Hashtags (#)

‘A word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media websites and applications, especially Twitter, to identify messages on a specific topic.’ (Oxford Dictionary) ‘Used in social media to identify messages on a specific topic/theme.’ (Unknown) Social media users will undoubtedly have come across the hashtag (#) symbol, especially if they … More Hashtags (#)

Why Amazon?

There is no denying Amazon has become the world’s largest on-line retailer. Nevertheless, they are NOT the only one. Despite this fact, many of Amazon’s customers appear reluctant to purchase from other retailers. Why? To simplify the discussion, it has been separated into two distinct parts: Positive and Negative aspects. As this website is primarily … More Why Amazon?

Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

In this book (the first in a series) the author shares some adventures she and her husband experienced when they first moved to Spain. She acknowledges their move was primarily motivated by her own desire, her husband being less enthusiastic. In view of this divergence, they agreed on a five-year plan to see whether life … More Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

IP Addresses

  Note: This topic is very much a technical matter. However, this discussion is only intended to be an overview that also highlights some dangers.   What is an IP Address? IP Address = Internet Protocol Address. (URL (Uniform Resource Locator) contains some information regarding ‘Protocols’.) An IP Address is a unique number that defines … More IP Addresses

Jane Austen – A Life by Claire Tomalin

Considering the dearth of detailed records or documented occurrences, Claire Tomalin has done an excellent job with this biography. She must be commended for the depth and breadth of her research. It must have taken considerable time to gather so much information and to ‘interpret’ it to the extent it relates to Jane Austen herself. … More Jane Austen – A Life by Claire Tomalin

Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) by Catherine Townsend-Lyon

This is a very personal, honest, no holds barred, memoir depicting the author’s journey with gambling addiction. Catherine Townsend-Lyon is very honest about all her failings. Though she admits writing the book had a cathartic effect it must have been very hard to recall and put into public view all that occurred on her journey. … More Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) by Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Vanity Presses

What is a Vanity Press? ‘Publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.’ (Alan A. Glatthorn) ‘A printing house that specializes in publishing books for which the authors pay all or most of the costs.’ (Dictionary.com) Most used terms: Vanity Press; Vanity Publisher; Subsidy Publisher. Some, rather than identify themselves as ‘Vanity’ … More Vanity Presses