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So summer is nearly over, what summer there was, which wasn’t much. But that’s what being British is all about. And living in hot countries ain’t all it’s cracked up to be and I should know as I’ve lived in more than my fair share. 389 more words

Writing And Poetry

August Book Haul

August was a bit of a slow reading month for me. I went to Amsterdam for a week, which meant I didn’t read as much as I usually do. 565 more words


City to City

I find it interesting that while the rivalries between some of our great cities (Edinburgh & Glasgow, Liverpool & Manchester, etc.) never seem to change, our perceptions of these cities, and of the differences between them, do seem to have altered over the years. 338 more words

Trainspotting - Quick Review

Irvine Welsh 

Vintage (1997), 352 pages

Charity Shop, €2

Trainspotting is unlike anything I have ever read.  It is written in the strong Glasgow accent that captures the emotions of Welsh’s characters perfectly.  229 more words

Book Reviews

Fifteen years

In my tour of my previous homes in London last year, I left one out: the first. The student house in Bloomsbury where I passed the first six months of what I had no inkling at the time would turn out to be a sojourn in London that, although somewhat broken up by moves to France and the States, has now passed the ten-year mark. 2,812 more words


Book 31~ Trainspotting

Apologies to start with with the long delay on updates. After some much needed time away, it’s been all go since I got back, so much so, I’ve been finding it is increasingly difficult to fit everything in. 253 more words

Blog Posts

The English class system: Why people don't want Shakespeare to be a grammar school boy.

What class do you think you belong in? I’ve never been sure about myself.

My parents came from shopkeepers and manual workers. When I was a kid we ate broken biscuits and chocolate mishaps… 733 more words