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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
10:48 pm
Long time no post
I just seem to have got out of the habit. Too much going on. I'm on holiday at the moment, so a bit more time to flit around on the net. There seem to be a lot more things to post on now - Facebook, Ravelry to name two.

I will have to find a new user pic, as the great lummox had to be put down last year. We now have a ginger and white cat called Molly, name inspired by Molly Millions. It's appropriate - she's a feisty female - she was on my lap this evening and suddenly decided she didn't want to be there. But did she jump off? Not until she had a good old chew on my arm! She's very pretty though.

I hace just been reading the thread about character "inspired" by Lymond, and was intrigued to discover that Cassandra Clare had read the Lymond Chronicles. I have to first of the "Mortal Instruments" serieson my to read pile, so I must check it out. My own personal favourite "she must have read Dunnet" author is Pamela Belle. Her books are now out of print, but Francis Heron and Alex St Barbe are very like Francis Crawford - in the case of the first, I don't think it's just because of the name. Must check out some of the other books mentioned.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
7:09 pm
Decision day!
Well it's been an awful long time since I posted on LJ (I will check in a mo), and I know this comment is irrelevant as I am not a US citizen, but if I was, I would be standing in line to vote for Obama. So I hope that lots of people reading this who are eligible to vote either already have, or are going to vote for him!
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
7:42 pm
Will's results
I should have posted this last week, as he got them last week, but work has been manic. He got a 2:1! I am so pleased. Graduation ceremony is next Wednesday, and Stephen and I are going (not Patrick, as he doesn't fancy sitting for one and a half hours). He's now applying for jobs, preferably in places near to mountains, such as Austria. Actually he would probably be quie happy if he got something in Sheffield as he knows people there and it is near the Peak District. I keep thinking about my mum, as she would have been thrilled to bits about it.

We went to see "Prince Caspian" last week - I enjoyed it, but it isn't exactly the best film I've ever seen. Not very like the book - Caspian and Susan have a full-on snog at the end which I don't think C S Lewis would have approved of! The mice are good though - Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep has just the right voice.

I'm off tomorrow so I'm planning to be lazy as I am working Friday through till next Tuesday, and then I've got Wednesday off. I was going to write something else but I have forgoten what it was! I must be going loopy!

Current Mood: pleased
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
6:17 pm
Long time no post
I haven't checked, but I think it was August when I last posted on here. No particular reason, except that the last few months have been a bit fraught, for a variety of reasons. I have a couple of weeks of holiday at the moment, and we're going to Venice, so that's a nice break, and the clocks go forward soon, so it will be lighter in the evening. I like that - I don't like the dark.

I've started a log of "Books read in 2008", and so far I've read 13. It would have been more, but it took me a while to read "Matter", the new Iain M Banks. It was very good, but took a long time to get going.

It is just showing a clip on TV of a plane trying to land at Hamburg Airport in a high wind - I'm not sure I wanted to see that!

I'm meeting Will for lunch tomorrow, at Ice Mango. It's an internet cafe in Leicester, the do good coffee, and things like toasted sandwiches and bagels. It's cheaper than Starbucks!

They're just showing the trailer for the new Indiana Jones film on TV - looks good. I had seen itonline, but it is better on a bigger screen. Will definitely go and see it, also might go and see "The Spiderwyck Chronicles", which is trailed on the DVD of "Stardust".
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
5:00 pm
Update
Not a very exciting week- everybody was really tired after HP7. We are still selling lots of copies, so that's alright. I think most people at work have read it now, except Graeme, who has to wait for Abi (his wife) to finish it, and is quite a slow reader. Most people seem to have really enjoyed it. Have just started reading Hogfather, which I bought after I saw the film. Having said for years that I don't like Terry Pratchett's books, I may have to change my opinion.

It is dry here at the moment, for a change. I can't remember a summer as wet as this, and we have been lucky - poor people in Gloucestershire etc have lost everything. But we haven't done normal summery things this year, like eating dinner outside. At Easter I said I was going to buy myself a new summer dress and some sandals, but I haven't felt like wearing that kind of thing. I went into Leicester this morning and bought the wool to knit a Gryffindor scarf. The colours probably aren't quite right - it is difficult to get the right shade of yellow, but the two colours I got look OK. Of course the Slytherin colours (green and silver/grey) would be better on me, but I want to be in Gryffindor! Yes, I know I'm a very sad person! The red is quite dark and my winter coat is black so it should be OK, even with red hair.

