The Books of [2012 and] 2013!

(2012 is getting included as I skipped out on doing this last year) Unlike virtuous, self-improving people with social lives like RC2, I tend to stick to novels, and I tend to be a pretty easy mark on books so if I read something about one or read an interview with an author suddenly I […]

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Protesting Starbucks: The Celebrity Chef Edition

So I listened to Jamie Oliver’s appearance on BBC’s Woman’s Hour last week, which is about 22 minutes long, it’s the first segment, and it’s very interesting, especially this bit towards the end: JO: This recession is NOT going like everyone says, I can tell you that. Jane Garvey: What do you base that on? […]

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Alan Titchmarsh Reads!

Amazing Bible Stories! I’m going on a small car trip tomorrow with The Child and was looking up books on tape on iTunes (remember those cassettes that came with Disney storybooks? yeah they don’t exist anymore) and! And! “King Saul could give no answer /Yorkshire accent Update: There’s also Judi Dench doing the alphabet, and […]

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Other Books What I Been Reading

I read more than just The Hunger Games, people. Honest I do. Please don’t judge me. I’ve also read these worthwhile and erudite works: Pigeon English: This was very good. About a young boy from Ghana who moves into a council flat in London with his family, leaving his father behind to finish some things […]

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The Hunger Games: Mea Culpa

So, where was I all last week? Reading The Hunger Games. I’m sorry! A coworker lent it to me! And it’s one of those stupid books (then series of three books) where if you don’t just finish the damned thing you’ll be up all night every time you pick it up so you might as […]

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I Would Read These Books

Lists of Note – The Fake Books of Charles Dickens When Charles Dickens moved into Tavistock House in 1851, he decided to fill two spaces in his new study with bookcases containing fake books, the witty titles of which he had invented. And so, on October 22nd, he wrote to a bookbinder named Thomas Robert […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIV

This is amazing. I love the bit about the cat. Language alert. Extracts from Emma Thompson’s diaries while shooting Sense and Sensibility, from ‘The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries’

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Books of 2011 (And Previous to 2006)

You’ll never guess what I found: My book notebook! Yea, verily, the little black notebook that I write down everything I read in. Once upon a time I planned on doing a Sunday Books of the Year list at the last day of every year, but after 2005, every time New Years rolled around, I […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXVI

The guy who wrote this is very, very, funny. The topic is very, very, funny. The article is very, very, funny: Empire Magazine – A Brief History Of Bond Film Titles As Bond 23 approaches, we look at the films to date… By Neil Alcock

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When Smart Men Write Simple Stories

This is very good: Prospect – What Alice did A new exhibition reminds us of Alice In Wonderland’s enduring influence on visual art. But its impact extends much further. Why do Lewis Carroll’s books still have such a hold on us? By Richard Jenkyns By common consent Carroll is the Tolstoy of the nursery. His […]

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Damn, P.D. James Is COOL

BBC – PD James writes Pride and Prejudice crime novel “I would love to do another Dalgleish,” she said, “but it seemed to me the last book was somewhat valedictory. “I’m very afraid of starting something that will take a long time to write – about three years with all the plotting and planning – […]

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Movie News

I’m not sure if these two go together but in my head they kinda do, so two movies to report on (if second hand): First, Wheat & Weeds saw Captain America and …liked it? Apparently I should never have listened to the rumours promulgated by the trailer. Which made it look ridiculously idiotically ludicrously bad. […]

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World War Z

Is a book written by Mel Brooks’ kid, Max. Peter really enjoyed it. And they’re making a movie! With Brad Pitt! In Philadelphia! …Which they’re filming in Glasgow! As proven by these totally surreal pictures from the Beeb: In pictures: Glasgow Zombie movie

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E-Books and Woodblock Prints Together at Last

Oh hell yeah: BBC News – British Library offers e-classics app for iPad The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad. Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books. […]

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I’m Reading Biggles

To be strictly accurate, I’m reading the foreword by the author to the first book. He’s telling truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales about the RFC. My eyes are wide like saucers at his attitude. Anyone ever read this series? Red? Brett? Half (although it’s rather less nautical than your usual fare)?

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