Friday, 27 April 2012

Mercury Rises as Knight Visits Brewery

Sir Peter Soulsby is no stranger to this blog.

When we first encountered him (The WAG Man Returns / Lodge House Controversy Continues, this blog, Fri 1 Oct 2010) , he was Sir Peter Soulsby, MP, heading up the Labour contingent in an excellent show of cross-party support for Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen`s `Buffer Zone` bill in respect of opencast mining.

Now he is Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester, and could be found recently in the pages of the Leicester Mercury visiting  the derelict All Saints Brewery where he met with heritage groups and Leicester City Council Conservation and Building Control Officers.

The plan is to draw up a conservation strategy to save Leicester`s industrial heritage.

The Mercury article can be found here ;

Unsigned - "I Don`t Want our Industrial Heritage to Crumble Away - Wed 25 April 2012 at .

It`s worth pointing out that a number of other sites of particular interest are also mentioned in the article.

Three heritage groups are mentioned, and I`m happy to give details of their web sites ; .

Thursday, 19 April 2012

More From the Commonwealth

We looked briefly at the Commonwealth last month (Celebrating the Commonwealth, 15 March 2012).

The current issue of Global magazine features an interview with Lord David Howell, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in which he put forward his views on the way forward for the Commonwealth.

 Necessarily, the views  he expresses are likely to be indicative of the current government`s position.

All I would want to say on that issue is that this blog doesn`t go in for party politics, except in the sense that I tend to prioritise campaigns and other initiatives that have cross-party support. 

Other than that, the interview can be found at .

Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Hoonaloon Big April Books Bonanza

At this point I have to interrupt all this (relative) high-mindedness to introduce a note of sordid commerce (or at the very least a note of enlightened self-interest !).

As you may know, Hoonaloon Books holds regular sales throughout the year, and one is currently underway (ends 27 April 2012).

You can view our catalogue using the link on the right-hand side of this page  - the sale discounts have already been deducted from the prices shown.

Having chosen the book you want, you can either order via ABE Books or deal with us directly  - our email is

In the meantime, here are a few of the more picturesque items to be found among the 4,000 or so books we currently have on sale ;

                     448 - L F Salzman - England in Tudor Times

                                                      450 Eleanor McDougall - Lamps in the Wind

                                                        456   Derek Hudson - The Forgotten King and other Essays