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Last week was badge night.  We had a special badge tester in - an ex-guider - to do a lot of the testing, and we picked up a few.  We were all, including our tester, extremely impressed with the variety of badges the Brownies had chosen, and the standard they achieved.  Just so you know what a Brownie can do, with a little help at home, here's the full list: Booklover, Cook (more buns, colourfully iced), Fire Safety (which last week proved very appropriate), Sport (Football - most of it signed off by her coach, I did the final clause), Brownie Skills, Home Skills, Hostess (2 of, cups of tea for all leaders), Craft (3 of), Designer, Friend to Animals (she's adopted a cheetah - the toy version came in), and Wildlife Explorer.

And this week we all worked for our World Traveller badge.  Once their passports had been issued, the Brownies were divided into three groups (one of the sixes was split to join the other three sixes) to tackle three tasks (aka badge clauses).  The first task was to play Kim's Game, which is where a selection of items are laid on a tray, and the girls had to remember and list them afterwards.  There were a selection of souvenirs from various countries, together with cookery and guide books; one of my dragons and Edel Lion came to help.  The Brownies individually listed what they could remember and then each group combined their list to see if they'd remembered everything.  Each group managed 15 out of the 17 items, which is good.  Strangely, they all forgot the suntan lotion.

The next task was a quiz identifying which countries the international car registration marks related to.  I had chosen all European countries, some easier than others, including GBZ for our recent transfer from Gibraltar.  Two of the groups managed quite well, with some surprises as to who knew what.  One group floundered, but Brown Owl was there to assist.

The final task gave each girl a cardboard doll to colour with the correct uniform for a Brownie (or the equivalent) from around the world.  My flist, as ever, turned up trumps, so I had details from Ireland, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia for them to choose from.  On the back of the doll they wrote the country, the date when GirlGuiding started there, and what they would be called if they were guiding in that country.  For a simple task it was really popular and there were several requests to take the dolls home, which all of them did.

Lastly, they went into their two language groups, and after a quick revision, the French speakers and the Spanish speakrs faced each other, counted from one to ten, said Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye.  And a number of them looked pleased at what they'd remembered.

For each completed task they received a stamp on the back of their passports.  And with four stamps they all received a badge.  They then went home with badge, passport and doll, together with their individual badges for the week before.

World traveller
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 I've started this blogpost a couple of times, but couldn't decide what to ramble about.

Should I talk about spending my hard-earned cash (I'm getting a new phone, because shiny and on offer; and we're getting the gas boiler replaced)?  I could mention a little about my grandfathers and father and other relatives.  Maybe I could mutter about Dreamwidth, but really I've said most of it before.

I don't even have any memes lined up to do.

So instead I'm throwing it open to you, dear flist.  Is there anything you'd like to know about me?  Ask away, and I'll attempt to answer in the comments.  Or if I've got lots to say on the subject then I might even give it a post of its own.

ETA: I've just found a [community profile] holmestice  treat written for me, which is brilliant.  If you haven't seen it already, do take a look: The Case of the Six Marmalades

2nd ETA: Title changed in case anyone did.

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SM has been off doing a singing workshop today, leaving me at home with nothing particularly pressing.  I have however been reasonably productive!

Apart that is from the usual puttering around on the internet, catching up with emails/LJ comments/fic reading, and the washing - which has dried nicely and is waiting for me to bring it in!

I have thought about the 'talk in the sermon slot' I'm doing next month and got an idea of where I'm going with it.  Have also thought about the talk for tomorrow's Combined Family Praise Fathers' (and Others') Day service.

I have written part of the chapter two of my Gen Bingo fic.  This is the one which follows on from Master Baggins the Baker's Son.  I have vague ideas, which are changing as I write, but so far I'm pleased with the way it's going.  Incidentally, Master Baggins is my most kudos fic for 2017, and my top five kudos fics this year are all The Hobbit and Bagginshield.

I have done the edits for my Not Prime Time exchange fic, with many thanks to [personal profile] thewhitelily  for her hard work in beta-ing it and saying 'this needs another sentence of explanation/reaction'.  All very true - I particularly appreciate her help, since it was a fandom she doesn't know.

