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How boring was life in the British Empire?

Boredom is a pervasive problem. Teenagers suffer from it. Workers are afflicted by it. Psychologists research it. Academic conferences are devoted to it. There is even evidence that you can die of it. And while there are those who claim that boredom can foster creativity, many people would rather give themselves an electric shock than be bored.The word itself was not used until the mid-nineteenth century (in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House). The feeling, however, saw increased expression beginning ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Australia, Navy, India, US, Toronto, History, Afghanistan, Atlantic, Britain, Winston Churchill, Northern Ireland, New South Wales, Army, Burma


Nicci Gerrard: ‘Dementia is more scary when you try not to think about it’

The Observer journalist on her father’s dementia, caring for campaigners, and facing her fears in her new book• Read an extract from What Dementia Teaches Us About LoveNicci Gerrard is a journalist and campaigner, who writes bestselling novels with her husband under the name Nicci French. She won the 2016 Orwell prize for exposing Britain’s social evils, for her reporting on the care of dementia patients in the UK.What compelled you to write this book?I didn’t want to write a memoir about my fat...
Tags: Health, Books, UK, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Britain, Dementia, Autobiography and memoir, John, Orwell, Nicci Gerrard, John Gerrard, Nicci, Mind And Body Books, LoveNicci Gerrard


POTD: British Nuclear Police – Now & Then

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary at one of the UK’s nuclear powerplants in Sellafield, Cumbria recently shared a cool ‘then and now’ photo on Twitter. The CNC are a special police force responsible for protecting Britain’s civil nuclear power infrastructure. As such most CNC officers are authorised firearms officer. The UK’s CNC is based at 10 sites around the UK […] Read More … The post POTD: British Nuclear Police – Now & Then appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: UK, Guns, Law Enforcement, Britain, CNC, Sellafield Cumbria, Photo of the Day, UK police, MIL/LE, Civil Nuclear Constabulary


British Squad Firepower: The Bren Light Machine Gun

The Bren light machine gun was one of the more robust and successful light machine gun designs to see service in the Second World War among the Allied forces. During the war, it was even produced full scale not only in Britain but also in Canada and Australia where it saw extensive service with the […] Read More … The post British Squad Firepower: The Bren Light Machine Gun appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Australia, Canada, Britain, Ww2, NFA, Bren, TFBTV, NFA / Suppressors / Class III, Machine Guns, TFB TV


Bilingual w/Dictionaries

I made an amazing discovery, which everyone else probably knows, about using multiple dictionaries. For years, I've enjoyed reading novels from Britain and the U.S. so I have had two Oxford dictionaries and switch between them depending on the origin of the book. I do this mostly because of the slang terms being used. I want to read some books in Spanish and my Spanish is terrible. I couldn't get the Spanish/English dictionary on the collection with the English dictionaries. It's all by itself....
Tags: Books, Britain, Amazon Kindle, Oxford


The Hundred Wells of Salaga

At the end of the 19th century, the land that would become modern-day Ghana was in a state of flux. Germany and Britain were both vying for dominance while the powerful Ashanti tribe gobbled up land and gold, the slave trade was still actively practiced by certain tribes, and life was changing fast. Aminah is […]
Tags: Books, Germany, Fiction, Britain, Ashanti, Ghana, Historical, Elizabeth, Aminah, Salaga


Old School Wednesdays: FARTHING (Small Change #1) by Jo Walton

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: Farthing Author: Jo Walton Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor books Publication date: First publ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, UK, England, Scotland, Book Reviews, David, Britain, United Kingdom, Carmichael, Parliament, Hitler, Scotland Yard, World War Two, Lucy, Brexit


6 Books to Celebrate Women's History Month

The other day I was in one of those rare states of being in between both print/digital and audiobooks. When I was thinking about what to read next, I remembered March is Women's History Month. This prompted me to sort through my new releases to see which titles would fit the theme. I found books geared to young adult readers and to adults. My mix includes fiction and nonfiction, and one is written in verse. Although not all the books I feature today are technically women's history, I thin...
Tags: Books, Obama, Washington, Scotland, White House, India, America, Britain, Catholic, Edward, Joan, Alice, Mary Wollstonecraft, Windsor, Elliott, Kay


Where did the phrase “yeah no” come from?

