Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Apr 14



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!
She looked imploringly into his eyes, aware that he had paid far too much money for a meal that would leave him hungry in an hour's time. Her own appetite was gone, quite gone.
Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac - a re-read - it is the Book Group's book for this month. Here's a fairly randomly chosen review! Brookner's study of a single woman staying at a Swiss Hotel in the off season a quiet, gentle study an age away - apparently - from England in the 80s. She loves these plots on reflective single women, I remember the initial read (just) and bits of the TV version but only the atmosphere, so am awaiting events with anticipation!

A teaser up on Tuesday - shocking (and I finally notice the move of the original website!)!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mutterings - April 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Science :: Knowledge
  2. Everywhere :: Waves
  3. Seed :: Corn
  4. Comedian :: Mask
  5. Philadelphia :: Cheese
  6. Disillusioned :: Angry
  7. Rolls :: Bread
  8. History :: Personal
  9. Eagles :: Dare
  10. Disappointed :: in love


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - April 7



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!
Yes it's even later than usual, I blame the bank holiday (possibly!)
Eventually, he too, like Handel, travelled all over Europe, but precious little is know about what he got up to. He spent the last couple of years of his life in Vienna, where sadly, he pulled off the Composers End No 207 - the so called 'Death in Poverty' position - perfectly.
The last years of Antonio Vivaldi from Stephen Fry's 'InComplete & Utter History of Classical Music' - this was a Christmas present and I'm quite enjoying it. Quite a bit of uinformation I didn't know - though my reading the pre 19th century music was a bit lacking. There's some cringeworthy references to Jimmy Savile - the book was published in 2004. It's also sometimes a bit disconnected, reading like bits have been shoved together - - p113 compares the Beethoven Eroica with Haydn and Mozart symphonies saying it's not in the same playing field 'It's EPIC it's AMAZING'; then p118 on the Beethoven 5th 'Up to now the most amazing thing in the world of symphonies has been Mozart or Haydn' - he should make up his mind! I was also surprised last night to get past 1827-8 with no mention of the deaths of Beethoven or Schubert.

Spring

In the current warm spell, many things are blossoming.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Mutterings - April 5

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. With me :: Be Gentle
  2. Goodbye :: I'm leaving you (the curse of the Sound of Music..)
  3. Cap :: Peaked
  4. Idiotic :: Statement
  5. Forever :: Friends
  6. Bleeds :: Heart (I'm probably thinking of the computer vulnerability)
  7. Expected :: Long (long expected Jesus.. and Advent hymn)
  8. Touching :: Place (oh dear that's another hymn!)
  9. Shells :: Spiral
  10. Awake :: Shake

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mutterings - March 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Twins :: Conjoined
  2. Seven :: Perfect
  3. Canceled :: Meeting
  4. Video :: Game
  5. Mistress :: Affair
  6. Puppy :: Love
  7. Sadness :: Grief
  8. Cleanse :: Pores
  9. Impostor :: Hypocrite
  10. Fruitless :: Campaign


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On the Canal

Last week was beginning to feel Spring like so we decided a lunch at the Vale Inn Bollington surrounded by a walk would be good. We walked there along the Middlewood way and back via the canal - part of the tow path is closed in Bollington so a diversion through an estate was necessary but on getting back to the canal we saw this: We were convinced, initially, that a barge owner had a very ornate bow decoration but then it moved, caught a fish and ate it in a nearby field.
I've just received the church walk schedule for the summer, I'm leading a walk ending up at the Vale so I think I'll need another reconnoitre!

Teaser Tuesday - March 25



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!
And why would you want to be goin' on a diet, Jamie? Sure there's nothing much wrong with the way you are.
From Christina McKenna's The Misremembered Man. Alternating humour and dark tragedy, it's our book group book of the month. Here's a review

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mutterings - March 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Ringtone :: Obstrusive
  2. Slab :: Marble
  3. Harness :: Die in
  4. Couple :: Sex
  5. Shovel :: Snow
  6. Game :: Park
  7. Patriotic :: Salute
  8. Bleed :: Colour
  9. Top :: Monitor
  10. Leafy :: Glade