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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Book Review: The Sherlock Holmes Handbook for the Digital Age by Alan Pearce

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Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of all time. He is driven to right the wrongs of the world. It is only natural that he should turn his attention to the Internet.

Luckily, Holmes has all the right answers. This is a cyber-security and digital counter-surveillance handbook like no other.

Our two heroes embark on a perilous journey to the Dark Side learning along the way to avoid the traps laid by their adversaries – the State, the Corporate Giants and the Criminals and Insane.

From self-destructing messages to anonymous browsing, we visit alternative Internets and discover how to employ the Dark Arts for the power of good.

This is a Call to Arms. The time has come to reclaim the Internet from the commercial interests, the scammers and the surveillance state. And – as Sherlock Holmes clearly demonstrates – it is really simplicity itself.


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Book Review: The Tudors by Siobhan Clarke and Linda Collins

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Beginning on the bloody battlefield of Bosworth, when Henry Tudor seized the crown of England and ended the Wars of the Roses, The Tudors contains stories and characters that have fascinated readers for centuries. The Tudor age gave us Henry VIII, famous for his six marriages and for breaking from Rome; 'Bloody Mary' and her attempt to return England to the Catholic fold; and Elizabeth I, 'Gloriana,' who reigned in a new era of discovery and innovation.

Illustrated with contemporary artworks, photographs and documents The Tudors tells the public and private story of England's most famous royal family and the England they ruled.


Friday, 10 January 2020

5 New Year's Resolutions for 2020

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It may be a cliche, but New Year's resolutions are a great way to encourage many people to actively make a difference and commit to changing their lives in a positive way. While, admittedly, many do fail their resolutions early on in the year, others are persistent and manage to break bad habits, set new ones, and make lasting changes to their lives and routines.

Realistically achievable New Year's resolutions are a must - especially if you want to avoid setting yourself up to fail. Break big goals down into more manageable targets and don't be afraid to try something new or tackle those things you've always wanted to do or keep putting off. After all, 2020 marks the start of not just a new year but a new decade too - the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in your life!


Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Book Review: Tales of Old Northamptonshire by Marian Pipe

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This book presents an illustrated collection of stories from Northamptonshire's past, full of humour, romance and drama, retold by well-known local author Marian Pipe.

Monday, 6 January 2020

5 Books I Want to Read in 2020

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After (just!) managing to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2019, I've already started to look ahead to all the books I plan on reading in 2020. I found my reading mojo again last year and I'm hoping that with the right books and setting aside dedicated reading time throughout the week, I will be able to carry my successful reading streak through into the new decade!

So, from my towering tbr pile and the stacks of books waiting to be read, which five have made it onto my to-read list for 2020?