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Yesterday, our friend Strowger tweeted a link to this article by “essayist and programmer” Paul Graham about “stuff”. I would urge you to read it if you’ve got five minutes. If you haven’t got five minutes, the message is “stuff, clutter, is bad, m’kay?” but it says it somewhat better than that. It’s a topic [...]

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I went on a bit of a book buying spree one evening last week – a combination of Amazon new & used, and Abebooks. Unusually for me, all of the books were fiction – I think I’m subconsciously preparing for a winter of reading in front of the stove. Six packages arrived one morning – [...]

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(Apologies if this is stating the bleedin’ obvious but it was a revelation to us! ;) ) Our rather nomadic friend Dan popped by our house on Saturday to meet the dog and the chickens and say a passing hello to us before he moves on again. Between various post-grad studies, jobs and that crazy [...]

Continue reading about Realising why we have so many books – and what we can do about it

If spring is for cleaning, summer seems to be the time for decluttering: a number of unconnected bloggers I read have been having clearouts of late. I guess it makes some sort of sense: in the winter, you want things around you to make a cosy nest but in the summer, you want to pare [...]

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