I watched the first two episodes of "Heroes" on Wednesday - it has finally made it onto BBC2. Very enjoyable, very spooky, particularly the artist who paints the future. Waiting now for "Stardust" to come out. There is a poster up for it in the cinema in Loughborough, so hopefully that means it will be on there.

Will comes back on Thursday, I'm really looking forward to seeing him again. He was 21 yesterday, so next weekend we are going out for lunch with Stephen's Mum and Dad. Haven't booked anywhere yet. He wanted a book on bouldering for his birthday, so I hope it comes in time.

Must go and get something to eat.

Current Mood: relaxed
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
4:20 pm
HP7 - no spoilers, just opinions
Well, I've read it - worked the midnight shift, got home at 2.30, read for an hour. As I didn't have to start work till 2pm Saturday, I spent most of the morning reading. After I finished work we went to the Noodle Bar (Singapore Fried Noodles - yummy!) and when we got home Ijust sat and read. Finished it at 11.55, 23 hours and 54 minutes after it was published. Not speed reading, just couldn't put it down. Patrick is reading it now - he keeps coming and giving me progress reports. Apparently Will was in a queue outside the English bookshop in Basle at midnight, standing next to a drunken Australian. He phoned Stephen.

What did I think about it? Well, all along, and I read HP1 when it came out at first, I've said she isn't as good a writer as Diana Wynne Jones, BUT I really enjoyed it, and I think it's a much better book than HP6. My favourite of the series is still HP3, but perhaps this is equal second with HP1. In a few weeks time when the fuss has died down I will read the whole series straight through. I was half right about the ending, but couldn't have predicted how it would all work out. I didn't cry, but some bits really upset me.

It was mad at work though. We opened at 10pm,so people could browse and buy other books and at first it looked as if not many people would come, because to weather was absolutely awful. Then the shop started to fill up. At midnight we started counting down to 12.01 and everyone joined in. Then basically it was just a case of selling the book. The girl who got the first copy had been sitting on the floor at the head of the queue from about 10.30. I hope the photograph I took of her came out OK. We did have some games going on, and we started knitting a scarf for Harry, so I was knitting a bit, then asking people in the queue if they like to knit a line. We didn't get much done, but it helped to keep everything fun.

Will there ever be anything like it again? I don't know, the nearest thing to it was "Da Vinci Code", and of course that didn't appeal to children. But who knows, even as I type there may be someone somewhere writing the next big thing.

Current Mood: hungry
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
5:46 pm
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Well I've just been to see this with Patrick. It wasn't bad, but I prefer the book (of course.) The girl who plays Luna is just right, and so is Imelda Staunton as Umbridge. It has put me in the mood for Deathly Hallows, in fact I'm looking forward to reading it now. The scen with the patronus's was good, but the bit where Harry sees snape's memories worked better in the book. I am not trying to read the rest of the series before DH comes out, but will reread them all including DH after a decent interval has passed. Obviously I'm going to read DH on Saturday, Patrick will be on my tail for it. Stephen and Will have given up on the books. As it is the first week of the school holidays I thought the cinema would be full, so I booked seats, but it wasn't. Maybe people have gone away in an attempt to get away from the weather. It's alternately sunshine and showers, but the showers are so heavy that you could get soaked to the skin in seconds.

Have just read some rather disturbing stuff about the film of "The Dark is Rising". The changes that have been made make me wonder if the director has read the book. May give this one a miss. There's a poster up for "Stardust" in the cinema - I'm looking forward to that.

Have just started reading "The Fourth Bear" by Jasper Fforde. I have come to the conclusion that I am really off chick lit - finished "Me and Mr Darcy" this morning (well it is my day off) and it was what Patrick would describe as sappy. Not that it was badly written or anything like that, but I just didn't particularly enjoy it.

Must go and iron my Harry Potter teeshirt - we have been wearing them at work for the last few weeks, and they do seem to encourage people to pre-reserve the book. I went out to the market last Thursday wearing it, and the girl on the fish stall started talking to me about Harry Potter.

