’s followers took the name of the porch rather than Zeno’s name which says a lot about this philosophy. Zeno argued that there is only oneContinue reading “Being Better – a book about Stoicism”

Travels through History – France – Pezenas

Extract from the book ‘Travels through History : France” available here Pezenas is a wonderful old town in the Languedoc. The town has been in existence since Roman times and became wealthy due to the sale of woollen cloth. In 1456 the States General of Languedoc met here for the first time and then theContinue reading “Travels through History – France – Pezenas”

Murder on the Mauretania

This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines of the Mauretania as it powers across the Atlantic Ocean in the November weather. I enjoyed the book immensely and will read another inContinue reading “Murder on the Mauretania”

Travels through History – France – Narbonne

Extract from the book ‘Travels through History : France” available here The Via Domitia was constructed in 118 BC around the same time the first Roman colony in Gaul, Colonia Narbo Martius (Narbonne) was founded. The Via Domitia connected Italy and modern day Spain. The road crossed the Alps by the Col de Montgenèvre, followedContinue reading “Travels through History – France – Narbonne”