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Steeped in Blood by David Klatzow & Sylvia Walker

Or to give it its full title: “Steeped in Blood: The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist“.  It says on the cover “As told to Sylvia Walker”, so she did the actual writing. The forensic scientist in this case is Dr David Klatzow, South African’s very own Gil Grissom (he of “The evidence never […]

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Local is lekker!

Lekker (Afrikaans). Good, enjoyable. [At least in the context I’m using it. “Lekker” can mean a whole lot of things, most colourfully detailed in the Urban Dictionary! See here for all their definitions.] For years I’ve been a fan of crime fiction. I’ve read crime fiction from all over the world. Well, at least the […]

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What happens if you obsess about something just before Christmas?

Well, if you’re me and you’ve been obsessing about spiders, spider webs, spider identification and spider photography (and not just on your blog!), you get these as Christmas gifts: Wonderful! How did you guess this is something that I wanted, and more importantly needed?! 😉 So in case you can’t see in the photos, I […]

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

It is rare that I dislike a book that is essentially well-written, and especially one that is praised and adored by many. But I’ve found one: Freedom, the new novel by award-winning author Jonathan Franzen. I might not have extremely literary tastes when it comes to the books I read, but I do read “good” […]

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Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

In 1989 Douglas Adams (of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) was asked by the BBC to accompany zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine, on a series of conservation expeditions. Their task being to investigate some rare and endangered species. The result of this was a BBC radio series, and also one of my favourite […]

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Training a SUPERdog

From the first week we had her, I started putting a harness on Rosie (our Staffie puppy) and walking with her in our garden. Later we graduated to the  streets of our neighbourhood, where I would describe it less as me walking the dog, than me being dragged around the neighbourhood by the dog! We […]

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The Movie versus The Book

I so often hear people say they loved a book, but were horribly disappointed by the film adaptation. Or vice versa. That’s if they bothered to read the book after seeing the film. I feel differently about it. I have always loved movies, and very often saw the film adaptation before I read the book. […]

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Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter

If you’re a geek who likes cooking then I’ve got just the book for you! As you may have gathered if you’ve read my earlier posts, I like experimenting with cooking/baking, more than I do making something that I’ve already perfected. Imagine my delight at coming across Jeff Potter in the September 3, 2010 Science […]

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Boy A by Jonathan Trigell

I recently read Boy A by Jonathan Trigell. It is about a “young offender” in a similar case to the Jamie Bulger murder of 1993, in which two young boys tortured and killed a toddler. In Boy A the story starts with the title character being released from prison as a young adult. Although published […]

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Seven Wonders comment

For those of you who didn’t see the comments on my Seven Wonders and 100 books column, GeoRoMancer gave the following illuminating explanation: There are plenty of numbers in the world of logic, but often little logic in choosing a particular number over others. Why seven wonders? Maybe because it’s also a prime number? Ten […]

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