Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - 28 Feb



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!
Comfortably seated in deep armchairs, they made war almost as tourists, while we, on foot all the time, had wandered for thousands of kilometres over the roads of the north and east.
Among the Germans in Paris a no less relaxed atmosphere prevailed.
Another teaser fromn Michael Burleigh's The Third Reich - A New History - starting with a comment from a Languedoc peasant on the German war machine.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mutterings - 26th Feb

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Unsolicited :: mail
  2. House :: White
  3. 24 hours :: cover
  4. Permission :: chmod (a unix command for modifying file permissions)
  5. Inbox :: EMail
  6. Presidential :: Status
  7. Rising :: Sun
  8. Hold :: House
  9. Hourglass :: Timer
  10. More :: Less

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Institutionalised violence

A quote from Michael Burleigh's The Third Reich - A New History which I featured in yesterdays teaser. He's talking about the reactions to ReichKristallnacht
Hot violence, being driven by passion, was liable to peter out as moods changed; cold bureaucratic violence was a full time career option.
And when it's 'just' concerned with filling forms it is far easier to get collusion by the majority.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - 21st Feb



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 Nazi retailers association, NS-Hago, could clearly exert enormous pressure on, for example, a Jewish porcelain manufacturer which was dependent upon them for retail outlets. District Economic advisers (Gauwirtschaftsf├╝hrer) monitored Jewish businesses and established a creeping control over those taking them over.
Another teaser fromn Michael Burleigh's The Third Reich - A New History

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mutterings - 19th Feb

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Crown :: Porgy (we had this word a few weeks back, it's nice to see that my word association is still the same!)
  2. Landmark :: Monument
  3. Shock :: Horror
  4. Affair :: The End of (Graham Greene novel)
  5. Appear :: Manifest
  6. Contemplate :: Silence
  7. Hinge :: Bracket - http://www.hingeandbracket-official.co.uk
  8. Function :: Mapping (a bit mathematical here!)
  9. Obstinate :: Stubborn
  10. Fulfill :: Prophecy

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mutterings - 12th Feb

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Reminder :: Diary
  2. Shelves :: Book
  3. Interpret :: Language
  4. Tissue :: Box
  5. Miracle :: Baby
  6. Bed :: Sleep
  7. Truck :: Load
  8. Feelings :: Hurt
  9. Polish :: Mazurka
  10. Family :: Close

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Feb 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!
The students wore white t-shirts with the words Juifs Contre la Guerre across their chests. They we talking, laughing, leaning on their signs.
from Alexander Maksik's You Deserve Nothing. This is our book group book of the month - and I've just finished it! It was a book I gradually went off as it progressed, the Guardian review highlights some of the shortcomings, sub-Camus - I'd forgotten that the woman in 'Etranger' is also called Marie, by the time we had the tale of the dark days of the French police under Papon and the Algerian Massacre I was feeling emotionally manipulated and then after a bit of digging I found this tale relating to the background of the book (don't follow that link if you want to read the book with an open mind!). If you have followed it - then my summary can't be separated from those events.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

The herb garden

The herb garden by rajmarshall
The herb garden, a photo by rajmarshall on Flickr.

We had a bit of snow last night in Macclesfield..today pavements are difficult and the footbridge over Hibel Rd is far too exciting even for me!

Mutterings - 5th February

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Conditions :: Weather
  2. Transfer :: Airport
  3. August :: Birthdays
  4. Glasses :: Passes (men seldom make passes...)
  5. Crown :: Porgy & Bess (the villain in that opera)
  6. Release :: Prison
  7. Incriminating :: Evidence
  8. Island :: Spell (A John Ireland piano work)
  9. Manners :: Miss
  10. Sentence :: Death