Monthly Archives: November 2011

Republishing out of print works.

Now that ebooks are becoming so well established I’ve begun to muse on the books which are now out of print which I would love to see republished.  My current suggestion would be Alf’s Button by W.A. Darlington. This concerns … Continue reading

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Separate Tables

Just watched the classic 50s film Separate Tables again.  It was based on two Terence Rattigan plays, released in 1958, nominated for seven Oscars and winning two.  It has an impressive cast: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Wendy Hiller, … Continue reading

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Monty Python Economics

The lead article of the British Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, quotes a cabal of City big-wigs who claim that the only way to save the British economy is by abolishing the 50% top rate of tax for the highest earners … Continue reading

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Healing my injury

I’ve just got back from a Reiki session with Yvonne Bottarelli at the therapy centre at Marlborough House in Taunton. It was magic.  I feel healed and free of pain.  The trauma of my injury slipped away like an iron … Continue reading

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Four men in the RAFA

My wife and I went up to the Royal Air Force Association Holiday home in Weston-Super-Mare on Sunday to celebrate my father’s 88th birthday. He introduced us to his three new pals, three men as old as he.  They had … Continue reading

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Dickens in the 1850s

Here is a great photograph of Charles Dickens in 1850 when he was 38 years old. He had finished or was finishing David Copperfield at about this time. He looks very much the man who has arrived, creating a successful … Continue reading

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Claire Tomalin’s Dickens: A Life

I can’t put down Claire Tomalin‘s biography of Charles Dickens.  I feel as if I am living in the nineteenth century, an observer of the writer’s life, perhaps a servant or maybe a butcher’s boy who calls with the chops … Continue reading

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