The Account of a Lifetime

October 28, 2009

Dilemma

Filed under: Books & Media,Cogitations — xisor @ 5:45 pm

I consulted my dad on this one, arrived at a quick solution. I shall relate the problem.

I have a huge reading pile to get through, and am already started on a ton of books. Currently working through Steve Parker’s Gunheads and have been very pleased with it. His shorts Mercy Run and Headhunted were uniformly excellent and Rebel Winter proved a very enjoyable read to boot! In other news there’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Origin of Species and In Search of Time. All good, but all ‘ongoing’ projects.

I am very eager to read Eoin Colfer’s sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, One Last Thing, and am doing my best not to buy it until I’m ready. (more…)

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October 15, 2009

Leaving a room

Filed under: A day in the life of...,Tea. Earl Grey. Hot — xisor @ 12:01 am

It’s a difficult one, eh? Some people have a knack for it, some people are incapable. It encapsulates or is involved with so many aspects of my life and yet I rarely turn much thought to it.

This evening, thanks to a bit of residual awkwardness from last night’s tiff regarding MP’s Expenses (boo hiss, people in positions trusted to be honest, outrage, outrageous outrage etc) there was another mention of it this evening. Unfortunately, last night I did not contain my reaction to the sheer outpouring of blubbering emotion. “You should be shocked! Outraged!” I was told. “They’re all thinking they can play fast and loose with taxpayers money!” I was informed.

The trouble is, and I could be way off the mark as I haven’t done my research,ย  I really doubt the MPs are that bad. In a few days, I will conduct a little reading on the topic to see if my thoughts are at all reasonable or not, but in the meantime I’ll outlay what I read to be ‘my view’ and theirs. (more…)

October 5, 2009

Books of 2009

The list is at the bottom of the post!

I’ve been trying my damndest to do a fair amount of reading. I became embroiled in an argument (largely of my own creation, shamefully) with my good friend Shona last night when out in a surprise return to St Andrews in an effort to celebrate my friend Sophie’s birthday. As a quick aside; it was a great evening. I rather enjoyed it all and it was great catching up with folks. A slight downside to everything too, indeed a rather severe melancholy on the personal side of things, but ultimately I’m…surviving. It’s melancholy, not tragedy. And, strangely, it’s not the first (nor second) time this last few months in which I’ve suffered (or induced suffering) in this vein. But not to worry about all of that; I’m fine and my heart extends for the minds of others.

Anyway, that’s all beside the point.

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