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I have worked as a teacher at secondary and tertiary levels. Presently I'm writing a thesis on the foster care of a group of children and young people I have interviewed.

Uses and abuses of language. The "viewpoint of the subjugated". Politics with special interest in the Middle East. Travel, gardening, music, whisky.


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The Velvet Underground <a href="">The Velvet Underground</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Velvets' Velvets, 14 Feb 2013
I don't know what the Velvets were up to when they made this album that they named after themselves but I have heard it hundreds of times over the years and it's always meant something special to me. The key notes are the wistfulness of the ballads and the nerviness of the rhythms. I see it as an introspective album, about being alone but alive, a human being, a bit scared but pressing on and excited. That's there in a lot of Lou's stuff, I think. Anyway, I've always loved this album. In its quiet way I find it brave and at times brilliantly innovative, not as intense and sustained as Schubert's String Quartet in G major, Op.161 D887 which takes the same journey but it's out of the same… Read more
Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest&hellip by Adrian Desmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Darwin's Sacred Cause, 18 Nov 2011
Darwin was one of the characters in "The Boys' Book of Heroes", my favourite read when I was 9 years old, and my knowledge of him as distinct from his thinking had barely changed since then. What this book does is bring the life and thought together in a synthesis. His family, friends, and teachers as well as the man himself, are narrated in terms of their personal and intellectual engagement in the abolitionist/anti-abolitionist discourse of the nineteenth century. The brilliance of the book is in the fine, steadily illuminating detail from the widest imaginable range of sources which unquestionably embed Darwin's life and his personal feelings so deeply in that discourse that it… Read more
Rethinking Families by Fiona Williams
Rethinking Families by Fiona Williams
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book came strongly recommended and lived up to expectations. It was accessible and authoritative. Made sense of real life, too. I needed credible landmarks to navigate by in my own am writing about the care system and this has been a real help.Rethinking Families

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