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This is a test post, really.

Over the last week, I have been experiencing rather strange glitches with WordPress, from the engine destroying some layouts, to some content simply not displaying.

Maybe it’s a problem on my side – but if you’re experiencing the same phenomenon, please let me know.

These woes come at a bad time, because I want to take a closer look at the doings of friend of Your Coleridge, Ben Manning, and I don’t want those posts to be somehow messed up because the servers get hacked, or updated, or moved, or, whatever…

Now, since the strong emphasis of my work here so far has been The Rime, I thought I would not stride too much off-topic if I presented my opinion on a book I picked up at the train station a few days back – simply because I was bored:

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Released in Germany as Scott – Leben einer Legendethe book appears to be Fiennes’ response to the increasingly negative views other historians and authors have, really over the last quarter of a century, expressed about Scott.

Truth to be told, I don’t have an opinion on this matter; it’s the first time I ever delve into the exploration of the Antarctic in any form. I think Fiennes makes a convincing statement in his defense of Scott, though.

And, quite obviously, the book, a complete biography with photos and other additional materials, is difficult to put down. Fiennes, whom I only knew as a fiction writer, and as what I had frankly always perceived as a con act about being “the world’s greatest adventurer”, that Fiennes really can write.

Overall, I think a can say, a great read, and, for me particularly, a great introduction in the exploration of the remaining dark corners of the world. If I find the time, I’d like to read more accounts of, possibly, older journeys, particularly, as you might already have guessed, historical accounts of expeditions from the Napoleonic era…

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