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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

My World: In Pictures and Words

My World: In Pictures And Words - Peter Andre I just have to share with you a few paragraphs from Private Eye's review, which I read earlier this afternoon:
So who is Peter Andre exactly, and does it matter?

He is a pop star, whose hits you have never knowingly heard and might struggle to hum if you had. He is a reality TV star, whose shows you have never watched, except by mistake or as part of a strict regime of torture. He is in the papers every day, for made up stories of his doings and beings have replaced real events as the redtops' idea of what constitutes "news". Young women appear to want his babies. A youngish woman with inflatable breasts already has his babies, but no longer wants him.

This, then, is not just his story - we want more than that for £8.49 (in Tesco) - but his whole world.


Andre was born in Harrow in Middlesex, the youngest of six children. "When my parents told me that we were moving to the other side of the world... I was gutted." He's not an Aussie, he's "a Brit through and through". At school in Queensland he was badly bullied. "One time I was tied to a fence while a bunch of kids took it in turns throw stones, aiming them at my head."
I never realised that it was the Queenslanders' fault... suddenly, I have a much better understanding of the low opinion they enjoy with my Australian friends. What's wrong with them? In particular, why can't they throw more accurately?