’tis the season

Happy Christmas, dear reader(s). I’m feeling festively empty-headed so will make this a pictorial post. Mum has given me a lovely 1937 edition of Lawrence of Arabia’s The Seven Pillars of Wisdom with pictures, which confirmed everything I suspected about pictures in books being a Good Thing. These photos of it open up very big…

Your poor old Yaki

I’ve been very preoccupied lately with The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning, which, despite it being on my Trilogies Reading List, I hadn’t read. I was on a bit of a deadline with it as the tv version, The Fortunes of War, is this year’s Yuletide Boxset (a traditional part of Christmas celebrations in my…

Vampire romances

Last week a teenage friend lent me a copy of Twilight. Twilight, for those who don’t have contact with teenagers, is a series of books revolving around a forbidden love between a vampire and a girl, set in Washington State, U.S.A. It’s now spawned two films, with more to come. I wasn’t keen on reading…

The cat’s clothes

I spent yesterday looking after a lovely little two and a half year old girl. I haven’t spent much time with her since she learned to speak, so it was nice to catch up. “Do you live at your house?” “Yes, I live in my house.” “Where your socks is?” (The dampness of my socks…