Monthly Archives: January 2012

Henry Green Week – Party Going

Party Going by Henry Green It’s Henry Green Week hosted by Winston’s Dad.  Before Stu decided to champion this underappreciated British author, who mostly wrote in the second quarter of the 20th C, I’d never heard of him – but he’s quite a discovery… I bought an edition which collected three of his novels together – Living, Loving and Party Going…. Read more »

Sex & Show-jumping – only in Rutshire!

Riders by Jilly Cooper. I have never had a personal desire to get on a horse, but watching show-jumping on telly was a fixture that I looked forward to while growing up. The Horse of the Year Show with the Puissance always ending with that gigantic wall getting higher and higher, the relay races, and the incredibly tight courses riden against… Read more »

Strictly – The Tour!

My daughter and I sped off to Birmingham this morning to catch the Sunday matinee of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Tour.  What a show it was! The emphasis with the live tour is on providing sheer entertainment value, as the larger arena venues do lose the intimacy of the TV studio. Many of the exchanges between judges, host and… Read more »

Adrian Mole is 30 or is that 43 3/4? …

Can you believe it? The first Adrian Mole book by Sue Townsend is thirty years old! Was it really back in 1982 that we first met the spotty and pubescent Leicester teenager? I can well remember the publishing phenomenon that was the first Adrian Mole book.  I was a few months into my first job for an electronics company in Great… Read more »

Little & Often at the Right Time Of Day …

The very first proper post I wrote on this blog on 17th September 2008 was titled What’s your relationship to your reading? Within it I briefly explored whether I was a serial monogamist or two-timer in my reading habits. I was reminded of it recently because I have sort of been trying an experiment – more on that later. Usually I find… Read more »

Life v Blogging – but no navel gazing.

Dear friends, gosh isn’t life busy! Just wanted to drop a few lines in to say that blogging is having to play second fiddle to life at the moment. I will blog when and as I can, but firstly I am rather absorbed with compiling the questions for my literary quiznight (see the previous post). Work is also hectic but, most… Read more »

It’s Mostly Bookbrains III

Abingdon’s Literary Quiznight for charity, MOSTLY BOOKBRAINS returns for a third outing on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3rd, Quiz starts at 7.30pm at the MANOR PREP SCHOOL, Faringdon Rd, Abingdon, OX13 6LN (click here for map.) Entry £5 in advance, £6 on the door. The quizmaster is me once again, assisted by Mark and staff from our town’s wonderful independent bookshop Mostly… Read more »

‘In the desert you can remember your name’

Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru Back in the early days of my blog, I posted about my favourite 1970s pop music as I was a 70s teenager.  The first song I talked about there was, is, one that still inspires me ever since it first appeared back in 1971. It immediately resurfaced in my mind during my reading of… Read more »

Reading Plans for 2012

I am deliberately not making any Reading Resolutions this year other than to tackle my TBR in all ways – through reading and culling. Participating in the TBR Double Dare as already discussed here should get me well on the way. in 2011, I had aimed to join in with DGR’s ‘Team Troika’ readalong of War & Peace, but never got… Read more »