Lost John

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Location: Devon, England
In My Own Words:
A word about stars. There seems to be no point in reserving the five star accolade only for Tolstoy, James Joyce, Musil, and perhaps a very few others. So I have awarded five to excellent novels such as Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' and Shirley Jackson's 'We have always lived in the castle'. Moving down, Jackson's 'The haunting of Hill House' is also very good, but it is not quite so good as … Read more

Very wide, especially in the fields of literature, music, current affairs and history. Within those fields, specialisms include English, Russian and American literature. Most of my non-classical music collection is related in some way (though someti… Read more

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Subtly Worded (Pushkin Collection) by Teffi
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Born in St Petersburg in 1872, Teffi wrote and published prolifically both before and after the Bolshevik Revolution, before and after her 1920 migration to Paris, and before and after the Second World War. She died, in Paris, in 1952.

The stories in this volume represent most periods of her writing, from 1910 to 1952. There is no obvious correlation between date and length, subject matter and style (all of which vary widely), except that And Time was no More, dating from 1948 and placed last in the book, deals meditatively and sensitively with the subject of death.

Observations of and on death feature throughout the book. In Jealousy we read, 'In one little corner… Read more
Will China Dominate the 21st Century? by Jonathan Fenby
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'China finds itself at a watershed in which it needs to change but knows that change will face it with its biggest test since Deng Xiaoping found the way out of the disaster of the Mao era in the late 1970s.' 'The spectre of Gorbachev and the Bourbon monarchy is never far away.'

This is, in effect, a 24,000 word essay divided into five convenient chapters. As one would expect from a journalist of Jonathan Fenby's calibre, the prose flows well, is not in any way a difficult read, and is well-larded with historic fact and quotations. Furthermore, it is as up-to date as can be expected of anything not published as newsprint (or on the Internet) - there are 40 references to 2013… Read more
NEW HARA CHAIR, pressure relief of the interverteb&hellip by Hara Chair
When I found this chair I was looking for one that was ergonomically good, with plenty of adjustment of the key heights and tilts. I wasn't necessarily looking for one that offered specific orthopaedic benefits, but I do sometimes get backache, so was open to anything that might help (beyond, of course, the specific adjustment features that I was looking for).

The split seat and back concept was entirely new to me and I was very unsure about it. What a shame it would be if they were just a gimmick that I would soon get over and wish I had bought a more conventional design. So I found two pieces of foam, each approximately 140mm x 470mm and 35mm deep, and placed them on the seat… Read more