Just something I tripped across today… My personal favourite…
‘Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?’ – Going Postal This might be a little late in the day but as a tremendous fan of Terry Pratchett and his profoundly quirky wisdom, I feel like my ode to him would feel incomplete without […]
Death was standing behind a lectern, poring over a map. He looked at Mort as if he wasn’t entirely there. YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THE BAY OF MANTE, HAVE YOU? he said. “No, sir,” said Mort. FAMOUS SHIPWRECK THERE. “Was there?” THERE WILL BE, said Death, IF I CAN FIND THE DAMN PLACE. I remember […]
… and boggle the mind!
Now this is what I call a well-spent weekend afternoon! Good food (oh, how I love Italian food!), good company (courtesy, my dear husband) and then a couple of hours digging through what was more a warehouse than a bookstore (again, courtesy the husband). Though, not much of a reader himself he’s quite a good sport about hunting out obscure bookshops for me and then trudging through busy streets to get there and then patiently waiting while I wander, hypnotised, through book laden aisles! What more could I ask for! (Though, I have a sneaking suspicion he won’t readily repeat the experience any time soon.) Continue reading “A sight to gladden the heart…”
Pico Iyer’s Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The World (Vintage Departures) is probably one of the best travelogues I have ever read. Perceptive, poignant, funny – Iyer never sounds like a tourist who’s just passing through the country. Like a citizen of the world he
talks of places much like a reader talks of a favourite, well thumbed book. Continue reading “Genetically travel-ified!”