Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Off The Map

07Apr17

I like to think there is a certain amount of rhyme in my reason, although it appears that despite that belief I’m often still sat here staring into space. Others make far more sense of it than me. Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, in a TED talk entitled Cloudy with a Chance of Joy, justifies […]


In Other News

20Jan17

Today has seen a disappointing lack of coverage regarding Penguin Awareness Day. Hopefully the various news networks will realise the error of their ways and make amends on World Penguin Day later in the year.


All At Sea

14Jan17

On Friday August 8, 2003 an interview with Graham Fellows appeared in The Guardian. I don’t actually recall the date in question, however the joy of the internet means that a copy of it sits quietly in a corner of his website to reward those digging deep enough to find it. In an attempt to explain what influences his […]


As you’ll probably be aware if you’ve visited these environs before now, I’m a collector of Ladybird Books. In a previous post (from December 2013) about the first Ladybird Book I owned, I noted that since being presented with it (from the play-school I was leaving at the time, circa 1975) I’d “added to the collection” and at the last […]


“Opinionated weather forecasters telling me it’s going to be a miserable day, miserable to who? I quite like a bit of drizzle, so stick to the facts.” Like Nigel Blackwell, who wrote the lines above, I’ve always been a little bemused that meteorologists deviate from the scientific so quickly and easily – because I too enjoy […]


Some people never seem to put a foot wrong. In this instance it’s the very fine people working at Asbury & Asbury. As once again they’re responsible for another beautifully put together object – this time a simple but tremendously handsome A6 notebook. Taking a mild obsession about international standard paper sizes and British A roads (two things […]


So it seems that every trip we make to the North results in a number of fine additions to the library here at Weir HQ. Largely because of a handful of tremendous bookshops including the much mentioned (well here anyway) Barter Books, and the equally fine, although marginally less handsomely located, Keel Row Bookshop – […]