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Introducing Francisco Cordoba Thursday, 20 April 2017

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Another upcoming author who deserves some publicity is Francisco Cordoba. Most of his writing has to do with his beloved horses.

Here he gives us some insight into how he came to be an author, as well as some other personal insights. (more…)

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Interview with Writer Amir Lane Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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I’m trying something new. I’d like to introduce you to some up-and-coming authors.

Today it’s Amir Lane (pronounced Ah-meer), who ventures into a very different genre from mine. Perhaps it’s to your taste.

Amir is a supernatural and urban fantasy writer from Sudbury, Ontario and the author of Shadow Maker: Morrighan House Witches Book One, which follows physics major Dieter Lindemann as he’s dragged down against his will into Necromancy and blood magic.

Amir answered a few personal questions for me. (more…)

Gently provocative, very inspiring – Review of We Make The Road By Walking by Brian McLaren Sunday, 25 September 2016

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screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-38-50My wife and I used this book for our weekly devotions over an extended year. We found it both challenging and at the same time reassuring. Each time it led is into an extended time of prayer for friends, family, neighbours and the world in general.

Each chapter starts with several Bible passages, which I would highly recommend taking the time to read. Some that particularly spoke to my heart were on Love, the Holy Spirit and Death.

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A war story with a difference – Review of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Friday, 24 June 2016

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screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-34-41This very sensitively written book brilliantly captures the character and emotional struggles of the main players through a series of parallel cameos. Through the eyes of blind but bright Marie-Laure, we feel the desperate plight of the Parisians who flee from the advancing Germans, their struggle to survive in occupied Saint-Malo, their fifth column acts of resistance. Meanwhile, technically brilliant orphan Werner and his young sister Jutta face the harsh upbringing of a nation which is beginning to realise it’s aggression is failing. They enjoy a brief but emotional encounter when American bombers liberate the town.

Questions of conscience concerning the morality of war, the maltreatment of a weak fellow student and the cold-blooded killing of resistance fighters are well developed, and recurring themes such as radio broadcasts, the Sea of Flames diamond and the intricate city models form intriguing subplots.

Marie-Laure’s life is carried forward to the time when Werner’s faithful wartime companion brings her his few remaining possessions. At the end she’s a grandmother. Her grandson is not worried about dying in his online wargame – “I can always begin again”  – and she reflects on what the characters who left their mark on her life are doing in the afterlife. A touch of spirituality. And the mysterious legend of the Sea of Flames proves true.

Poetically autobiographical – Review of ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ by Laurie Lee Thursday, 26 May 2016

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screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-34-41A very personal, sensitively written account of a naive young Englishman’s encounters with ordinary people as he spends a year walking the length of Spain. We gain a vivid insight into the harsh realities of life in Spain in the 30s, as the author faces poor but kind natives, coupled with blatant immorality, seething unrest and fervent faith competing with hostility toward a dominant and uncaring Church. After experiencing the first life-threatening clashes of the Civil War, he is fortuitously whisked out of danger by the British navy. The language is evocative, beautiful at times, and masterfully captures the spirit and character of the places and people along the way.

The Mending and Recycling of Clothing in Late Antiquity Monday, 10 August 2015

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Visualising Late Antiquity:

Clothing in Late Antiquity was not the disposable commodity it is nowadays; it was valuable enough to be named in a will, used as surety for loans, or included in a dowry. Literary sources suggest that wealthy and high status individuals had many and beautiful clothes, however for the middle and lower classes clothing was an expensive necessity that was not to be wasted. This was true for the majority of the population, and ranged from enslaved and poverty stricken workers to the relatively prosperous members of the working middle class. While we might expect the former to have ragged and patched clothing, the evidence indicates that even members of the latter group might have needed used or recycled clothing as well as materials to embellish, mend and maintain their clothes.

A child’s wool tunic featuring skilful darning in matching wool (Whitworth Art Gallery T.8375). [Photo: Faith Morgan]. A child’s wool tunic featuring skilful darning in matching wool (Whitworth Art Gallery T.8375). [Photo: Faith Morgan]. Faith Morgan’s examination…

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Putzfrauen sollten das 10-fache verdienen! Monday, 14 December 2009

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Auch Müllmänner und Kinderbetreuer sind viel mehr Wert als sie verdienen. Dagegen sollten Bankiers weniger als ein Siebtel ihres heutigen Lohns erhalten! Steuerberater auch.

Siehe: Cleaners ‘worth more to society’ than bankers

“We will listen.” – Amerika Saturday, 7 February 2009

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Das wäre wirklich etwas Neues!
Siehe “US offers new foreign policy tone

Neue Website für Pelletspreisentwicklung Wednesday, 17 December 2008

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Holzpellets
Die Pelletspreisentwicklung-Tabelle befindet sich neu bei www.pelletspreise.ch

Danke für Ihre Interesse.

Ich bin auch ein Hard-Core Övi! Wednesday, 17 December 2008

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Ich bin auch ein...Mir wurde einen neuen Spitznamen verliehen: Hard-Core Övi. Weil ich heute trotz reichlichem Schneefall mit dem ÖV ziemlich pünktlich ins Büro angekommen bin.

Mit dem Namen kann ich gut leben.