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review 2019-03-01 18:01
Comprehending London through its maps
Mapping London: Making Sense of the City - Simon Foxell
More than any other city in the world, London is a metropolis defined by its maps. There is no better example of this than two iconic works: Harry Beck's famous diagrammatic map of the London Underground and the indispensable London A-Z Guide. With one a simplified presentation of the routes of London's light rail system and the other an effort to chart in detail the myriad roads of the city the two could not be more dissimilar, yet they are both depictions of the same geographic place designed to help people better access them.
 
Such comparisons are at the heart of Simon Foxell's book. In it he examines the ways in which people have represented London over the centuries by showing the various maps created for that purpose. He divides his presentation into categories, demonstrating how people drafted maps to understand all sorts of details about the city, from its geographic pathways to the everyday lives people led. While some of these maps detailed the range and vagaries of life in the city, others defined boundaries designed to make the city governable. Foxell supplements these maps with both descriptive captions and a text explaining the history of such efforts. From them emerges an appreciation of how maps helped Londoners to understand the city in which they lived, which they often did through a process of sectioning, graphing, and labeling that helped them to process the mass of details about their city into a medium that helped them to better comprehend their often chaotic environment.
 
While Foxell's written explanations provide a helpful context for interpreting the maps he analyzes, it is the reproduction of the maps themselves which best make his points, and which make his book such a pleasure to read. Together the combination provides an engaging description of the history of mapping London and what those maps reveal about the evolution of the city, one that appeals both to fans of the city and students of cartography.
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text 2019-02-28 14:36
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 278 pages.
Mapping London: Making Sense of the City - Simon Foxell

I love maps, and this book is underscoring why. In it Simon Foxell uses historic maps of London to chart the history of the city and also the history of mapping it. I didn't think the latter would be an interesting subject, yet I'm finding it an engrossing way of thinking about how Londoners viewed themselves at various points in their past.

 

Foxell has also provided me with an important nugget of information that I hadn't appreciated until now, which was the role the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century played in the geographic growth of London. For some reason, I didn't know that the monasteries owned much of the land outside of the City's walls, but it certainly explains the physical expansion of the metropolis in the early modern era. I definitely want to read more about it, though, as Foxell just touches on this point before moving on.

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text 2018-02-06 07:05
Cover Reveal - Making Sense

Today we have the cover reveal for MAKING SENSE by Lila Rose! Check out this fantastic new romance and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

 

Title: Making Sense

Author: Lila Rose

Genre: Romance

Release Day: March 6th

 

About Making Sense:

 

 

Adalyn Sage. I'm thirty-seven, a mother, a divorcee, and I’m ready to date again. I need a man willing to love me for who I am, despite what size I am. Only finding such a guy is harder than it’s cracked up to be. Afterall, I'm a little clumsy and just a tad outspoken… that is unless I’m in front of a man so good-looking my panties melt. Then I become an absolute weirdo. Case in point: Vice Salvatore. Stunning. Growly. And also my boss. Thank God his a**hole attitude put my racing heart at ease and changed my lust to hate. Nope. I don’t care for him. Won’t. I’ll continue to ignore my ladybits and stay strong. At least for a while.  

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

 

Dating was painful. My husband left us two years ago, and only recently, I’d gotten the courage to try dating again. Since the decision, I’d been on a few in the last couple of months, none of which had bloomed into something amazing. That was if something amazing still existed. I was convinced it wasn’t out there for me.


My latest failed example was a man named Ronald, an accountant who happened to be sitting across from me. When I arrived at the restaurant, he seemed nice. I thought for the barest of moments he could be the one willing to do the honors of removing my hymen.  Because I was sure that sucker had grown over again.


Ronald certainly looked like he’d enjoy the task of re-breaking my hymen. I could tell by how his hand was in his pants shifting his erection around. At least, I thought it was an erection; it could also be a cucumber, and he wanted me to think he was huge.


I just wished he’d leave it alone.

 

Huh, and my friend Molly was worried about my table manners.


Although, did I really care that Ronald was a wanker—hee-hee—or he loved himself more than anything in life? No, at least, not then I didn’t. I also didn’t give two hoots Ronald had a huge wart on the side of his nose…. If only I could stop staring at it, then I really wouldn’t care.


“I’m sorry, Adalyn, I’ve been talking all about myself. Tell me, what is it you do for a living?” Ronald asked, shifting sideways in the booth to face me. What the heck? Did he just thrust his crotch up at me? At least his hand was out of his pants when he did it.

 

“Well, you see, I run my own jewelry store on eBay.”

 

He smiled. “That’s cute. Does it do well?”

 

Cute?


Seriously?

 

My items did extremely well, and they weren’t cute; they were wicked.

 

“Yes, they do. I’m gaining more customers each day.”

 

“Hmm. Is that all you do? Make crafty things?”

 

I had the urge to kick him in the teeth or knee him in the cucumber.

 

“No,” I gritted out. “Though, it will be once my business gets noticed more.”

 

“Right.” He smirked. The assmuncher.


Gone were the thoughts of him getting anywhere near my hoo-ha. The idiot could just shove his hand back down his pants and keep touching himself, because that was the only action he would be getting that night.

 

Still, the least I could do was get a meal out of him and maybe a nice conversation.

 

Okay, I was doomed.

 

“I also work part-time in an adult store.”

 

Of course, his eyes would light up at that.

 

He leaned in. “That’s very interesting. Do you get to try some products out, to, you know, let customers know what they’re like?” He smiled, and when he did, I saw a chunk of bread, from the breadsticks on the table, sitting in his teeth.

 

Internally groaning, I asked myself, What am I really doing here with him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

 

Lila was born in Brisbane Australia, her step-dad was in the Army which caused them to move around a lot. They finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. Being the youngest of four children she admits she was spoilt a bit. Even drove her mum crazy when she refused to eat meat at a young age. Now, Lila lives with her husband and two children. She started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC: Ballarat Charter series- Holding Out. Since then, she has published seventeen other titles, which range from romantic comedy, erotica, YA, and paranormal.  

 

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Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-04-30 08:47
Email exchange between Sam Harris and C.J. Werleman
God Hates You, Hate Him Back: Making Sense of The Bible (Revised International Edition) - C.J. Werleman
Letters to Christian Leaders - Hollow Be Thy Claims - Jake Farr-Wharton,C.J. Werleman
Koran Curious - a guide for infidels and believers - C.J. Werleman

Why would this grown man, an atheist, behaved as a jerk? 

 

The fact that many people in the world are assholes. 

 

When atheists behaved as assholes, they could blame their beliefs system. It is all on them.

 

 

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text 2015-02-20 21:19
Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 400 pages.
The Mad Scientist's Daughter - Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book is killing me!!! Ughhhhhh. Why like oh the feels 

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