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National Maintenance Week 2015

National Maintenance Week, the SPAB’s campaign to encourage owners of all sorts of buildings (not just ancient ones!) to be aware of the importance of regular care, begins today. 450 more words

Building Conservation

The Harrogate History Festival - Indulging the History Geek

Last year I went to my first ever History Festival; the Harrogate History Festival, hosted by the Historical Writer’s Association. It was amazing – a chance to indulge my inner history geek with fellow history geeks. 603 more words

Derek Birks

Book review: 'Master of Shadows' by Neil Oliver

‘Your father made me your guardian,’ he said.  ‘And I count myself the luckiest of men.  I would ask that you take care of my daughter if needs be – see to it that she is safe.’ 815 more words



In mid-September a Swedish book fan was ordered by Stirling Sheriff Court to leave her favourite author alone, and to go back to Sweden the next day.  209 more words


Welcome to the Bubble

Hello, bit of a life update for you today.

I’m writing this from a new location. I’m still in Scotland, yet the sun is hitting my bed from the window. 429 more words


Is it all in the hair?

Now bear with me here. I recently read two books which seemed, at first glance, to be very different. The first was a collection of short stories by a very famous Canadian novelist and poet: the second was a first novel, set in 15th Century Constantinople, by a tv archaeologist. 490 more words


The Vikings: A New History by Neil Oliver

The other day I saw an ad for the new television show about the Vikings, and I have to admit I really want to watch it. 382 more words

Book Review