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review 2019-12-08 20:37
The Farm at the Edge of the World - Sarah Vaughan

"The Farm at the Edge of the World" is the second Sarah Vaughan novel I've had the pleasure of reading. It is a generational story spanning a little more than 70 years - from the earliest days of the Second World War to the summer of 2015 - that faithfully evokes the essence and spirit of an era fast receding into history, as well as a tangible look and feel of contemporary Cornwall.

The novel begins with the evacuation of a brother and sister - Will, 13 and his younger sister, Alice, 9 - from London to Cornwall in Southwest England shortly after Britain had declared war on Germany in September 1939. Many families with young children in London, fearful of being bombed by the Luftwaffe, entered into a government plan which relocated children from the urban areas of the country judged likely to be subjected to bombing to the countryside. Children were considered to be in places of greater safety in the countryside. So it was that Will and Alice Cooke were put in the care of the Retallick family, who owned and lived on a granite farm (Skylark) near the Cornish cliffs.

As I said, this novel is a story that spans the generations. And thus, the reader is provided in alternating chapters, views of the life Will and Alice had with the Retallicks at Skylark through most of the war to Skylark some 7 decades later. In the latter period (i.e. the summer of 2014), Maggie - who had befriended Will and struck up what began as a close friendship with him -- is nearing her 90th birthday. Her granddaughter Lucy, a nurse by training, has left London, where she lived with her husband Matt, to return to Cornwall to help her family from losing Skylark. She had lived many years in London, but in light of her father's death, feels the need to reconnect with her family. The author skillfully brings to life the struggles and divisions within the family in light of Skylark's troubles. This is wonderfully contrasted with life there during the war, which brought Will and Maggie Retallick closer together as both neared adulthood-- before Fate cruelly separated them.

The more I read this novel, the more the story grew within my imagination. There is something about Cornwall that is both evocative and mesmerized, situated as it is hard by the Atlantic Ocean. (Ever since I read the Poldark novels over 10 years ago, I have become utterly enchanted with Cornwall. I hope someday to visit there.) Vaughan has a knack for creating characters with whom the reader can relate to because they become real people. I love the way she writes.

"THE FARM AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD" is a novel the reader will find him/herself reflecting upon long after he/she has read it, for it is very well told and has elements of love, loss, nostalgia, hope, and rediscovery.

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text 2019-12-05 06:41
For Business Purposes WTC Noida Phase 3 an Ideal Investment Choice



Delhi is experiencing unprecedented growth in terms of real estate development. This is the reason you will see that several domestic real estate builders are merging with international builders. This merging is bringing new technology to the market and that is helping to turn Delhi into a smart city. The development is not only happening on the residential level but also at a commercial level. The latest example of a commercial project is WTC Noida Phase 3.


Significance of the project

As the new residential, as well as the commercial projects, are offering excellent living and working experience to the people of Delhi so, you can get more than basic amenities. The amenities are aimed at making the space unique. In the case of the professional workplace, the projects are providing adapt to suit office that will give you a suitable work environment like the World Trade Center Noida. The commercial projects are being built in the place with excellent social infrastructure so that you can get all your refreshments at your reach.

What is the reason behind building a commercial project?


There are several reasons to opt for building a commercial real estate project. It is essential for uplifting the infrastructure of a city. Besides world-class living, it is vital to building a world-class commercial environment. It is important to make a place productive as that will help the place to grow. In order to increase productivity, a commercial project needs to be employee-friendly. WTC Noida 3 is a stunning project that also supports the green environment.


The characteristics of a commercial project


The first characteristic of the project needs to be a good location. A location will help to reduce the computation time. On the other hand, the social amenities should be excellent such as cafes, malls, cinema halls, parks, etc. so that employees can get everything for their recreation. As the city is suffering severe air pollution so it is essential to try to provide a green environment to the people. This is the reason the project is acquiring all the techniques to be eco-friendly.


The article gives a brief knowledge of real estate development in Noida. You will get an idea about how developers are placing their emphasis on comfort and luxury. It will help you to invest your money in the right property.

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text 2019-12-04 20:20
Reading progress update: I've read 127 out of 280 pages.
Shylock Is My Name (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Howard Jacobson

Yeah, this is still decidedly "meh".

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text 2019-12-04 17:24
Choosing the Best Destination in the World for Next Adventure Vacation

Is your break-time near? Are you planning for an adventure vacation this time? Well, if you do, and worrying about where to go, or where to travel to this time, do not trouble your head and heart! There are a lot of, actually, a lot of; numerous, destinations on this planet to explore. You just need to choose one of the best vacation destinations. Now, this might sound a little tricky and something that requires brainstorming, but this can be handled very easily by following or considering a few points. Let us discuss this.


You need to understand that vacation needs everything from time to money. If you are very clear about these three factors, then you are just a few steps away from planning a good and managed vacation. Another important point is to consider your interests (that you might like to experience or fulfill during your adventure trip). Sometimes, you plan a solo trip, and sometimes you might have a group of friends to go on a trip. And, on the other hand, there is a family vacation too. So, your first step in the process of choosing one of the best travel destinations is to figure out your own requirements and interests. And then comes the second step to start researching the options. You can ask for recommendations from your friends and colleagues. You can use the Internet, which is one of the best sources, to gather the information, and search for the available options. You must consider everything, right from current season and weather at the destination, things to do, available activities to experience, accommodation-options, restaurants and hotels, transportation facilities and many more. And, the wisest move is to book everything in advance to avoid the eleventh-hour rush.


In order to gather all necessary information, you can access an online website, Award-Winning Destinations, that offers people to plan once in a lifetime trip, and provides all necessary information in detail to people so they can experience the best adventure vacations in the world. You can read about exotic vacation destinations, hotels, cruises, and more to create unforgettable memories.


For more information, visit Awardwinningdestinations.com.


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text 2019-12-03 23:58
Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 280 pages.
Shylock Is My Name (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Howard Jacobson

"Bali is one place I haven't yet been to," Plurabelle said. "What's it like?"


Plurabelle shook her head in sympathy. "I can imagine," she said. Then, after a moment's contemplation, she asked him, "Do you think it's because we have too much?"


"Us. You and I. People of our sort. The advantaged."

"But are we advantaged?" D'Anton asked. "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

"That's so beautiful," Plurabelle said. "And so true. It makes me want to cry. Paulo Coelho often makes me want to cry."

"A greater man than Paulo Coelho said that," D'Anton surprised her by saying. She didn't know there was a greater man than Paulo Coelho.

"Nelson Mandela?"

"St. Paul."

"So would we be less pierced with sorrows if we gave all we have to the poor?"

He didn't know but said he sometimes asked himself whether the sadness problem, for him anyway, wasn't money but modernity. "Do you ever feel," he asked her, "that you are too modern?"

Plurabelle liked the idea. "Too modern - yes, you're right," she said. "Too modern. I have often felt that, yes I have, though until now I didn't know I'd felt it. Too modern - yes, of course." Then she had a thought. "But that doesn't explain," she said, "why Aborigines and American Indians always look sad on the Discovery Channel. They can hardly be called modern."

"No but that's a different kind of sadness, isn't it? The cause of their sadness is that they have been made abject. It's been done to them. They are sad because they are victims."

Hmm,.... I'm not sure I'm going to love this book. 


The audio narration by Michael Kitchen (he also can read crisp packets to me) is excellent, but the book itself so far seems full of sadness and contempt and TSTL characters. 

To be fair....that does match some of the sentiments of The Merchant of Venice, but it also feels like the author's style gets away with him at times and leaves me wondering whether there is a point ... eventually.

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