*136* Novacene (James Lovelock)

I am not really sure of what made me buy this book. The cover is beautiful, yes, but I’m not that shallow. It just ‘called me’ and I simply answered. I was intrigued by the byline ‘the coming of age of hyperintelligence’, I’ve been struggling how to make sense of getting older, of the meaning […]

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*134* Hughenden Manor

Today was a gorgeous day. Yesterday was not… but we had decided on a day out at a National Trust property and a little weather warning wasn’t going to deter us… Hughenden Manor, was from 1848 to 188, the house of Benjamin D’Israeli, who was twice Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria. During […]

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*117* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 2)

More Kyoto. More temples. Frankly, it’s all about them… oh and the geisha too… So after the Fushimi Inari shrine/amazing red torii gate experience we headed back to the hotel for breakfast and then out again for more: first up this one, dedicated it seems to a while boar. No English description (and why should […]

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*116* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 1)

Kyoto is magical. President Truman, when choosing a target for the first atomic bomb discarded Kyoto because he’d spent his honeymoon there and loved it so much. It was for century the old capital of Japan (before to move to Tokyo a couple of century ago. It houses 1700 temples and shrines. It will capture […]

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*90* recap

Can’t believe it’s been a week. It was a busy week, ‘to be fairs’ (teenage lingo… stick with me)… culminated with me sleeping three hours Saturday afternoon and then 12 hours straight that night. I just can’t hack it anymore. ok, let’s see if I can remember it all… I went to see this movie […]

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*52* A room of one’s own

‘A room of one’s own’ by Virginia Woolf Yup another one of hers. Just as famous so I’m not going to discuss it in too much details because, heck, it’s early and I haven’t had any breakfast which means the brain is not quite in gear… and so many words have been written about it […]

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*3* new year, new cushion

… because you can never, ever, have enough cushions. Fact. The central block, formed by the nine granny squares slip stitched together is another one from the big bunch I was gifted a few years ago… and it’s not the last one either. I think most of the yarn that was used is acrylic… the […]

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– 2018/186 – poetry Monday

Non-combatants (by Evelyn Underhill) Never of us be said That we reluctant stood As sullen children, and refused to dance To the keen pipe that sounds across the fields of France. Though shrill the note and wild, Though hard the steps and slow, The dancing floor defiled, The measure full of woe, And dread The […]

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– 2018/167 – music Friday

Something a little different today…  last night I went to a classical concert in Birmingham at the Symphony Hall.  It was fabulous. They played Beethoven 7th Symphony which was amazing… he is my favourite classical composer and the second movement of this piece is simply magical. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down. […]

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