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Wanted: BC’s transit heroes – tell your story

Our friends at BC Transit have just launched an interesting initiative around Transit Heroes – they are looking for engaging stories from people who ride public transport around British Columbia. You can write something, make a video submission or record an audio file. If you do submit a story, then you will have a chance […]

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Charles Dickens and public transport: the last word on the bicentenary

The Charles Dickens bicentenary has been taken very seriously by anyone who can string a sentence together. Robert McCrum in yesterday’s Observer brought my attention to Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel by Jonathan Grossman. Grossman explores the rise of the global, high-speed passenger transport network in the 19th century and the indelible […]

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Video review of Posters of the Canadian Pacific

This video review showcases some beautiful, beautiful posters. I found Posters of the Canadian Pacific by Marc H. Choko & David L. Jones to be hard to put down. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was hailed as one of the wonders of modern travel. The Canadian Pacific […]

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Video review of illustrated edition of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau & Scot Miller

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau is one of the great travel books. Published in 1865, Thoreau describes the natural environment and people of ‘the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts’ during three short visits to Cape Cod spread over six years. A first edition will cost over $1200 but a great alternative is the […]

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Judging the chair of the Booker judges

The Russians find it very funny that the head of the Man Booker judging committee is Britain’s former spy chief, according to this article in Prospect Magazine. I make a fatal mistake: I begin to explain that the chair of the judges is Dame Stella Rimington and that she is an ex-head of the security […]

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Cool scooters galore – a video review of Vespa: Style in Motion

My acting talents have gone from strength to strength since we started making videos. In this one, you’ll see an Oscar-nominated ‘walk across the parking lot’ from me and then lots of useful information about a great book called Vespa: Style in Motion (it’s basically a biography of the famous Vespa scooter). Watch out for […]

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San Francisco’s used & rare bookshops: three of the best

Last month I was in San Francisco and visited three booksellers who sell on AbeBooks. This is the video of what I saw in the Brick Row Book Shop, the Argonaut Book Shop and the Russian Hill Bookstore. All three are well established part of the Bay Area’s literary scene. The Brick Row Book Shop […]

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The story of Agatha Christie’s Grand Tour to be published

The Guardian reports that HarperCollins is planning to publish a book about Agatha Christie’s ‘gap’ year. The crime writing author took a year-long trip in 1922 and visited Hawaii, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The book, The Grand Tour, will collect the previously unpublished letters and photos along with postcards, newspaper cuttings […]

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Louise Penny & her powder blue VW

Car salesmen (and women) should be lining up outside the house of Canadian author Louise Penny, especially if her new book, A Trick of the Light, is a bestseller. She buys cars based on color alone, according to the Globe & Mail, but I’m sure she’s not the only one. I once asked Chuck Palahniuk […]

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A list of top travel books suggested by travel writers

Friday’s Guardian saw today’s travel writers picking their favorite travel books. Lots of wonderful travel books here – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby, Destinations by Jan Morris and The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. I’m currently working my way through The World 1950-2000 by Jan Morris – last […]

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