Paul Milne

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Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer
Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've been a reader of Greer's "Archdruid Report" for a few years now - the blog where he first aired and hashed out most if not all the ideas in this book, so let's say I wasn't surprised at anything I read here.

What Greer has done is to synthesise his thinking in the blog and make clear the connections with Adam Smith, E.F. Schumacher and other economists and peak oil thinkers.

In a nutshell, the argument is that the "economy" is actually 3 economies: the primary economy, the goods and services that nature produces and which underpins the other two economies, is ordinarily left out of economic thinking and planning. The secondary economy at the goods and services… Read more
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
Highly entertaining and inspiring romp through Scott Berkun's career (so far) as a public speaker.

Scott Berkun was a project manager for years at Microsoft, then left to make a life as a freelance writer and speaker. He states that one of his ambitions is "to be a great thinker someday". Looks like he is well on his way.

One of the good things about this books is that it is experience-based - an amalgam of personal memoir and tips he wants to pass on about how others can learn from his successes and failures to become better public speakers themselves. As a result, the book has a personal, story-telling feel to it.

Another good thing about this book is that… Read more
Walks in the Lammermuirs: With Moorfoots, Broughto&hellip by Alan Hall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I live in Dunbar, on the northern edge of the Lammermuirs, and have spent many enjoyable hours with this book as a guide.

Being a recreational hillwalker, I appreciate that the walks stick mostly to well-defined tracks. Hall tries to give good directions when the trail peters out, and I have yet to get lost, even when bushwhacking through the heather.

The only drawback now is the age of the book, as I found recently when walking only a short section of the Herring Road (Dunbar to Lauder).

New fences put up, old ones taken down, and new routes signposted caused a certain amount of confusion - plus new landmarks such as a wind-turbine farm!

New… Read more

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