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Goodbye Blogger

I am not sure why Blogger has made the decision not to support Internet Explorer 8 any more. I don’t need to update my computer, thank you. And I don’t want to change my browser to Google Chrome, just to suit the blogging platform.

Maybe it is part of the campaign by Google to take over the internet?

I’m no great fan of Microsoft, but I’m no fan at all of any company who refuses to support interoperability on the Internet – which is the whole basic premise on which web pages and the WWW was built.

So, reluctantly, I am moving out.

Will gradually shift my posts to WordPress, where I already have a number of blogs.

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Ernest Hemingway; A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to ArmsI never got on with Hemingway. Slow. Boring. About war and themes that didn’t interest me.

But I re-read this book – A Farewell to Arms – and decided it was truly brilliant. Maybe I am older, maybe I have time to savour the nuances, maybe I have stopped speed reading. I don’t know why, but this time the book read like poetry.

I didn’t really like the main character – the narrator. But that doesn’t matter. In the end, you get caught up with the story, with the relentless progress of the war and with the unfolding of the doomed love affair. Continue reading Ernest Hemingway; A Farewell to Arms

The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightThis is a great book. Primarily designed to provide compelling reasons for creating and abiding by checklists, especially in the field of medicine, the author manages to turn a non-fiction book into a literary gem.

What I liked about the book? The way Atul Gwande held my hand and took me behind the scenes in areas I would never normally venture – construction sites, for example – to demonstrate how other industries deliver complex projects in a safe and efficient manner. The way he managed to create a page-turning book. The way he kept me reading to the end.

What I didn’t like about the book? Maybe it would benefit from a crib list of simple rules for creating checklists? This book was more about persuading you to accept the importance and /or value of the actual concept of a checklist. If you want to create your own, you may need more guidance than this book offers.