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In praise of beautiful prose.

None better than Alistair Cooke.

In 1968 I went out to live in Sydney, Australia.

By chance a work colleague in my workplace in Sydney introduced me to an organization called… 388 more words


Nine Track Mind

Another one of those diary quotes: Canned music is like audible wallpaper (Alistair Cooke, 1908 – 2004). He emigrated to America in 1937 and became an American citizen in 1941, six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. 933 more words

The Rattle Bag

Those Infernal Effusive Ineffable Adjectives

Lately we are reading the last book from Alistair Cooke, which is also one of his first. “The American Home Front” was completed as a manuscript in 1946, based on Cooke’s road trip around The USA in late 1941 through 1942. 477 more words


Letter from the Dnipro

I’m thinking of taking up blogging again.
It’s more than a year since I made an original post, either to Facebook, or to this site. 510 more words

Learning To Blog

My year in books – part I – non-fiction

December is the month of lists. Not just wish lists for Father Christmas, but a seemingly endless deluge of lists of the “best moments/films/albums/concerts/cat videos of the year” variety. 1,466 more words

The American Home Front 1941 - 1942

At the start of World War II Alistair Cooke was a BBC correspondent reporting on America for the English press.  As a correspondent, we was in Washington atthe start of the war (literally there as he was in the original press briefings on Deember 7). 409 more words

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Quote of the day

The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own. 9 more words