The Printed Word

The title page of Robert Greene’s play Pandosto — published in 1588 and providing a model for Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (1611?) — has some wonderful phrases which, incidentally, have a universal application to much fiction. This ‘pleasant Historie’ is claimed to show that, although Truth may be concealed ‘by the meanes of sinister Fortune’ yet by Time in […]

via The printed word — Calmgrove

Jewels of Paradise

Donna Leon The Jewels of Paradise Arrow Books 2013 (2012) Biographers are akin to stalkers: they remorselessly research the background to their victims, obsessively familiarise themselves with their subjects’ feats and foibles, and lurk around in their vicinity hoping to pick up tidbits of information to feed their fascination. So do historical researchers, and so do fiction […]

via Stalking the pages of history — Calmgrove

A reading list

I thought I might just list the books I’ve read since my father passed away in November, to see if I (or anybody else) might identify a thread through them. In chronological order:

  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • Richard Burton – A Thousand and One Arabian Nights
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  • Richard Matheson – I am Legend
  • Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
  • Jeanette Winterson – Oranges are not the only Fruit
  • Nigel Warburton – Philosophy The Basics
  • Dave Robinson and Judy Groves – Philosophy A Graphic Guide
  • Charlotte Bronte – Villette
  • Jens Zimmermann – Hermeneutics A Very Short Introduction

I also began and gave up on:

  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • D H Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover

And dipped into:

  • The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy

I’ve also discovered that I’d rather read a book than surf the internet and that I’m not keen on reading via a Kindle or other similar device.


Hope 2017 is being kind to everybody.

Jane Eyre book cover:


I watched a fascinating documentary on Sky yesterday concerning the history of the Fabergé jewellery company. The beauty of the pieces made for the Romanovs is incredible and I watched entranced. That is, until I learned of the fate of the Romanov family and the subsequent actions of the European and American rich who purchased items from the estate / state and from the (starving and then penniless) Russian aristocracy for small amounts of money. I simply cannot look at these items in the same way anymore.

Fabergé Moscow Kremlin egg. Copyright Stan Shebs - source wikipedia.
Fabergé Moscow Kremlin egg. Copyright Stan Shebs – source wikipedia.

Even more free Daz

Yes, it’s true – 8 free items (9 if you make a purchase) but the site is down as I type, overloaded with traffic I suspect, though it might be local bandwidth problems where I live. There was a problem with discounting too but purchasing a product solved the problem. Little expense for such a vast amount of free resources.