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Greek Language and People Course Book by David Hardy
This was the textbook for a short course of holiday Greek I have just taken. I found it attractive and user-friendly and the typeface used for the Greek is easier than some Iíve seen (I suppose itís the Greek version of Sans Serif so a minimum of squiggles). I love that you plunge straight in using the Greek alphabet from the start. There is a glossary at the back with the words transcribed into the Latin alphabet but you have to know the order of the Greek alphabet to be able to look them up. There is enough grammar to give some concept of the structure of the language. There are many digressions into characteristic features of Greek culture and I was particularly interested in the… Read more
Tunes on a Penny Whistle: Derbyshire Childhood by Doris E. Coates
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories of rural life, 13 Jan 2014
Pure serendipity brought me to this gem of a book. It is from the Isis Reminiscence series and has a plain, unembellished writing style which gets straight to the point conjuring up images of social solidarity and interdependence in the first half of 20th century UK.

I originally tracked it down because it was mentioned on a radio programme
A Cause for Caroling - the author's grandfather had done a traditional setting to Hark the Herald Angels Sing and I wanted to read the background. There is a bit about local musical customs sprinkled through the book (P72 a lovely description of a carol party setting off on the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve) but my enthusiasm stems… Read more
Blogging for Beginners by Emily Benet
Blogging for Beginners by Emily Benet
If you are in two minds about starting a blog this will help you decide. Firstly it will ask you the right questions to work out whether your idea has long term potential. If the answer is yes, it will then guide you through the essential techie bit in a jargon-free way. I think here's a particularly useful comparison of the two platforms recommended, Blogger and WordPress. Lots of hints for building up a regular readership. And if you're unlucky enough to attract trolls you're told how to deal with them. So if you want to dispel the myth that you have to be technical to set up a blog, go for it!

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