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About meIt may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
- Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
I'm 34 and from the first moment I can remember, I have been in pursuit of knowledge and the finer things in life. I am the kind of person that would have cherished to have had a classical education and a foundation in Latin and Greek.
When I have more time (I keep saying that to myself), I will pick up Latin and Greek at night school; French (for the French girls in stilettos), Ikebana (for peace of mind), Fencing (for the occasional duel), and sailing (so that one day I will be remembered by the youth as: "that crazy old man at the dock was right").
I used to work for the Danish Government and enjoyed a privileged career as a delegate, being sent off to Paris a dozen times a year to say 'bonjour'. Now, I've taken the decision to go back to my roots of my education and pursue a career in law. I moved from Denmark to London, UK in 2016.
Other than that, I am using most of my time inspiring my nine year-old niece Isabella, into an educated and civilized environment with tuition in various subjects such as languages, history, geography, and art (her second word after mommy was Gauguin; she saw a reproduction of the Mona Lisa at a shop window when she was two, and after daycare would go and watch it every day; learned to spell her name at three, and started learning the Latin names for bones in the body at four. At five, she learned about Greek Mythology, Astronomy and the Greek Alphabet. At six, I've taught her about Heliocentrism, Solar System, Nicolai Copernici, Galileo Galilei and have started on anatomy, mathematics and spelling. At seven, we're playing chess, though recently, to my dismay she has found out what a computer can also be used for: Minecraft! On the positive side, she's used the summer to teach herself English on Youtube. At nine, she's starting reading books by herself, learned Ulysses by Tenneson off by heart, and is working on assembling a large Revell plastic model of the HMS Victory.
I also try to expose her to ballet, opera, classical music, literature, the occasional museum visit, and of course Shakespeare - she likes the story behind the Danish Prince Hamlet. She also enjoys the new television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Her favourite artist is Van Gogh, and work Starry Night.
I hope that one day, all of this, will show the fruits of my labour, and that she grows up independent, self-confident, self-reliant, possessing a strong foundation and morals, and lives by the same code as I've always have: honour, integrity and principles. The world today seems to have forgotten this.
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About my libraryMy library consists of books that I own and those which I would like to acquire, thus the huge Wishlist. I can pretty much sum up my feelings towards books in a quote by Socrates:
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
I love books, always have and always will. I live and breath for the English language. My main interests lie on classical literature, history, polar exploration (Antarctica), T.E. Lawrence, and Churchill.
On Folio Society and Limited Editions Club (LEC) books
I'm a reader first, collector second, though I like to say that to myself. I like hardbacks instead of paperbacks, non-fiction instead of fiction. I try to focus my main collection on The Limited Editions Club (LEC) and The Folio Society. I think the best way to describe my personally view on this is by this:
On Reference Libraries
"Along time ago, when I had ambitions to start a personal library, a bookish friend told me there were three sets of reference books I had to get hold of. They were the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the Dictionary of National Biography" - Jeremy Paxman, 2009, Guardian
- Oxford English Dictionary (20 Vols.) DONE
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. DONE
- The Dictionary of National Biography (60 Vols.) SHOULD I?
Check out these links:
My Amazon UK Wishlist
London Review Bookshop
Times Literary Supplement
The Royal Society of Literature
Since 26 December 2012:
Groups10,000 Page Club, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Book Arts, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Books on Books, Challenge: Loeb Classical Library, Easton Press Collectors —show all groups, Everyman's Library, Fine Press Forum, Folio Society devotees, Franklin Library Collectors, Geeks who love the Classics, George Macy devotees, Legacy Libraries, Lingua Latina, Oxford English Dictionary - OED, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Slightly Foxed - An appreciation, T.E. Lawrence, The Literary Lens, The Quiet Life, The Slipcase
Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, James Boswell, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Arthur C. Clarke, Roald Dahl, Richard Dawkins, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Gibbon, Ernest Hemingway, T. E. Lawrence, Patrick O'Brian, Samuel Pepys, Simon Schama, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)
VenuesFavorites | Visited
Favorite bookstoresAtheneum International Boghandel, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Foyles at St Pancras International, Hatchards, Paludan Bog og Café, Politikens Boghal
Favorite librariesBritish Library
Other favoritesThe British Museum
Favorite lists100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (That Are Older Than 200 Years), 1920s, BBC Big Read, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceNov 25, 2009
Currently readingThe Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Slightly Foxed: Murder at the Majestic (Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader's Quarterly) by Gail Pirkis
Winter: A Folio Anthology by Sue Bradbury
Collins Easy Learning Age 5-7 — Times Tables Workbook Ages 5-7: New Edition by Collins Easy Learning
Collins Easy Learning Age 5-7 — Fractions Ages 5-7: New by Collins Easy Learning
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