I have booked tickets for a play.  This is put on by a new company Elliot & Harper Productions at London's Wyndhams Theatre.  The play Heisenberg will star Anne-Marie Duff (the reason for booking) and Kenneth Cranham.  The company are the ones who will also be putting on a play directed by Yael Harper, in which there are rumours Richard Armitage will star.  But ignoring that possibility for the moment SM and I are going between Christmas and New Year, and having a couple of days in London as well, which should be good.  I can see the run up to Christmas being busy, and learning from Easter, having a proper break afterwards seems like a good idea.

And lastly, apart of course from writing this blog post, I have ordered the Active Kids equipment for the Sainsbury's vouchers we collected.  It was quite difficult to decide what to get, but in the end we're having an earth ball - a ball with a map of the world printed on it, which should be good both for games and when we talk about Brownies around the world.  They also do gardening equipment, so I've ordered a set of small plant pots and saucers which we can use for a craft/gift/activity.  And with the remaining vouchers I selected a stop watch - we've been using a phone as a timer, but this would be easier - and a couple of food containers, which we can use for general storage.  Not a bad haul at all.

Hope your're all having a good weekend too!
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Two months since I set my goals for 2017/18 so time to see what progress has been made.

Goal No 1 - Write all the things

Wordage wise I remain on target, which is good.  I wrote slightly less in April, but picked up again in May.  And I've discovered AUs, of which up to now I've only written the occasional one.  Yes, I know the Ocelot Tales are AUs, but since Holmes and Watson remain more or less in character I don't class this as a pure AU.  Similarly Sussex Retirement, although not their actual retirement, is an extension of the characters' lives.  But since I've signed up to [community profile] whatif_au  apart from the inevitable Hobbit fic for 'Everyone Lives' AU, I've written a western AU (again for the Hobbit) and a soulmark AU (Spooks).

I have managed to add some more badges for [community profile] fan_flashworks  including the Unimaginable, which means I've written for every challenge for the past three years - yay!




Goal No 2 - A Monthly Pastoral Assitant Post

This I am doing, and there is another one scheduled to be written at the end of this month.  I'm pleased I'm committed to doing this, as it is keeping track of what and how much I'm involved in, otherwise I think I would assume I wasn't doing very much.


Goal No 3 - Try Twelve New Things

Two down, ten to go.  I've roughly sketched out what I shall try when, so the more craft based challenges will be spread out over the autumn/winter, rather than concentrated in three months.

I'm currently reading the book mentioned by DebrisWoman "You have breathe for no more than 99 words.  What would they be?"  My intention, as a writing exercise, is to take a number of the characters I write and let them write their 99 (or less) words.  If there's anyone you would particularly like to see, please let me know.
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So, back at Brownies for the last few weeks before the summer holidays.  We have a slightly smaller pack at the moment, having lost two Brownies and we don't take new ones on for these weeks, as it's not worth it.  One Brownie was the one with the impossible mother; the other we were sorry to see go, but understood why.  She's gone to join Cubs with her twin brother - which will make life easier for the mother, because both groups meet at about the same time, but in different locations.

We began work on the World Traveller badge yesterday.  It's a relative easy badge, but should be quite enjoyable.  It's one of the badges where you choose five activities from a long list, so with a little bit of adapting we can have a couple of fun evenings while earning a badge.

First things first - I had designed a simple passport for them to complete, with their name on the front, and inside was a space for them to draw a picture of themselves and fill in some details.  Since this was a special Brownie passport, instead of their address they had to include their six and which Brownie pack they belong to.  On the back there is space for stamps.  These will be applied when they complete the activities in a couple of week's time.  Although simple, this kept them happily occupied for quite a while.

One of the other sections of the badge requires them to count from one to ten and say hello, goodbye and thank you, in a foreign language.  Most of the older girls learn a language at school and French predominates.  A few learn Spanish and we have a new transferee who has recently arrived from Gibraltar.  So we split the girls into two groups and helped them practise.  Then they formed two lines, facing each other, to demonstrate their French and Spanish.  Again they enjoyed themselves, and looked pleased at what they had achieved.

Au revoir   and   Adios

Pansies

Jun. 7th, 2017 09:01 pm
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I had promised the pansies they could have their own post, so here they are, sitting proudly in their pots:
Pansies and more )
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This was suggested by [personal profile] complicatedlight  as something different to do when in London.

