Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - June 30



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!
I slept in bosomy clefts overlooking the ocean with my back turned to the mountains. From my sleeping bag I watched day melt into night and the waking eyes of ships' lights being brushed by the sleeping strobes of lighthouses.
From Nicholas Crane 'Clear Waters Rising' (A Mountain Walk across Europe)- a story of the writer's walk across the mountains of Europe from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul. Here's the good reads entry and another review. That teaser is a bit flowery, the next sentence has 'the milky light of dawn' but there's good story telling in this book and good historical snippets on the regions he passes through. I've just reached the Pyrenees with him so there's a little way to go yet and lots of walking to do, the goodreads reviews suggests it gets better. It sounds a wonderful experience to have but the practicalities for most folk would rule it out but here's the experience shared!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mutterings - June 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Peanuts :: Snoopy (or Beethoven!)
  2. Fresh :: Figs
  3. Don’t care :: Indeterminate (boolean logic attack here!)
  4. Staple :: Rice (as in food)
  5. Starred :: Answer
  6. Aspirin :: One degree under (the old slogans - my dad worked for Aspro Nicholas back in the 1960's - look here's a souvenir!
  7. Root :: Square
  8. Calculate :: Compute
  9. Shave :: Close
  10. Bent :: Handlebars

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Truth will out?

Maybe this is a good place to put some very public questions to Nigel Tate and some in the leadership of St Mary's Cheadle about decisions, actions and discussions that were behind my deeply flawed 'redundancy' in 2009?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Beast

Last month our book group read W H Davies The Autobiography of a Supertramp. I was reminder of the dangerous train rides and the risks taken by travellers on reading these stories of modern emigrants to the US, powerful photography.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mutterings - June 23

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Purpose :: Walk (no doubt following a route)
  2. Service :: Medal
  3. Dill :: Comfrey
  4. Pompous :: Buffoon (let a very small number of readers understand)
  5. Currently :: Seeking (employment)
  6. Water :: Heavy
  7. Origins :: Dinosaurs
  8. Cycle :: Current
  9. License :: Software
  10. Believe :: Monkees!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - June 16



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!
Though it was a warm night and the room was stuffy his hands and feet were icy. What a nuisance it was, he reflected irritably, to have an imagination that conjured up pictures of things that you didn't in the least want to see!
From W Somerset Maugham's The Ashenden Stories (this is from the Hairless Mexican). Our book group book of the month - chosen by me - I had to choose a book with a blue cover - mine published in the 1960's - I bought it new for 3s6d - has that as does at least one edition in print. I've not read the Maugham short stories for years and am thinking of following this up with the rest! These Ashenden stories were the forerunner of Ian Fleming's James Bond the head of MI6 is called 'R' and Maugham puts down some lovely interactions, he's not so much concerned with the spying as the personalities - though the situation is what develops the stories.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mutterings - June 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Windy :: Show Boat (the musical has a character called Windy)
  2. Left out :: in the cold
  3. Hot dog :: Stand
  4. Pop :: Culture
  5. Hunger :: Games
  6. Square :: Peg
  7. Unhinge :: Bracket
  8. *!#$ :: Shift (key)
  9. Toenail :: Clip
  10. Irritation :: Niggle