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CollectionsYour library (5,459), Maps (35), Signed copies (83), Read but not in collection (100), Magazines and journals (344), Office (7), Sound recordings (483), Video recordings (221), All collections (7,043)

Reviews625 reviews

Tagsscience fiction (1,991), sf (1,972), railways (1,379), aviation (745), history (712), music (675), Germany (636), photography (605), World War II (555), classical music (486) — see all tags

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About meA fully paid-up member of the beard & glasses brigade, I started with science fiction (NOT 'sci-fi', please!) and have ranged far and wide thereafter. As something of a collector of anorakisms, I am liable to be found on a train or a military airbase (with permission, of course) anywhere from the North Cape to the Bosphorous - but always with style. Once a career bureaucrat and default member of the 'awkward squad', I've given that up to try to make my way as a professional photographer, something which many think merely confirms my precarious state of mind.

About my libraryIt's big. It's multi-lingual. It's eclectic.

GroupsBBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bug Collectors, Librarything Railroad (The LTR), Literary Snobs, Outdoor Readers, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsIain Banks, Bob Shaw (Shared favorites)


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LocationNorth Warwickshire, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceNov 8, 2007

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Very much liked your terms "mechanicals" and "biologicals" in the Consider Phlebas review. Your coinage or Banks'?
Hi, Robert,

I am glad you liked the review. I apologise for not getting it posted sooner. It is on Amazon as well so hopefully it might stir up a bit of interest for the Christmas market. :-)

Good luck with the new publisher.

Hi, Robert,

That sounds like a great series of books. I will be keeping my eyes out for them.

I had noticed the scarcity of locomotives, but I was quite happy with that. The buildings and the little details are the things I find fascinating. I also love the perspective of railway stations; just looking along the tracks and the platforms.

In general the older architecture of railways is very comforting. Today's railway architecture, in fact all of today's architecture, tends to leave me with a cold feeling. It is hard to see a tangle of glass, steel and concrete as having any sort of soul.

Good luck with all the books, and with the European book.

Hi, Robert,

I have just received my copy of "The Lost Railway ~ The Midlans". It is obvious I will lose many hours browsing this excellent book.

Already I have found a work related reference. On page 97 you have a picture of the parcel platform at Shrewsbury and you give the origin of the term "BRUTE". This was interesting to me as I work for An Post, the Irish post office, and we still use BRUTEs in the mail operation. I do not think anyone knows the origin of the name for these monstrosities so I will take great pleasure in demonstrating how knowledgeable I am on the matter. :-) Thank you for that titbit of information.

I was also fascinated by the photograph on the same page of the combined telephone box and post box.

Good luck with the book. It looks and feels great.
Hello Robert (or should I say Renaissance Man!)

My own tastes and books I have written reflect my eclectic interests.
Volume 2 of the Practical Russian Reader will feature articles from a wide variety of sources such as you mentioned.

While learning Russian I found that using different materials helped to keep my interest alive and so this is what I recommend. Variety and consistency seems to work best.

Hello Robert,

I notice you have a copy of A Phrase and Sentence Dictionary of Spoken Russian, which I also have.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?

There is a Birmingham Branch of the Swiss Railway Society?!!!
Sorry I missed Christopher Priest and Stephen Hunt. Hope to make it to Graham Joyce. Be seeing you!
Hi Robert, Have you gone mad on Christopher Priest LOL? Did you get to see him at the SF group?
I think you missed the point about The Iron Dream. Its purpose is not to be an alternate history. Its purpose is to be a satire of fantasy/sci-fi, esp. older works, using a Hitler-like figure as the protagonist to make a point about heroism and how these stories portray the world.

Hi Robert

Some great reviews here - will check back often

Hi Robert, nice to see you!
Thank you. You got the job done in much less space. It's not my usual sort of book. Decided I wanted to read it based on what I saw at Crooked Timber and Brad Delong.
Hi Robert, No not books 'dipped into'. I do find it useful having a list of books for the year though - which usually ends up with additions (and am pondering the 2012 list already). I'm not a fast reader (hence 25 book challenge) and I'm not aiming to read a vast amount of books (though more would be nice).

