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Read in 2016


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JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien published after 100 years


“A new book by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is going on sale – 100 years after it was first conceived,” BBC News has reported.

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BIBLIOTHECA will be the most cherished bible in my library

I can’t wait to receive this set. I’ve been waiting two years when BIBLIOTHECA was first announced on Kickstarter. Thank you, Adam!

Bibliotheca: Finished from Bibliotheca on Vimeo.


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Review #13 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Sir Ranulph Fiennes (2009)

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Review #12 – The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman


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OED timeline challenge: can you guess when these words entered the English language?


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Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

– W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

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Review #11 – 84, Charing Cross Road (Slightly Foxed Editions) by Helene Hanff (2015)

Link to: Slightly Foxed Editions No. 32

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Review #10 – Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden (2014)

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What I’ve recently watched: 127 Hours (2010)

Director: Danny Boyle, Writers: Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay); StarsJames Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara | Based on Aron Rolston’s book: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004)

I’ve got a soft spot for adventure / biography type films like Cast Away, All is Lost, Life of Pi, and The Grey.

127 Hours was an another entertaining watch and I highly recommend it. James Franco is surprisingly good in his role despite my misgivings from his Spider-man years.

Without ruining it with any spoilers, there is something I always carry with me wherever I go. Can you guess what it is?

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Klassiske Komponister – Classical Music for the newbie

d9b1-1854-4948-9140-a6a746e81a73Last month, I bought a large collection of classical music CDs. Actually 67 in all and were presented in wonderful horizontal wooden stand. I thought that these would go nicely with my Bang and Olufsen BeoSound Ouverture with CD stand (that provides clutter-less CD environment. I just love it. Best B&O furniture ever) but sadly they don’t fit and are too tall. Oh well at least I have the wooden stand.

The collection or series is called in Danish “Klassiske Komponister” or translated to Classical Composers and is a wonderful introduction into the world of classical music. It was published in 2004 by International Masters Publishers, Delta Music Plc., Retrospective Recordings Ltd.

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Each composer is divided by genre and defined by their masterpieces, for example with Beethoven you get his Fifth Symphony as No.1 and Piano Sonata No. 14, aka. Moonlight Sonata as No.2 on the track CD. Mozart is interesting enough contains The Marriage of Figaro as No.1 and Clarinet Concerto In A Major K 622 as No. 2, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik as No.6 and Requiem as No.10. So you get all his best pieces.

photo-4photo 1I am teaching my seven year-old niece about classical music – she loves Beethoven – and I’ve been looking for something like this for years. It can be daunting for those wanting to listen to classical music but don’t know where to start. This is where this series is absolute best.

Each CD contains a small biographical booklet so you can learn more about the composer’s life and background of each classical piece. It really is perfect and convenient; and the little ones can easily learn to recognise a couple of classical pieces quickly with general Q&A games that we sometimes do. I usually take one or two composers with me for listening when I drive to work in the morning. My niece plays Classical-DJ and decides which piece to listen. It really is a great way to learn.

There are about 12 tracks on a given CD – all the best collected, conveniently for the newbie who is starting out listening to classical music for the first time or the devotee that’s looking for an enticing all-round collection of the best masterpieces of the world’s best classical composers.

photo 2I highly recommend this. It’s a wonderful collection. If only I knew more about it. I would love to know how many originally were issued.

Good listening.

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