the little book of humanism, by Andrew Copson and Alice Roberts: #BookReview.

254 pages Science and Religion/Ethics and Morality/Practical and Motivational Self Help This book, subtitled, ‘Universal lessons on finding purpose, meaning and joy’ encapsulates ideas I’d already formed from life experience, wide reading, and a deep love of the natural world. Every religion has its individual text, presented as a guide for how to live your …

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The Upside-Down History of Down Under, by Alison Lloyd and Terry Denton: #BookReview.

304 Pages Children’s Books (8-12) This book came to me as a ‘jokey’ present from my daughter, who lives in Australia. Whilst it’s clearly a book written for children, I suspect a lot of adults will find it informative, illuminating, and entertaining, as I did. I’d love to see it used by both UK and …

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Today’s Pictures: 9 June 20

We frequently walk under this old railway bridge, following the ancient cart track that once served the quarries and mines but now serves as a quiet trail. The railway line is now a flat and easy walkway. The bridge is Victorian engineering, probably built around 1850/60. Trying to brighten the day for those people isolated …

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Today’s Pictures: 4 June 20

The River Wye, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flows along past the bottom end of the village. In summer, there are often canoeists paddling along on the current, in groups or separately. Trying to brighten the day for those people isolated indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Richard III's castle …

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Today’s Picture: 18 May 20

This morning, we climbed the steep track up the opposite side of the valley. Here, some of the oldest trees live on the steep slope. The idea here is to brighten the day for those people confined indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many years ago, there were cottages among the trees here; they had no …

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A Visit to Ashby de la Zouch Castle.

The Castle and grounds. The castle at Ashby de la Zouch is maintained and curated by English Heritage. You’ll find a location map if you click here. The town is about 8 miles (14km) from the M1 in England, where the A42 meets the A511. Part of the ruins. We’d been on a visit to …

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A Rainy Day at Bolton Castle: Part 2

View from the high tower of the castle. Continuing the account of our recent visit to Bolton Castle, a privately owned ancient monument in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England. You’ll find the first part here. We returned to the Courtyard to visit the Guest Tower, most of which is no longer standing. Looking up the north-west …

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A Rainy Day at Bolton Castle: Part 1

The exterior of Bolton Castle We spent a few days with my brother, Steve, and his wife, Alison, in the Yorkshire Dales. On one of the days, we ventured out in the rain to visit Bolton Castle, a place we’d never visited even though Valerie and I lived in the area for some years. The …

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