Monthly Archives: January 2017

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella has several themes worthy of thinking about. Namely gambling, national identity, class and love. Dostoevsky is worth reading for his style alone as it is lyrical, sinuous and elegant. The Dickensian name of the town where the casino was based, Roulletenberg, typified … Continue reading

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Bower, Tom, “Broken Vows. Tony Blair. The Tragedy Of Power”.

Watching democracy in action always gives me a kick. I was seventeen when Blair and New Labour swept all before them in that magnificent landslide in 1997. Blair was young, articulate and in touch with the times. Ten years of … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Animal Farm”

Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is still relevant. Living in a free and democratic country makes it all too facile to ignore the fact that millions of people and vast parts of our planet continue to be ruled with tyranny and repression. Contemplate the … Continue reading

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Yassin-Kassab, Robin and Leila Al-Shami: “Burning Country: Syrians In Revolution And War”

The dastardly Syrian civil war continues to be dark stain on our global conscience. 470,000 deaths, and counting, at the beginning of 2017.  “Burning Country: Syrians In Revolution And War” is a short read, packed full of invaluable facts, data, and interviews from a wide … Continue reading

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Stephenson, Neal: “Seveneves”

I have an enormous amount of admiration for Bill Gates. Legend has it that he was so dedicated to his craft at Microsoft that the cleaners would frequently find him asleep under a desk in their office when they came in to … Continue reading

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