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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Joins a short list of books I haven’t been able, or bothered, to finish. This one unlike other has the unique distinction of being short stories.

I’ve been reading it for a fortnight and I was only 100 pages in. It started really strongly and after that…meh!


Some thoughts for a cold winter day

Come dance with me, come dance with Darling Red

Come dance with the Queen of Spring

Come talk with me, come talk with Darling Red

Come talk and see who will come

Come sit with me, come sit with Darling Red

Come sit and patiently wait

Come Darling Red, come Darling Red

Come see what the night will bring

Oh Darling Red, oh Darling Red

You leave and take sorrow with you

You leave and take joy with you

You leave and take laughter with you

You leave and you leave and you leave

And the morrow brings

And the morning brings

Oh Darling Red, oh Darling Red

Return to cold white winter

And judge us not

For judgement in your heart resides



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The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

A truly marvellous book, here is a link to the Guardian review.


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Leicester Square Theatre for Mind Fundraiser

MC Tim Clark, who frankly I could take or leave.

First half:

Arthur Smith – like John Cooper-Clarke he is now his own tribute act

A young black comedian, cant remember his name but he was good

Nish Kumar – really good, best act of the night

Second half:

John Maloney – Very funny, really enjoyed him

Brendon Burns – Hmm… some funny, some not, generally OK though

Felicity Ward – Delivery and persona reminded me of someone from the Open-mic scene. Not really my sort of thing but funny.

Overrated “Classics”

The first in an occasional series

The Road – Cormac McCarthy – Bad science fiction masquerading as literature

Fawlty Towers – just not funny – Dave had a best of Fawlty Towers recently, not a “funniest” because they couldn’t find any funny bits

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Love Like Blood – Mark Billingham

Latest Tom Thorne novel, investigating “Honour” killings.

Very good, well worth reading

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The King’s Justice and The Augur’s Gambit by Stephen Donaldson

One novella and one short novel. Both fantasy, very different, both good.

Even for fantasy The Augur’s Gambit has some of the silliest names I have seen in a story.

For example Queen Inimica Phlegathon deVry IV !

BBC – Fake News

Why do we let the BBC get away with this rubbish.

Tonight there is a programme on called “Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good”, in the trailer he stands there and bold as brass tells us that it is no coincidence that the first 3 letters of ‘diet’ are ‘die’.

Well that is just wrong it is entirely a coincidence!

Die – mid-12c., possibly from Old Danish døja or Old Norse deyja “to die, pass away,” both from Proto-Germanic *dawjan (source also of Old Frisian deja “to kill,” Old Saxon doian, Old High German touwen, Gothic diwans “mortal”), from PIE root *dheu- (3) “to pass away, die, become senseless” (source also of Old Irish dith “end, death,” Old Church Slavonic daviti, Russian davit’ “to choke, suffer”).

Diet – late 14c., “to regulate one’s diet for the sake of health,” from Old French dieter, from diete ; meaning “to regulate oneself as to food” (especially against fatness) is from 1650s.

See absolutely a coincidence, why are the BBC letting him spread this nonsense



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Netherspace – Andrew Lane & Nigel Foster

Science Fiction, first of (at least) 2 parts. Genuinely alien, aliens. part thriller, part philosophy, par who done it, part why. Very good

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Peter Hook and the Light at the Roundhouse

Supported themselves with New Order’s Movement. Then we got Closer and Unknown Pleasures and as encores all the bits of Joy Division that aren’t on the albums, finishing with a mass sing-along of Love Will Tear us Apart

Much, much better than it had any right to be really. As Woty pointed out though The Light are blistering band and that certainly helps.

Peter Hook looked like he enjoyed it, I know I did.