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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