I never realized how important reading was to me.  I always have three or four books on the go at once.  They are a useful source of entertainment and inspiration.  Here is what I am reading at the moment.

bordersThere is too much choice at the fantastic Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth Chantry. Whenever I go in I am overwhelmed by the number and range of poetry books available. I usually pick a title or cover I like, have a quick flick through and then bring them home. Is there a better way? My latest is ‘Raiding the Borders’ by Marion Lomax.



Even after twenty plus years in a senior position in IT it is never too late…





Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega is one of the most important  plays in the Spanish language. Set in 1476, the inhabitants of a Andalusian village, fed up with the abuses of their master, unanimously rise up against him. I have manged to read the introduction but have enough problems with twenty first century Spanish, let alone fifteenth century. Press on!




Is it really worth it to die, to be dead, just to prove to everybody that you’re not a coward? This is the question posed by James Jones’ The Thin Red Line, one of greatest masterpieces of war, or ant-war writing. I thanks my lucky stars that I have never had to ask this question of myself yet everyday we seem to get closer to the brink of another global conflict.



I must have read some Biggles when I was a young lad though I don’t recall it. They are the kind of  books that a lad who went to the kind of school I went to would have been expected to read. Very dashing and daring. These are not the kind of books that I would normally read but to improve my Dutch I thought it would try something for a younger audience in the hope that the language is a little easier to pick up. I bought this from the fabulous Barter Books in Alnwick. If you have never been there then you are missing out. As for the book, my plan is not working that well so far. Early days.