What I’m reading now: A Classical Education – The Stuff You Wish You’d Been Taught in School by Caroline Taggart (2009)

813vCeGdp6LI’M THE KIND of person that would’ve cherrished a classical education. I would’ve had all my bags ready with the all go to be sent off to Military school, boarding school, grammar school, private school, etc. just like a child that’s awaiting to set off to Disney World. Latin, Ancient Greek, Cicero, Plato, Virgil, Homer, Herodotus, No problem!

Alas it was not to be. What to do? Read this.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Michael O’Mara Books
ASIN: B0042JU6L8
ISBN: 1606521322 (ISBN13: 9781606521328)
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From the publisher:

How many times have you wished that you’d been taught Latin at school? Or that your history stretched all the way back to Greek and Roman myths and legends? Or perhaps you wish you knew all about the great inventions and medical developments that have made our world what it is today? A Classical Educationprovides all of these classical facts that modern schooling leaves out and many more. Perfect for parents who wish to teach their children and for those who would like to learn or relearn the facts themselves, A Classical Education is informative and educational, but in a completely accessible way, including:

• Latin and Greek
• Logic and philosophy
• Natural sciences
• Art and architecture
• Poetry and drama
• History and Classical literature

Also including suggestions for further reading and entertaining tit-bits of information on the classics, A Classical Education is a must for anyone feeling let down by modern schooling.

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Tom Hanks Night: Splash (1984)

Director: Ron Howard Writers: Brian Grazer (story), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story) Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah

So I’ve decided to inaugurate Friday and Saturday nights as Tom Hanks Night and watch and/or re-watch one of his films. To start of this Friday I watched Splash (1984), one of my favourite films starring Tom Hanks that I watched back when I was a kid. I haven’t seen it since so was eager to see how much I could remember and how different I felt watching it for the first and second time. Also having a soft spot for blondes this film is the perfect mix of a cast starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah is like a dream come true. I mean who doesn’t honestly want to meet a mermaid like Madison?

What are your thoughts?

Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type coming to a bookstore near you


SO I was enthralled to hear that Tom Hanks was coming to London to sign his new book Uncommon Type: Some Stories (416p, William Heinemann, £16.99) on 2 November 2017 at the event at Waterstones. Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories and I can’t wait to get hold of a copy. Note to self: best decision ever was to move to London. No-one important ever comes to Denmark. He’s also appearing at Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, in collaboration with Penguin Live in Tom Hanks in conversation: Uncommon Type on 1 November 2017, though tickets have long sold out. I’m sad I did not manage to get one. I’ve already ordered a signed copy online from Waterstones, but to get a chance to meet Tom Hanks in person for another signed copy, well is not one that I intend to miss. And what’s more he collects typewriters.

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