Current Mood: full
Sunday, July 15th, 2007
4:59 pm
Stuff
Not really much to say at the moment. I have been off this weekend, but haven't done anything very exciting. Next week is all to do with the run-up to Harry Potter - I am doing the midnight shift - actually 6pm on Friday till 2am on Saturday, and then 2pm till 6pm on Saturday. I am off on Tuesday, so I think I am going to take myself off to the cinema to see "Order of the Phoenix" to get myself in the mood. Will has already seen it and said it was good, and the review in the "Observer" today made it sound quite promising. Hermione was described as the "thinking wizard's crumpet".

Trying to hack through my book backlog at the moment. Not doing too badly - the aim is to get to Christmas with only a few books bought this year to read. I won't get there, as I have books bought in the '70s and '80s that I still haven't read (The White Hotel, War and Peace, Brighton Rock), but if I could shrink the pile I could do some rereading. Most people I talk to don't reread, but some of my books are like friends I want to see again, and a lot of books I find I appreciate more on second reading.

Currently reading "The Scarlet Lion" by Elizabeth Chadwick, the second of two books about William Marshal. This is about the later part of his career. I'm enjoying it very much. Before that I read "A Hopeless Romantic" by Harriet Evans. I enjoyed her first, "Going Home", but the central character in "Hopeless Romantic" really got on my nerves. Obviously next weekend I will be reading "Deathly Hallows".

Looking forward to Will coming back from Basel. This year has been very strange. We have to sort out a holiday soon, I have the time booked, so it's just a case of sorting out somewhere to stay and a ferry - we're going to Northern Ireland. We also need to book the cattery - Chaos will just love that, he hates going in his basket. Well it isn't a very big basket, and he's rather a large cat. It takes three people to get him into it - one to hold the basket, one to hold the cat, and one to push the cat into the basket! Oh what a fun life we have!

Weather still not brilliant for July. It was nice yesterday, but it is grey and damp today. I've got some sheets on the line at the moment but I may have to finish them off in the dryer. At some stage I need to wash the curtains, but it needs a dry day so I can get them washed dried and back at the windows in one day. I usually manage it in July, but we haven't had the right weather when I have been at home yet.

Current Mood: okay
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
8:36 pm
Update
Long time no update, but life has been a bit hectic recently. We had a lovely time in Basel, the weather was great, but after we came back it started to rain, and we've had the wettest June since records began. It's nice now, though.

Big build up towards HP7 now - we're opening at 10pm on 20 July, book goes on sale 12.01 on 21st. I think we're supposed to be dressing up, but nobody has really talked about it. Will probably wear my cloak.

I'm watching "The Last of the Mohicans" at the moment - really it's an excuse to look at Daniel Day-Lewis. The music is good too. We watched some of the Live Earth concert on Saturday - the best bits were Snow Patrol, Spinal Tap and the drummers at the beginning. I was looking forward to Genesis, but unfortunately they only played the post-Gabriel stuff - no Supper's Ready.

Am going to try and do some more writing, not sure what. Will told me yesterday he has been asked to write a short story, it's in the style of William Gibson (obviously!) He's coming home on 2nd August, so that is something to look forward to. We'll have to have a birthday party - he will be 21 on 27th July.

Going to pack in now, and wallow!

Current Mood: okay
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
7:18 pm
Update
Just a quickie really as I must go and cook - well actually I mean put bought pizza in the oven and sweetcorn in the microwave! Don't feel like cooking tonight. Got 2 days hols now and on Friday we are going to see Will in Basel, I'm really looking forward to it.

Hay Festival was great, particularly Kathy Lette and John Mortimer, and Richard Dawkins. The weather was awful though, very cold and wet. We're hoping to go again next year as we both really enjoyed ourselves.

Have slightly lost track of LJ, as I have been doing other things - must get back to it.

Reading Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things" at the moment, enjoying it very much.

Really must go and eat something now.

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, May 14th, 2007
7:40 pm
Brief catch up
Ages since I last posted on here, lots of stuff going on at work. Manga Evening tomorrow, so perhaps after that I'll do more on this. Hope it goes well, it's a while since I've done an event.

Couple of nice things coming up - we're going to see Tony Robinson at Loughborough Town Hall on Saturday, then the week after that we're going to the Hay Festival (on the Sunday). We've got tickets for Kathy Lette and John Mortimer, Richard Dawkins and and Antonia Fraser. The week after that we're going to Basel to see Will.

