Tag Archives: terry pratchett

I am in a Bookshop

I am in a bookshop. The biggest bookshop i have ever been in. Two city blocks, rambling over four floors. The bookshop has it’s own car park. The bookshop has a coffee shop. The bookshop has a rare bookshop inside … Continue reading

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The Colour of Magic

A great artist doesn’t paint a face: they frame a space that we see the face within. A few deft lines delineate empty paper from empty paper and yet, somehow, the face exists. Terry Pratchett would write like that: creating … Continue reading

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The Point of Books. Not just Facebook.

A somewhat unfair media reaction today to Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion that books can be great, “allowing you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way“. I’m all for books all for people who espouse their virtues: … Continue reading

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How do stories work?

I’m just back from a weekend in the Netherlands, which included a visit to Efterling, one of the world’s oldest theme parks and home to the Enchanted Forest. As the name suggests, it’s a woodland setting for a range of … Continue reading

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Making Connections: creating meaning

I’m sat in the transit lounge of Singapore airport, on my way to Manila, so making a connection in a very literal sense. I wrote a book in Singapore in 2012, called ‘Learning, Knowledge and Meaning‘. It was about how … Continue reading

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Where do good ideas come from? Reflecting on where we spend our most constructive time.

I’ve got a book in my hand called ‘where good ideas come from‘ (S Johnson, 2010, Penguin). The subtitle is ‘a natural history of innovation‘. It looks great. One day i’ll actually read it. That would probably be a good … Continue reading

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Have you read that book? eBooks, iBooks, favourite books and second hand bookshops.

I am reasonably sure that i’ve only read about half the books on my bookshelf. ‘Awakenings’ by Oliver Sacks is a favourite, i’ve read that three times. ‘The Hobbit’ i won in an art prize at the age of about … Continue reading

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