Happy New year, and Happy Reading 2011. Catch up with you soon!

Dear Robert,
Thank you for your comments,which are appreciated as I am only 1 month into this site.I have been wanting to organise my books for ages and my son's partner had this recommended to her and passed it on. We are looking at house downsizing now the kids have left,which will mean book reduction as well,and it will be easier to decide with it all logged.Being also a PC greenhorn there is much I need to still learn on this site,for example I keep failing to produce a wishlist which is so usefulwhen using Abe I look for things I would Like.I also have problems having enough tags to segment the booka adequately yet not be awash with nearly as many tags as books.Because I am still inputting My Profile is very Industry skewed but in time it may present mee as a more rounded individual.
Again many thanks fo
r taking the time to write-John
Now you mention it I do vaguely recall that radio adaptation of A Touch of Daniel; radio is possibly the only medium it could have worked on. If it did ... I don't remember. The book is seriously weird, really.

(Not actually seen a Krokodil in the metal yet! ... next visit to Switzerland).
How do you get LT to link with the facebook application? I've added the application but it just comes up with a page saying 'more soon'! Your LT reviews are appearing ok on fb.
Oh dear, one star for Brian Hanrahan! That bad eh?
I just spotted that you have David Langford's "War in 2080". I won't read your review for the moment as I picked it up about six weeks ago and haven't read it yet. I informed David that I had picked up a copy and that I was looking forward to reading it. His response was that I shouldn't read it as that would spoil the pleasure of anticipation.
No need to apologise. I had a great laugh when I saw how you had interpreted my posting. I suspect from our shared taste in books that we may have some common views on humour too.
buklgaria is only on Su-25 Frogfoot in action by Stapfer, but the easiest way to change tags is with the edit function in your Tags page.
I'm not checking up on you, I noticed bulkgaria and just thought you would probably rather not have it.
you use tags bulgaria and buklgaria. Am I right that the latter is a typo for the former?
Regards, Jim Roberts
Oh I apologize! I didn't even look to see how long you've been on LT. I just figured you were a newbie.

Hey! You use collections like I do! I think we're the only ones. :)
Hmmm. I'm not sure what to say. Was is consistent by image, or inconsistent by anything?
Ha ha, You are right Robert I was FORCED to go into the 'Works' shop today.

I was impressed by your detailed tagging and descriptions. Some of the railway items look like tough cataloguing to me. Glad to hear you were a librarian - where did you work?

I am definitely not impressed with KM. To me it seems to be a mish mash of trad library methods (like classification and thesaurus construction) with MBA-waffle about valuing employees for their 'unique personal knowledge' and imposing models demonstrating the (obvious) importance of information in business. Enjoy your course! :-)

Hello Robertday, Thanks for accepting my friend request and for the reply regarding Moon base related books. I saw you profile recently while searching for other books/maps and was intending to return for another look then couldn't remember your name, so glad fate has caused our paths to cross again.

Interested to hear of the Red Cross modelling chap. I'm in south Brum. May not get over to SC but do you attend the Railway Modelling exhibition at Cocks Moors Leisure Centre?
Yes, I'll be there. I'm not going to next year's though -- had a bad time at the 2008 Eastercon so I've no desire to go back to Heathrow.
Nice to meet you Robert! I have to admit it was your science fiction collection that I was interested in and not the railway books, as you probably guessed. You have some really interesting titles that I will be perusing through.

Most of my day job consists of software testing, or leading testing efforts. The testing is the best part of the job for me though, as I hate being stuck in meetings all day.

Happy Reading!
Sorry for the delay in replying, Robert, but when I'm in revising mode I tend to get rather solipsistic and single-minded. I've promised to have this short novel posted on my site by mid-August and I'm gonna do it, no matter what it takes. Model-building is a sideline of mine, just something to occupy my mind--like film-making--when I'm between writing projects. I love the old retro models and the notion of doing special fx with plastic, hand-made ships instead of all this CGI crap. My wife says I sound like an old fart...and I'm only 44. Good to hear from you and keep creating(ive).
Robert: Enjoy the Chronicles--I like the Martian masks and sets best. But, man, the model work and special fx sure were shabby. Take care, mon...
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