February 24, 2024

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READING A BOOK THE SECOND TIME AROUND IS VERY UNUSUAL FOR ME; “THE BRAIN, The Story of You”, by David Eagleman “blew my mind”.

I have been fascinated by psychology since secondary school and we learnt the psychology of marketing in our O’level Commerce course.

David Eagleman is one of the luckiest men alive; he gets to play with people’s brains every day (and he’s never been arrested).  So many questions I consider on bus rides etc. with regard to what makes people tick.

Mr. Eagleman has satisfied an enormous amount of my old curiosity.  But now, I have a whole lot more questions I would love to ask him if we ever met.  My consolation is that I feel sure he has anticipated my new questions and has answered them in his next book.  I haven’t read his next book yet so please don’t leave  any comments spoiling it for me.

I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book, except for anyone on a keyboard who should really write the title again.

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THE LEAST CONVENTIONAL VIEW OF THE VIETNAM WAR; BUT SUCH A POWERFUL PLOT PEOPLED WITH VERY REAL CHARACTERS

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BLEEDING IN BLACK AND WHITE

by COLIN COTTERILL

BLEEDING IN BLACK AND WHITE by Colin Cotterill

With Christmas approaching, gifts are present a big problem for certain family and friends.  I have a suggestion for those who love reading fiction which stimulates the mind.

Colin Cotterill writes about the Asian continent and the turbulent history of the region with the authority of a man who has lived there for many years and is deeply involved in programs developed to help refugees from tyrannical regimes,  victims of natural disasters and the underclasses frequently denied access to education.

I am a great fan of his Dr Siri Paiboun saga set in Laos.  Jimm Juree, a young lady’s difficulties caring for an eccentric family, a hotel struggling for customers and a slender grasp on the coastline of Thailand.   The bizarre plot of “The Motion Picture Teller”, another great story which would be spoiled if I explained the meaning of the title.

I just have to say that anyone who is interested in the culture and history of Asia will enjoy the broadening of their knowledge these stories bring.  Click on the links to find more information or to order “Bleeding in Black and White”.

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***I think Colin Cotterill may have retired from writing fiction, so if anybody is in contact with him, it would be fantastic if they could thank him from this reader for educating me in many aspects of the history and customs of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.  He has awoken my interest and having exposed my ignorance of Asia has given me a fascinating glimpse which I hope to expand.  THANK YOU COLIN COTTERILL!***

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Jonathon Livingston Seagull a storyJonathon Livingston Seagull a story by Richard Bach
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I bought my first copy of Jonathon Livingston Seagull when I was about 17 or 18. I read it through once, (it’s not very long), then picked up and started reading it again that evening.
It wasn’t at all what I had expected. On one level it is the story of a seagull who is compelled to learn to fly higher and faster than any seagull has ever done before. The elders are furious that he won’t conform to seagull normal, scavenging fish from the fishing boats and settling down to breed.
He is expelled from the flock and almost starves to death in pursuit of perfection.

The story is a message to everyone, that we should not waste our lives clinging to the traditions and anchoring ourselves to one place.
In order to make the most of life, we need to explore the world and test our skills to the limits. Nothing will be handed to us on a plate and in the real world nobody really respects people who lie back and wait for handouts instead of going out and grabbing every blessing that we have been given.

I recommend this book to everyone I know especially when they are having problems. I have bought about 4 or 5 copies for myself over the years, and I don’t know how many I have given as gifts. Read it and if you don’t feel inspired, I will give you the money for it and take it off your hands.

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The inspiration of my lifePAPERBACK EDITION £6.79

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I first read Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach when I was 17; I can honestly say it changed my life.  The philosophy of belief in your own ability to rise above the flock.  You can be anyone, anything if you have the faith in yourself.  Never settle for mediocre.  If the career you want requires qualifications, enrol in further education.  If there isn’t a course you can enrol in, find the books in the library or find the knowledge on the internet.  Don’t let anything stand in your way.

Jonathon believed seagulls were meant to be more than scavengers so he practised day in and out flying higher than any seagull had flown before.  When he had achieved that, he practised diving from the highest hights in order to experience the exhilaration of the air through his feathers and rush of air over his body.  When he had achieved what he set out to do, other seagulls saw him for the perfect seagull he had become and persuaded him to teach them how to become everything they could be.  When Jonathon reached a venerable age, his spirit lived on through his protégés, and he went on to become the pupil of the Great Seagull Spirit.

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You will be inspired to read the story again in order to absorb this philosophy of  continual self development in order to be the best person you can be.  And once you are travelling along that path, it is your duty to inspire as many other people as you can.  This is the meaning of life.

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The complete edition of a timeless classic, includes the recently rediscovered Part Four and ‘Last Words’ by Richard Bach. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the most celebrated inspirational fable of our time, tells the story of a bird determined to be more than ordinary.

‘Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again,’ writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. ‘For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.’ Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes this story soar.

This bestselling modern classic is a fable about seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe or neighbourhood finds your ambition threatening (at one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock). By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan learns the meaning of love and kindness and gets the ultimate payoff – transcendence.

The dreamy illustrations by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations for this spirituality classic that has inspired thousands of readers to follow their own path in life and so fulfil their true potential

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Together with Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Illusions has guided me through bereavement, depression and many situations where my confidence was at it’s lowest.

I first read Illusions when I was 18 and I immediately took the following quote as my rule for living a great life: 

You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.

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Richard Bach (2012). “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”, p.51, Delta 

I have subsequently reread it millions of times and had to replace my original copy many times.  Whenever my life has hit obstacles, the first thing I do is reach for Illusions, open the book at random and try to apply the contents of the page to solving my problems.

I hope everybody gains the wisdom and pleasure I have from reading Illusions by Richard Bach.

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