Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bishops Castle to Stokesay

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The second day of our Shropshire break started and ended with a taxi ride. Unfortunately I was finding walking difficult (see account of day 1!) and we didn't get much time at Stokesay - it certainly would have repaid a couple of hours viewing - as you see from the photo. (work in progress - will add more detail..)

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 15

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!
Most of the temple soldierly had died along with them, and for the first three days Ish had been just a volunteer with a shovel, fighting fires, filling sandwalls, clearing debris. On the fourth day the surviving priests and temple military apparatus had pulled themselves together into something resembling a command structure, and now Ish had this scratch squad, himself and three soldiers from different units, and this mission, mapping the flood zone, to what purpose Ish didn't know or much care.
An apocalyptic vision from David Moles' 'A Soldier of the City' in the collection Engineering Infinity (ed Jonathan Strahan) a free volume from Kobo - hard science fiction - i.e. with strong technological component, ages since I read any in this style but quite enjoyed it.

Mutterings - Aug 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Broken :: Promise
  2. Compromised :: Beliefs
  3. Delayed :: Arrival
  4. Ligament :: Strained
  5. Dramatic :: Entrance
  6. Fanatic :: Wild-eyed
  7. Exotic :: Bird
  8. Weeks :: Wakes (Northern English mill holidays)
  9. Walk it off :: Hangover
  10. Bruised :: Ego

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mutterings - Aug 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Headache :: Asprin (the power of old adverts!)
  2. Leftover :: (side of) Plate
  3. Corrupt :: Organisation
  4. Vent :: Rage
  5. Equipment :: Climbing (should I acquire some..)
  6. Jack :: Car
  7. Business :: Show
  8. Joint :: Clip
  9. Intership :: Exploitative
  10. Pain :: Bread!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Mutterings - Aug 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Baby:: Bouncer
  2. Hoops :: Hula
  3. Vulnerable :: Victim
  4. Literally :: Over-used!
  5. Relationship :: Blood
  6. Best :: Bitter (not something I often order!)
  7. Aggressive :: Stance
  8. Comfort :: Blanket
  9. Tunnel :: Channel
  10. Cancer :: Brain

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 1

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!
"It's not easy to open, Mr Okada," said Creta Kano. I realized she was standing there - and in her early sixties outfit.
from Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Our book group book of the month, some seriously weird stuff here! A novel on contemporary Japan and its development from World War II.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mutterings - Jul 31

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Delete :: Key
  2. Late :: Junction (a BBC radio 3 late night music programme)
  3. Rambling :: Sid Rumpo the irreplaceable Kenneth Williams (and a Moggler's Woulie at one point..)
  4. Popular :: Music
  5. Significant :: Other
  6. Slither :: -in
  7. Spicy :: Chutney
  8. Joyous :: Choir
  9. Detailed :: Specification (shh!)
  10. Rabbi :: Teaching

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mutterings - Jul 30

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Adopt :: Puppy
  2. Therapy :: Back
  3. Money back :: Disappointment
  4. Lotion :: Sun tan
  5. Feeling :: Numb
  6. Surgery :: Scalpel
  7. Ashen :: Faced
  8. Wrist :: Relaxed (have difficult with this at the piano)
  9. Pronounce :: (you) Man and wife
  10. Vaseline :: Sex
.. catching up!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bishops leading by example

In a post on the Church Society Rob Munro bemoans
After the clergy refused to take note of the bishop’s report last February, this session left the bishops staying really quiet, with the exception of the more vocal liberal bishops, and the interventions of the Archbishop of York. On key theological issues they listened and didn’t lead.
He seems to not notice how the bishops actually voted on the two issues that he (predictably) voted against: On the motion to welcome transgender people - bishops: 30 for, 2 against, 2 recorded abstentions. On Jayne Ozanne's motion saying that conversion therapy had no place in the modern world - bishops: 36 for, 1 against, 0 recorded abstentions. But maybe any bishop who voted against the Munro line is a wild liberal? As he was there he hasn't even got the excuse of misleading 3rd person reporting. The tables giving how synod members actually voted are here, the Bishop of Chester wasn't there for either vote -that would have been an interesting vote but I see that Don Allister - with a strongly conservative reputation - voted for both motions.

Mutterings - Jul 23

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Webbed :: Feet
  2. History :: Lesson (maybe as an adult)
  3. Musical :: Saw
  4. Husband :: House
  5. Stayed :: Put
  6. Drug :: Immobilise
  7. Structure :: Program
  8. Complicated :: Maze (or maybe program again!)
  9. Plot :: Gunpowder
  10. Coma :: Patient