Adrian (my fellow Librarian, and husband) and I have recently been planning a long dreamed of trip to Australia. I floated the idea of travelling around Australia in a camper van. After further consideration we came to the realisation that as neither of us are at all good with creepy crawlies, in a country where every creature is trying to kill you, we might have a bit of unexpected drama. We quickly re imagined our itinerary to involve some nice hotels. I suggested that sometime in the future we try a camper van or RV somewhere less dangerous. How hard could it be? I wondered, to be self-sufficient and out in nature in say, Europe or Canada? Which brings us on to this months First book review, its Adventure Caravanning With Dogs : To Hel In A Hound Cart by Jacqueline Lambert and published by Amazon in December 2022
Every day, humans take five billion photos. According to one source, we have created 12.4 trillion throughout history, but what is the most important photograph ever taken?
Is it the blurred and indistinct ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’, the earliest surviving photographic image, created by Frenchman Nicéphore Niépce in 1826? The first man on the moon? History’s first medical X-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, showing the bones in his wife Anna Bertha’s hand?
I am a biochemist, and therefore biased, but many argue that it is Photo 51, an X-ray diffraction image captured by Rosalind Franklin and Ray Gosling in 1952. This tiny nondescript image enabled Watson, Crick, and Wilkins to deduce that the structure of DNA was a double helix. Knowing the structure clarified the mechanism by which DNA could replicate itself – and the genetic blueprint it carries – exactly.
The trio won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Photo 51 helped them unravel the secret of life.
Of course, these are earth shattering examples, but one morning in Vlorë, Albania, I took the most important photo I’ve ever taken in my life.
A Witty, easy and engaging read: This is a sparkling romp across Europe, full of fascinating facts, hair-raising adventures, and sharp witty stories. And four adorable pups! Alyson Sheldrake, Artist and Author
Honest and funny account of touring with four fur babies and a husband!: Once again Jackie delivers a delightfully entertaining digest of her travels from Italy to Poland and home again. Living the dream, although a few nightmarish moments creep in. Jackie doesn’t shy away from telling the warts and all story, but on the whole it is a cheerful recap of her and her husband’s adventures with the pawsome foursome. Wendy C.
Entertaining and beautifully written: I love the author’s wonderfully descriptive writing, so engaging I didn’t want to stop reading. I particularly enjoy all the historical detail whch sends me off to read more of the places she has visited. Best of all I love her irrepressible sense of fun and witty asides which are often side splittingly funny. Rebecca H.
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