Dark and Sacred Story (by Michael Connelly)

I am an avid reader of Michael Connelly, and look forward to every new novel. It seems that Bosch is gradually taking a lower profile as he passes into retirement. Renee Ballard is the new focus, and although there is room for new plots for cold cases featuring Bosch and Ballard - perhaps Bosch is tiring and beginning to make mistakes? This cold case investigates the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was…

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Small Great Things (by Jodi Picoult)

The cover says that Small Great Things is about prejudice and power. It is a powerful novel about a White Supremacist who loses a baby at birth. Sad enough but the nurse could be at fault! The novel revolves around the ethnicity of the nurse who is black. It soon becomes evident that the nurse will be taken to court. The nurse is represented by a white lawyer who claims she no racial prejudices. The story allows prejudices on both…

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Australia Tour – Australian Tourist Attractions
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Australia Tour – Australian Tourist Attractions

Australia Tourism A trip to Australia from the UK is a challenge for European tourists let alone Silver Surfers - it is a long way even with a stopover. Although direct flights are now available to Perth from the UK. Singapore Airlines makes the long haul comfortable and others recommend Emirates too! Bear in mind that visas are required for visitors. Australia Tourism faces a challenge to encourage visitors to contemplate such a long trip. But hey ... it is…

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Silver Surfers – life has just started!

Silver Surfer Cartoon Are you an elderly person who is a regular or enthusiastic user of the Internet? What a boring definition (or meaning) of silver surfers! We are not defined so easily. Adventure before Dementia is here to enjoy life to the full. Silver Surfer Jokes There are too many jokes, anecdotes, moans about OAPs but here are some of the better ones to enjoy: The classic: SKI – spend kids inheritance! Count your life by smiles, not tears.…

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Investing for Your Retirement

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Here's the Deal .... I think you will agree that having reached retirement there are worries about your financial future? If your pension does not afford a comfortable retirement, then investing to provide an income becomes a significant consideration. Of course, investments in the stock market can be a risky option. This long bull run must end soon, and investing now may be a risky option. You can invest in stocks/shares for capital growth, or…

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Smartphone – pal or foe?

I admit I use my smartphone too much. It is a great tool and there are many benefits to ownership but are we too reliant on this device? For silver surfers, it is a social tool with friends and relatives, helps with shopping, keeps you updated with news, emails, tweets, etc. , navigation aid, banking, currency exchanges - the list is endless. However, are we too complacent? There is an interesting article on TheNextWeb. Extracts: We’ve all had the “smartphone…

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The Devil’s Dice (by Roz Watkins)

As a Times recommendation, I had high hopes for this debut novel. Alas, it is a run of the mill crime thriller. The plot outline according to Goodreads: Detective Inspector Meg Dalton has recently returned to her Peak District roots, when a man's body is found near The Devil's Dice - a vast network of caves and well-known local suicide spot. The man's initials and a figure of the Grim Reaper are carved into the cave wall behind his corpse,…

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Once Upon a River (by Diane Setterfield)

Introduction: A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs. Is it a miracle? Lovely atmospheric story dripping in melancholy. Everyone is a storyteller and the plot meanders just like the Thames. Characters weave into the book with their own back story. Beautifully written…

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The Last of the Stanfields (by Marc Levy)

This is a fabulous read! Marc Levy is the most read contemporary French author in the world and I can see why. Story outline: "When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man,…

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Anatomy of a Scandal (by Sarah Vaughan

This book came with many recommendations and headlines: "Full of Twists and Turns""Sensational""Engrossing pysch-thriller-cum-courtroom-drama" It was also recommended by the Richard and Judy book club. So with all this hype, I was looking to a good read! But how disappointing. The story-line is fine: Hi-jinks by the PM and best friend, James at University lead to a rape of a student by the young James. Later we learn that James is now an upcoming politician with a promising future. After…

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You never Stop Learning – free uni Courses

Do you ever stop learning? Life is a learning flavoured experience! In retirement, we are constantly advised to use your brain, and stop the cells from dying. "Learn a foreign language" "Learn to play an instrument" and your health will benefit. You can learn new skills on Youtube (such as many DIY skills), and the Open University in the UK offers a range of free courses. Go here for the current list of free courses. Don't forget TED for inspirational…

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Forget my Name (by J.S. Monroe)

The premise of this book is intriguing, and the first few chapters draw you in but then .... the plot becomes rather disappointingly improbable. Shame as the idea of a visitor turning up your house with knowledge of your house, but is suffering from amnesia and does not know who she is, sounds like an encouraging plot. The visitor is invited in and the drama starts to unravel. Initially, the wife is friendly, and welcoming. By the following morning, the…

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