I’ve noticed myself saying “yeah no.”The expression came up in a class one day, when I had asked students to bring in examples of language variation. One student suggested “yeah no” as an example of not-quite standard California English.California, it seems, gets the credit or blame for everything. But “yeah no” is not California English and it’s not just something young people say. It’s been around for a while and is used by males and females, young and old. I began to notice “yeah no” in the s...
Tags: Books, Featured, Australia, California, Bbc, Conversation, Britain, Language, Linguistics, Dan, University of Melbourne, Evan, Vicky Pollard, Joe Penhall, Lingua Franca, Mark Liberman


10 amazing ancient ruins in Britain with great views

Britain is dotted with wild and atmospheric prehistoric settlements. We pick 10 with beautiful views from a new guide, Wild Ruins BCFrom the vantage point of this cliff fort, there are clear views over Cape Cornwall to where the Channel and the Atlantic meet. On a stormy day this is a truly wild place, as the coastal winds batter the shoreline. Kenidjack is a multivallate fort, which means it has more than one rampart. Most of the southern end of the fortifications has been lost to erosion but m...
Tags: Travel, Books, Atlantic, Britain, Heritage, Day trips, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Cornish, Parks and Green Spaces, History books, Cape Cornwall, Kenidjack


Mystery and Crime Morrison, Arthur: The Green Eye of Goona, 1904, v1, 2 March 2019

The fabulous Green Eye of Goona, a very rare and valuable green-tinted diamond an inch and a half long, sensationally vanishes from its Indian palace during the 1902 Royal Durbar. And a case of 80-year old Imperial Tokay magnums travels from India to Britain, where the bottles are sold at auction, much to the shock and horror of the man who stole the diamond and secreted it in one of the bottles! The search is on! Good fun. Text from Project Gutenberg Australia. ...
Tags: Books, India, Britain, Kindle Books, Goona, Morrison Arthur, Imperial Tokay, Goona Arthur Morrison


Guest Review: The Spy and the Traitor

Summary: The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as b...
Tags: Books, England, London, Berlin Wall, Russia, Britain, United States, Moscow, Denmark, Cia, John Le Carre, Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet Union, KGB, East Berlin, Czechoslovakia


A World of Change & U.S. Failed Media Just Wants to Get Trump

Opinion Protesters and Police Clash in London: In Britain itself, the agonies of the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party are being matched by the increasingly bitter fight over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. American political problems begin to seem simple when you read the British press about their multi-party crisis. USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- While much of the American media continues to focus on gossip, trivia, and hostility to President Donald Trump, some will actually cover the meeting...
Tags: Europe, London, Guns, Washington, France, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, India, Israel, America, Barcelona, European Union, Ukraine, Hungary, Britain


What A Socialist Once Said About Gun Ownership

Opinion George Orwell ~ “That rifle hanging on the wall of the working class flat or labourer’s cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” Fayetteville, AR – -(AmmoLand.com)- The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has brought some genuine socialists into office, meaning that Bernie Sanders is no longer alone as a supporter of that political position on the congressional left. I see the assumption...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, America, Britain, George Orwell, Franco, Ridley Scott, Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Bernie Sanders, Stalin, Democratic Party, Ranjit Singh, Gun Rights News, Greg Camp Greg Camp, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Albert Finney, legendary star of Skyfall and Tom Jones, dies aged 82

Celebrated actor who rose to fame in the ‘kitchen sink’ era before evolving into one of the screen greats of the postwar period, has diedAlbert Finney: a life in picturesAlbert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had kidney cancer. Related: Albert Finney: the most almighty physical screen presence | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Television, Film, Tim Burton, UK News, Culture, Britain, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Stage, Film adaptations, Steven Soderbergh, Oscars, Skyfall, Alan Parker, Tom Jones


