Month: October 2004

  • Anyway, another book. I’ve foisted on you all the works of Italo Calvino (this I know, as I have very few of his books left on my shelves) but I fear I’ve burnt myself out to appreciating him. This month I’ve read The Baron in the Trees (about a nobleman’s son who after a quarrel […]

  • Meanwhile, on the book front, I’ve just finished Alan Garner’s Thurlsbitch (he’s the author of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, if you’re wondering). Set in the Peak District (where my folks live, where we’ve always walked and where I’m going tomorrow), Thurlsbitch is the name of an ancient dale, where two hundred years ago people lived, […]

  • People keep criticising me for not putting my personal thoughts up here more regularly. I thought I was; then I looked at the dates of personal posts and realised how much of my life I’m losing to a pretty-much unconscious existence, with intermittent periods of awareness. I wonder if everyone’s lives are like that? So […]

  • They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Aah, nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. Whatever happened to Flipper, Skippy, The Littlest Hobo, Lassie and the rest? Have animals stopped caring for mankind? Or has the caring animal simply become extinct?

  • Guardian Unlimited | Life | Our not so distant relative Hobbits live!