For our digital wallpaper for January 2013 we at fullersfolio.co.uk thought it would be good to have an image that reminded us of holidays and sunshine – giving something to look forward to over the coming year.
January 2013 Digital Wallpaper
To this end we choose an image of Duncansby Stacks, which are just east of John O' Groats, right at the Northern tip of mainland Scotland. I have visited this area twice in the last few years.
The beauty of the sandy beaches is amazing seemingly miles of unspoilt waves.
To the west of John O Goats is Dunnet Head , the most northerly point of mainland Britain.
To the East of John O Groats the road meanders across the hill side till it runs out as it comes to the cliff edge.
A brisk walk south along the cliff tops gives one a view of the stacks. The first time I visited the cliffs there was a small school of whales basking off the shore. I and about ten other "tourists" stood and watched the whales for about ten minutes before they vanished and swam away. (This was before I had converted to digital and the only image I have of them is a grainy print, not worth showing here)
The second time we did not see any whales but I was able to get this picture.
We hope you like our choice of free Dunscaby Stacks January wallpaper taken in Northern Scotland a few of years ago. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
This is my review of The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo, and is the third book that I have read following the saga of Harry Hole.
This book continues straight on from where the last “Nemesis” finished. Poor Harry is on the way out. He is under threat of the sack for alcoholism, and everyone seems to be against him. He just needs to prove that his long time adversary Tom Waaler is guilty, and not the shining star that all seem to think he is.
Harry is given a last case to solve before leaving the force, a serial killer who is making the sign of the Devil with murders. A young woman is murdered in her flat and the murderer leaves a red diamond in the shape of a five pointed star behind her eyelid.
From there onward more murders follow, but is all it seems or is it too perfect? The story taking a surprising couple of major twists and keeps one guessing to the end. Jo manages to leave enough threads dangling so one wants to read the next book to see if they are then answered then.
An enjoyable read - this was book 48 week 32 fiction 45 (13 on audio) non fiction 3
This is my review of the Book Separation of Power by Vince Flynn.
Evidently one of my friends had looked at my reviews as I had read my first Vince Flynn book a few months ago, and ended the review saying that “if I see another Vince Flynn book I will read it”, as they have given me three new Vince Flynn books to read.Well I have now read another book.
This book was set in time before the book mentioned above, and is probably the start of the series about Mitch Rapp.
The book is different though to normal action thrillers. Yes Mitch was given a task to do – get some parts of a nuclear bomb behind enemy lines. But that was just the sub plot.
The main plot of the book was all about Political double crossing, deceit and murder in the corridors of power in America. It does seem ironic to a non American, that the whole process of government and enquiry/hearings into appointments is meant to stop corruption, but the main thrust of the book is how this process is being subverted on two fronts. One to avoid public scrutiny and the other to use it as a weapon of embarrassment, ultimately against the President, as it is the president who makes the choice of person for the Office being considered.
Of course the other interest in the book was that as it was written in 2001, Saddam had not been conquered, and his “Weapons of Mass Destruction” were perceived as a real threat, which fictional characters in books can try to destroy.
An enjoyable read - this was book 47 week 32 fiction 44 (13 on audio) non fiction 3
This is my review of The Mating Season by PG Wodehouse.
This book continues the crazy antic of Bertie Wooster and his “man” Jeeves. Bertie thinking he is doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him, turns up at Deverill Hall and idyllic Tudoe manor in the picture perfect village of Kings Deverill.
Bertie is doing this because he thinks Gussie has been sentenced to fourteen days without the option for wading in the fountain at Trafalgar Square.
But Gussie does not end up in prison and leans of Berties plans so turns up in the guise of Bertram Wooster, with Jeeves in toe.
Then various relations, fiancées and other characters who either know the real person of who they are of the fake person as who they are, leading to a complex that only one person can put right.
Fortunately Jeeves was at hand, ready with counsel and aid. The scheme he evolved to extricate Wooster from one of the worst spots of his chequered career must be counted as the most brilliant his master-mind had yet devised.
This book is so off the wall as to be very funny. Maybe Christmas festivity helped. This was book 46 week 32 fiction 43 (13 on audio) non fiction 3
This is my review of the Constant Gardener by John Le Carre, which was listened to a few weeks ago.
This year being able to enjoy Christmas and New Year a bit more than last has meant that they have not been a good time for writing, but have been a good time for sitting in front of the fire and reading. This does mean that I currently have a back log of four more reviews to do.
We listened to the Constant Gardener as an audio book, whilst travelling in the car. I do not know if it was because we listened to it rather than reading it but the level of description used is truly amazing. John was able to paint perfect pictures of the African landscape, just as if one had a picture in front of you.
This was a slight departure form the normal cloak and dagger spy world, to that of industrial and pharmaceutical skulduggery for a quick buck. All about using the poor African as a guinea pig to test a new drug, but it turned out it had terrible side effects.
I have properly already spoilt the plot, but just to give a hint of the outline - Justin Quayle, a British diplomat in Nairobi, Kenya, is told that his activist wife, Tessa, was killed while travelling with a doctor friend in a desolate region of Africa. Investigating on his own, Quayle discovers that her murder, reportedly done by her friend, may have had more sinister roots.
And from there on wards Justin tries to uncover the truth, going all over the world as part of the process.
An enjoyable audio book - This was book 45 week 32 fiction 42 (13 on audio) non fiction 3
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