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  1. Just come out of that dark room. The box I had hoped to stand on is dancing by the door. A coffee jar in the kitchen appears to be talking to a spoon full of sugar. I think I need to lie back down again! For all that, please do not think your suggestion was not appreciated, Emily! :)

  2. Emily, may I say that your questions/answers alone are worth the daily entrance fee paid at the forum door? :)

    In the course of a recent read, The Solitude of Thomas Cave, I wanted to take a particular and profound pain away from the main character, set him free of it.  


    Of course the author would never have allowed me to, even if I could have! Ha! :)


  3. Claire, I found my way to Kathleen Jamie through the wanderings and thought avenues of Robert McFarland. In particular, Wild places and The old ways: A journey on foot.


    Your use of the word 'beautiful' struck a chord with me the moment I read it. It also prompted the thought that you might consider a meander in the opposite direction to me, along the pathways and rugged landscapes of McFarland's works. If you have not done so already, of course!


    All I ask is that you give me a wave as you pass!  :)

  4. "Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things that I am here to read.”


    The actual quote, which appears in the 3rd chapter, reads:


    “Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read."


    A mere check-through of 24 words. Someone definately had that sinking feeling! :)

  5. I don’t know if anyone read recently of the Irish banking authorities and their bright idea to mint 10,000 €10 euro coins in celebration of Joyce’s Ulysses. As one might expect, a quotation from the work was featured on the face of the coin. All well and good apart from the fact that a stray ‘that’ strolled along and placed itself very much in the middle of the ‘photograph’.

    What is now quite clearly an incorrect quotation has been minted 10,000 times and launched by the Central Bank of Ireland with much fanfare!

    Someone was asked to check the wording! Not the CEO either I would guess! And how was your day at work? :)


  6. I spent a lot of time on a river yesterday. I am currently reading Kathleen Jamie’s ‘Findings’ and enjoying a chapter on what she sees while overlooking a fast flowing piece of water.


    Taking both together, I would like two of the next books I read to be a work of fiction with a river holding stage and a work of non-fiction featuring a river journey. Does anyone have any recommendations on the forum? Needless to say, I would be grateful for suggestions.


  7. Should some heavyweight selections arrive on to this thread, I fear both Paddington and Heidi will get something of a bashing. I am, however, consoled with the fact that Aragorn should more than hold his own, Emily! :)


  8. Paddington Bear, Emily. :)


    I spent a lot of my early years entranced by this duffle-wearing, marmalade-loving bear. I would get to meet Mrs. Bird and Mr. Gruber. I could practice my hard stares all day long.


    Yes, it's the world’s first mod for me, Paddington Bear.


  9. As opposed to anything on a page, I am possessed with the deepest desire to ram something unpleasant, somewhere unpleasant  :) when I am addressed as ‘Bud’ or ‘Buddy’. I know, I know, wholly irrational. Mad as a box of frogs!


    Anyone hoping to make an impression of any kind in casual conversation comes unstuck if the conversation is led or finished with the word ‘Bud’ or ‘Buddy’.

    I am now going to search out a darkened room so I can rest my head. :)


  10. Given your location and that final line above, Miss Mabel, there is nothing now to dispel the image in my mind that you live on a mythical floating landmass somewhere. Something akin to the mystical island in the Life of Pi.  :)


  11. What a great question EmilyM! Love the answers too.

    Mine has to be ‘Hope for the flowers’ by Trina Paulus. I read it aged seven and it sits proudly to this day on a book shelf in my study. As the book cover says ‘It’s a tale partly about life, partly about revolution and lots about hope – For adults and others (including caterpillars who can read)’

    The story of Stripe and Yellow captured my imagination like nothing I had read before. I do believe that the tale, the animations and colours within those covers have, in one way or another, held my imagination to ransom ever since. Yes, undoubtedly that was the one for me! :)