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stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Feb.01.2012
The Apothecary Maile Meloy Young Adult Something Cold War-ish must be in my reading water. I seem to be choosing books with a Cold War themes fairly regularly -- David Almond's The Fire-Eaters, which centers around the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cecil Castelucci's Rose Sees Red, which is set in the...
dale-estey's picture
Jan.18.2012
It was - generally - the worst of times.   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   HOME» CULTURE» CHARLES DICKENS Dickens's London: in pictures Lower Fore Street, a narrow cobblestoned street in Lambeth, pictured in 1865. This industrial area became very densely populated over the Victorian...
luke-james's picture
Jan.05.2012
Colm Tóibín  1 Finish everything you start.  2 Get on with it. 3 Stay in your mental pyjamas all day. 4. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. 5 No alcohol, sex or drugs while you are working. 6 Work in the morning, a short break for lunch, work in the afternoon and then watch the six o'clock...
dale-estey's picture
Dec.13.2011
Whenever I am on a bus I do take note of how many people are reading books. I have even made tallies of how many people have books and how many people are engaged with electronic devices. Yes - the electronic devices always win, but I am including music. So far, I am still heartened by the number...
robert-earle's picture
Nov.26.2011
Half a Life, published a decade ago, is another one of Naipaul's spare, brooding tales that focuses on the lack of identity--cultural identity, really--that characterizes modern life. The novel begins with a kind of joke.  Willie Chandran was so named for W. Somerset Maughm who once met Willie...
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Nov.04.2011
In the 1600s, Huguenot refugees settled in East End London neighborhoods of Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and Spitalfields. These Huguenots were silk weavers. During the East End’s growth of the 20th century it was not uncommon for women to work at home in their modest studios with various...
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Nov.04.2011
During the middle ages, ambitious people from around the civilized European world gravitated toward the wharfs of the River Thames. After gathering in the streets to discuss their latest profits and losses they began creating organizations ... guilds. The new guilds had to fight mightily to gain...
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Nov.02.2011
Lombard Street is a lot like America’s Wall Street. Over 800 years ago the Lombards who settled there were moneylenders, giving this London area special historical significance. Who were the Lombards? Their original name, Langobardi may mean “men of the long axes”. The Lombards were members of...
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Oct.31.2011
I’m regularly asked for tips on great places in London. ‘The Polish barmaid at The Mitre,’ is, of course, not the right answer. My favourite spot to read the paper is on one of the back benches near the fountains in the Italian Gardens, featured in a scene from Bridget Jones 2, when Mark Darcy and...
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Oct.19.2011
Elizabeth was the oldest daughter of King James I. In 1613, after Elizabeth married Frederick V, this Bohemian couple lived in Frederick’s capital of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1618, Frederick became King of Bohemia. The Thirty Years War began in the same year. In 1619, Elizabeth and Frederick were...