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Bangkok’s New Underground Train

Plenty of head-space for travellers from foreign countries and rows of seats running lengthways so that if you do snag a seat you will be facing the person across from you. I approve of this choice as the odds are good that a Thai tart in a short skirt will be sitting on the opposite side. Read More »

The Secret Life of Lobsters

The Secret Life of Lobsters is not one of those Victorian Gentlemen’s Entertainments, though it has a lot of bullying, fight clubs, sex, violence, home invasions, pissing contests, extreme nudity, pilgrimages, super-heroes, robots and alien autopsies. And that’s just the lobsters. The Secret Life of Lobsters is much more than about lobsters, the book, written by Trevor Corson, is as ... Read More »

Monster of God – David Quammen

Walking downtown one day, a number of years ago, I was startled by a massive tawny head that peered around a concrete pillar and regarded me with a baleful, quizzical yellow glare. You don’t generally expect to run into a full-grown African lion in the heart of a teeming metropolis. I stopped dead, an act that attracted its immediate attention, ... Read More »

United Kingdom immigration control exposed!

“Refusal shoes” – the big joke among British immigration officers toward those dressed in business suits, striving to look important, but sporting garish footwear: “spats, patent-leather brogues, sneakers with flashing lights … [and] anything with tassels and you’re asking for trouble,” in the words of former immigration officer and author of the darkly comic Refusal Shoes, Tony Saint. Whenever one ... Read More »

Killing the Buddha by Peter Manseau & Jeff Sharlet

I often find it is interesting and instructive to study an issue by looking at the grey areas; the borderline between out right rejection and actual belief. I especially find this to be the case when discussing belief in God. Doubt is often the stimulus for faith. I enjoy reading books, fiction and non, that deal with faith, divinity, or ... Read More »

More Than Just a Pretty Book

Earth from Above, a photo book with fantastic shots of manmade and natural phenomena by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a tour-de-force of images of how we live and how our lives impact the world around us. With informed commentary that explains the photos in environmental and social terms, this tome is more than just a pretty book. The challenges facing our ... Read More »

Monster of God

This book falls into the general category of "Smart People Books," a subset of non-fiction in which a Smart Person sets out to explore all the various aspects of some particular phenomenon; large predators, in this case. Read More »