Archive for the ‘For the Love of Words’ Category

Ideas, events and people…

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Great Minds
(Source: Sasha Ezquerra on Pinterest)

Hmmm… It’s not that simple, is it?

What are you talking about these days… innate and adventitious ideas? Syria? Fracking? Ryan Gosling?

All of the above?

Yeap. Same here. But I like the idea that my mind can switch between small and great, and all shades in between. That explains a few things.

C & U – March 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013

C, Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall (March 2013)

U, Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall (March 2013)

Found by the harbour in Mevagissey.

These lovely and rusty bits of chain clearly decided to break free and become letters.

C. U.

With my imagination running wild, I’m imaging this to be how people communicated pre-mobile phones in remote fishing villages.

Text messaging, the old fashioned way.


Snow-related reading matters

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Making the most of this lovely snowy weather.

I have just read Nobby Travels to Lapland: Magical Travel Books for Little People, I’m reading The Snow Child and I will soon read The People’s Act of Love.

Cold PlacesAnd I’m loving curling up on the sofa with Cold Places and a mug of tea.

Botswana and Zambia – B (June 2012)

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

B (June 2012)


On a truck on our ferry, crossing the Zambezi into Zambia.

William Klein + Daido Moriyama – Tate Modern, October 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

William Klein + Daido Moriyama, Tate Modern (October 2012)
(Source: Tate Modern)

Now. There’s an interesting one.

We were both keen to go but were left underwhelmed and didn’t take that much away from the exhibition.

I slightly preferred Moriyama.

I enjoyed the ideas behind PLATFORM 1977, ‘a study of anonymity, depicting people waiting on train stations, and Hunter 1972, ‘the various routes and highways out of Tokyo’ (Tate exhibition booklet). I like how he sees and captures fleeting moments.

Tomei Expressway: The Road that Drives People, 1969/2008
(Source: Fondazione Fotografia)

He slightly preferred Klein. Having said that, Klein’s use of typography in an almost abstract way on large canvases was very impressive.

William Klein
(Source: Not a painting and drawing course)

William Klein + Daido Moriyama is on at Tate Modern until 20 January 2013. Admission fee.)

Botswana and Zambia – on location (June 2012)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (June 2012)

We had the most amazing summer.

It all started in Africa. In June.

We spent two wonderful weeks in Botswana, with a few days in Zambia.

Choosing a book to read on location was easy. There was only one choice - The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

I was a bit weary about this book (and the whole series if I’m perfectly honest).

But it was perfect.

The description of the landscape matched what we saw from the truck. The conversations were the ones people had around us.

The book really captures Botswana and its people.

Although I’ll admit that I did not see any mopane worms for sale, and so I am unable to vouch for their tastiness!

Around the World in 80 Books

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Around the World in 80 Books (September 2012)

Around the World in 80 Books.


See? That’s why I need more duvet days.

So I have time to stumble upon all these amazing things out there.

So anyway, Around the World in 80 Books.

Travel the world through books.

That’s such a lovely idea.

And lucky St Kilda!

What an amazing local library they must have.

And all that reading time. Jealous.

But. Hmmm. So many questions.

Does St Kilda’s local library happen to have these books? Do they have to be ordered in especially? How does St Kilda select which book will represent a country? How does St Kilda find out about these books in the first place? And which countries will be left behind and why (although I have noticed that Scotland is country 84)?

Having just come across ‘Around the World in 80 Books’, I’m giddy happy to see that Book 77 is about Iceland and Book 76 about Greenland… and even more happy to see that Greenland’s book is Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (who was at the Falmouth literary event I recently attended).

It took me a little while to track down Finland’s book (there is no search facility on the blog) but hey, I’ve now added Book 8 to my wishlist: House of Orphans (Helen Dunmore).

This is fun.

It’s a great way to learn about new books.

It’s also a great place to check out what I should take with me as my ‘on location’ books.

An evening of all things Scandinavian – Dolly’s, Falmouth

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Dolly’s and Falmouth Bookseller, Falmouth (September 2012)

My recent visit to Falmouth happened to coincide with ‘NORTHERN LIGHTS’, a literary event at Dolly’s, organised in collaboration with Falmouth Bookseller.

Two authors, cookery writer Signe Johansen and novelist and travel writer Sarah Moss meet and talk about the current fascination for all things Scandinavian.

We had a wonderful evening. Informal discussions about Iceland and Scandinavian cooking.

Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Wine. Themed food.

Funnily enough, I was recently given a copy of Signe Johansen’s Scandilicious Baking.

I can’t wait to get started now.

If moving to Finland is not a possibility (and apparently, it’s not), then Finland (and Scandinavia) will have to come to me.

It is the way things have been going around here.

Glass of cloudberry liqueur in hand.


The Cockney Alphabet​

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The Cockney Alphabet​
(Paul Bommer via Spitalfields Life)

Spitalfields Life has a great article on Paul Bommer’s Cockney Alphabet.

Out of curiosity, look up Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Amazing how many expressions are now mainstream.

Cockney. It’s not just an East London thing.

London Letters

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

A-R - London Letters by Richard Crutchley
R-Z - London Letters by Richard Crutchley

London Letters

A series of images taken around London which reveals a hidden alphabet all around us” ~ Richard Crutchley.

I came across Richard’s work in a shop in Old Street.

Awesome stuff. Right up our street.