Bread news …

I have started posting a couple of basic and practical bread recipes ion this journal for those who fancy having a go at this addictive pastime.  Look in the menu to the right or the one at top of the page for the special section and have fun.

A worrying book …

Just finished reading “The Dying Light” by Henry Porter … fiction, but as someone who grew up in Britain and has seen the spread of the surveillance society there over the past few years the premise of the story scared me. As the author explains in a postscript, all the legal instruments to make his plot a reality are already on the statute books and it would be very easy for a government with an authoritarian bent to make use of them. It’ s an uncomfortable country these days, your every movement on a CCTV screen and most of your movements monitored a bit too closely for comfort – as I say, the book is fiction, but only by a whisker.  Thankfully, although many of the techniques of surveillance are available to and used by other countries, it seems that the other democracies have not taken it to the extremes that the UK government have – and seemingly without a squeak of protest from the populace either.  Another good reason not to leave Canada.

If you care about civil liberties and want a good book to read at the same time then I can recommend this.

http://www.amazon.ca/Dying-Light-Henry-Porter/dp/0752874845/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254064230&sr=8-1

Just finished reading “The Dying Light” by Henry Porter … fiction, but as someone who grew up in Britain the premise of the story scared me. All the legal instruments to make his plot a reality are already on the statute books. It’s an uncomfortable country these days, your every movement on a CCTV screen. If you care about civil liberties and want a good book to read at the same time then I can recommend this.