Initially, the opening times looked not to be promising for this one, but then I realised we were coming up to London, and because it was half term we would be leaving after midday, rather than late afternoon, so I suggested to SM that we go.  As an aside, I also got to travel on a tube line I'd never been on before: the Waterloo and City Line.  (It only shuttles between Waterloo and Bank, so not generally of any use).

Dennis Severs House is in Folgate Street, not far from Liverpool Street Station.  There are various rooms, which are set out as if the family who lived there have just left for a few minutes.  It was originally occupied by a family of Huguenot silk-weavers, who arrived there in 1724.  The visitor walks through the house in silence, moving from room to room, beginning in the basement.  As they move through the house time moves on, so that the top floor is set at the time of William IV's death, when Victoria came to the throne.

It's a very interesting concept.  Obviously the articles in the room cannot be handled, but for me there was a strong wish to do so.  I also felt drawn to sit on the chairs and therefore take part more fully in the scene.  The idea being the visitor experiences the scene as if they had just dropped into the house.

The average visit length is 45 minutes, we spent 75 there, taking our time, looking at everything.  SM was very taken with it.  I enjoyed it, but felt very much an observer, rather than a participant, one step outside what I think was the intention.  But it was well worth visiting, and if anyone is looking for something different to do in London, I can recommend it.

Richard III

Jun. 4th, 2017 04:40 pm
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As soon as I heard Greg Hicks was going to be in Richard III I knew I had to see it.  Then SM talked about going to another singy thing (Vivaldi's Gloria) and suggested we stay overnight so he could be at Trafalgar Square by 10am.  So it seemed like an ideal opportunity to combine the two.

It turned out to be an even better idea.  The play was at the Arcola Theatre, which is in Dalston in east London, and thus the other side of London from us.  It also didn't finish until nearly 6pm (starting quite late for a matinée at 3pm) so getting a train home would have been a rush (we drove up instead).  A combination of bus from almost outside our Travelodge at Kew Bridge and London Overground meant the travel - although nearly an hour - was simple.

But to the play.  I am so very pleased I got to see it.  I went with a friend, and whilst we agreed the emphasis on Richard's disability was extreme and not entirely necessary, Greg Hicks performance was excellent.  He's an extremely physical actor - not in the leaping all over the stage sense, but in conveying much by subtle body movements.  He brought out the laughs, with a performance which showed Richard as very self-aware of exactly what he was doing.  And he dominated the stage, not denying the other actors, but in demonstrating that he was where the real power was held.  And when he spoke, a slight emphasis on certain words and the audience knew exactly what he was thinking.

The supporting cast were good too.  I was particularly taken with Matthew Sim as Catesby, icy and completely in control of himself.  However, I was not convinced with the way some of the characters were doubled up.  Having the same actor play Clarence and Stanley, while another played Rivers and Blunt was rather a jolt - especially when towards the end in one scene they are talking with Richmond as his supporters, and in the very next scene they appear before Richard as he dreams of those he's killed.  But that's a minor criticism.

The Arcola theatre is small, giving an intimate setting, and we were in the second row on one side, so had an excellent view and felt drawn in to the performance.  It's modern dress, but of no specific time, which I felt worked very well.

In conclusion, I'm delighted I got to see Greg Hicks on stage again.

More York

May. 29th, 2017 11:29 am
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Many thanks to those of you who liked yesterday's post about our trip to York - but you didn't think you'd escape that lightly did you?  Because there's more ...

More York )

York

May. 28th, 2017 03:32 pm
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We had an excellent couple of days in York.  There is a very good park and ride system, so we didn't have the hassle of driving into the centre of the city, coping with the one way system and finding anywhere to park.

York )
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For my first challenge, I decided to combine two suggestions.  [personal profile] nagi_schwarz  suggested I try painting, and debriswoman suggested sketching a diary for a week.  Now, painting was going to take more equipment than I wanted to buy to start with, and more space than we have available, but I thought I would go with the spirit of the challenge, bought myself a cheap sketch pad and some colouring pencils (and then found some more I'd been given) and decided to have a go.

artwork )
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It's been a couple of easier weeks at Brownies - by easier I mean I wasn't leading the activities.  Last week we found activities for them to do from their Adventure books, which involved looking at the strengths and talents of the girls within their sixes, and then asking them to read various scenarios and discuss the best outcome from the choices provided.  It got the Brownies talking to each other, and as far as we could see they were all able to contribute something.

