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The explorer that loved music – Henning Haslund

henning-hasslundHenning Haslund was a Danish explorer.
In the early 1920s he was part of an expedition to Central Asia led by his old military academy chum Carl Krebs.
The idea was to get there and set up a dairy farm.

What happened next is the subject of Mongolian Adventure, that Haslund published somewhere back in the first half of the 20th century; a thick, massive, highly satisfactory book that the fine guys of the Long Riders’ Guild* have reprinted a few years back.
I was given the book as a gift by a friend – and what a wonder it is! Continue reading

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The House of Ka

51-HCjLLpWLTwo nights back I felt like celebrating a small personal victory, so I treated myself to a one buck ebook, and I got me The House of Ka, by Walter Bosley.

I was intrigued by the cover – and then of course the author runs the Lost Continent Library blog, so I was pretty sure I picked a winner.

The House of Ka is a 120 pages novella, and I read it in two sittings.
And very good it was. Continue reading

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Writing and piling up wood


Two metric tonnes of firewood.
That’s what distracted me from writing during the weekend – need to pile-up the wood, because as that guy said (was he from Gazprom?), winter is coming.

Sure it’s not like sitting at the PC, I was told.
The world’s full of stand-up comedians.

Fact is, as I tried to explain to the happy comedian, I do not sit at the PC.
I work at the PC.
It’s hard work – just like stockpiling firewood.
With a little difference – I can do both, he can only move the logs around.
He did not like it, put that way. Continue reading


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