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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 Stonor Eagles
West Coast - Kate Muir A book of contrasts

The story explores the contrasts between the people and places around a Scottish fishing village and those in London. In one, they are rich in spirit, and in the other, well, the opposite really.

Fergus, the West Highland teenager, screws up good and proper, almost killing his girlfriend into the bargain. He betrays his mates, his mother, and the memory of his father. He flees to London, armed only with his camera. After some tough times in a squat, his talent is eventually spotted, and he enters the world of the rich and pretentious.

The book is well written and easy to follow, despite the jumping back and forth in time and place. This is an enjoyable read. If you have come out of a small, close-knit community into the big, wide world that surrounds us all, the scenes described in this book will feel very familiar to you.