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The Ice Beneath Her

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Life

I have just finished reading my first Scandinavian thriller. It is called The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe, due to be published on September 8th. This is what I thought about it…

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An Android Awakes

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

An Andoid Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown This is a soon-to-be-published book (Nov 13th) which I had an advance reader copy of from the publishers. Reading this book, the word that kept coming to mind was ‘kaleidoscope’, by which I mean those tube-like things we had as kids in the 60s where the […]

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I, Robert

September 30th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

It is very rare that I buy actual paper books these days. Basically I just do not have the space for any more books. Instead I download e-books which is not the same experience but is much more convenient. The few ‘proper’ books I get are mostly proof copies from publishers or presents. If I […]

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

June 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

We arrive at books by many different routes. It may be that a cover catches our eye in the shop, or a review in a magazine sounds good, or somebody recommends it. I came to this book by a bit of a backwards route. I very much enjoyed a book called The Reader on the […]

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Not lost in translation

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite things is to get hold of pre-publication proofs of new books, especially if they are well-written and a pleasure to read. Last week I read just such a book – The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. Apart from anything I think the writer deserves […]

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Nothing Has Changed

November 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music

Right now I am on Spotify, listening to Nothing Has Changed, the new David Bowie ‘Best Of’ album. I shan’t be buying it for several reasons. Firstly, I don’t buy CDs any more at all, but even if I did I already have a 2 CD David Bowie hits collection and used to have quite […]

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A Man Called Ove

May 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life

I recently read a book with the slightly underwhelming title of A Man Called Ove by a new author, Fredrick Backman which is by a long way the best book I have read so far this year, and with hindsight the title is exactly right. It is out in hardback (and probably e-book format) in […]

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Near Field Communication: an idiot’s guide

February 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

By which I mean a guide written by an idiot of course.

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A little bit of politics there

January 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

During the holidays I used some some Amazon gift tokens to treat myself to, amongst other things, a box set(*) of Ben Elton concerts to make up for getting rid of my old VHS of his. I wasn’t sure what I would make of them but with nearly seven hours of stand-up for just over […]

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Headphone smackdown

August 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

The other day I took possession of a pair of Philips Fidelio M1 headphones. They were a free sample for me to test out, which is nice. Coincidentally, Frankie had left his headphones behind (Beats by Dr Dre Solo) so it was an ideal opportunity to compare them head-to-head. The Beats headphones are ubiquitous. You […]

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