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review 2016-01-08 00:45
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? - Raymond Carver


Description: With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.

Had this onhold for so long that this visit is a complete reboot. Carver wrote as Hopper painted, maybe the connection is the diner, combined with spartanism, oh and voyeurism of course.

1: Fat
2: Neighbours
3: Note
4: The Idea
5: They’re Not your Husband
6: Are you a Doctor?
7: The Father
8: Nobody Said Anything
9: Sixty Acres
10: What’s in Alaska?
11: Night School
12: Collectors
13: What do you do in San Francisco?
14: The Student’s Wife
15: Put yourself in my Shoes
16: Jerry and Molly and Sam
17: Why Honey?
18: The Ducks
19: How About This?
20: Bicycles, muscles, Cigarettes
21: Are These Actual Miles?
22: Signals
23: Will you please be quiet please?

3* What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
3* Cathedral
TR Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
3* Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
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review 2015-11-06 22:14
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
A History of England from the Tudors to ... A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts - Robert Bucholz


48 x 30 min lectures

14: Edward VI: 1547-1553
15: Mary I 1553-1558
16: Young Elizabeth 1558
17: The Elizabethan Settlement 1558-1568
18: Set in a dangerous World 1568-1588
19: Heart and Stomach of the Queen 1588-1603
20: The Land and It's People in 1603
21: Private Lives - the elite
22: Private Lives - the commoners
23: The Ties that Bound
24: Order and Disorder
25: Towns, Trade and Colonisation
26: London
27: The Elizabethan and Jacobean Era
28: Establishing the Stuart Dynasty
29: The Ascendancy of Buckingham 1614-28
30: Religion and Local Control
31: Crisis of the three nations 1637-42
32: The Civil Wars 1642-49
33: The search for a settlement 1649-53
34: Cromwellian England 1653-60
35: The Restoration 1660-70
36: The Failure 1670-78
37: The Popish Plot 1678-85
38: Catholic Restoration 1685-88
39: The Glorious Revolution
40: King William's war 1689-92
41: King William's war 1692-1702
42: Queen Anne
43: Queen Anne's War
44: Queen Anne's Peace
45: Hanoverian Epilogue
46: The Land and It's People
47: The Land and It's People
48: The Meaning of English History


CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
CR Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
CR A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
CR Buddhist Warfare

4* History of Science 1700 - 1900
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
TR Secrets of Sleep
TR Turning Points in Modern History
TR Apocalypse
4* Myth in Human History
3* A History of Russia
TR Classic Novels
5* London
4* Re-thinking Our Past
4* The Vikings
OH Lost Worlds of South America
3* Rome and the Barbarians
TR Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
OH History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TR Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TR Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
5* From Monet To Van Gogh: A History Of Impressionism
5* History of the English language
TR The Late Middle Ages
3* Great American Music: Boadway Musicals
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review 2015-11-06 21:29
Rome And The Barbarians
Rome And The Barbarians: Parts I, II, & ... Rome And The Barbarians: Parts I, II, & III VHS and Books - Kenneth W. Harl


36 half hour lectures.

4. The Roman Way of War
5. Celtic Europe and the Mediterranean World
6. The conquest of Casalpine Gaul
7. Romans and Carthaginians in Spain
8. The Roman Conquest of Spain
9. The Genesis of Roman Spain
10. Jugurtha and the Nomadic Threat

Constantine, Algeria

11. Marius and the Northern Barbarians

12. Rome's Rivals in the East
13. The Price of Empire
14. Julius Ceasar and the Conquest of Gaul
15. Early Germanic Europe
16. The Nomads of Eastern Europe
17. Arsacid Parthia
18. The Augustin Principate and Imperialism
19. The Roman Imperial Army

Whipped through these last few lectures, so am now on a mirroring timeline with Trajan re Portus.

4* The Vikings (Great Courses, #3910)
TR Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
TR Turning Points in Modern Times: Essays on German and European History
4* Myth in Human History (Great Courses, #2332)
3* History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev (Great Courses, #8380)
TR Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature (Great Courses, #2310)
4* Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, And Lies In American History
OH A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts (Great Courses, #8470)
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review 2015-02-17 13:42
History of the Highland Clearances by Alexander Mackenzie
History of the Highland Clearances - Alexander Mackenzie


Foreword by John Prebble

The author: Alexander Mackenzie, FSA Scot (1838 - 22 January 1898) was a Scottish historian, author, magazine editor and politician. He was born on a croft, in Gairloch. In 1869 he settled in Inverness, where he later became an editor and publisher of the Celtic Magazine, and the Scottish Highlander. Mackenzie wrote numerous clan histories. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In 1894, the Gaelic Society of Inverness elected Mackenzie as an 'Honorary Chieftain'.

Opening: Donald Macleod's "Gloomy Memories," originally appeared as a series of letters in the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle.

"'The clergy also, whose duty it is to denounce the oppressors and aid the oppressed, have all, the whole seventeen parish ministers in Sutherlandshire, with one exception, found their account abetting the wrong-doers, exhorting the people to quiet submission...' Excerpt taken from Letter II"

Infinitely sad.

Excellent additional resource for serious investigation of the subject.
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review 2015-02-07 17:02
Cloud Howe (A Scots Quair #2) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Cloud Howe (Dodo Press) - Lewis Grassic Gibbon
bookshelves: series, britain-scotland, summer-2013, published-1933, winter-20142015, aberdeenshire, under-500-ratings, paper-read, one-penny-wonder, fradio, play-dramatisation, class-war, industrial-action, general-strike, tragedy, tbr-busting-2015, historical-fiction
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Overbylass
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from June 29, 2012 to February 04, 2015


Edited with an introduction by Tom Crawford
Dedication: To George Malcolm Thomson.
Map of Segget

Opening: The Borough of Segget stands under the Mounth, on the southern side, in the Mearns Howe, Fordoun lies near and Drumlithie nearer, you can see the Laurencekirk lights of a night glimmer and glow as the mists come down.


BBC description: Lewis Grassic Gibbon's powerful sequel to Sunset Song dramatised by Donna Franceschild. Atmospheric drama about Grassic Gibbon's best-loved character, Chris.

Now married to Robert, a young and idealistic minister, Chris and her family move from the crofting village of Kinraddie to the mill town of Segget in Aberdeenshire. Living in the wake of the Great War and during the build up to the General Strike, they find themselves instrumental in the small town's epic class struggle.

Tensions within the town grow as Chris and Robert help the spinners prepare for strike action. But nothing can prepare the family for the tragic events that are about to unfold.

Starring Amy Manson and Robin Laing.
Directed by Kirsty Williams.

It seems highly likely that both author and spinners had read Tressell's 1914 'The Ragged Philanthropists'.
"Not a penny off the pay,
not a minute on the day."

5* Sunset Song
4* Cloud Howe
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