This week we were doing the Mr Men and Little Miss Marathon challenge which enables groups to raise funds for children with cancer.  The idea is to do 26 things and be sponsored in the process.  Sparkly Owl suggested they do 26 exercises for one minute each.  Last week they were sent out with their forms and then this week they did their exercises.  It was a proper challenge, but overall they agreed it was worth doing.  And hopefully we will raise a good sum for charity.  We know one of our Brownies has had a good number of sponsors because people think it's a good charity.

Thank you to all those of my flist who provided me with the website of their national guiding/girl scouting organisation.  I've been able to find all the information I need for the activity towards our Brownie World Traveller badge.  I've also kept a note of the details so I can use them again.

I'm currently counting Sainsburys vouchers.  Every year we collect Active Kids vouchers.  Last year we collected enough to obtain four brightly coloured skipping ropes - not much in the great scheme of things, but it all helps our group.  This time we have about five times as many vouchers, which is wonderful.  It's nice to feel the parents are supporting us in this way, including involving grandparents and other relatives.
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I bookmarked this reading challenge from Dawnebeth about a year ago - as recommended to me by [personal profile] hardboiledbaby    So let's see how I get on!

1) A book published this year.  Stay With Me (Ayobami Adebayo)
2) A book you can finish in a day  Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter)
3) A book you've been meaning to read. Various Temeraire books (Naomi Novik)
4) A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. Murder Under The Christmas Tree (various)
5) A book you should have read in school  Cheating slightly, but whilst the son and daughter were at school: Harry Potter
6) A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child or BFF Housekeeping and Home (Marilynne Robinson) - recced by my flist
7) A book published before you were born.  The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
8) A book that was banned at some point.  I shall cheat and say The Bible in English
9) A book you previously abandoned. The Charioteer (Mary Renault)
10) A book you own but have never read I own most of the books I read - picked up cheaply on Ebay
11) A book that intimidates you. The Master and Margarita (Mikhael Bulgakov)
12) A book you've already read at least once.  Inevitably, the Sherlock Holmes stories!

Anyone like to share their answers to any of these questions?
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It's been raining, but I thought I'd take some photos:

May flowers )

 

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Copied from daria234 because I thought it was a bit different.

Rules:
• List 1-10 pairings/prompts that you have been dying to read. Maybe it's a really rare pairing or something you've requested on any of the past smut memes/exchanges/etc which haven't been fulfilled.  (Okay, I don't go on smut memes, because I'm me.)

• When you see this posted on your friends' journals, you may do one of the following:
- Write it.
- Link to one that's already been written, whether by you or someone else.
-Talk about if you are also interested in this type of fic/think this pairing would be fun.
- Nothing - it's just a wishlist! It's a conversations starter and just for fun.

• There are no length or rating limits, and prompts may be duplicated. Be specific in your prompts particularly in reference to any requirements that may hinder your appreciation of the fic.

• There is no deadline for this, but once your ten prompts have been written to your satisfaction you are welcome to make a new post starting over. You may write your own prompts if you want. If your tastes change, you can certainly switch out one prompt for another at any time.


TO REITERATE: this is not a "request" list but a "wish" list, if anything inspires you and you want to write it, I'd be super happy, but I'm not trying to fish for people to write my dream fic here, it's just in good fun.

My fic preferences: Prefer no character death generally, there are one or two exceptions; no porn, because as I said, I'm me; no torture (Lucas is obviously the exception, but no actual torture), no graphic violence.

Rating wise, no M or E (not a surprise, given my preferences. Mini casefics and silly crackfic and character studies and all other genres equally liked.

My list: (in no particular order)

1. Sherlock Holmes (ACD): It's gone very quiet in the broom cupboard lately.  Have the Holmes/Hopkins and Watson/Lestrade partnerships moved elsewhere, or has Mrs Hudson finally bought the unpickable lock? Peace & Quiet by Okapi

2. Spooks (MI5): Lucas North/Adam Carter  Anything, especially if there is cake involved.

3. Robin Hood (BBC): Guy of Gisborne/Much.  Anything (yes, I know I'm the only one who writes this!)

4. Forever (TV): Anything involving Henry and Abe, because I miss them.  Wonderful in Theory by [personal profile] nagi_schwarz 

5. Call the Midwife: Any storyline.  Gen, acknowledging canon relationships but not majoring on them.

6. Grantchester: I feel so sorry for Leonard.  Sidney needs to take responsibility for his actions, but Leonard is doing all he can.

