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Fifth Sun - review

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Posted on: 17 December 2021

If Flamingo Snake was going to get out of the palace alive he would have to drum with all the exuberance, the raw power that he possessed. It shouldn't even have been him leading the show: the chief...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (2020)

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Ravenna - review

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Posted on: 10 December 2021

This is the celebrated Byzantine Emperor Justinian who is credited with reconquering the Western Roman Empire through his general Belisarius. The image itself is not from the capital Constantinople...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (2020)

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A Curious History of Sex - review

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Posted on: 3 December 2021

Explicit prose warning! (although only when necessary.) Sex, as we all know, has been around for about two billion years or so. But we humans continue to struggle with what sex is supposed to be all...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (2020)

Posted on: 19 November 2021

...he’s a functioning microcosm of us all. I mean, we’re all trying to find out who the hell we are, aren’t we? Jason Bourne, in Robert Ludlum’s β€œBourne Identity” Grievously wounded: close to...

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Scenes from Prehistoric Life - review

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Posted on: 12 November 2021

4070 years ago on the east coast of Britain a small community of about 200 people built a circular wooden palisade about 7 metres across. Right in the centre of this circle of upright timbers was an...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (2021)

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The Enlightenment - review

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Posted on: 5 November 2021

Citizens of the world The author, Ritchie Robertson, is a professor of German language and literature at the University of Oxford. His treatment of the Enlightenment is broad, both in terms of subject...

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The Fall of Robespierre - review

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Posted on: 29 October 2021

GREAT CONSPIRACY. Today would have been one of the greatest events that France has ever known if conspiracy had had its way. Celestin Guittard de Floriban What had so shocked Parisian diarist...

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From Rebel to Ruler - review

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Posted on: 22 October 2021

My in-laws like to tell a story about when the communists came to town. Their home was in a small village just outside the county town, about 5 hours west of Beijing. In the 1930s and 1940s the town...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (2021)

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister - review

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Posted on: 15 October 2021

This is a book about the three most famous sisters in Chinese history: the Soong sisters. They were international celebrities: highly educated, politically pivotal and ridiculously rich. They embodied...

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (2019)

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