Mar. 16th, 2011 08:29 pm
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[personal profile] chaletian
What ho, darlings! I feel I should do a proper post, and keep you all enthralled with charming little tales of my recent exploits, but I fear I should find it tedious, so bullet points ahoy!

1. Despite having received some excellent prompts (thank you), and despite having had ideas for all of them, I am no closer to writing fic. Sadfaces. Ah well, it may come to me in time.

2. Dentist again today. Next time I will be getting filled. :-(

3. I have, in the last week, read my GGBP-sale fun-in-the-fourth books, and highly enjoyed them. I read Val Forrest in the Fifth first, which was my least favourite, but only because the other two were so good. I liked the Withers-iness of her lodgings! Then I read Evelyn Finds Herself, which I absolutely adored - definitely the best school story I've ever read. Hearty recommendation to everyone! And then I finished off with The New School and Hilary which was also ace. I now need to find more books by Josephine Elder and Winifred Darch.

4. In that vein, I ended up on the Greyladies website. I want to read all their books! Does anyone have any I can borrow, please?

5. The pater has now flown off to Qatar and will be living there until further notice (for work - he hasn't gone AWOL). Mater bearing up manfully - well, womanfully, really.

6. My brother broke off his engagement, had a relationship with someone else, handed in his notice at work, set up his own business (properly registered at Company House, I am given to understand!), and is trying to work things out with his former fiancée. It is something of a roller coaster.

7. I have two holidays planned this year, and while neither is at all exotic (1. Dorset; 2. Katie's parents in France), I am looking forward to them both tremendously! I also have a "staycation" at the end of April (oh, I can see you all harking back to the glory that was Staycation 2009).


9. I dyed my hair bright red a little while ago. It's like Hitler marching on Moscow...

10. I have some bright yellow ranunculas (?sp) in a vase. They're gorgeous. Also, I invested in some very superior fake flowers in IKEA for my room. I approve.

11. Katie will be home very soon, which means I have to get up and make dinner. I AM COSY. But dutiful (mostly).

12. There is a children's book fair in Bath in April. I shall, I think be going. This is fun. I like Bath. I like children's books. I like April. I cannot lose. *thumbs up*

13. Earlier this year I read Hilary McKay's sequel to A Little Princess, Wishing for Tomorrow. This was ace and people should read it. Ditto Celia Rees' The Fool's Girl, which is about Viola and Orsino's daughter coming with Feste to find Shakespeare to help with a plot to save Illyria, and in the process telling him all about her parents and how they came to meet etc. It was really fab and brilliantly written. Also recommended.

14. I have also read adult books, though none are springing to mind right now.

15. I recently realised that I still haven't read Eva Ibbotson's last book before she died (so sad - she's one of my favourite authors), so that will be a little treat at some point.

16. Theatre: saw The Heretic at the Royal Court on Monday, which was really very good - very funny, and also thinky (you know how I like that), largely about the necessity of Proper Scientific Thinking and not taking anything on faith, or just because Everyone Says. Also saw Becky Shaw (twice) at the Almeida, which I also enjoyed very much. Student production of Arcadia at Westminster School - very good, particularly Bernard and Chater. Hannah was a bit inconsistent (in terms of characterisation rather than acting), and there wasn't really enough distinction between 13-year-old and 16-year-old Thomasina, but overall, vg. And did I mention seeing Hamlet at the National before Christmas? Rather disappointing, anyway. What with that and the godawful All's Well That Ends Well, the National and Shakespeare is not proving a good combination for me. Ooh, speaking of, I see Roger Allam won the Olivier for his Falstaff - jolly well deserved, sir!

Date: 2011-03-16 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidbrider.livejournal.com
Ooh, I love A Little Princess but hadn't heard about the sequel. I'll have to treatt myself to a copy.

Date: 2011-03-16 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donna-k.livejournal.com
Hah! I was beginning to think I was the only person who hadn't liked the National's Hamlet. And All's Well was truly awful. I approve of your theatrical opinions. :D

Date: 2011-03-16 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
I just thought it fundamentally didn't make sense. (A) why wasn't Hamlet, who was mid-30s and presumably not weird until his father died and was supplanted by his uncle, king of denmark? Is this explained in the text and I missed it? Is he supposed to be too young? Is there something weird about their constitution? It felt like it didn't make sense in the context of the production because he was all old and (generally) compos mentis. (B) As a continuation of that, Hamlet's political impotence was utterly unfeasible, and its manifestation in immature pranks and emotional outbursts, was completely unsympathetic and made him look like a twat, so by the time he died I didn't give a shit; in fact, it felt like he rather deserved it. I had no emotional connection to any of them, not even Ophelia or Gertrude. I quite liked the West Wing-esque staging, but generally it was pants. And let's not even go onto AWTEW!!
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 11:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dozydormouse.livejournal.com
I have rather a lot of Greyladies books

Pink Sugar
Poppies for England
Murder While You work
Murder at the Flood and one other I cannot recall if you are interested.


Date: 2011-03-16 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
Ooh, I would particularly like to borrow Murder at the Flood if poss, please, and also Pink Sugar. And, tbh, maybe the Streatfeilds at a later date!! I think I just bought Murder While You Work for 1p on the Amazon Marketplace, but that seems supremely unfeasibly, so it's probably someone lying about their stock.
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 11:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-17 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weird-bird.livejournal.com
If it does turn up may I borrow when you are done!

My carly Simon CD's turned up :)

Date: 2011-03-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
Of course, darling.

Mine has too! I haven't listened to it yet, though.

Date: 2011-03-16 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cavgirl.livejournal.com
Eva Ibbotson has died? Oh, I didn't know that. If it's 'The Dragonfly Pool' you'll like it, I think. A school story with her own particular whimsical twist, but not quite as strange as the CS-but-not one (A Song of Summer? A Song for Summer? Memory fail...).

Date: 2011-03-16 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
Yes, a few months ago. Very sad.

And no, not Dragonfly Pool - that's a few years old now, I think - it's one of the proper kiddy ones, but I like those too!

Date: 2011-03-16 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cavgirl.livejournal.com
Oooh, I must watch out for it. I might even get into a re-read... I have a sneaking feeling I'm about to move back into a GO mood, which is bad timing, dammit. I have fic commitments where I am, but I'm seized by a sudden deep desire to visit the CBB...

Date: 2011-03-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
I'm sure a lie down will cure that!!

Date: 2011-03-17 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cavgirl.livejournal.com
LOL! And you the CBB Squeen!

Date: 2011-03-17 10:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ungratefulwench.livejournal.com
I had no idea someone has released a sequel to A Little Princess. I must investigate - and, you know, reread A Little Princess.

I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a Celia Rees book. She's not particularly well known but she's keeps banging out thoroughly readable stuff.

Date: 2011-03-17 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaletian.livejournal.com
I need to read some of her others. I did really enjoy both the idea and execution of The Fool's Girl. Have you read it?

I re-read A Little Princess first too! The two books together presented me with an entirely satisfactory day's reading. I can lend you the sequel, if you like.

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