Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mutterings - Apr 26

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Delay :: Without
  2. Knock knock :: Who's There?
  3. Pointless :: Celebrities
  4. Crook :: Hook
  5. Rating :: Parental (guidance..)
  6. Orange :: Phone (company)
  7. Update :: Computer
  8. PG-13 :: Film
  9. Routine :: Scan
  10. Werewolf :: Grey hair!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Apr 19


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
"Those who are on the bottom always want to be on top, those who are on top want to stay on top, and one way or another they always reach the point where they're kicking and spitting at each other."
"That's exactly why problems should be resolved before violence breaks out."
From The Story of a New Name Elena Ferrante. Our book group book for the month I'm currently enjoying this - I've not read the first book in the series but I didn't find that an obstacle. We've gone from one pseudonymous novel (The Cuckoo's Calling) to another. It's not a short novel but easy to read and carries you with it, the way she (the writer) inhabits each moment makes the growing up that the characters undergo fascinating. Here'a Guardian article about her.

Mutterings - Apr 19

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Professional :: Gambler
  2. Liquid :: Motion
  3. Thrusting :: Achiever
  4. Button :: Belly
  5. Late :: Dead
  6. Binge :: Ronald (composer)
  7. Trail off :: Lost (if you're off the path..)
  8. Comic book :: Cartoon
  9. Large quantity :: Pile
  10. Fabulous :: Fairy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mutterings - 12 Apr

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Ridiculous :: Position
  2. Privilege :: White
  3. Consider :: Lilies (of the field...)
  4. Legally :: High
  5. Account :: Credit
  6. Coping :: Strategy
  7. Disclaimer :: Insurance
  8. Dreaming :: White Christmas
  9. Logo :: Graphic
  10. Frustration :: Bent

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Adult Learners - North West

Last year I went to a day spent playing and listening to other piano and other instrumentalists. It was much enjoyed and I'm hoping to attend the one this July. They have a new website booking opens in a few weeks. As I'm playing at least one work with others, I need to get my booking in. Friends can also come to listen! This was my route into the Manchester Piano Meetup which is monthly but there also good things with this annual event.
Hoping this entry makes the website a little more visible to search engines!

Teaser Tuesday - Apr 5


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
While all the others stood in slings in the steep groove a full rope length above, Konrad and Dad excavated a pitiful lwdge on which they could sit as long as their heels dug into the snow below. They found no place for safety pitons.
from John Harlin's The Eiger Obsession telling of his Dad's ascent of the Eiger's North face. John Harlin senior was to die a few years later on the first climb of the North Face direct. My love of mountains came through Heinrich Harrer's The White Spider and a summer holiday in Grindlewald - so I am enjoying this - if that's the right word! The book goes on to tell of the son's ascent of the classic (rather than the direct) route.

Mutterings - 5 Apr

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Inappropriate :: Behaviour
  2. Spam :: Assassin
  3. Detaile :: Typo
  4. Breakfast :: Muesli
  5. Emoticon :: Graphic
  6. Grammar :: Nerd
  7. Jointly :: Liable
  8. Spontaneous :: Explosion
  9. Auto :: Wreck
  10. Burnt :: Sugar

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Mar 29


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
The film jumped. Here again was the blurred view of the same intersection, apparently deserted, the same heavy flakes of snow obscuring the view, but now the clock in the lower corner read 02:12.
The private investigator trawls through CCTV footage in Robert Galbraith's 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. (maybe not next week!). We've - as a book group - recently started another sequence of novels for each month on themes and are starting off with crime.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mutterings - Mar 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Hope :: Centre
  2. Notification :: Email
  3. Destiny :: 's Child
  4. Soda :: Syphon
  5. Interfere :: Abuse
  6. Wedding :: Blood (the Lorca play)
  7. Bald :: (as a ) Coot
  8. Guided :: Missile
  9. Galaxy :: Car
  10. Difficult :: Crack (ah, it's the Eiger - I thought it might be somewhere in the Peak District!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mutterings - Mar 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Slept in! :: Pillow
  2. Brother :: Big
  3. Highrise :: Leeds
  4. Pizza :: Box (food or Sun computer?)
  5. Trivial :: Pursuit
  6. Humming :: Bird
  7. Screams :: Munch
  8. Marker :: Magic
  9. Idealist :: Hope
  10. Fat :: Trim (probably using the knife to remove it rather than any implications for the figure!)