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My most recent Amazon Marketplace purchase arrived this morning: a copy of a book titled The Teatime Islands. It's written by a chap named Ben Fogle, who apparently was a minor reality-TV star (apparently, he spent a year on a Scottish island for a TV show named Castaway), and seems to cover the same territory as Simon Winchester's Outposts, only more recently; in other words, it's a travelogue around some of the remaining parts of the British Empire, minus the relatively uninteresting Caribbean millionaires' playgrounds.

I've just read the first chapter, about Tristan da Cunha (that's the world's most remote island, in the South Atlantic, and five days' sailing from South Africa, or, to Royal Mail, TDCU 1ZZ), and am, so far, really enjoying it. He writes quite entertainingly, and gives quite vivid descriptions of the various places, their inhabitants, and various fellow travellers and what brought them to these odd destinations.
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On August 17th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC), cyflea commented:
groovy. i just bought a new Iain Sinclair book yesterday, too.
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On August 17th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Which one?

I still haven't read any of his works; I once started Slow Chocolate Autopsy, but couldn't penetrate the whole Aleister-Crowley-meets-the-Krays obscurantism of it.
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On August 17th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC), cyflea replied:
uh, Dining On Stones. I really enjoyed Lighting Out for the Territories - could be a bit impenetrable at times, but I was reading it on a beach in Thailand with a 750mL bottle of Beer Change next to me and a bowl of peanuts. What more could a man want?
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On August 17th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC), cyflea replied:
Chang. Beer Chang. ne'er mind.
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On August 17th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I guessed as much. I think they sponsor Everton Football Club (which one of my soon-to-be-ex-housemates supports).
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