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Saturday, December 26th, 2009 @ 2:16PM

Bookworm Bites Back

Another month, and another review of what I’ve been reading. Starting with Kazu Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans. Christopher Banks is a very successful detective, deemed a superstar amongst 1930s London high society. The one mystery he’s never resolved however is the disappearance of his parents during his early years…

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 @ 9:59PM

Bordering on the Irresponsible?

Was sad to see this story running on the BBC today regarding the future of Borders. I say “was” because the feeling soon morphed into guilt when I realised that i never buy books from Borders and that my inaction was therefore contributing to their current troubles. Truth by told, i find…

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 @ 8:47PM

Bookworm Bites Back

A disappointing month in terms of reading. It all started with The Girl Who Played with Fire, the fairly good sequel to the stonkingly brilliant The Girl with the Dragon Tatto. It started well enough but I just wasn’t that keen on the book’s heroine being hidden away for the best…

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 @ 7:00AM

Bookworm Bites Back

The Women’s Room by Marilyn French was gifted to me by a friend for my recent birthday. It’s set in 1950s and 60s America - just like my recent favourite The American Wife. This is ultimately a book about gender inequality. The role of women in marriage and laterally, the…

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 @ 11:05AM

Bill Speirs Dies

There’s a dark cloud across the Labour floors in the Parliament this morning as the sad news that Bill Speirs has passed away travels from office to office. Bill Speirs was a towering figure in the Labour and Trade Union movement. He worked for the STUC through the miners’ strikes,…

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Monday, September 14th, 2009 @ 11:53AM

Bookworm Bites Back

(The Holiday Edition) “Disgrace” by JM Coetzee won the Booker Prize in 1999 but it caught my attention simply because its set in South Africa. My absolute number one dream holiday destination. The book, at just 220 pages, tells the story of a middle aged university professor whose transgressions with…

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 @ 9:51PM

Bookworm Bites Back

After having read the first three Stuart MacBride books in quick succession I worried about getting Rankinitis and opted to try something new within the field of Scottish crime fiction. I’d use the terminology Tartan Noir again but I can’t say it in my head without feeling like a pretentious…

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 @ 3:48PM

Matt, Easter Eggs and Gender Stereotyping

One of my colleagues in “Team Foulkes” has a bit of thing for Jo Swinson. So much so that he’s got this picture on his desktop. - His two favourite things apparently. Conversation in the office this morning went a bit like this: Me: Hey Matt, did you see Jo…

Friday, July 17th, 2009 @ 3:47PM

Bookworm Bites Back

Opportunities to relax and read a good book have been in short supply over the past couple of months due to campaigning and other commitments, but I’ve managed to squeeze in the following titles - which all come highly recommended. Most avid readers of contemporary fiction will have discovered A…

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 @ 5:00PM

Kez’s Guide to Moving House

I’m moving house again. As a self nominated expert in all things ‘moving house’ I can offer you the following tips (and a little rant at the end!) - If you don’t own a car, Edinburgh’s Man with a Van offers a fantastic flitting service which is very good value…

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Friday, June 26th, 2009 @ 11:51AM

The way you make me feel

The first album I ever owned was a copy of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album on cassette tape. I was probably 7 years old. As the King of Pop, Michael Jackson will represent something or some memory for everyone. His death is really sad and will no doubt lead the papers…

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 @ 12:17PM

Hazel Blears was absolutely right.

“Labour Ministers have a collective responsibility for the government’s lamentable failure to get our message across.” “I’m not against new media. YouTube if you want to. But it’s no substitute for knocking on doors or setting up a stall in the town centre.” “When Gordon Brown leads Labour into the…

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