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Burrowing into Books -"Uncle Dynamite" by P.G. Wodehouse

Burrowing into Books -"Uncle Dynamite" by P.G. Wodehouse

“He looked pleased with himself, and who shall blame him? A man whose  mission is to spread sweetness and light and to bring the young folk together may  surely be forgiven a touch of complacency when happy endings start going off like  crackers all around him and he sees the young folk coming together in droves.”…

Burrowing into Books - "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence" by Peter Mayle

Burrowing into Books - "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence" by Peter Mayle

  “After several months our luck finally changed. We found a house on a hillside, with several thousand acres of the Luberon Natural Regional Park at the end of the back garden, a modest vineyard and the fine old village of Ménerbes two minutes away.”…

Linguistic inclusion or social mobility?: A dilemma

Linguistic inclusion or social mobility?: A dilemma

Language and accents are a veritable passion for anglophones. Upon landing in the UK for the first time, my new comrades at university asked me to explain President Trump, but their curiosity was focused on his accent, not his policies. The power of linguistic tonality and musicality has long been a sore topic with those of a social justice inclination, who have long waged war on British Received…

Book Review: The Clash of Economic Ideas

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Book Review: The Clash of Economic Ideas

The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years By Lawrence H. White Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (April 9, 2012) 438 pages, $39.77   “I’m rather good at it”, said a young John Maynard Keynes to a friend shortly after starting the only economics course he would take in his life; a course that would turn a…

Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

“When a man has means of his own, he can please himself. Do you marry a woman with money,  and then you may kick up your heels and do as you like about the Colonial Office. When  a man hasn’t money, of course he must fit himself to the circumstances of the profession.”…

Burrowing into Books - "The Thirty-One Kings"

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Burrowing into Books - "The Thirty-One Kings"

“The Thirty-One Kings” Robert J. Harris   “As the sun slanted toward the west, the cries of plovers and curlews echoed off the hills and the breeze carried a tang of burning peat from the hearth of a far-off cottage.”…

Burrowing into Books - “Lord of the Flies”

Burrowing into Books - “Lord of the Flies”

“Lord of the Flies” William Golding   “Evening was come, not with calm beauty but with the threat of violence.”…

Burrowing into Books - "12 Rules for Life"

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Burrowing into Books - "12 Rules for Life"

“12 Rules for Life” Jordan B. Peterson   “…without rules we quickly become slaves to our passions – and there’s nothing freeing about that.”…

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov - A Journey through Time

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov - A Journey through Time

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov A journey through time   On the occasion of the year of music and cultural encounters between Russia and Austria this blog post is mainly supposed to tell the story of achievements during A.P. Chekhov’s stay in the muscovite village Melikhovo from 1892 until 1899. This period of time is often called “seven years of life in Melikhovo” because…

Burrowing into Books - "The Second World Wars" - Victor Davis Hanson

Burrowing into Books - "The Second World Wars" - Victor Davis Hanson

“Unlike World War I, there has never been any doubt as to who caused, won and lost World War II.” Victor Davis Hanson, The Second World Wars Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in classics and military history at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His background is ideal for an analysis of the Second World War. “Wars” are plural in the title because,…

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