Monthly Archives: February 2016


THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE – UPDATE

Okay so I’ve wracked my brain to come up with a list of books for the Big Book Challenge (see my earlier post for details). Given the fact I have two years to complete the challenge I’m sure some of these will fall by the wayside, but a good start is […]


WORD: VELLICHOR

The website World Wide Words gives credit to the creation of this recently coined word to John Koenig on his website The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig describes Vellichor as meaning – the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with […]


BOOK REVIEW: BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS

TITLE:  Bazaar of Bad Dreams AUTHOR: Stephen King BLURB: Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of Stephen’s finest gifts to the constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”   I’ve been one […]


THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE

I’ve never been someone who rose to the bait of a challenge but when paparali.com challenged me to read (and review) 20 books over the next 24 months I couldn’t refuse. Having worked most of my adult life in adult education and principally adult literacy, I feel this is a […]


ALBUM: THAILAND 2012

Check out my latest album upload from Thailand 2012.               You can find the album in the albums list in the sidebar or click the link on this post.


MEANWHILE…#1

This is what I’m getting up to lately… Reading: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. I’m a huge Connolly fan and think the characters that populate his Charlie Parker novels are amazing. This novel is more fantasy/fable type than supernatural crime drama like his other books. Just started […]


IT’S ALL PORK PIES…

You know the old joke: “How can you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving!”. We’re about to embark on three weeks of a general election campaign where a lot of lips will be moving. The last time the Irish people went to the ballot boxes to […]