How to get fit with Books and Stationary

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Before the spelling police turn up to arrest me,  that does say stationary, not stationery. It’s a reference to my new (to me) stationary bike, or noncycle as I like to call it.… Continue reading

Adrian! Adrian! Sorry… Clarissa! Clarissa!

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I am about to start work on Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson. It is much larger than normal books, in height and width as well as depth, making the 1499 pages (why the hell… Continue reading

Cheer Up Dave, the dead are still asleep.

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What is it about Dickens and death? At the beginning of ‘Great Expectations’ Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrip is hanging out in the graveyard with his dead relations, when the fated encounter with terrifying Magwitch… Continue reading

Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick.

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Sometimes I wonder if there is a crime filter, that makes anything illegal that happened between Queen Victoria’s death and the Kray Twins/Great train robbery era of the 1960s, and outside of a… Continue reading

Proust: Mod or Epoque’r?

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What nonsense is this? you ask. Before you shout me down for plain lunacy, I do think it’s worth considering whether Proust was a Modernist or was he still entrenched in La Belle Epoque… Continue reading

100 Greatest Novels of All Time

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I like following insane reading challenges, as I enjoy pushing myself, and I dearly hope lots of reading will have a positive effect in my ever-mushening mind, so I am going to read… Continue reading

Pigroot’s School of Witchyness and Wizard Stuff

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If someone wrote a series of books with the above title, they’d be risking legal action, if J. K. Rowling did herself, you’d be wondering if she was short of cash and had… Continue reading

‘Beware the Ides of March’

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As today is the Ides, or the 15th of March – famed as being particularly inauspicious for Julius Caesar, (and he can’t say he wasn’t warned!) – I thought it would be a… Continue reading

Books vs Cake

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For my birthday a while back, I made some vegan cupcakes to celebrate. Sadly, they suffered from the inclusion of baking powder that had taken early retirement without giving notice. Some of you may… Continue reading

How long were you thinking of staying in your grave for?

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I’m reading La Dame Aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas. Marguerite, our dead-from-the-beginning-classy-courtesan heroine, is bought a plot in Montmartre cemetery in Paris by Armand, her most dedicated lover, for five years. Yep, five… Continue reading