A Bookkeepers Guide to Practical Sorcery, by Kate Russell: #BookReview.

Kate’s story is aimed at children but written in a style many adults will find appealing. Adventure, some burgeoning teen romance with all its attendant uncertainty and embarrassment, the injustices routinely visited on many workers by employers, treachery, greed, hope, courage, threat, and ultimate justice, weave spells throughout this entertaining work. There are also monsters …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 27/May/22

A Green Lane in the Yorkshire Wolds. How old the green lane Where once the drovers Led their cattle sheep and geese To market over Wolds Beneath bright wide skies Of quiet early springs They lie a memory and Reminder of softer days When chasing money Was reserved for food Shelter clothing and needs Rather …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 26/May/22

Bourts Inclosure Tall majestic silent Grow the pines Harbour for wildlife Bringer of summer shade Provider of timber Balancing human needs With natural beauty When their long lives Eventually must end (((((((((((----)))))))))) From the end of May, I’ll be posting a picture just once a week. Books and writing have taken a back seat for …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 25/May/22

The Brook Flows into the River Gentle flows the brook To join the wider flow Of a river sometimes wild On its constant journey Down to the eternal sea (((((((((((----)))))))))) From the end of May, I’ll be posting a picture just once a week. Books and writing have taken a back seat for too long. …

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Perilaus II, by Mark P. Henderson: #BookReview.

312 pagesUrban/Thrillers A book underpinned by scholarship, this crime thriller-cum-psychological thriller-cum-literary novel works on many levels. But how to review it without even hinting at spoilers?I think it’s safe enough to let potential readers know the ‘author’ of a crime novel is about to commit himself to the method and occasion of the murder at …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 24/May/22

A Gated Entrance, Open only to Walkers. A gate into the forest? It’s locked so irresponsible owners of four-wheel Chelsea tractors cannot easily enter the trees to destroy the peace, disturb the wildlife, and damage the environment in the name of ‘fun’. Access is needed, of course, for those who manage the forest for the …

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Why You Can’t Catch a Rocket to Mars, by Prof Lyndon Neal Smith PhD: #BookReview.

275 pagesScience & Scientists Humour/Automatic Control/Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Subtitled: Some Personal Reflections on Science and Society. Whether a reader can empathise with the writer of a book essentially driven by personal ambition, hopes, or dreams, depends on how that reader feels about those aims. I confess I’m definitely with the author here. Given the chance …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 23/May/22

Dorset, May 2013. Spring has yet to reach this lone tree on a Dorset hillside. The picture was taken in May 2013. Can it be that climate change has moved spring so much earlier over such a short period? All the pictures in this month’s series were taken in May, but during different years. Are …

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Horse of a Different Colour, by Melodie Trudeaux: #BookReview.

112 pagesRiding & Horsemanship/Gen Sprots Hobbies & Games/Teen & Young Adult This intriguing and humorous adventure story for children, especially those who love horses, involves a little magic in the form of role play that suddenly becomes real! It becomes potentially rather dangerous for young Megan, able to swap places with Jack, the old and …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 22/May/22

Bluebells in the Forest of Dean Bluebells sparse but bright Clothe the forest floor under Spring’s increasing greens (((((((((((----)))))))))) From the end of May, I’ll post a picture once a week. Books and writing have taken a back seat for too long. I started this series when Covid confined people to their homes, unable to …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 21/May/22

As May moves to a close, vegetation bursts with spring luxury. Lush lie the green ferns Lining a track through green trees Under clear blue skies. (((((((((((----)))))))))) These posts were scheduled to maintain the series while I’m offline. I can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact. I’ll try to catch up …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 20/May/22

Looking out to a fishing pond in the Forest of Dean. Peaceful lies the pond Beyond the still sylvan bank Inviting us in. (((((((((((----)))))))))) These posts were scheduled to maintain the series while I’m offline. I can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact. I’ll try to catch up on my return. …

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Tamed, by Alice Roberts: #BookReview.

368 pagesEvolutionary Psychology, Philosophy of Physics Subtitled ‘Ten Species the Changed Our World’, this book is a tremendous work of scholarship, intelligence, insight, and sheer common sense. Professor Roberts, the history and science buff often seen leading BBC TV documentaries, has pressed into service all her wide knowledge into describing how ten of the crops …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 19/May/22

An old road through the Forest of Dean. Where will you lead me To a house hidden in trees Or a long dead mine (((((((((((----)))))))))) These posts were scheduled to maintain the series while I’m offline. I can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact. I’ll try to catch up on my …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 18/May/22

Track through cereal crop in East Yorkshire. Tractor wheels track through A cereal crop growing Green undulations (((((((((((----)))))))))) These posts were scheduled to maintain the series while I’m offline. I can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact. I’ll try to catch up on my return. In future, I’ll post a picture …

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