Monday, 4 February 2008 11:23 pm
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Hey, Shakespeare buffs - tell me about Hamlet! Specifically, I have a seminar Wednesday morning focussing on soliloquies and other especially notable bits (everyone should read, I quote, "the soliloquy at the end of Act 2.2 'O what a rogue and peasant slave am I' and also the famous grave diggers scene, 5.1"). We did Hamlet two Bardcamps ago so I have a basic idea of it but VERY LITTLE MORE and I know you people have Big Thoughts on the subject.

If nothing else, tell me - what do you think is the coolest/most interesting thing about this play? A section/speech/scene, a theme, an idea or critical theory, anything. I will do some secondary reading but not much in time.

Thursday, 12 October 2006 01:57 pm
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I went to the charity shop and I bought...

... a lovely snuggly grey t-shirt, a lovely snuggly cream scarf, a lovely shiny brass bracelet (for roleplaying), a lovely folky CD (Clannad), and *nine books*! Nine! Nine books! Wheeee! And only one of them I have read before (I bought Little Women, because I felt like reading it and my copy is somewhere in a pile of boxes at my dad's, I think). *bounce*

I also have food and fabric conditioner. I have lots to do this afternoon, so if you see me online please prod me and check whether I have done it all. I need to go out and do some important shopping...

Great Ex

Monday, 2 October 2006 11:36 pm
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So apparently the Great Expectations pub in Reading is a hotbed of BookCrossingness. Does anyone know if there's a particular spot people leave their books, or what?

Monday, 12 September 2005 04:52 pm
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I have been productive today! 90% of our books are now on shelves or on the big rack, as opposed to being in heaps on the floor! I have rescued a quantity of my craft/sewing books from the rack shelf that I can't see, and have put them on my own shelves with the other such books. I have made a big box for Robert's Doctor Who books. I have also identified and imported to iTunes a batch of old mix CDs, and an Elton John Best Of double album :)

In an hour I will be off to Brownies, where I am intending to be a volunteer helper. I am nervous. Before then I have to call a job agency, write a couple of postcards, take a painkiller and change my clothes. Wheeeee!

House hurrah!

Sunday, 17 July 2005 11:36 pm
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Today has been as good as yesterday! I had a slow start, and woke up feeling very floppy and groggy and generally headachy. I therefore wimped out of meeting The Girls for moose and juffins, and instead spodded online for a while. Criossants and ham brought restored vigour and vitality, and I embarked upon the task Robert had spent the previous day enabling - he spent yesterday moving my bookshelf (my very own lovely bookshelf which has been marooned in the yucky dining room for two years!) into the back room upstairs, into the space vacated by the small bookshelf (which is now in the bedroom on top of a chest of drawers)! He'd cleaned it and everything, and put all the books in boxes for me :) I was very happy indeed when I came in last night.

So I got to organise my books! I have almost two shelves of theology/church history/religious-topics books, which makes me feel like I have a brain, and I have my nice copies of Austen all together, and all my Trollope in one place, and all the plays and poetry together on the bottom shelf. It's lovely and wonderful and I'm very pleased. Some of the spare books are now stacked neatly in a box.

Then later I was even more useful. As Robert had moved the bookcase the dining-room was quite a bit less awful than it had been (he'd also thrown out lots of stuff), and so I could get into it and extract all my fabric which has been lying around getting covered in fluff and hair and dirt and yuck. It's in five boes total now; one box of clean fabric (stuff which was put in there when it was brand new), one box of dirty fabric which can be used for peasant costumes, one box of dirty fabric which cannot be used for peasant costumes, and two buckets of scraps divided on the same principle. It's all neat and out of the way! It's great!

Must eat tasty crispbake, going cold.

Book arts

Tuesday, 12 July 2005 11:28 am
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I need to make a book for LARP purposes, and while scouting around the net for help I came across various bits of info on different sorts of artists' books (books as art rather than text/only text). I got particularly interested in 'tunnel books', as I had some when I was little that I loved (but can't remember what they were now). I will probably try making one using Chinese papercut techniques. Links for my reference below:

The Owl And The Pussycat
Set of children's tunnel books
Miniature tunnel books (and others)
View of a tunnel book showing construction
Tunnel Map
Useful illustrated article on tunnel books


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