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I haven’t forgotten

Just had a busy few weeks with university exams and other workish or life-ish management. And with reading Pride and Prejudice yet again. This time another spin-off. This time a good series told from Darcy’s point of view by an American author, Pamela Aiden. Reviews to follow. Possibly Related Posts: Maybe not just faiths but denominations too? on economy of various sorts Well read? More writing ..again But something I did like

The sacred solution? Stephanie speaks

From Stephanie Dowrick’s new book “Seeking the Sacred: transforming our view of ourselves and one another”: The qualities needed to meet our most urgent social and environmental crises are the same as those we need in their communities and homes. They are the same as those we need to heal our personal suffering and lessen our confusion. Concern, connectedness, the dignity, forgiveness, patience, tolerance gratitude and inclusive intelligence: this is what the world needs. This is what we need. Love it. Love the connectedness that she makes you think about. I think I also love the fact that she still sees it possible to improve society and the planet by […]

Wet heat

Backdated written in the early hours Sat in a bookshop (Sappho) with tapas and a glass of wine tonight. Meaty and rich meatballs with a perfectly proportioned raspberry sauce – jam like, and chicken skewers.  It was home like, very real and just what “the doctor” ordered for me. There was comfort too in sitting in a bookshop with old books, not just the new shiny ones. A bookshop proud of its neatly hand-printed labels which remind me of  my fathers’ draftsman writing. It is a cafe and even though I can’t as yet get beyond the 2 seater wooden table at the front (complete with polite but pointed note […]

Season of bookishness

It’s a season of books for me with a couple of reviews in the works. Book shops are my friend – soothing and friendly. Without the need to buy, although now I am. Books I haven’t been able to find in one bookshop have been there to envelop me in another. I discovered a gift voucher from three years ago that miracle of miracles was still valid, by virtue of the sheer age of the card — they have upgraded their cards so the newer ones — more recent than one year have an expiry. How strange. With it from Borders I ordered a book I’ve heard as an audiobook […]

back to the books

Two days ago I went to Books Kinokuniya a mammoth book shop in the City that I discovered when I left a job and got a sizeable gift voucher. It’s great to be someone who can still discover bookshops. I was having a mildly brain dead day, with an afternoon to kill between meetings and coffee with a friend and another commitment in the evening. I had a lot to get my head around but that wasn’t going to happen. So inspired by my friends childfree trip to the ABC, I wandered past the handbags and wandering into this huge maze of beautiful books with a huge selection in asian […]

6WS after a gap

Described more fully here, its basically to describe your life in that moment or a thing in your life in a phrase containing 6 words. During this disciplined blogging exercise I thought I’d try it. Quite sorely, listening to audio Austen Possibly Related Posts: A new commitment I make unto you stewed ant Maybe not just faiths but denominations too? Raw, mild updates on economy of various sorts

A box in the mail

Yesterday was fun. I had a visit from a university friend and her daughters (3 and 9 months). They are gorgeous. It’s strange and pleasing to be able to talk of knowing folks for over 10 (or 20) years. I feel all old but in a good way. AS and her hubby fall into the over 10 year category. So I was due to meet them at a local shopping centre for coffee before going on to other things. Unfortunately my health and my wheelchair were once more acting up so despite the mess I decided to invite them over. With baby sleeping time, my guests arrived at about 11 […]

Austen thoughts

I’m sitting up in bed swimming pleasently in 19th century british literature. Jane Austen has long been a favourite of mine, both in the elegant video productions and in the books, at least those I have read, largely Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I have recently bought Persuasion following watching the recent movie “The Jane Austen Book Club” , but have not got further than five pages yet. I mixed my technology and my love of “the old fashioned way” by downloading Sense and Sensibility through iTunes and have now commenced listening to the same novel through Audible. Possibly Related Posts: Maybe not just faiths but denominations too? […]

The stories of our lives

Blanche  D’Alpuget (aka the 2nd Mrs Bob Hawke) was recently recorded giving  a quasi lecture on her literary influences and inspirations. Be warned — this is long and not the best public speaking. It’s got me thinking; what exactly are my lifetime books of note? I will have to give it some thought because I have a bad memory for impact. I also had a bad habit of  not finishing books. Will ponder. ________ As I was thinking about the above, PB spontaniously and randomly reported that his first exposure to The Lord of the Rings trilogy had been attending the premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring. He went […]

A library all my own

I  have been sporadically following Tony’s blog for at least 18 months now. He is a Church of England vicar from Oxford who wouldn’t know me from a bar of soap. I like the way he thinks. In a recent post about Lent he said;  But then came the double whammy. Alison informed me that what I really need to give up, is buying books. Ouch! That I really don’t know about, though I’m game to give it a try. Hi, my name’s Tony, and I’m a bookaholic. Ha. I can relate. Given the inclement weather and energy levels I decided to re-invigorate my “online bookcase” over at Shelfari. Five […]