Books

Weekly Reading List #2 – Wine, Weather And Whodunnits

I read quite a lot of books last week, but several of them were very short. Most of them were novels – I seem to be on a fiction drive at the moment.

There were a few that were disappointing, which was a shame, and one or two surprises. So without further ado, here are this week’s reviews.

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Academia, Books, Philosophy

2016 Reflections – Books (Non-Fiction)

2016 was seriously the best year I’ve had for books in ages. Despite it not being a great year for, well, pretty much everything else globally.

But in times like these, you grab what happiness you can get, right? So here are my favourite non-fiction books of 2016.

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Travel

2016 Reflections: Travel

I travelled less this year than last, and I travelled less than I’d originally planned, for a lot of reasons, but largely because I wanted to spend some time at home.

However, I did still fit in some trips, mainly for business, although a couple to see people as well. Here are some of the stand-out points from my 2016 travels.

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Miscellaneous

Seven-Day Nature Photo Challenge: Day One

The lovely Tea Lady tagged me in this challenge, which involves posting one nature photo per day for seven days, and tagging other people to take part.

This means you get seven extra posts from me: one a day for the next few days, including at the weekend! Although they’ll be queued to auto-post, because I’m not logging on at the weekend. Ain’t nobody got time for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Travel

Travel Touchstones 2015

I’ve made a resolution not to go anywhere else abroad this year. Part of me would like to, but a bigger part recognises that (a) I have a shitload of horrible admin to sort out, and all of it requires me to be in the country, and (b) I’m very tired and should probably take it easy for the next few months.

So I thought I’d do a kind of early travel round-up, inspired by Nomadic Matt’s recent post in which he mentioned ‘Travel Touchstones’.

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Travel

I have been to Birmingham and now I am convinced that our alien overlords walk among us.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I went to Birmingham, but it wasn’t what I found.

I was probably expecting a huge industrial estate – not so much because of Birmingham itself, but because I always seem to end up working/training/staying in them.

I didn’t end up in an industrial estate.

I possibly ended up on another planet, though. Or at least in the place where the aliens have congregated and built things to make themselves feel at home, while they gather their strength and prepare to take over the world.

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