Author: shawnday

Theo Aronson’s Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

Theo Aronson’s latest work, Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes, explores the personal relationships between Queen Victoria, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie of France. It opens a wide window on a colourful and somewhat surprising series of encounters between monarchs that influenced relations and perceptions of each other in the eyes of the public. The Second […]

Report on Love of Country

A small but cosy crew enjoyed a discussion around Madeleine Bunting’s offering at the Waterloo Bar last week. The book on the table was Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey. Thanks in advance for advance reviews from Brian and Declan. The general view was in line with your fine observations. Much appreciated were the parallels […]

Random Report on Sourdough

It’s almost a year to the day since I happened to stumble upon Annabel Scheme and spent the day engaged and enthralled. I was already a huge fan of Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore/Ajax Penumbra 1969 and – if it’s any mark of appreciation for this superb author’s capabilities – I accidentally read Sourdough straight […]

Embracing Complexity. Craving Simplicity

More a caution than a critique, I was fascinated and left to ponder Peter Liu’s time-based spatially informed map presented in the MapBox Blog this week. I think that the concept is absolutely sound and the implementation is skilful, thoughtful and very efficient. It’s an impressive conceptualisation of how to rethink data representation for a […]

Report on A Man Called Ove

A smaller than normal group convened for ruminations on a Man Called Ove last Wednesday and thanks for the submissions in advance of the meeting. Ove sparked great discussion both via email and also in person so in that was certainly a good choice for provocation. As the final votes will show it cast a divided appreciation. I […]

Report on The Naked Swiss by Claire O’Dea

And so the Swiss….. The Naked Swiss were well received into the Waterloo Bar ;-) The general appreciation of the book was quite positive – some reading to substantiate or illuminate their own feelings and connections with the Swiss – most reading purely for general interest. The use of anecdotal injection was appreciated and did enliven what […]