Am reading the new Scott Lynch "Red Seas Under Red Skies", the sequel to "Lies of Locke Lamora" - not out till June - I got a proof. It's very good - he's not like Lymond, but I'd recommend Scott Lynch to Dunnett fans. Locke is not an expert swordsman, he isn't brave, or particularly good looking, but he has a way with him. There's a lot of good SFF about at the moment. Have just read "Black Man", Richard Morgan's latest. Completely different to Scott Lynch, but completely enthralling. My "books to read" pile keeps growing!

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
11:55 am
End of the World Blues + King Lear
Two nice things - we went to see Ian McKellan in "King Lear" at Stratford last night, and it was brilliant. I have been wanting to see IM as "Lear" for the last 20+ years (probably since I last saw him on the stage (as Leontes in "Winter's Tale"). Sylvester McCoy was the Fool, and he was excellent, and Cordelia was played by Romola Garai, who I last saw as Cassandra in the film of "I Capture the Castle".

Second nice, no make that brilliant thing. Jon Courtenay Grimwood has just won the British Science Fiction Award for "End of the World Blues". I voted for it - I'm a member of the BSFA so I was eligible to vote. It's a brilliant book, in some ways it's not unlike David Mitchell in style, but heavier on the SF elements. Will found out when he was noodling around on Wikipedia - he went on to JCG's Myspace page, and there was an entry about it. So he posted back "Grear man!" and promptly got added to JCG's friends list. How cool is that? It should be me, but I haven't got a Myspace account.

Going out for lunch now with in-laws, chinese buffet at Mr Chan's.

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
10:49 am
Sunday morning
This will be brief, as I am at the dining room table and my wrists are at the wrong angle to type comfortably - that's why it's called a laptop!

Busy at work yesterday - lots of people buying books for holidays. The schools broke up on Friday, so I expect we'll have lots of kids in during the week.

Will came back for Easter on Thursday, but almost immediately went off to Edinburgh for the weekend, for the UK Gaming event. He'll be back later on today. I will probably have to spend the week nagging him to fill in the forms for next year's student loan.

Doctor Who started again last night - I like the new companion. I think David Tennant is very good, and it was nice to see Anne Reid again, she's very good as well.

Better go and do some domestic stuff now.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
8:01 pm
Weekend
We had a really nice weekend. Well, Sunday anyway. We went down to London to go to the big Forbidden Planet store on Shaftesbury Avenue. We parked the car in St John's Wood and got the Tube in, and went to Tate Modern first. The turbine hall is fantastic and there are some big slides created by an artist called Karsten Holler. There are four, and you can slide down them. We went down the smallest. After we had lunch, we went and had a look at St Paul's, as Patrick had never been there, and then went to Covent Garden, to a shop called Cyber Candy. Patrick bought loads of stuff. I bought some Pocky, and a couple of bars of Cadbury's chocolate that you don't normally see - 3 layers, 1 milk, 1 white and 1 plain. Haven't eaten it yet. Then we went to FP, which has a brilliant selection of American science fiction - I could have bought loads of stuff, but I just bought "Bloodmind" by Liz Williams, which is the sequel to "Darkland" which I am reading at the moment. It has been shortlisted for the BSFA Award. As I joined the BSFA recently I can vote for the award. Although I like Liz Williams, I shall probably vote for "End of the World Blues" by Jon Courtenay Grimwood. I also bought a black cat (plush) to sit on the bookshelf. Daft I know, but Will has one, and he writes stories about it and the push Chthulhu that a friend gave him. Perhaps I'll start writing about Cat and Oscar, the bear who also sits on the bookshelf. After that we went to the Waterstone's on Piccadilly - the biggest bookshop in Europe. Well worth a visit - five floors,and the SF section is huge. Then we came home, and watched the ITV version of "Northanger Abbey", which was a big disappointment. I love the book, and the actress who played Catherine was very good, but the production didn't work for me.

Mel finishes tomorrow - we've worked together for 10 years, and everything is going to be very strange. We're going to have a party after work, so I've made some hummus, and bought breadsticks.

Will comes back for Easter on Thursday. At the weekend he's going to Edinburgh to the Student Gaming championships, so he will actually be here for about a week.