7. North & South: Married life for Mr and Mrs Thornton.

8. Sherlock Holmes & Dr Watson (1980) I've recently discovered this series and anything with Holmes and Watson, especially if it involves Holmes love of marmalade.

9. My Dearly Beloved Detective. Another recent discovery. Anything with Shirley and Jane.

10. The Hobbit (films): Thorin/Bilbo.  Yes, there is lots on AO3, but what I crave is short fluffy ficlets, not wading through 20K+ words.
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We started back at Brownies last week, with our customary games night.  We had two new girls, one the younger sister of one of our current Brownies, the other a transfer, as the family have just moved back from Gibraltar (which is a first for us).  Another new girl joined us this week, bringing us up to 21 girls.

This week we opted for a simple craft, since Sparkly Owl was on holiday.  We asked the Brownies what was special about May, and after some thought, one of them said, 'Isn't it Star Wars Day?' so I gave the correct greeting of 'May the fourth be with you' and we carried on trying to get someone to say May Day celebrations.  They didn't, but nevertheless we did our May Day craft - a thin hairband to be decorated with paper flowers.  Very simple and very popular.

Last week we'd said we would be running another badge night and asked the Brownies to think which badge they wanted to work for.  So this week, while they were working on their craft I went round to each of them to discuss what they wanted to do.  They've chosen a wide variety of badges, so we're very hopeful as to what will be produced.

On Sunday afternoon, one of the mothers had phoned Brown Owl to rant that her daughter wasn't to do any badges, because she found it too stressful.  We were completely unimpressed, and I was all geared up to say something when she came in to continue her reasoning as she had promised to do.  In fact all she did was drop her daughter off and stand as far as possible from the door to make sure she came in.  I spoke to the daughter, came up with a solution which she was happy with (we have all sorts of ways of enabling the girls to achieve badges) and then when the daughter told her mother she said to me 'and she's happy with that?'  By and large we can cope with problem Brownies, problem parents are another matter.

Brown Owl has decided she wants to retire, having spent over 30 years leading Brownie packs.  Although sad, I can understand her feelings.  I'm not taking on the running of the pack, although intend to continue helping.  Unfortunately support from county headquarters to find someone to take over is limited to 'here are places you can try to get help'.  Which always annoys me - the reason for stopping doing something is generally need for the time, so it isn't helpful to say 'continue what you're doing and do more'.

And finally, a request to my non-UK flist.  If you know it, could you point me to your national Girlguiding/Girl Scout website so I can look at uniforms and a few basic details, like the different groups and their age ranges.  It's for an activity I'm planning for next month.
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So far, this is the list of challenges I have received:



  • Go dancing, have a dance lesson

  • Try painting

  • Meal from a new cuisine, like Japanese or Chilean

  • Go for a trip in a Canadian canoe

  • Crotchet, perhaps make film characters

  • Learn the basics of another language, relevant to my church work or sign language

  • Use a different hand for doing stuff for a day

  • Sketch a diary for a week

  • Sew something simple and cheery

  • A writing challenge based on "You have breath for no more than 99 words. What would they be?"

  • Visit Dennis Severs house in London

  • Go to the Sky Garden in London

  • Cross stitch

  • Hardanger

  • A poetry challenge

Once I got over the panic of 'what am I going to do when?' and stopped trying to schedule everything rigidly into a calendar, I realised there is sufficient there to keep me occupied for a year.  There's a wide variety of challenges which is really good, and very pleasing, thank you flist.  There were a few other suggestions which I've decided against, but this collection should keep me busy.

So, watch this space!

 

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ust over a week ago SM said to me "Are we going to see The Hypocrite?"  I told him we hadn't booked, but he said he'd heard good things about it, so I had a look and rapidly booked, since yesterday was the closing night.  The production has almost completely sold out, but we managed to get £10 standing seats.  Which is probably a very accurate description - basicly you stand, but there's a sort of seat you can sit on, so it's not proper standing.  The seats are on the sides in the upper gallery, so there are areas which aren't visible, and I wouldn't particularly recommend them, but for £10 for something we couldn't have seen otherwise, I'm not complaining.

