New book blog: How life got so fast in ‘Pressed for Time’ by Judy Wajcman

Wasn’t technology supposed to give us more leisure time? Predictions of ‘the end of work’ have in fact proved far fetched. If anything, shrinking electronics and pervasive connectivity have blurred the distinction between work and leisure. The result is that far from being our ever-present friend and helpful companion, the mobile phone or tablet is often more like an unwanted hanger-on, persistently reminding us of the things we should be doing but don’t want to, and impossible to ignore. But when we complain about this phenomenon, what we’re really annoyed about is the way that technology has changed how we … Continue reading New book blog: How life got so fast in ‘Pressed for Time’ by Judy Wajcman

New book blog: an underwater Alliance in Haynes’ Royal Navy Submarine Owners’ Workshop Manual

If you’re enough of a submarine fan to be interested in an Owners’ Workshop Manual that’s among this month’s additions to the Haynes catalogue, you’ll already know that the prime UK destination for anyone interested in their history is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. The museum features heavily in a guide to preserved submarines open to visitors in the UK that’s one of several appendices. The book’s main subject though – covered in astonishing detail – is HMS Alliance, the vessel that since going on display at Gosport last year after a £7 million restoration has been one … Continue reading New book blog: an underwater Alliance in Haynes’ Royal Navy Submarine Owners’ Workshop Manual