Category Archives: biography

Galileo’s daughter

Cliques in the Vatican. Personal animosities. Prejudice passing as certain truth. I’m talking about the 1600s, not the present day, though. Clearly things change very slowly in the Vatican, and not at all in human relationships, with our love of … Continue reading

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More than you wanted to know about Shakespeare.

“When I was just 15 or so, I went into a golden land.” Well, it was a school field trip to Stratford to see Twelfth Night with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. But it was a magic world to me, … Continue reading

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Mighty Women

Our littlest granddaughter, to whom we have to say goodbye for  a while tomorrow, is interested in space and astronauts- local museums have her worried about “free-falling” astronauts tumbling on her head, and trying out a seat on a space … Continue reading

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Horace and Me. And me too.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman poet, lived and died in the first century BCE. This post is not about a new, best seller, Sci Fi or Cooking (the categories that get most traffic on this blog.) Visiting a friend, like me a former … Continue reading

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Absolute Power…

Empress Dowager Cixi (pronunciation here,) was a contemporary of Queen Victoria’s, on the other side of the world, the side I knew nothing about as I grew up in England. China has always seemed very foreign. Even gazing at jade … Continue reading

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Beyond the Beautiful Forevers.

I just rated this a five on Goodreads, but I almost couldn’t read it. Katherine Boo is an investigative reporter, and spent three years immersed in the life of a Mumbai slum. If it were not a choice of my … Continue reading

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Where Memories go.

Sally Magnusson’s mother Mamie died with dementia. I knew the name of Magnus Magnusson, but not his wife, though she was a well known reporter with a real gift for words and expression. As with Iris Murdoch, that seems at … Continue reading

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