Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – AV edition

01. I went to ’80s Mania’ a fortnight ago – Cutting Crew, Paul Young, Wang Chung, Go West and Taylor Dayne. I know, brilliant line up and they were all realistic about their performance (I think it was Cutting Crew who began by saying “We’re only playing four songs. One you’ll think was by REO Speedwagon and one you’ll know…I guess we could just play that one three times?!” Continue reading

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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01. Last Friday night: Culture Club. So, so good (my friend Alison took the pic above).

02. At some point during the concert Boy George said, “We always say that if you grew up with a Boy George poster on your wall, you’re probably a bit more open-minded than others…”. It was met with a great cheer. Continue reading

My childhood champions

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This week, the crew behind Top Ten Tuesday suggested we revisit our favourite childhood characters and speculate on where they might be now. I’m flouting the rules and leaving my favourites JUST THE WAY THEY ARE. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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1. The Dressmaker film was superb. And the costumes were breathtaking. My friend Kate alerted me to this exhibition. Kate lives in a different state to me but we will find a way of seeing this together (road trip time?!).

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2. Much of the soundtrack for The Dressmaker was original but the Flower Duet from Lakmé was included – always one of my favourites. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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1. Christine, the lovely host of this meme, mentioned some books she was planning on buying for her baby. On that list was a book by Oliver Jeffers. Have I mentioned my thing for Oliver Jeffers before? No? Honestly, it’s got nothing to do with the devastating piercing blue eyes/dark hair combination. With an Irish accent. It’s all about the fact that he is a brilliant artist, who writes funny yet meaningful books for kids. Truly.
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Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

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I was standing in a supermarket queue with my son (who was about three at the time) – he had just put on a big performance over not being allowed anything from the wretched lolly display at the checkout. “But I need some!” he wailed. I calmly replied, “You want some, you don’t need them. Want and need are different things.” A woman standing behind me sniggered and, gesturing to her stack of shopping bags said “I needed all this!”

Yes, we’re grown-ups and we understand the difference between want and need. So we also appreciate that I need all of the following:

10. Perfume. That smells like paper. Perfect. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Desert Island Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island. So apart from the obvious choice – 101 Recipes for Coconuts – here are the books I’d have with me (in no particular order):

1. Winnie-the Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems by A.A. Milne – because Winnie-the-Pooh is so wise and never fails to make me laugh *please note that I am a Disney-free-zone when it comes to Winnie* Continue reading