Archive for August, 2017

Revisiting Lincoln – a footnote

I returned to Lincoln ten days ago to refresh my memory about the 1217 Battle (see previous blog) and to renew acquaintance with that beautiful little city – which boasts the longest cathedral in England, at one time the world’s…


More of Amazon’s bad behaviour

On May 25th this year I posted a blog about Amazon’s random and inconsistent selection of book reviews: it posts some and not others, and the alleged basis on which it chooses is not matched by its practice. This isn’t…


Exactly eight hundred years ago, two old people saved England

In 1215, King John of England was obliged to sign Magna Carta, now regarded as the prototype of one of our most treasured principles: freedom for all citizens under the rule of law. It’s even been considered the harbinger of…