Albert Finney, legendary star of Tom Jones and Miller's Crossing, dies aged 82

Celebrated actor who rose to fame in the ‘kitchen sink’ era before evolving into one of the screen greats of the postwar period, has diedAlbert Finney: a life in picturesAlbert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had kidney cancer. Related: Albert Finney: the most almighty physical screen presence | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Television, Film, Tim Burton, UK News, Culture, Britain, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Stage, Film adaptations, Steven Soderbergh, Oscars, Skyfall, Alan Parker, Tom Jones


Albert Finney, cinema's original 'angry young man', dies aged 82

Celebrated actor who rose to fame in the ‘kitchen sink’ era before evolving into one of the screen greats of the postwar period, has died• Albert Finney – a life in picturesAlbert Finney, who forged his reputation as one of the leading actors of Britain’s early 60s new wave cinema, has died aged 82 after a short illness, his family have announced. In 2011, he disclosed he had been suffering from kidney cancer. Having shot to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Finney received ...
Tags: Books, Television, Film, Tim Burton, UK News, Culture, Britain, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Stage, Film adaptations, Steven Soderbergh, Oscars, Skyfall, Alan Parker, Tom Jones


Country Mouse Garden in Late Fall. Part the First: Cutting Back

Madrone with berries. Did you know they're edible? Not so tasty though, according to me and my two grandkids! Here we are in late fall!  thank Town Mouse for keeping our blog rolling along during my on-line absence. So this is a bit of a fall catch-up.But I want to begin with a small happiness. Yesterday at Jikoji Zen Center where I do some garden work once a month, two cheerful women came offering to join in. I quickly gathered that they were newbies to the whole gardening with natives a...
Tags: Fall, Gardening, Britain, North West, Mediterranean, North East, Capitola, Blinky, Country Mouse, Ms Town Mouse, Jikoji Zen Center, Pool Garden, South Garden, Blinky Blinky, North Bed Pool Garden


The “Slave Bible” That Removed Key Passages Thought to Justify Rebellion, or Call Slavery Into Question (1807)

Photo via the Museum of the Bible In an 1846 speech to the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, Frederick Douglass summed up the twisted bond between slavery and religion in the U.S. He began with a short summary of atrocities that were legal, even encouraged, against enslaved people in Virginia and Maryland, including hanging, beheading, drawing and quartering, rape, “and this is not the worst.” He then made his case: No, a darker feature is yet to be presented than the mere existence of ...
Tags: Google, Books, UK, Maryland, College, Virginia, Israel, Religion, America, History, Atlantic, Britain, Egypt, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Npr


Journeys...

Thank you for all the kind and encouraging comments about the Tinker's Cott / dovegreyretreats endeavour...we already have some bookings which is very exciting, and we are really looking forward to our season. Included in any visit is some time to chat about books (and quilts) with me should anyone want to do so (and so far it seems they would like that) and as a separate venture I am hoping to offer a few 'dovegreydays' for small groups in the future. I envisage a day spent in and around che...
Tags: Books, Britain, New Zealand, Moscow, John Peel, Radio Caroline, Journeys, Warsaw, Horatio Clare, Robert, Douglas Adams, Connelly, Hilversum, Jean, Rachel Carson, Horatio


The rightful heirs to the British crown: Wales and the sovereignty of Britain

The Mabinogion is a collective name given to eleven medieval Welsh tales found mainly in two manuscripts – the White Book of Rhydderch (c. 1350), and the Red Book of Hergest (dated between 1382 and c.1410). The term is a scribal error for mabinogi, derived from the Welsh word mab meaning ‘son, boy’; its original meaning was probably ‘youth’ or ‘story of youth’, but finally it meant no more than ‘tale’ or ‘story’. The title was popularized in the nineteenth century when Lady Charlotte Guest trans...
Tags: Books, Featured, Wales, History, Britain, Literature, Cornwall, Norman, Tolkien, Tennyson, Arthur, Lloyd Alexander, Gwynedd, Wikimedia Commons, Usk, Arts & Humanities


