Archive of July 2011

Sat 30 Jul

The same thing, yet oh so different

Compare and contrast the following account of the same event as this posting on my blog (I am assuming my fellow rider will not mind me reproducing below her account!):-

Mission accomplished!  Paul and Annie are proud owners of  two wonderful medals for completing the London 2011 Nightrider challenge.

We set off from Crystal Palace just after 11pm on Saturday night and made it back just before 7am on Sunday morning for breakfast, having completed every centimetre of the  108.75 kilometre route around London (that's nearly 70 miles in old money.

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Fri 22 Jul

Blogs come and blogs go...

and this one does both, at least for me because there is a mysterious and intermittent fault that is preventing me from posting!  Hence the long gap without any news from me, although I have read at least half a dozen books in the meanwhile.....

In extreme précis the five books I read then:-

"Stuart - a life backwards" was a bit harrowing but surprisingly human and life affirming

"The Help" was a great yarn and riveting reading with great insight into the life of black people in the deep South a surprisingly short time ago.

"The Spell" was an extremely homo-erotic book, made somewhat barren somehow by the absence of women characters (I realise that sounds trite, but a camp man is just such a different thing!)

"A Celibate Season" was a great diverting little read, if somewhat dated and cliquey (and of course oh so Canadian!)

And last but not least "Whistling for Elephants" surprised me with it's freshness and humour.  Made a great contrast alongside "celibate season" as far more modern, but with touches of the surreal to enliven it - I would not have guessed Sandi Toksvig had it in her!  Must keep an eye out for more fiction from her..

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