Alan Rickman reciting Sonnet 130 

One of my favourite poems, read by an incredibly talented actor, who passed away this week at 69 years.  RIP Alan Rickman    

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Nina Bawden

I was bought a big thick three-in-one Nina Bawden collection by my Uncle Allan for Christmas when I was about seven. Carrie's War, the first in the set and Nina Bawden's most famous book, was about a young girl and her needy younger brother being evacuated into Wales during the Second World War. It was also about … Continue reading Nina Bawden

Maeve Binchy has passed away.

I've just this minute learned that this iconic Irish journalist and writer has passed away after a short illness at 72 years. PHOTO FROM THE GUARDIAN It feels almost like a personal loss.  Certainly it marks the demise of a National Treasure and (according to Wikipedia) Irelands most recognisable author. Whether you enjoyed her works … Continue reading Maeve Binchy has passed away.

Anne McCaffrey

I have just read that Anne McCaffrey - one of the greatest of the SF Grand Dame's - has passed away from a stroke, aged 85 years. An author for over 35 years, with almost a hundred titles under her belt; she wrote in a charismatic, imaginative and humorous fashion. Indeed, her first foray into … Continue reading Anne McCaffrey

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Stanford Report, June 14, 2005. This is the prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computers and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12 2005. Illustration created by 19 year old technician Jonathan Mak Long. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of … Continue reading Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.