Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
- getting up a bit later than usual
- going to the Tower of London
- eating copious amounts of apple crumble and custard at St. Martin's
- watching Avenue Q
Sounds grand, but I felt a bit otherwise about the Tower. I'd been there once before (scarily over twenty years before) on a truly grand day trip from Birmingham to London with my sister. That day had been glorious sunshine, and we had caught the boat up the Thames and arrived at the Tower by that means, if not literally through 'Traitor's Gate'. It was probably about the time that the film Lady Jane came out, so the historical romance of the place would have been pumping through the youthful veins. The highlight then, indeed, was locating the graffiti 'Jane' in one of the Towers. I remember this, the sunshine, and the fact that we decided we weren't going to pay to go and see the Crown Jewels. Last week wasn't so exciting. I blame various things. For one, it has been very much done over for tourists in the intervening 23 years, and I don't make a good tourist at historical sites. For two, there wasn't much medieval going on, and these days that's more 'my bag' - a downside of specialization. On the plus side, the boy enjoyed it, and it was his day out.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
- Under A Blood Rey Sky by Kate Furnivall - a book I have lost the last few days to, and consequenly top of my list. Set in the Russia of Five Year Plans and labour camps this book has it all. Here is another blogger talking about it.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche - which I found grimly educational.
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsover - some more African history.
- And, an old classic, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens - as if you need me to tell you that.