My Father’s Eyes are Blue – Coventry Literature Festival

Writing about – http://www.spaghettigazetti.com/2009/03/local-lad-done-good.html Local poet Anthony Owen will be on his home turf when he appears at the Third Coventry International Festival Of Literature at the Belgrade Theatre in May. The Coventry Literature Festival is unique among UK literature festivals due to its focus on community events, with public writing workshops, children’s events and … Continue reading

Chromatic Menu Planning

Writing about http://theschooloflife.typepad.com/the_school_of_life/2008/12/a-nine-course-chromatic-culinary-feast-.html I have been challenged on Facebook by Ellie Clewlow at Intersecting Sets to think about this. I’m going to try and do so without referring to Tessa Kiros’s Apples for Jam which is themed in colour chapters.

La Vie mode d’emploi/ Life: A User’s Manual

Finishing this was a struggle, I admit it.  But it was all worth it in the end. It is a fabulous picture of the history of a Parisian apartment block and all of its inhabitants using the conceit of going through the building room by room. Some rooms contain great inventories, others stories, others bits … Continue reading

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Updating A Little Light Reading because I’ve received the meme again from Kath. I can now add the following to the list: Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson And using the version that Kath has: Look at the list and bold those you have read. Italicize those you intend to read. [Bracket] the … Continue reading

Information Overload?

When my sister was about 13 she took part in an interesting experiment about the amount of information people can take in from different sources at once (basically a group of them sat in front of a bank of TVs showing different things and were then tested in a Crypton Factor stylee).  The upshot of … Continue reading

Overheard 2

See Overheard Overheard at lunchtime at work. Woman 1: Yeah, I don’t like reading books in the first person, you know, I did this, I did that… Woman 2: Yeah, it’s self-gratification isn’t it? Woman 1: Yeah, I much prefer a good story….

Bovine Scatology & Kakistocracy

Writing about http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/ram/today4_obscurewords_20070727.ram And about Foyle’s Philavery – A Treasury of Unusual Words Hooray for Christopher Foyle – a good Essex man from near Maldon – and, of course, something to do with a few big bookshops. I was reminded of this just now (I confess I had forgotten it from this morning!) because I’m … Continue reading

Something Useful

I am doing useful things today.  I’ve started to write my handover notes – 20 pages so far and probably only a third of the way in.  Who knew that my head held so much information? My useful lunchtime contribution is going to be writing my birthday list.  It has been requested – and Himself … Continue reading

On s’amuse bien

Little Housekeeping