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Three (actually only two) for October

I’m now ten months into my self-imposed project to write about a book, a record and a film each month this year. This has been a dry month for books so my choice is a bit limited. I’m not far enough Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami to write …


Three for September

Of all the books I’ve read this month, there has been one that has stood out more than any other. After struggling through all of Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name where the story Shylock was almost peripheral, I was wary of trying another re-imagining of Shakespeare. However …


What goes around comes around

During the month I rediscovered favourite software applications that I thought I had permanently abandoned:

OmniFocus - My difficulty with classic OmniFocus was always how rigidly it stuck to a ‘GTD’ framework and what I called the tyranny of Context. The idea of is that actions require a specific tool or …


Three for August

August included our summer holiday, and that meant lots of books could be read as we relaxed on two coasts of Scotland. Choosing just one book, from the seven I read during August, was a tough call but I have decided on Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 …


Three for July

My album of the month is Heaven & Earth by Kamasi Washington, an album I was introduced to by a friend via social media. This is a jazz concept album with Earth representing Washington’s outward view of the word and Heaven the world as he sees it inwardly. On my …


Three for June

Coming up to halfway through the year and my self-imposed challenge to record the music, book and film that have most excited me each month.

I started reading China Miélville’s October: The Story of The Russian Revolution, expecting great things. Miélville’s fiction is always hugely exciting and inventive …


The ‘Butterfly’ Bowl

It might not look much but I’m a little sad to see it go.

The Butterfly Bowl

This was the bowl my girls fought over when they were little because they both wanted the ‘butterfly’ bowl. It was one of the items of kitchenware I took from my parents’ house to my …


Things my kids will never understand

Inspired by thinking about Fog Horns, I decided to compile a short list of things my kids would simply never comprehend why they should ever have existed.

Party Lines

When I was a small child we shared our telephone line with our neighbours because there were not enough telephone lines …


Three for May

I only read two books in May and that should make the ‘book of the month’ choice easier, but it doesn't. Although I enjoyed Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow enormously, I will choose Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can't Happen Here, simply because it's a more powerful story of the …


Three for April

My book of the month for April proved to be an easy choice. I read ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover after listening to an interview with her on the Talking Politics podcast. The interview was hosted by David Runciman who also happens to be Westover’s PhD supervisor.

Tara Westover grew …

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