View over the top of my Book #26

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One of my jobs requires me to travel around the county covering for staff sickness and holidays in Sheltered Housing. I tend to swoop in for a day or two, leaving a trail… Continue reading

Big Bird in a small (monk)Fish Pond

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I’ve recently been reading and re-reading around one of my favourite themes, the dissolution of the monasteries. I actually really like monasteries, especially those that have gift shops where you can purchase things… Continue reading

Crossed Swords and Crossed Lovers – Balzac’s ‘The Chouans’

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If it wasn’t for some recent galavanting around Brittany, I can’t imagine a time that I’d have picked up The Chouans (1829) as the next ‘must read’ from my TBR. It’s not that I don’t rate… Continue reading

Heavy Reading

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My son is a cadet in the merchant navy and he has just set sail on his next voyage – sob! I took him to the airport to see him off, and on… Continue reading

Raven Reviews – Library Lottery Edition

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I’m a Catholic atheist, as in I may not believe anymore, but the smell of the incense has never really let me go. And to paraphrase Dara O’Brien, you could join ISIS and… Continue reading

Well what’s one to do when Balzac takes a bath?

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The other night I’d been enjoying a long soak in the bath engrossed in my book, The Chouans , the first volume of novels comprising Balzac’s The Human Comedy. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed it far more than… Continue reading

No Frugal Shopper Am I

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Back when I was young(er), buying things off the internet meant the postman turned up with books and CDs from this fancy new company called Amazon, life-size cardboard cut outs of Aragorn from… Continue reading

‘Look, look, master, here comes two religious caterpillars.’

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The above is the best line, in my opinion, in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, and the first of two things I am shoehorning into this post simply because I like them and they… Continue reading

Comfort book-buying (because it’s less calories than comfort cake-eating)

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After some of the most exhausting and stressful days of my life this past month, up to and including 30 minutes of public speaking to a WI-type group about embalming (which is a… Continue reading

View over the top of my Book #25

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As I’ve not long been back from my jaunt to France and have only just finally cleared the mountain of washing, this is just a little taster of my trip. We only went… Continue reading