Home Libraries: Roald Dahl

April 4, 2013

When Roald Dahl moved to Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire in 1965, he built a small writing hut (you can take a 3-D tour here) for himself. Dahl’s family has kept the hut much like it was when the author died, but even during his life it was a pretty dark, bare bones, ramshackle sort of [...]

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Home Libraries: William Randolph Hearst

March 25, 2013

To call this week’s Home library does seem a little of an understatement. Maybe we should just call it “The Home Library” but this was a library in the home of William Randolph Hearst. Hearst was a very rich man. Very rich people seem to own lots of stuff. Hearst was such a prolific collector [...]

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Home Libraries: William F Buckley

March 19, 2013

They say a messy desk is the sign of a creative tenant. William F. Buckley was certainly prolific! It has been said that if you were looking for William F. Buckley during his life, the first place to check was his study, which he converted from a garage. It was here, surrounded by mementos, books, [...]

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Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter

March 19, 2013

TedTalks are shared here under a creative commons license

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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

March 13, 2013

On the prompting of a friend i’ve started watching more TED talks – and some of them have been so inspiring I can’t help but share my favourite finds. This is the story of teacher, massai, extraordinary woman, Kakenya Ntaiya. TEDTalks made available here under a Creative Commons (CC) license,

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Home Libraries: Rudyard Kipling

March 12, 2013

Today, i’m glad to be able to share images of the home library of one of the nineteenth centuries finest writers. Rudyard Kipling. When Rudyard Kipling came upon the secluded, 17th century Bateman’s House in Sussex, he was immediately smitten. He wrote: “We had seen an advertisement of her, and we reached her down an [...]

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On asking the wrong questions

March 11, 2013

“Thinking itself is a spiritual activity” – Abraham Kuyper If you’re around little children, especially those around 3 or 4, then you’d be pretty used to the questions: why? what’s that? So what happens to us? At what point do we become rubbish at asking questions. Does being told ‘because’ finally strangle the curiosity? When [...]

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Overland to Oz: Chisinau, Moldova to Moscow

March 9, 2013

Thanks for the suggestions and feedback on my last planning post. I always welcome your advice and suggestions. One of the cool things about Goannatree’s international readership is connecting with people in so many countries. In the last week, this blog has been read in: Cambodia, Mexico, Yemen, Chile, Serbia, Spain, Norway, Islamic Republic of [...]

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I am (still) not a feminist

March 8, 2013

In honour of International Women’s Day, 2013. I am (still) not a feminist,  but I am a Christian who believes that our world needs a serious shake up. I am still not a feminist, but I’ll defend your right to be one and to call yourself one. We still need to raise awareness through discussions [...]

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In the midst of life

March 8, 2013

Life doesn’t stop while you’re writing, and sometimes you have to work in less than ideal circumstances or fit the dissertation in the nooks and crannies. I often marvel at the lives of my dissertating friends with babies. I have enough trouble trying to make it all work on my own. The dissertation places strain [...]

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