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Post by Stanley » 05 Jan 2018, 05:13

I've just started Norman's take on Eire..... This is going to be interesting!
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Post by plaques » 05 Jan 2018, 10:02

Finished Vince Cable's 'The Storm.' Written in 2010 after the banking collapse so in one sense we are in a better position to judge on the outcomes than he was. Slightly disappointed that he didn't make any predictions but listed all the problems that we may run into. One comment that stuck in my mind was a statement that the banks would have survived the American housing collapse had it not been for the fact that they had sliced and diced all the bad loans so that nobody knew who owned them and then and called them assets to make bigger leveraged loans and so on ad infinitum. Which makes you think the banks are prepared to let personal credit run as long as they think they can cover piecemeal failures.

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Post by Stanley » 06 Jan 2018, 05:22

But in the long run crap is crap! They don't do 'long run', just immediate gain.
Norman on Eire is brilliant. I now have a much better overview of the history and he has cleared up many aspects that have puzzled me for years. Very rewarding reading......
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Post by Stanley » 08 Jan 2018, 05:24

I finished Norman's book on Vanished Kingdoms yesterday. I have been learning all the way thorough but he finished by giving a brilliant explanation of the Irish Question that tidied up my thinking on the subject and then addressed the dissolution of the CCCP. He makes distinctions between different causes of failure. In the case of the CCCP he says it was a vacuum at the centre caused by incompetence, sclerotic systems and the failure of the leadership to realise the consequences of their actions. His last chapter analyses the differences and it became clear to me why he believes that the United Kingdom is in the throes of an inevitable break up. He wrote this before 2011 and it struck me that everything he was saying was becoming reality. I think it's fair to regard our current leadership strategies as being a governmental vacuum, they are fire-fighting all the time. suffering from the consequences of failed and mistaken policies and in addition have to contend with Cameron's Catastrophe. This being the case they are steering a course which logically leads to a shrinkage, if not a dissolution of the United Kingdom. It all makes sense!
I shall start on his latest book on Global History today, only 700 pages.......
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Post by Stanley » 09 Jan 2018, 03:48

Started Norman's latest, 'Beneath Another Sky'.
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Post by Stanley » 10 Jan 2018, 06:10

I'm getting the flavour of Norman's new book. It's actually a very good travel guide laced with good history. I'm enjoying it particularly as the genealogical history is far less dense!
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Post by Stanley » 13 Jan 2018, 06:31

Norman is going well. Yesterday he gave me the full shameful history of the Fall of Singapore in WW2. Today we are heading for Australia......
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Post by Wendyf » 14 Jan 2018, 10:25

I'm reading books again after banishing my Samsung tablet from the bedroom!
Simon Armitage's "Walking Away", about his long distance walk on the South West Coast path, which has been sat half finished on my bedside table since the summer, has been completed. That was enjoyable, but not as much as his earlier "Walking Home" about his trek North to South down the Pennine Way.
Next on the waiting pile was my friend Margaret's biography of her great aunt Joan "Wilkie" Wilkinson from Foulridge, who played cricket for England in the 1940's and early 1950's. It started out as just a record of Joan's achievements for the family to enjoy but turned into a self published book of over 200 pages. Quite a remarkable lady, born in 1909 and, despite a passion for cricket, destined for a life in the mills until she joined the WAAF during ww2 and the world opened up for her.
I've just finished "The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy" by Rachel Joyce, a companion story to "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" which I read a few years back. Both delightful books that I couldn't stop reading once I had started.
I'm not sure what to take off the pile next...

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Post by Stanley » 15 Jan 2018, 04:23

Try the one on Vernacular Architecture you have on loan from the East Hill Street Library...... :biggrin2:
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Post by Wendyf » 15 Jan 2018, 08:08

You're right Stanley, it's time I returned it to its library! I have dipped into it but no more than that.

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Post by Stanley » 16 Jan 2018, 05:04

It's a reference book Wendy. Consider getting your own.... It can be very useful, that's why I bought it, he is a good man and knew his stuff.
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Post by Wendyf » 16 Jan 2018, 09:05

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It's a reference book Wendy. Consider getting your own.... It can be very useful, that's why I bought it, he is a good man and knew his stuff.
I was thinking that would be a good plan. Your copy will be returned when the weather conditions settle!

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Re: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Post by Stanley » 17 Jan 2018, 04:16

No rush Love. I have not lost any sleep.
Surprising fact from Norman on Tasmania. Did you know that Erroll Flynn was born in in Tassie?
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