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Thank-You to all the Marathon Readers

A few days have passed now since the marathon reading, and I thought I would write a post to thank all the marathon readers for their great good humour and powers of endurance on Sunday. 195 more words

Swallows And Amazons

10 Books Set in the English Countryside

Give me a story set in an English village, inundated with curious characters and gentle descriptions of nature and musings about life- and you have me sold. 811 more words

Book Review: Swallowdale

Swallowdale (Swallows and Amazons, #2) 
by Arthur Ransome

5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Just as wonderful reading it for the second or third time! 94 more words


WWW Wednesdays: What Am I Reading? (6)

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The “rules” are simple – answer the 3 questions below: 130 more words


Army and Navy by Shackleton

It is always a great pleasure to see that name Shackleton at the head of a crossword (or indeed anywhere – the original Shackleton of that astonishing journey in the James Caird is one of the greatest heroes of all time for me – and indeed for the compiler Shackleton who created that Ascot Gold Cup winning crossword ‘Six Across’ on the theme last year.) 943 more words

Solving Blogs

Commonplace Book, 30

What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts. 288 more words


The National Gallery basement and Arthur Ransome

The National, besides its usual haul of treasure, now has two must-see freebies to lure in the art hound (of which more in another post). And this in addition to the fact that the whole of the basement is now fully opened up to the public for the first time, or at least in this correspondent’s memory. 945 more words