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Stapes

Member Since 05 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 13 2014 11:55 AM
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In Topic: New Labour Leader

13 December 2014 - 11:50 AM

I need to remember and thank my SNP-member wife - her union vote went to Murphy (and Clark).

In Topic: Best Books You've Read This Year

05 December 2014 - 09:41 PM

I would urge anyone who liked Forgotten Highlander to read Unbroken. To my mind it was a better book, because it was two great stories in one. The first half of the book isn't about his POW experiences (which were as bad as in the Forgotten Highlander) but about his time as a world class athlete.

 

Another great book for wartime enthusiasts is The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz (far, far better than the film).


In Topic: Best Books You've Read This Year

05 December 2014 - 07:57 PM

Nathaniels Nutmeg by Giles Milton about the English attempt to dominate the spice trade in the 17th century. They got humped by the Dutch. Or White Gold about the slave trade in Europeans run out of various pirate ports in Morocco up until the start of the 19th century.

In fact anything by Giles Milton.

Or in the same vein, Galileo's Daughter or Longitude by Dava Sobel.

 

Read most of Milton's stuff and it's very good. Longitude is also excellent. If you like this type of stuff try Nathaniel Philbrick, especially In The Heart Of The Sea.

 

My favourites this year were two POW books - The Forgotten Highlander and Unbroken. Unbroken, especially, was incredible - Laura Hillenbrand is the best non-fiction writer around. I've also just finished Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about the HeLa cells, and it's worth a read.


In Topic: Snp Councillors Burning The Smith Report

03 December 2014 - 09:36 PM

 

I don't think anybody in their right mind would call burning saltires acceptable.  And it wasn't elected politicians who were doing it (AFAIK)...

 

To be fair though, I didn't hear any unionists denouncing it, or the burning of Alex Salmond in effigy. Yet turn it around and make it less outrageous and you can almost taste the faux disgust.


In Topic: Snp Councillors Burning The Smith Report

03 December 2014 - 06:03 PM

Stupid. Leaves Yes open to criticism at the next referendum. I spent five years as a councillor and your first thiughts have to be - how will this reflect on me and how will it reflect on the party. Now they also have to think - how will this reflect onthe Yes campaign.