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Update 10th September 2023:

  • the blog formerly at has closed.
  • Re-edits of current affairs articles and opinion pieces from that site are underway. Full, but not final versions, along with new material, will be published at the start of October;
  • the abaci library archive from 2015 has been edited - all documents are now modern PDFs.

Note: page links / URLs from the old site, such the ‘Shop Now’ tab, still work - just no longer on the menus.

Current Affairs Articles and Opinion Pieces

     This new section is bringing together articles and ‘thought-pieces’ - previously posted elsewhere into one place. They are by a number of authors and are informative and sometimes controversial.

Resources - Library of PDFs and Multimedia

     The resources section has been restructured and extended to include recommended books, articles, video and sound clips - as well as preserving the archive of the abaci library’ from 2015.

Boats and Boat- building

     This section of the website has blogs on boats we have built and on the techniques used to craft and restore traditional boats and ships. To help keep these crafts alive, you can Flag_France-x80download here plans for the 15-foot, 4.6 metre, Irish gandelow - featured in Wooden Boat Magazine number 249 / 250 in 2016; in Watercraft Magazine number 130 in 2018; and in Chasse-Marée boat magazine issue number 301 in 2019 (in French). 

Beautement Books

     Beautement Books started publishing in 2014. You can read about the books here. The book “Complexity Demystified - a guide for Practitioners” - was first published in 2011 by Triachy Press - but copyright has now returned to the authors and so it can be downloaded as a PDF from this site.

About the site and its History

     This section provides information about the events which have inspired the site and its author, and our unusual family name, its origins and history.


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[10 Sep 2023]