Better go and get the towels out of the dryer.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
7:52 pm
Update
nOT SURE WHEN i POSTED LAST. Sorry I wasn't shouting - I hit caps lock by mistake - with a small keyboard I seem to get more typos. Nothing much exciting happening at the moment - I was at work on Saturday so didn't have much free time at weekend, but this weekend I'm off and on Sunday we're planning to go to London to have a look at the big Forbidden Planet store. I like going to London on Sunday - it isn't quite as mad as on Saturday.

New Dr Who starts soon, looking forward to that. Watched the sketch on Comic Relief with David Tennant - he was great but I can't stand Catherine Tate's act, so it rather spoiled it. We didn't actually watch much of Comic Relief, what I saw wasn't very funny so we watched Buffy instead. Patrick bought me the first series of Battlestar Galactica for Mother's Day so I've got that to look forward to.

Very cold again this last couple of days. I got into Loughborough really early this morning as Stephen had to go to Wales, so I went in Macdonalds - I usually have hot chocolate but this morning I decided to have capacino (I think I spelt that wrong) but I couldn't finish it, it was absolutely disgusting. However tomorrow I should be able to get a lift in.

Current Mood: cold
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
6:41 pm
Diabetic clinic
Had my six month review this morning. Went OK - long term sugar control good, cholesterol OK, and I had taken my own BP readings in as it always goes up when I go to the clinic. Next appt in September, so must try and shift a bit more weight before then. I was 9st 13 this morning, so there's still a way to go, but now the weather is getting better I feel more like eating sensibly ( not that I eat badly, just in winter it's a real struggle sometimes.) On the way home I bought a BBC Good Food magazine - there are some really nice recipes in it - one pot roasts - there's one with lamb steaks and sweet potatoes which I might do at weekend. Working on Saturday, so I shan't want to do anything v complicated on Sunday.

Half watching "The Commitments" at the moment, brilliant music. Have been listening to Planet Rock for most of the day - I was sewing - it's the radio stationfor people old enough to hve worn flared jeans when they were fashionable the first time round. I usually find I recognise most of the tracks after the first couple of bars, and quite frequently have seen the bands they play live. Played "Warrior" by Wishbone Ash - we went to see them at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester in 1976, and they were great, but as we were right at the front, it really was a case of music to make your ears bleed!

Better stop now and go and make pizza.

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, March 12th, 2007
4:50 pm
Holidays
Just finishing off my annual leave - the year ends at the end of this month. So I'm off till Thursday, not doing anything special, just pottering. Currently watching "Hook" with Patrick - we recorded it last night. Julia Roberts has just appeared as Tinkerbell. I always thought "Peter Pan" was really scary when I was a child, but the end of the Disney version (First star on the right and straight on till morning always makes me cry. If any child now said "To die will be an awfully big adventure" would be whisked off to a counsellor before he could clap his hands!

There's an article in The Guardian today about the continuing relevance to today's young women of the works of Jane Austen. This was a nice contrast to an article in The Observer Women's supplement yesterday, about generation Y women, aged between 23 and 35, who were academically successful, had good jobs, looked good, and generally thought they could have it all. One said that she planned to start having children at 32 (she didn't specify the exact date). It made me sad for two reasons - first, it was all me, me, me, and second, as everything they had done had been successful they assumed the process of having a family would run smoothly. In my experience it isn't always that straight forward. The GG article concerned the fact that Jane Austen's heroines were very self-controlled, and made the best of their lot in life, and to use a modern idiom, as they had the right attitude, mostly ended up happy.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, March 9th, 2007
8:16 pm
I haven't been here for a while
Life has been a little hectic. Will came back from Basle last week to sign up for final year modules. He went back on Monday but will be home for Easter at the end of this month. He's going to Edinburgh because he is in the De Montfort team for the Student Gaming Championships.

I have just started reading (on the bus home) a good short story collection - "Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link. Audrey Niffenegger gave it a good review in the Guardian last week, so I thought I would try it - I'm not usually very keen on short stories. But it has a nice feel to it, and the cover is nice - a modern version of the Lady with the Ermine, which caught my eye.

Off for a few days next week, using up my hols. As usual lots of things I want to do. I like this time of the year, it gets lighter, and warmer and ther seems to be more time in the evening, although on tuesday and Wednesday this week I didn't get home till about twenty to seven. When it's dark I get depressed. There are lots of big fat buds on my magnolia tree, so I hope that we don't have a frost which will spoil the flowers. The garden looks a bit of a mess at the moment.

