Book Review – “Chocky” John Wyndham (1968)

posted by on 2014.12.11, under Books, Science


Yeah, really enjoyed this. Good short story about a potentially possessed wee boy.

Book Review – “Event” Slavoj Zizek (2014)

posted by on 2014.11.27, under Books


Pffff. Hard work. Some nice bits, a lot of repetition, but I lost my way a number of times and my brain hurts.

Book Review – “Travels in the Land of Kubilai Khan” – Marco Polo (13th Century/2005)

posted by on 2014.11.19, under Books, History, Travel


Pretty good. Seems like Kubilai was pretty well organised. But Marco too often seems to be stressing how true everything is, his numbers seem a bit high, and it feels like the Khan might have been looking over his shoulder when he was writing. “Even lions bow down to the Khan!”

Book Review – “The Time Machine” – H.G. Wells (1895)

posted by on 2014.11.19, under Books, Science

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Yeah, go on. Bit daft. The wee Eloi sound like moomins and I like the image of him mating a moomin. Doesn’t take long to read.

Book Review – “Down & Out in Paris and London” – George Orwell (1933)

posted by on 2014.11.19, under Books, Travel


Yes, of course. George is pretty good. Some great descriptions of being a kitchen porter. Also (in my edition) a great bit about swear words and their loss of meaning, where all the words have been blanked out.

Book Review – “Herzog on Herzog” Werner Herzog & Paul Cronin (2002)

posted by on 2014.11.19, under Art, Books, Film, Germany


Yes, oh god yes. This is brilliant, he is brilliant. And, there is a new version out, called “A Guide for the Perplexed” for some reason, which includes interviews about work since 2002, which I will read soon. It’s great.

Book Review – “Quiet” – Susan Cain (2012)

posted by on 2014.11.19, under Books



Yes. It’s not often that I actually think a book genuinely makes me feel better. This one did. For years I have thought when I didn’t want to go to openings, meet people, sometimes turning around on the way to meeting people, not wanting to speak to many people at once, preferring to speak to an individual for a long time, etc etc – I have thought that this was because I was shy, or lacked confidence. Now I realise, I am an introvert! Excellent, problem solved. Read it if you are an introvert and want to feel better about it, read it if you want to understand introverts, read it if you think people are just making excuses for things. Don’t read it if you already don’t like introversion. Actually, no read it as well. But, it gets a bit boring towards the end.

Pieter Saenderam

posted by on 2014.10.10, under Architecture, Art, Painting, Religion









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New Video – “The Vatican” (2014)

posted by on 2014.09.24, under Art, Film, History, Italy, Religion, Sculpture, Travel, Video

The Vatican from Craig Coulthard on Vimeo.

Book Review Bonanza

posted by on 2014.09.24, under Books

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“Economics: The User’s Guide” – Ha-Joon Chang (2014) – Yes, sometimes confusing, but not enough to deter from learning more.

“Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991″ – Orlando Figes (2014) – Yes.

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“The Domesticated Brain” – Bruce Hood (2014) – Yes

“Greek and Roman Political Ideas” – Melissa Lane (2014) – Yes – Ostraki should make a comeback.


“Human Evolution” – Robin Dunbar (2014) – Yes.

“The Craftsman” – Richard Sennett (2008) – Yes, the importance of tactile work and the rise of the ‘artist’.

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“And the Land Lay Still” – James Robertson (2010) – Yes, satisfying narrative winding through Scottish history and joining dots.

“The Professor of Truth” – James Robertson (2013) – Yes, not quite about Lockerbie, but kind of.

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“Solution 9 – The Great Pyramid” – Ingo Niermann & Jens Thiel (2008) – Yes, an interesting and very German proposal to tidy up death. Book your place now.

“Solution 11-167: The Book of Scotlands” – Momus (2009) – Yes, great alternative Scotlands, some of which should be taken up immediately (eg “The Scotland in which four hundred years of profound influence from Calvin is replaced by four hundred years of profound influence from Calvino”)

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“The World Without Us” – Alan Weisman (2007) – Absolutely yes, great idea, scary consequences. All those wee bits of plastic, all that nuclear waste.

“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1962) – Yes, short.