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TED Talks Sense

A very thought-provoking and insightful TED Talk.  Something to be practiced every day.  


Two Book Reviews: Tony Parker's 'The People of Providence' & H.G. Wells' 'The Time Machine'

I've never been a voracious reader.  I would love to be, but I find myself being distracted by too many other things to call myself a true bookworm.  I have an eclectic mix of interests, mostly artsy-based things like film and music, but my time is also taken up with anomalies such as boxing, stone masonry and vintage bicycles.  But books are important to me, and I resolved at the beginning of the year to read more literature.  If I took this resolution more seriously, I should be edging towards double figures by now.  But alas, I'm only at two.  

The first of 2015 was 'The People of Providence', a fascinating social study of residents on a South London housing estate.  It was written in the 1980s by oral historian Tony Parker.  I began reading it about seven or eight years ago, having read 'Lighthouse', the equally intriguing study of several lighthouse keepers, but gave up on this one about half way through.  I managed to get through it this time, but I was re…