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Jason Connery 2014
It was Jason's birthday on Monday 11 January. I didn't forget, but forgot to post in time. [livejournal.com profile] rusty_armour encouraged me to post anyway. I hope he had a good birthday. I know he directed a biographical film in Scotland on a golfing legend last year. I assume he's still busy with post-production. He seems to be doing well. I enjoyed meeting him at the Hooded Man Convention in 2014 and I won't forget the hug! All the best, Jason. <3
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Grumpy NY

I wish everyone peace and joy in the New Year.
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Cat Christmas tree

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Oct. 11th, 2015 08:59 pm
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I've been re-reading Diana Wynne Jones' books for the umpteenth time. Howl's Moving Castle is my favourite still. I was lucky to find her last book, The Islands of Chaldea in a bookshop. It was finished by her sister, Ursula Jones. It's set in a world something like that of the Dalemark Quartet, but not as dark. I enjoyed it.

I also bought the last Discworld book by Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd's Crown. It's a Tiffany Aching book, with the Nac Mac Feegles and Elves. Terry Pratchett's Elves are terrible creatures. It's a good book, up to Pratchett's high standards. It has sadness in it as well being sad in itself because it is the last Discworld book and the last book by Terry Pratchett. I like his new character, Geoffrey, who wants to be a witch and is a vegetarian and humanitarian. The cat You is also featured. Well worth buying.

I snatched up a book on sale as well, found I already had it, but I read it again with enjoyment. It's a book written for teenagers, but is also great for older adults who like inventive and original fantasy. It's Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer and it's followed by The Tarman, which I bought first. I haven't found the third and last book yet. The novels are set partly in modern times and partly in 18th century England, with some fascinating characters.
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I've watched a few good things lately - Cinderella with Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Lily James was heart-warming, Song One with Anne Hathaway had some lovely urban folk music, Testament of Youth was heartbreaking, Flight of the Doves was seventies vintage with Jack Wild, Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reaves was intriguing, plus the recent Lady Chatterley's Lover with Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden, which was good and tastefully done.
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Here are two recipes I've been making a lot lately. You folks in the northern hemisphere might like to try them now.  For the banana ice cream I like to mix in about half to two thirds again frozen berries. It takes quite a while to mix, but is delicious. The chocolate strawberry ice cream is even more delicious, especially with the small amount of red wine.

One ingredient ice cream

Strawberry cocoa ice cream
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Terry Pratchett has died. He's a sad loss to the world.


Feb. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm
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February 1 is the Celtic festival of Imbolc, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, which marks the beginning of the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It became the Christian St. Brigid's day in Ireland.  
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Jason Connery 2014
Happy birthday to Jason Connery!

The photo is from an episode of Britain's Celebrity Chef tv programme, which Jason participated in in 2014, I think sometime around the Hooded Man Convention. He didn't wear glasses to the Con, even when shooting with a bow.
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Merry Christmas

I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas. <3 <3 <3
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It seems to be fine to use the characters in books by dead authors to write novels, publish them as original works and make money out of them. The latest are Sebastian Faulkes writing a Jeeves story and Anthony Horowitz writing a Moriarty story. In these cases the writers have the permission of the late authors' estates, but what about Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte? to name just a couple of authors whose works have had sequels written by modern authors. I tend to avoid these novels because they are usually not as good as the originals and I think authors should not make money using other writers' original characters. Anyway, when published authors write what amounts to authorised fanfic, can writers blame fans for writing fanfic for pleasure and to share without profit?
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I found an interesting lecture on YouTube on the two Andrew Morays who fought in the Scottish Wars of Independence. The first was overshadowed by William Wallace, the second fought during the second War of Independence, which was overshadowed by the first. I knew of them both through my reading, but far less of the second Andrew Moray. Edward Balliol was a competing king for a time with the young Kind David II, Bruce's son. This is a period that the Scots tend not to acknowledge.

I'm currently reading a novel by Jack Whyte on the young Robert the Bruce. This is the second in a trilogy; the first being on William Wallace and the third intended to be on James Douglas, "The Black Douglas." This is the third such trilogy that's been written recently, though the other two focus on Bruce. Robert Low and Robyn Young are the other two authors. The inspiration I guess for all of them was the Scottish Referendum and the anniversary of Bannockburn. Of the three authors, I find Whyte the best to read.
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I loathe Guy Fawkes Night. It's illegal here to let off fireworks except at organised events, but so many people take no notice. It's a fearful night for animals, with many terrified and going missing. I'm anxious the whole time. Cliffie went off on his nightly jaunt before I could shut him inside.

I think it's daft to commemorate it here in South Africa where very few people have any idea what it's about. I wonder if it's still commemorated in other Commonwealth countries?
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world cat day grumpy

I nearly forgot. Cats come first every day for me anyway!
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I've just watched what I think is a lovely,touching and warm film called The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Anyone else seen it?


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