We have just started watching Series 7 of Buffy. Spike's hair looks awful at the beginning. I discovered that James Marsters reads the audio book of the Dresden Files, I read the first book in the series a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it. Waiting for the series to come on terrestrial.

All for now - Stephen is cooking tonight - salmon and courgettes - and I can smell it. Yum!

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
4:00 pm
Sunday afternoon
I'm typing this whilst I watch "The Blues Brothers". I started watching it while I was doing the ironing, and I thought I'd finish it before I started doing anything else. The music is great, as are the car chases.

Have been off this weekend, so I've got a lot done - all the washing and ironing, so I won't have to finish it on my day off. I've got to go to the dentist then, a check-up, and hopefully I won't have to have anything done. It's getting expensive. I need to get my eyes tested as well, and guess what, that isn't cheap either! At least the test is free, but if I need new glasses, that's expensive.

I'm reading "Storm Front" the first of the Dresden Chronicles - it's good fun. I've just finished "Before They Are Hanged" by Joe Abercrombie. It's the follow-up to "The Blade Itself", which I really enjoyed, and it was very good. Not ground-breaking, just a good fantasy novel. I was given a proof of Richard Morgan's next book this week. It's called "Black Man", and it's a stand alone novel. Quite chunky, so I'll probably read a few shorter things before I start it.

We went for a walk this morning, up to the reservoir. It was damp, but not particularly cold. Lots of geese on the water, but not many people feeding them. Sometimes there are lots of people about, but not today.

I'm looking forward to seeing Will next week. When he's here we can sort out when we're going to go out to Basle again - I think we've got to bring back a load of stuff for him, including a snowboard! At least the regulations about what you can take on board have been relaxed a bit since we went last.

I got the listing for the RSC for next season yesterday. They're doing the English history cycle (Edward II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1,2 and 3 and Richard III). The picure on the front of the brochure is of the actor playing Richard II - he's called Jonathan Slinger, but I don't know who is playing Bolingbroke. Strangley I was thinking about that the other week when I read the obituaries of Ian Richardson. I was fortunate enough to see him playing Bolingbroke in the 1973 production of "Richard II" at Stratford. It was one of my "A" Level plays and it was the first time I went to Stratford - we went on a trip from school. It was wonderful.

Current Mood: lazy
Friday, February 16th, 2007
6:07 pm
The Beast is dead!
That's a rather melodramatic if saying I finished Will's scarf. I christened it "The Beast" as it is quite bulky now. Just have to sew in loads of ends, and then he can pick it up when he comes back next week.

I've just seen a trailer on News 24 of a programme (a drama) called Recovery with David Tennant and Sarah Parrish. He has a beard, and it's obviously quite different to Doctor Who. I bought a copy of SFX today and there is a picture of the actor playing Lee Scoresby in the film of Northern Lights. Unfortunately he doesn't look like my mental picture of Lee. In my mind he looks like a lecturer I had at college - he was from Texas, very tall, and had an incredibly slow drawl. He was called John Walker. He was teaching Shakespeare and his contempraries. At the same time we had another lecturer, whose name I have forgotten, who used to go to the pub at lunchtime and breathe whiskey fumes all over us - the lecture was at 2pm on Monday. He was teaching the metaphysical poets, so reading John Donne makes me smell whiskey! For the record, I don't like whiskey, but Donne is one of my favourite poets, along with Blake and Yeats. Just before Christmas, a customer asked me for some poetry recommendations for her teenage son. She said he liked anything "deep". So I suggested the metaphysicals, "Paradise Lost", and then because she didn't seem to know who I was talking about, fell back on Dylan Thomas, because although I wouldn't call it deep, Under Milkwood is wonderful (especially the audio version, with Richard Burton). In the end she bought W H Auden. I hope he liked it.

Watched Buffy episode "Once More With Feeling" last night. Much funnier the second time round. When I started watching the show, when it was on TV, I thought Angel was really gorgeous, but on reflection, Spike is much more interesting. The accents not bad either - David Boreanaz really can't do an Irish accent.

I've really enjoyed this week. Just doing stuff and pottering is nice occasionally. Only a couple of weeks to go till World Book Day, we've got the £1 books in already. Also the Comic Relief books - one is by Jamie Oliver, and there's a Charlie and Lola title, about chocolate.

Current Mood: accomplished
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