#quotations ” “My infant finds…

#quotations ” “My infant finds favour in the austere eyes ,” muttered his Grace. “Infant, I am trying to prevail upon Mr. Marling to honour my poor house with his presence. Pray add your entreaties to mine.” ” Georgette Heyer, p216, These Old Shades.

A very quickly sourced by absolute chance quote from a page from one of my mum’s books (I only have a small few of her books as they were shared among family and others were donated. I had to grab her Georgette Heyer novels as I read those in my childhood while too young to really understand them, but could mechanically read them at about six years old. I don’t think I read all of them because of the antiquated adult world portrayed in the stories.) I’m hoping to read them enough to find the one i did read from start to end, but haven’t had the free time to relax with them yet. Not really the kind of genre I go for in a book these days. My poor mum struggled to keep me in reading material but I had books like Enid Blyton and comics every week where i learnt about things like majorettes in Judy and Bunty, Debbie etc. I had an advantage over my brother in getting to read his Eagle and Roy of the Rovers comics (much more interesting than girls comics!) and he always complained it wasn’t fair and did share but I’d have to pay back a favour of some sort like take on one of his chores, otherwise he got nothing for my reading his when of course he refused to read a girl’s comic. The library was too far to walk but don’t think they had anything I wanted to borrow but my mum did make us to join. I used to go in to the library very occasionally to use the reference section. I couldn’t understand while so young why you couldn’t borrow the only books I wanted to read. We had a lot of worldly books in our classroom at school though and I was a voracious reader as a child. Not been much of a reader as an adult. Heard on local radio yesterday that statistically only 11% of people read fiction and most reading is other types, ie. for information, so I don’t feel as bad about not reading enough fiction now. Not sure if that’s a UK statistic, regionally or nationally, or if it’s a global market result. i might look for more info on it sometime. I nearly panicked for a quick authorstory post but spotted the postwindow’s autotag just as I was leaving and thought I’d add a quick quote then. That’s what it turned out and i didn’t want to select a replacement. Should be elsewhere, gotta go 🙂 bye for now, best wishes all 🙂

PS – i felt it was a good quote to suggest, if you are reading or have a book to hand for a chance find, you might like to add a quote post or in comments.
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#quotations “The brown sky hid…

#quotations “The brown sky hid a few stars in her shawl at dawn.” Parijat

I guess it was reading this line a week or so ago that influenced my haiku post today (new blog space for minimal form posts). It’s a beautiful opening to chapter 12 of the novel ‘Under the Sleepless Mountain’ as translated by Nara Pallav. I expect it does lose some of its’ qualities by limitations of equivalence. Unavoidable. I’m very pleased I waited for a copy as it wasn’t immediately available at the time) and it’s interesting summer reading. Very glad it’s not at all a slushy romance(!) i’d still like to hear it in the original language and I’m going to look out for an audiobook to buy eventually. i don’t mind not understanding.

Thanks to our authorstory contributor for the post on this author


Being a ditzy female now…

Being a ditzy female now I can’t find the ‘notify me of new comments via email’ tickbox, other than in the new post. Has it always been like that? I hate wasting energy looking for things that never existed in the first place. It’s worse than finding something that was there just happened to have disappeared. I only back up my own posts by the way, as we all should on any online service, if preserving our content is somehow important.

Distractive generation, anyone?

Hi all, it’s good to see new members interested in our blogging community forum as well as some faithful returners (as always it would be nice to see more of you 😉 ) – best wishes to you all and hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂

TIP: struggling to find the dashboard for your members back-end access via the dashboard? I found it again by hitting STATS in the ‘improved editor’ screen. That way you can find your lingering drafts as such things like that missing from the ease-of-use common function screen that they call ‘improved editor’. Doh! (@admin, I’ll tidy up asap if it’s ever really necessary but not much to do there really anyway, I think).