Music in history: overcoming historians’ reluctance to tackle music as a source

Despite their enthusiasm for borrowing from other fields and incorporating new types of source material, many historians remain reluctant to analyze music. For example, when the American Historical Association dedicated its 2015 Annual Meeting to “History and Other Disciplines,” organizers called for work that engaged with anthropology, material culture, archaeology, visual studies, and museum studies, but they were noticeably silent about music and musicology. What explains this aversion?First,...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, History, Britain, Music History, Academic Research, Journal, American Historical Association, McGraw, Arts & Humanities, Music Research, Music analysis, Journal of Social History, Thomas Brothers, James Millward


‘Mamma Mia’ Music Producer Nick Gilpin’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse

If houses could talk this one might say, “Mamma mia, here we go again.” It sits at the center of a crescent of Georgian dwellings that overlook the historic English city of Bath: Jane Austen would take long walks here for the rarefied air and the views. Used as University of Bath housing for the last 60 years, the building required a tag team of professionals to convert it back to a single family manse. Architect Jonathan Rhind stepped up to the task of removing the institutional additions and r...
Tags: Books, London, France, Britain, Jane Austen, Cornwall, Jack, Mia, Blenheim Palace, NICK, Islington, University Of Bath, Mamma Mia, Jonathan, Howe, Harding


‘Mama Mia’ Music Producer Nick Gilpin’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse

If houses could talk this one might say, “Mamma mia, here we go again.” It sits at the center of a crescent of Georgian dwellings that overlook the historic English city of Bath: Jane Austen would take long walks here for the rarefied air and the views. Used as University of Bath housing for the last 60 years, the building required a tag team of professionals to convert it back to a single family manse. Architect Jonathan Rhind stepped up to the task of removing the institutional additions and r...
Tags: Books, London, France, Britain, Jane Austen, Cornwall, Jack, Mia, Blenheim Palace, NICK, Islington, University Of Bath, Mamma Mia, Jonathan, Howe, Harding


In the face of such ridicule, why would any sane women run for office?

The recent election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress has evoked a fair amount of ridicule among persons taken aback by her youth and ideology. She is the “telegenic it girl of the left” according to Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis. CNBC notes that she has only $7,000 in savings; this is a millennial who is so financially irresponsible that she cannot afford an apartment in D.C. until her first congressional paycheck. And because she wears “that jacket and coat [she] don’t look like a gir...
Tags: Books, Congress, US, San Francisco, Britain, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher, Cnbc, Trump, Nikki Haley, Wright, Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, Matt Lewis, Victoria Woodhull, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


New Leaf Runoff vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

This is a runoff vote to select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. Vote for one. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Patricia Highsmith, Britain, Italy, Book Clubs, Gibraltar, John Le Carre, Times, Henry James, Mediterranean, James, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Ripley, Tom


How sibling rivalry impacts politics

Was Ed Miliband right to stand against his brother David for the leadership of the Labour party in 2010? Or should he have stepped aside to give his elder brother a clear run? There was much media debate over his decision to challenge David, and relations between the brothers have remained cool and distant to this day. Half a century earlier, John Kennedy and his brothers Robert and Ted were all viewed as potential American presidential candidates. But Robert waited until after his elder brother...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, Ted, David, Britain, Labour party leadership, Ed Miliband, Harry, Catholic, British, Shakespeare, Election, Labour Party, Edward


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


Action Mason, A E W: The Sapphire (1933); v1

Set in Burma and Britain, a sort of "green eye of the little yellow god" plot, with appearances by Inspector Hanaud no less. An unlucky Burmese sapphire leaves a trail of trouble. Attached Files The Sapphire - A E W Mason.epub (357.6 KB)
Tags: Books, Britain, ePub Books, Burma, Mason, Hanaud


Mystery and Crime Oppenheim, E Phillips: Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat (1920), v1

An episodic novel of WW1, written as a serial in 1916 when the USA was yet to enter the War, and subsequently published as a book in 1920. Ambrose Lavendale is a US diplomat in London in 1916, heading off German spy threats to the USA as well as helping Britain as much as diplomatic convention will allow. Attached Files Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat - E Phillips Oppenheim.epub (263.9 KB)
Tags: Books, Usa, London, US, Britain, ePub Books, Phillips, Phillips Oppenheim



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