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26 August 2008


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Have a good time. We also are on hols from Friday for 11 days boarding Royal Clipper from the Port of Rome and sailing(yes - with proper sails) to Venice via Corfu, Sicily, Hvar etc.

Hope you have a refreshing break, D.

I too read the Golden Notebook in the 70s. It goes everywhere with me and I read it again every 8 years or so. Always something new to discover. One of the all time greats. Must get her latest one about her parents.

I'm off on my break to UK tomorrow. Let's "meet up" on our return.

Hope you have a good break and your luggage arrives safely. I caught the Stephen Fry programme and thought the explanation of how metaphors got absorbed into the language was interesting and also relevant to the current debate about a word (which I won't repeat here!) causing problems for Jacqueline Wilson.

You probably won't have much time to read things on line but just in case links are below -



You sure you have enough luggage there? LOL!

I'll check out the links (though I'm not a Stephen Fry fan, the programme sounds interesting), but I'll miss you! Have fun!

Have a really lovely break, D. I heard a couple of these programmes but will definitely catch up with the others - thanks for the links. Jx

Enjoy your break, D. Many thanks for the link to the Doris Lessing interview. Isn't radio wonderful, especially when combined with the latest technology?

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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