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Commemorating Shakespeare 401

Just a quick post from me. It seems that even with a year to prepare I yet again failed to meet a selfimposed deadline to try and join in (late) with Piyusha’s Shakespeare celebration idea. Apologies for that – I got tangled in research and lost in the diversion of learning about Ben Johnson – he was England’s first Poet Laureate and there’s an intriguing sense of mystery entwined between those two individual histories. Not that I unravelled anything there, more like became intrigued and fascinated and so losing focus from the task that was to hand in the beginning.

“To be,or not to be…” perhaps believing that today is the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday. It is certainly the day that his birth is celebrated as post-humous cultural capital.

Informally – and colloquially – there’s an interesting old wives tale about how the word ‘bard’ came into existence. I won’t go into that here but I’m sure you can imagine a bad language word with a couple of apostrophes… that’s more a ‘ye olde english pubbe’ story than old wives… I’d better behave better when representing ‘goode olde’ fashioned Englishness in an international arena, no doubt.

I’m approaching fifty in another many enough months and times and tales of tradition have certainly changed since the information superhighway and rise of tourism. Products of cultural capital change the course of our histories through the adaptation of those stories we once learnt as if fact. We are forced – or encouraged – to relearn our histories back from the viewpoints of others who have learnt it from one book or another and then in the perpetual retellings and cementings of fable and fiction obligingly accept the matter of the facts. Or is that matters of the fact. My grammar can be dreadful. Anyway…

i was very fortunate during my schooldays to visit Stratford-upon-Avon with my classmates when we were about eleven or maybe twelve. Back then we were taught by the Stratford Theatre educational team that there was no sure way of knowing who Shakespeare was, that he was believed to be a man of foreign origin and looked nothing like any of the images in our books. It was believed that the writings of Shakespeare were collaboratively produced during improvisational excercises and practice plays. Learned scholars would write down the actions and dialogues/monologues and these became our revered works of English literature known as the work of William Shakespeare…

Every conservative government has ruined England every time they seize political power. it’s difficult to keep politics out of discusssions around Shakespeare or his tales as I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve enjoyed anything of those works. Developments in educational provision and curriculum standardisation meant that within a couple more years or so of that Stratford visit we were being directed to believe the facts of those matters differently. Never mind. Parrot fashion learning to rote might achieve points in exams, but might fail to flex our early learning mindsets. Sometimes.

Of course, I wouldn’t wish to ruin anyone’s idea of who Shakespeare was, or might have been. His writings speak to every reader/listener in their own unique way so we may all have our own moments with the Bard to feel and assume and to reason any which way we will. His history is elusive and perhaps that’s how he wished it to be for himself. Another day I might make a better post of this adhoc freewriting and share better from previous research efforts (I bought the book ‘Shakespeare for Dummies’ especially – recycled book reading challenge – so that I could quick-scan reference points and refresh. But right now my research is all in a tangle and I’ve read none properly for thirty or so years. So i leave with this ‘much ado about nothing’ in its’ stead.

So, anytime between now and next April’s anniversary could be as good a time as any to celebrate the life and the works of Will Shakespeare just… well, ‘as you like it’, or whatever (just to add a modern touch!)

[Sorry Piyush’, 2k fictional words is too much for me even not in a hurry but I still think those were some great ideas and I would have loved to have seen some of the responses but must have some how missed them at the time.]

Tuesday Trivia?

I can’t stick around researching for a trivia post today but thought I’d drop in with this morsel from the #trivia twitter feed – is etymology ‘trivia’ – well I s’pose it is and it might be handy to remember this for that board T’Pursuit game or similar… I can’t help myself for trying to play along with the apparent schedule for post content here. Anyone made a recent trivia type post at their blog or recommend anyone else’s? A favourite archival post here to refresh from previous contributors? If so, add a springboard link in the comments.
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a quick late #photopost for #shutterbug

Hi all, sorry to linkdrop and run but any old excuse for my post haste and my re-run photo for this week is at my blog here
Hope all is well 🙂 have a good weekend, with best wishes!