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Cadbury’s, Kraft takes it and covers it in ?

Cadburys – Kraft takes it and covers it in? 1968, Cadbury’s, green grassy banks, packed lunches and school friends.  19 January 2010, husband, greenhouse, twitter and tapas lunch.  Memories and reality collided in the pit of my stomach today, as it was announced that Cadbury’s had accepted the takeover deal from Kraft.  Shareholders have till the 2 February to accept the offer.  In 1968, my Auntie Jean worked at Cadbury’s.. Read More

The Independant – culture critics’ picks for 2010

I am going to work my way through some of these picks.  I have also put Stephen Fry’s sequel to Moab is my Washpot on my list for 2010.  The new book will follow on from when he was given a place at University, so says his blog.  BOOKS BY BOYD TONKIN As recession bites deep into the book trade, and the future still looks cloudy, it’s no surprise to find a dearth.. Read More

As 2009 fades away

Over the years, I have often been glad to see the end of difficult years and the start of a new year.  This last year, however, has been so good in so many ways, I feel as though a few more days would not go amiss.  I spent three hours this morning potting up tomatoes, peppers, cauliflowers, coriander and some algarve flowers.  I am now wondering if they will survive the next.. Read More

The Canal – Daniel Morris

This is a well written book, with clever and inventive use of language. The author seems to have cornered the market on the description of dirt, filth and disease. In contrast to this is the constant reminder of cleanliness of a main character, to the point of obsession. There are some clever metaphors throughout the book especially linked to dirt and health. It reminds me of those short horror stories.. Read More

Drinkwater: A Sobering Tale About A Medieval Knight by Otto Scamfer

This is a well written engaging book.The author tries but I am not sure, wholly succeeds in writing in the language and style of the period within which the book is set.  Love, comradeship, danger and alcohol abound as the hero discovers himeslf.  The story however whilst being predictable is enjoyable and a quick read. ( ) Custom Books Publishing (2008), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 172 pages

Masters of the Confluence by Nduka Ozegbe Onwuegbute

This is a fascinating book.  The story develops over a couple of generations whilst exploring culture, history, colonialism, family and relationships. The author provides a warning at the beginning of the book suggesting that this is a book to be avoided if you are looking for a story. But its an unnecessary warning.  The book holds your attention because it explores pain, death sadness and joy in a particular cultural.. Read More

Books for Christmas?

The Guardian website has a list of books that various authors are recommending, from this year.  Here is the list. Hilary Mantel recommends MJ Hyland’s This Is How (Canongate).  Mantel argues that “Maria Hyland is like no one else writing today; her work is spare, ungiving, a challenge.   At the same time, it is deeply humane”.  MJ Hyland was at the Segovia Hay Festival.  She was on the same platform as Isabel Fonesca.. Read More

Publish it yourself

Some technologies are allowing writers to publish their work at no cost. Authors can use Amazon’s Digital Text Platform and upload their work for Kindle download in seconds.   Smashwords, is another publishing medium. that allows authors to upload their work for purchasing in multiple electronic formats. It’s easy. It’s quick and cuts out the middle layer of publishing.  There is also Feedbooks  where they can publish and download free public domain books.  An.. Read More

Rain where is it? Not here in Tavira

I read in The Resident this week that this area is 50% down on rain levels. Its bizzarre looking at the floods in the UK and wishing for rain here.

Social Media – A Force for Good

I watched the Nesta event yesterday that was streamed live.  Stephen Fry, Biz Stone, Founder and Chief Executive of Twitter; and Reid Hoffman, Founder and Chief Executive of LinkedIn discussed the phenomenon of social media and its future impact. It can be viewed here  

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