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Par Lance

Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

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Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Arthur Benjamin
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The Cucumber Man - David Nobbs An easy and entertaining read

Poor Henry Pratt! Having failed in his career as a journalist, he finds himself jobless in Thurmarsh, South Yorkshire, in the late fifties. This book tracks his life through the next four decades, through three marriages, numerous children, interesting incidents with relatives and friends, a career with the Cucumber Marketing Board in Leeds, a skirmish with politics and an unlikely international mission to promote, you've guessed it, English cucumbers. Most of his life, Henry has found himself in situation thinking one thing, saying another and wishing, almost immediately, that he'd said another. That approach causes enormous problems for him and the reader cannot imagine how Henry can ever enjoy success at anything. However, having seen the passing of all of his relatives in the next generation up, Henry finally finds something that he's good at.

I would hardly describe the book as hilarious, as does the cover blurb, but it is certainly very entertaining and continuously amusing. There are patches of personal tragedy that probably seem familiar to most readers.

This is the third in the Pratt series and I would recommend reading the series in order. First, Second from Last in the Sack Race then Pratt of the Argus, and then read this one. Easy to read, humorous nostalgia.