The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

Most of us know at least the gist of the story of the Trojan war. But how much do we really know about the men and heroes who took part in it? Madeline Miller, jus tas in Circe, gives here the voice to a side character, but one who is at the heart of the …

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Why the Dutch are Different – Ben Coates – Quotes

it was easy to agree with the German poet Heinrich Heine, who allegedly said that if a war ever broke out he would head straight for the Netherlands, because 'everything happens fifty years later there'. Initially, I had been under the vague impression that it was one of those eco-friendly countries where environmental protection was …

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Why the Dutch are Different? – Ben Coates

I rarely, or never write here about politics. But this time I need to briefly mention Brexit to explain how I came about this book. In October with my Bigger Half we were going for a vacation in Crete. At that time the Brexit deadline was, very appropriately, Halloween. Understandably we had multiple discussions where …

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The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner – Quotes

Some people acquire the travel bug. Others are born with it. My affliction, if that’s what it is, went into remission for many years following my aborted expedition with Drew. It resurfaced after college with renewed fury. I desperately wanted to see the world, preferably on someone else’s dime. But how? I had no marketable …

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