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Travel Writing Giants - Remembering Peter Matthiessen and Patrick Leigh Fermor

BBC Radio Four rarely disappoints. At least not over the course of a few hours where there will be enough variety and quality for everyone. On Good Friday the Point of View programme was given over to William Dalrymple William who celebrated the writing of Peter Matthiessen who died this month. 1,481 more words

Patrick Leigh Fermor

‘The Ariadne Objective:’ Spooks, Germans and the battle for Crete

A review of Wes Davis’ recently published book by Alexander Clapp.

First published in Ekathimerini.com 8 March 2014

On May 27, 1941, days after the first airborne invasion in history, the German army hoisted a Nazi flag atop an abandoned mosque in Hania, western Crete. 1,101 more words

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Paddy's attempt at buying a hat for Joan

It often takes me quite a while to post items that have been very kindly sent to me by some of our many readers. This is just one such example and I have to apologize as I have lost the details of whoever sent it to me. 275 more words

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'Live and Let Die' and The Birth of the Classic Bond Narrative

Casino Royale stands out as among the best of all the Bond novels and often assumed that it created the narrative template for the series. It certainly laid the ground and introduced Bond to the world but it can be argued that it does not conform to the familar conventions that Ian Fleming developed over the series.  1,416 more words

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A Walk Through Time

In the winter of 1933, an 18-year-old named Patrick Leigh Fermor set out from the Hook of Holland to cross Europe on foot. His goal was Istanbul, which he bookishly insisted on calling Constantinople. 1,276 more words

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Marginalia, no.326

I gazed at her with the reverence of an ornithologist at the glimpse of an Auckland Island merganser.

~ Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Broken Road…

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The Place of Many Arabs and Many Bushes...

Seeing as how it was recently the anniversary of Greek Independence (really, of the liberation of the Rum Milet, the reestablishment of the Vasileos Romaion-  827 more words