The Hypocrite is a new play, written by Richard Bean.  It was a joint collaboration between the RSC and Hull Truck Theatre, for Hull being UK City of Culture 2017.  The Hypocrite is Sir John Hotham, who in 1642 was charged by King Charles to take and hold the armoury in Hull for him.  At the same time Sir John is given a similar commission by the Parliamentarians.  This is historical fact.  The play is based on this action and builds on it, taking various historical truths and adapting some of them slightly.

It reminded me of some of the Restoration comedies we have seen, and was in a similar vein, although the language was modern, which meant following the plot was easier.  There were local references to Hull (the play was performed there first) and various modern allusions, including at one point the Duke of York sending a message to Sir John's daughter in text speak.  But it blended in very well and gave the illusion of being a Restoration comedy as seen at the time.

The play was a true comedy, with both verbal and physical jokes.  There were various references to Shakespeare - generally disparaging - and probably one of the best interpretations of Malvolio's yellow stockings cross-gartered I've seen.  The acts were separated by folk songs, played by a singer on a mandolin or guitar, which sounded period appropriate, although some at least were new, others may have been from the time.

We both really enjoyed it and were very pleased with the decision to see it.

 

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So, my final book review for this year's goals.  I have read a total of 30 books since May 2016, some of which, since I read them in the last four months, will also be included in my Goodreads reading challenge.

Equal Rites
Feet of Clay
Reaper Man - all three by Terry Pratchett


I'm continuning to enjoy working my way through the Discworld books.  Equal Rites dragged a little I felt, but I always enjoy the City Watch (Feet of Clay) and am very fond of DEATH (Reaper Man), so am satisfied overall.  I have more Discworld books sitting on my shelf, ready for me to continue the stories, possibly later this year.


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

I'm one of those people who regularly fill in the boxes to win prizes in giveaways.  I particularly enjoy the ones on Caboodle, although never really expect to win anything.  But this time I did.  It's a book I would never have selected by myself, because it's very different from my normal reading sphere.  It's set in 1980s Nigeria, written by a Nigerian author.  The plot is interesting, although I found the ending a little too neat - I shall be interested to hear what other readers think of it.  The setting is a culture I know little about, but is explained in enough detail to understand.  And I felt it would have helped if I had known a bit more about the history of the period.  It's written in the first person, but occasionally changes the narrator at the start of a new chapter, without any announcement, which I didn't find particularly helpful.  The book is shortlisted for this year's Baileys Prize, so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself for having read it.


Adventures in the Strand by Mike Ashley

Subtitled Arthur Conan Doyle & The Strand Magazine.  This is a book I'd had on my wishlist for some time, so I requested it for Christmas.  It's very interesting to read about ACD's long relationship with The Strand, and the very varied contributions he made.  Perhaps inevitably I finished it satisfied that Sherlock Holmes was his best creation, despite the author's enthusiastic recommendation for some of his other stories.  I was also left with a lowered sense of interest in the man himself, who, no doubt a product of his time, seem to lack the breadth of vision of Holmes.  It's an interesting read, although I found the constant conversion to modern values of the sums paid for ACD's stories irritating, and Ashley intruded too much into the book for my liking.  But, as an undoubted phenomenon of the time, the role of the Strand Magazine and ACD's part in it, was worth reading about.
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My third goal for this year is to Try Twelve New Things.

Which means roughly one a month. But that doesn't mean each challenge needs to last a month, although it could. Equally it doesn't mean I wouldn't do two challenges one month and none another, because I might. I just thought it would be good to write about one challenge each month.

I am prepared to consider anything, given the following constraints. I don't have amazing amounts of free time, and what I do have varies considerably from day to day and week to week. I don't mind paying a little to try out something, but I'm not prepared to spend a lot of money on something I may or may not enjoy. (I have, after all smiled sweetly at my credit card as I booked some theatre tickets and accommodation.)

So, dearest flist, I am open to suggestions. What could I do which would be new?

I'm in London for a few days in August, and am going up for the occasional part-weekend at other times. [personal profile] complicatedlight   has given me a couple of suggestions, at least one of which I'm hoping to do. The timing of the other may prove more difficult, but just because I don't manage to do it within the next twelve months doesn't mean I won't do it at all.

Maybe there's something you think I should write, or read, or watch, or learn about. A craft I should try. Something I should visit (either specifically or in general).

I have the same problem we have when we ask the Brownies what they'd like to do. They suggest things they've done before, because they can't imagine anything else. It's the same for me now.

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