Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Books do furnish a mind

There’s a char­ac­ter in Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time series whose nickname is Books Do Furnish a Room (shortened to Books Do or Books), a result of him using the phrase so fre­quently that his real name (Bagshaw) is con­signed to near oblivion. One of the more sens­it­ive and inter­est­ing aspects of […]


I wish I’d taken a series of phở­to­graphs of parts of Skye, to measure how much the trees have grown over the years. Every so often it’s a bit of a surprise: you notice a piece of forestry and it occurs to you how much taller and thicker the trees are, but it’s been creeping […]