The Rankin Files: Standing in Another Man’s Grave

rankot

First of all let's clear up the title..... the line from the song which is actually the source of this title is 'standing in another man's rain', which is easy to do in Scotland, believe me. Just when you thought John Rebus was done and dusted, put out to pasture, or any other cliche you may have for retirement, Rebus is called out of retirement to deal with some cold cases. These are cold cases about what is called MisPers--- Missing Persons, in this case all of them young women. The thing … [Read more...]

London Calling: Part Two

bm14

King's Cross Station now has a space age roof on top of it, as you can see from the above picture, and for history buffs like myself it is good news that the British Museum is only one tube stop away from here, at Russell Square, and the new British Library, which houses most manuscripts, is only blocks from King's Cross station--- an easy walk.Here is the main entrance to the British Museum...I came to see the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibit, and the Coins of the Bible exhibit, but … [Read more...]

London Calling

sherlock6

Before it was time to trundle off to the U.S. again, I took a final trip into London to see the new exhibits at the British Museum (an exhibit on Biblical Coins, and one on Pompeii), but on the way, I felt a need to stop off at Baker Street, 221b Baker Street to be precise. Turns out, Sherlock has some new neighbors on Baker St.--- the Beatles, as you will now see.But the real buzz on Baker Street on this morning was indeed at 221B. Here's the bobby protecting the entrance … [Read more...]

The Rankin Files: Exit Music

rebuss

Cue the Doors classic--- 'The End'. John Rebus has reached retirement. 30 years on the force. He's long in the tooth, and slow on the draw..... albeit he never carried a weapon. He drinks too much, has become too cynical, and doesn't go to church anymore. He's overweight, underpaid, and out of time. But there is still life left in the old dog, even if you can't even get him to learn old tricks, never mind new ones.It is not an easy thing to finish strong and well a long running … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: More Ely

el13

Ely Cathedral has a very nice stained glass museum which you access by climbing the stairway to the clerestory on the left side of the cathedral. It is an interesting collection of ancient and modern stained glass, much of it taken from now defunct churches and preserved here. For reasons I do not understand, this was the one part of the cathedral they would not allow pictures in, though they only told me this after I took the first picture... below.The most ancient stained glass was … [Read more...]

The Rankin Files— The Naming of the Dead

green

Writing is sometimes like playing a sport. Even though you may always have the same skill level, you are not necessarily always on your game. You have days when you perform in inspired fashion, ideas come easily to you, but there are other days when this is definitely not the case. Whilst Fleshmarket Close was not Ian Rankin's finest, The Naming of the Dead, the 15th full novel in the series, must be near or at the top of the list of must reads by this prolific author. It has everything one … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: Part Five

ely12

Only fifteen minutes up the road by train from Cambridge is one of my favorite small towns--- Ely. The thing is, Ely has a big cathedral, thanks to Etheldreda founding a monastery here back in the 7th century A.D. which led to a Saxon, then Norman, then post Norman church. What we see today in Ely is a composite of various centuries of additions and subtracts, including major additions in the roof of the nave and the spectacular octagonal lantern which distinguishes this cathedral from … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: Part Four

imm6

There are in fact many educational institutions in Cambridge, including a huge number of foreign language schools. People come to Cambridge to learn English, particularly in the summer. Then there are the Evangelical institutions like the famous study centre--- Tyndale House on Selwyn Gardens. Here are a couple of pictures---Several of the scholars at Tyndale House do in fact do special teaching for Cambridge U. On top of that there are Anglican training schools in Cambridge … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: Part Three

cam6

It has been said that Cambridge is the place where British eccentricity goes to die or at least where the odd get even. I can well believe it. There are a lot of wild and wacky, interesting and strange things, and people in Cambridge. Take for example the clock above. Yes, that is a clock with a gigantic bug on it, moving the seasons along. Some eccentric man agreed to donate pots of money to a particular Cambridge institution provided they would install and display this Oriental clock of … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X