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Finding the Mother Tree review

July 11, 2021

I’ve been raving about Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard to friends for a while now so wanted to share some thoughts on this occasional review section of the OUTSIDER blog. Some elements of this book are difficult to read, especially explicit detailing of scientific experiments made in commercial forests through the spraying of toxic glyphosate herbicides designed to kill off all other plants who might be ‘stealing’ nutrients from trees marked for harvest.Simard writes, “I stared at my…

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iBOY Review

January 8, 2021

iBOY reviewHonestly I had no intention of reviewing this #Netflix film because, although it appeared promising, the lengthy trailer that gave away the whole plot, in a quite clunky and desperate attempt to catch the attention almost made us not want to watch this.As an aside – we used to judge a bad film by its trailer as you could be absolutely certain that the longer and more convoluted the trailer, the more of the story they so frantically wanted…

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The Death of Vivek Oji

January 3, 2021

Long dark winter evenings in the van offer time to immerse in more books, podcasts and films. So I thought I’d share the occasional opinion here on the blog. I began The Death of Vivek Oji, by award-winning Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi, in December but only finished last night so felt this would be a good one to start 2021. This quite beautiful river of a book slides silent through the private world of a group of friends in which…

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