Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Great Allotment Cookbook

This is a book brimful of optimism. The introduction, ‘Beating the Glut’, sets the tone: There us nothing worse than food going to waste because you have so much that you don’t know what to do with it. With just a little preparation and planning … Continue reading

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The Dinorwig Power Station

The construction of the Dinorwig Power Station was a massive engineering achievement.  Built in a disused slate quarry inside Elidir mountain near the Snowdonia National Park, there are 10 miles of tunnels and, to avoid unsightly pylons, 6 miles of buried cables. It … Continue reading

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The Blackpool Landlady A social history by John K Walton

Walton starts from the stereotype: “In popular mythology, the typical landlady is large and shapeless …. well past her first youth, red-faced and broad-spoken, with hair in curlers and feet in carpet slippers. She sometimes has an insignificant little husband, long cowed … Continue reading

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The Music Goes Round by F W Gaisberg

This scarce book, published in 1942, is Gaisberg’s account of his work as a recording engineer and talent spotter for The Gramophone Company (later ‘His Master’s Voice’). His story covers the technicalities of early recording, the emotional demands of dealing with divas … Continue reading

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Irresistible gifts to knit

I love these patterns and the opportunity it’s given me to find out more about Alan Dart, who designed the toys. I have known a few men that knit, but they have been either sailors or Norwegian, so the story … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Verses R L Stevenson

I was really pleased to see this children’s poetry book when it arrived in the Oxfam sorting room. It is just the kind  book that needs to be bought from a charity shop because some of the poems are so … Continue reading

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Tunnicliffe An Artist’s Century

Today’s slim paperback arrived in a wonderfully generous donation of bird (and fishing) books. There are many lovely books but I’ve chosen this one for its local connection; the artist was born in Langley, grew up on Sutton Lane Ends … Continue reading

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The Land and the Sea by Kyffin Williams

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A beautiful book of Kyffin Williams’ paintings of North Wales, published in 1998 to celebrate the artist’s 80th year. The first section of paintings, entitled ‘The Land’ is prefaced by 5 pages where the artist explains his life-long relationship with his native … Continue reading

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The Life of the Robin by David Lack

This was David Lack’s first book. He went on to write ‘Darwin’s Finches’ and to be awarded the Darwin medal of the Royal Society in 1972 for his numerous contributions to ornithology.The Life of the Robin is written by an … Continue reading

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In praise of Churches by John Betjeman illustrated by Paul Hogarth

This collection of prose and poems by John Betjeman is beautifully illustrated with big, bright water colours by Paul Hogarth. Although Betjeman’s love for the Church is evident, he pokes gentle fun at  Clergy and  congregation and is waspishly sharp … Continue reading

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