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Atoms, Bytes, Genes

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Featured image: Detail from Genetic Drift 1, Tony Stewart, July 2004    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  2 February 2017 Atoms, Bytes & Genes: Science in the 21st century Preamble I made a political statement about science in a recent article 1984 The Way We Were. We also needed someone in the 1990s and in the twenty-first century to remind us that …

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What is History 5: EH Carr Historians & their facts

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 January 2017 What is History ? by EH Carr, Chapter 1: Historians & their facts What is History? by EH Carr 1961 a compilation of the George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures delivered at The University of Cambridge in 1961. Introduction I’ve been sneaking up on the meat of this topic slowly but EH Carr and …

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1984: The way we were

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  14 December 2016 1984: The way we were and the way we are now It is 1984. I am just shy of 19, Reagan is about to be re-elected in the US, Thatcher is administering the UK, and our new prime minister, Bob Hawke, along with his treasurer, Paul Keating, is planning his own quiet …

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Secret City Trilogy Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  21 November 2016  Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis’s novels, The Marmalade Files, The Mandarin Code and The Shadow Game (Secret City) Cybersecurity I have been thinking that I should write something about cybersecurity and the slow moving tragedy of what is happening to the Internet. But there is so much, the task seems daunting and …

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Food writing 3: More Articles I liked from Choice Cuts

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  7 October 2016 Food writing 3: More Articles I liked from Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlansky Writing about food some fine writers and articles Introduction In Food writing 1, I analysed Mark Kurlansky’s anthology Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History, 2002. The book contains 234 articles, which covers …

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Food writing 2: Articles I liked from Choice Cuts

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  11 September 2016 Food writing 2: Articles I liked from Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlansky Writing about food some fine writers and articles Introduction In Food writing 1, I analysed Mark Kurlansky’s anthology Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History, 2002. The book contains 234 articles, which covers …

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Food Writing 1: Mark Kurlansky, Choice Cuts

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 September 2016 Food Writing 1: Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlansky, a look at food writing across history Writing about food an introductory excursion Introduction I am a fan of Mark Kurlansky’s writing. I loved Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, 1997 and The Basque History of the World (1999). Although …

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What is History 4: Love

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Featured image: Comedian colleagues demonstrate jealousy, Japan    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 August 2016 What is History? Has love influenced history? Has history influenced love? Introduction I had thought I’d get onto the meat of this series, but I’ve been diverted again by a charming topic reminiscent of What is history 2: Sleep patterns. This article is about love and how …

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Classic SciFi 8: Ursula Le Guin The Word for World is Forest

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 August 2016 Classic SciFi 8: Ursula K Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest, 1972 Introduction The Word for World Is Forest is a science fiction novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1972 in the anthology Again, Dangerous Visions, and published as a separate book in 1976. Dangerous Visions 1967 was a path-breaking collection of stories edited …

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Classic SciFi 7: William Gibson Mona Lisa Overdrive

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  18 July 2016 William Gibson, Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1988 Introduction Mona Lisa Overdrive takes place eight years after the events in Count Zero and fifteen years after Neuromancer. This is the final article in the series of 5: Neuromancer, Count Zero, William Gibson’s Art of Prophecy and The Art of Prophecy. The Story in Mona Lisa Overdrive …

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Books Catalogue 2016

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 July 2016 Books Catalogue, Breadtag Sagas 2016 The articles are about books rather than standard book reviews. The main categories are classic science fiction, crime & detective fiction, non-fiction. Those that don’t fit are placed in other. Books Main Catalogue Classic Science Fiction Classic SciFi 6: William Gibson Count Zero William Gibson Count Zero 17 …

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Breadtag Sagas Catalogue 2016

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  29 June 2016 Breadtag Sagas Main Catalogue 2016 This catalogue represent roughly a year of Breadtag Sagas: Tales of travel, food, books, art and science… It is intended as an annotated browsing guide. Finding stuff on the website The alternative, navigating the website isn’t difficult but perhaps gaining an overall perspective is. One can …

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Classic SciFi 6: William Gibson Count Zero

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  17 June 2016 William Gibson, Count Zero 1986 They set a slamhound on Turner’s trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and …

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Classic SciFi 5: William Gibson’s Art of Prophecy

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  10 June 2016 Classic SciFi 5: William Gibson’s Art of Prophecy Introduction The articles Classic Scifi 4: William Gibson Neuromancer 1984 and The Art of Prophesy & William Gibson provide a necessary background. The articles to follow on Count Zero 1986 and Mona Lisa Overdrive 1988 will complete the series. I introduced the Guardian article by Ed …

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The art of prophecy

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Featured prophecy image: Tiger & Crow Mannequins, Shop Display Bangkok    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  Friday 13 May 2016 The art of prophecy & William Gibson  Introduction I hadn’t intended to write this article about prophecy at all. Following Classic Scifi 4: William Gibson Neuromancer the next step was to analyse William Gibson’s prescience and his ability to prophesy elements …