Why That Title? – An Excess Of…

Titles for novels often cause authors difficulty. Ideally, we want to give potential readers clues about content, theme, style, and storyline. Not easy with only a few words available. The best titles become obvious choices once a book’s been read, so this series is largely for those who’ve yet to read the books featured. Why …

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#ScenicSaturday 27/Aug/22

Ancient beech trees line a track in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. I walk these woods daily with my wife. We value them, their beauty, their amazing variety, their ability to give us spiritual renewal, their peace, and their contribution to the continuation of life on Earth as they produce life-giving oxygen and devour …

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#ScenicSaturday 20/Aug/22

Fresh water supporting wildlife, a cloudless blue sky bringing light for growth, mature trees supporting wildlife and producing oxygen as they consume carbon dioxide. These are the things we are destroying with our greed, complacency, and inaction. # I’m posting a weekly photograph of our wonderful world here, but I’m also Tweeting one each day, …

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Godfearing?

WordCloud created using WordArt. Godfearing? The atheist would, of course, answer this with a resounding ‘No!’. But what of those who profess a faith? The term, Godfearing, is considered a praiseworthy appellation, in many faiths, for the believer. The question then is ‘Why?’.What is it about this deity that inspires fear? This is only a …

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The Official Highway Code, by Dept for Transport: #BookReview.

Subtitled ‘This guide is for all road users’ this 2022 edition is the 8th revision. I read the 1969 version after learning to drive and taking my test when I was 19. I’m sure there must have been an earlier edition as I recall reading one before that test. Subsequently, I read the 1978 edition, …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 08/Mar/22

Coal in the making: this small area of the forest is permanently wet, acting as a pool for several tiny streams and springs, before they overflow to join the larger brook that drains the valley. Fallen trees will eventually be preserved in oxygen-deprived mud and lie to await the geological millennia it will take for …

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The Imposition of Restrictions

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 23/Feb/22

In the distance, you’ll see an old railway bridge, locally known as the Black Bridge. It’s currently in use as a casual public footpath, joining the English side of the land with Wales, which is where this photograph was taken. The River Wye forms part of the border between the two countries. Illustrating the peculiarities …

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What’s Wrong with a Cardboard Box?

https://medium.com/@stuartaken/whats-wrong-with-a-cardboard-box-e67cc63dd20f?sk=3320c2ee7e50f452709ee2ad6bc21739This is a link to the short article on Medium. Enjoy!

Planet Crunch, by Richard Brock: #BookReview.

150 pagesEnvironment, Climate, Extinction. Subtitled ‘The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth’, this extensively researched book was written by a man who has worked for 35 years at the BBC Natural History Unit, often working with David Attenborough. So, someone who has personally witnessed the decline of nature all over the world.The nineteen chapters are …

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Footvote, by Peter F. Hamilton: #BookReview.

This sci-fi short takes a wormhole as its escape route from the reality of the UK of the early 21st century. A time of confused politics and general unrest, it may well have been the first real step on the road we now follow, but that’s for a different written piece. The story is written …

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An Excess Of…Competition?

Picture via Pixabay Humanity is sometimes credited with evolving through competition. While this may be true of the need for early humans to compete with other wild animals for food and shelter, the need to compete with other humans was less an issue in those early times as there were far fewer of us around. …

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An Excess Of…Stuff? 

Black Friday: what is this event? Is it really anything more than an encouragement to buy more stuff we don’t need? Is everyone who's so eager to ‘save’ money even aware of the recent COP26 discussions where world leaders finally began to understand the dangers facing humanity? So, what has consumerism to do with the …

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An Excess of…Loyalty

Loyalty, such a ubiquitous word. But what does it mean? To whom or to what are we loyal? We all, hopefully, understand the value and positivity involved in loyalty to our partner; that’s an essentially personal quality. And, equally hopefully, we recognise the worth of loyalty to a supportive family. But beyond these familial allegiances …

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An Excess Of…Gifts.

In just ten weeks millions of gifts will be exchanged around the world. Before that, in less than two weeks, much money will be spent on ephemeral trappings associated with Halloween. More money will be literally sent up in smoke as fireworks a few days later. And, all over the world, regardless of creed, chosen …

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