The Godfather

by Simon Email

Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0099429284/qid=1088632147/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_3_1/202-2044914-8531049

By Mario Puzo

I read this for some light relief.

To start with I was worried the characters would be two-dimensional, like a Frederick Forsyth novel.

As time went on, they became slightly more complex - even though the emphasis was on plot.

The book was full of bits of insight into machievellian-style maneouvers - but I think Machievelli might be a better place to find this described.

I was surprised how close the film was to the book - usually a film drops a lot of what a book contains.

The plot and characters were the same, it was just some of the detail that was dropped.

Churchill: A Study in Greatness

by Simon Email

Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195161394/qid=1088631847/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_8_1/202-2044914-8531049

By Geoffrey Best

I wanted to read a book on Churchill after hearing a play on Radio 4 during the run-up to D-Day.

It was about the time when Britain "wobbled" and Churchill was being pressed to start peace talks with Hitler.

The book was pretty good. There's a lot of material to cover and the book wasn't as long as most biographies of him.

A few things particularly struck me:

  • Churchill seems to have been involved in every major thing that happened between 1900 and 1950. He must have had an incredible insight into how the world worked then
  • He had a very "practical" turn of mind - and seemed to be able to cut through bureaucratic red tape. He seemed unusually keen on doing a good job - which is very hard to hold onto when you work in a big institution like a government
  • I liked the bit about the heated outdoor swimming pool at Chartwell, which was described as a "millionaire's" indulgence

Blogging

by admin Email

Blogging has been on my radar for a while - when I noticed someone mentioning me in theirs!

I've finally taken the plunge after a surfing journey:

  • read about new apple airport express
  • saw an RSS link
  • searched google for RSS and downloaded Sharpreader
  • saw an article come up about feedster.com and my interest in blogs was revived!

I see this stuff as making the internet information rich again - after all the search engine optimizers and spammers have ruined search engines and newsgroups.

I suppose it's only a matter of time before they spoil RSS as well.

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