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Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy by Tim Harford (book review)

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy by Tim Harford   (book review)

Don’t think the title ‘Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy’ is going to be about the money side of our reality. Tim Harford’s book focuses on significant inventions and regimes that have formed our civilisation over the centuries. From the start, he examines the switch from the scratch plough that merely dug a grove […]

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Post Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit And What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis (book review)

June 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Post Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit And What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis   (book review)

I have to confess that I always wonder how people can ask for a product over the counter when its title has a profanity or swear word in the title. Oddly, ‘bullshit’ is an instantly recognised word having more to do people spouting incorrect information than a farm animal’s waste product or necessarily seen as […]

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The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells  (book review)

For those who are looking at the title, ‘The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture’ and wondering what ‘bestiary’ means, it’s the examination of animals. In this case, animated animals and, especially in its origins in the early cartoons and why they were favoured instead of humans was it being easier to animate. For those […]

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Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek (book review)

June 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek  (book review)

Now here’s an odd or unusual book depending on your perspective. Inez van der Spek’s book ‘Alien Plots’ makes better but not total sense from its sub-title ‘Female Subjectivity And The Divine In The Light Of James Tiptree’s A Momentary Taste Of Being’. On first seeing the title when I was selecting books from the […]

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Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West  (book review)

It’s odd that I haven’t come across any of the other books by Thomas G. West because he specialises in the genius mind. With ‘Seeing What Others Cannot See’, the sub-title, ‘The Hidden Advantages Of Visual Thinkers And Differently Wired Brains’ gives what this book is all about. Namely, key scientists have a stronger sense […]

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Alien And Philosophy edited by Jeffrey Ewing and Kevin S. Decker (book review).

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alien And Philosophy edited by Jeffrey Ewing and Kevin S. Decker (book review).

This time, the ‘Alien’ films get looked at in 19 chapters about their philosophy from various people. As much as I wanted to see this film covered in the ‘And Philosophy’ books, I would have thought it would have been prudent to have waited until after ‘Alien: Covenant’ had come out if for no other […]

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Editorial – June 2017: Is naivety something we had in passing and just grew out of?

May 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Editorial – June 2017:   Is naivety something we had in passing and just grew out of?

Hello everyone Reading the latest TwoMorrows book ‘Hero-A-Go-Go!’ by Michael Eury about how camp the 1960s was, I couldn’t help wonder if I was either into it too much or didn’t recognise it as being as such. Granted I wasn’t even in my teens at that time and, in the UK, spoofing was a way […]

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Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

I have to admit to a raised eyebrow at Patricia Kerslake’s book, ‘Science Fiction And Empire’, when I saw its retail price. If you’re anything like me, even with old books, when I see extreme prices, especially for old books, I give a sigh, shrug and carry on with my life. As a reviewer – […]

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The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (book review)

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent   (book review)

Jeremy Lent’s book title, ‘The Patterning Instinct’, sounds like a book on knitting but makes more sense from its sub-title, ‘A Cultural History Of Humanity’s Search For Meaning’. Lent’s perspective is to look at humanity from a historical point of view and what it all means. Also, if you’re looking for the meaning of life, […]

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Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

Geoffrey Bayldon, like many British actors, was a chameleon in his roles. Compare him as the crazy medieval wizard Catweazle in the 1970-71 TV series to the Crowman in ‘Worzel Gummidge’ (1979-1981) and you think you’ve caught him in all his parts. You haven’t. Looking at IMdB, Bayldon was everywhere in his very long career, […]

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