Archive for February, 2013

Long Way Round – Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

Posted in Books on February 24, 2013 by thecognitivekey

Another gift. Not a book I would have chosen to read. I know nothing of the authors, it’s a book about their journey and they are riding motorbikes. Can’t think of anything less enthralling. However it was a gift so I shall give it a fair trial – it may well turn out to be a gem.

No gem. I still can’t think of anything I’d want to do less. They obviously like motorbikes, but it rather read like a couple of rich boys enjoying a quick ride across Europe. I was endeared neither by them nor their challenges. I did read it to the end, but I shan’t read it again and won’t be giving it shelf-room – one for the charity bag.

Redcoat – Richard Holmes

Posted in Books on February 19, 2013 by thecognitivekey

Subtitled ‘The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket’. An interesting read. It would seem that the basis of the modern army was laid down a long time ago. Lots of detail about how things were organised, the equipment used and life in the army. My one complaint is that the author claimed early on that he was going to concentrate on the ordinary soldier rather than the officer. He does give an airing to a handful of soldiers but on the whole he has fallen back on officers’ views of their soldiers or just concentrated on officers alone. I can understand it as officers are more likely to have written their experiences down, but he did say he wanted the soldiers’ perspective. Aside from that niggle, it has been a good read. I knew things were tough, but never that tough, nor did I realise that drink played such a part, not so much an army as a mob looking for the means of its next drink. Interesting…

Heavy Weather – PG Wodehouse

Posted in Books on February 17, 2013 by thecognitivekey

Another Blandings tale…all the regulars, Lord Emsworth, Gally Threepwood, the Empress, and a whole range of other characters, sisters, charlatans and rogues. I can re-read Wodehouse repeatedly, the language never stales…