Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy – Serhii Plokhy

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy is a magnificent examination of the World’s worst nuclear accident, covering the technicalities, the people involved and the politics of the old Soviet Union.

A history book that reads as easily as a good novel – I read it in a couple of days. Highly recommended.

Visages Villages (Faces Places)

What a delightful film Visages Villages is. It’s a documentary by, and starring film director and photographer Agnès Varda and photographer JR, who travel through France visiting villages, taking photos of the people and then plastering large images of them on walls and buildings. The two artists form a warm bond whilst engaging with the villagers. The film looks terrific, from the opening credits to the very end. We watched it on Netflix and is highly recommended.

The Tiger – John Vaillant

What a magnificent read The Tiger by John Vaillant is.

A long, detailed examination of everything to do with tigers in their natural habitat. But more than that it’s an investigation of tiger killings, the communities affected, life in the Soviet Union and animal conservation.

There’s so much in this book. I’ll probably read it again in future years. A great read.

Ripley, Surrey

There aren’t many lakes around here, but I saw one on the map near Ripley. You can walk all the way round but I just went half-way round before diverting to a path through fields and on to the River Wey Navigation. A short walk to the Seven Stars pub for a glass of wine and a bacon & Brie sandwich. An interesting sandwich – not sure if the salad (lettuce, rocket, cucumber, apple, pepper, tomato, celery) was sufficiently healthy to overcome the unhealthiness of the bacon & Brie!

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