tea-and-biscuits-and-life said: Tumblr hug thing!! Sorry I am so awful at responding I am the worst I know it. I will do better! Hope you are well xxx
Crap, I’ve literally just seen this. Tumblr should put a date on these things. And just, pull its socks up in general. Anyway, thank you! will message you properly later!
A specially commissioned map of London charts the city’s buried rivers, tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels, and other subterranean secrets.
The map, created by Stephen Walter, is part of an exhibition documenting 500 years of maps of London.
So, basically, what you’re telling me is that I am walking on a tiny thin crust above miles and miles of sink hole?
Thanks for tagging me, smile-evenifyourheartaches. And also thanks in general, for being awesome and lovely and all of that good stuff :)
1) The Clever Princess - Just one of the seemingly thousands of random books that had washed up in my house by the time I came along (I’m the youngest of 3). About a clever, badass princess. I remember reading this about 4 times in a day once, & it’s stayed with me coz ‘badass’ and ‘princess’.
2) The Harry Potters - Which my sister was really snobby about so she made me read…
3) The Catcher in the Rye - when I was about 13. I think this needs to get you at the right age or you’ll just find him insufferably whiny. But I was enchanted - it made being different and frustrated seem understandable and even romantic.
4) Jane Eyre - Chose this one coz I think it showed me the magic of beautiful descriptive writing. I seriously Love a beautiful description yo!
5) Hamlet - Nice for when you feel melodramatic and want to wallow in the fact that the world is against you. Sigh.
6) The Eathsea quartet - Similar choice to HP I guess, but this just seems more raw, and basic and elemental. I wish I believed in magic, so I used to spend lots of time living in worlds where it was real.
7) The Rachel Papers - I don’t actually like Martin Amis now, but I remember reading this made me feel grown-up and like I could cope with modern (in comparison to like, Hamlet!), grown-up books.
8) Orlando - is by Virginia Woolf but is actually really fun. This stayed with me coz when I was younger, there wasn’t so much clear and relevant feminism like there is now, so to find this book that seemed to show that gender isn’t who you are, just who society thinks you are/should be was very cool. And also, her descriptions are beautiful too, but in a weirder way.
9) Sympathetic Magic - I came across this amazing Harry Potter fan fiction while the author was still writing. It’s about Snape when he was at school and is very long and very wonderful. Kind of about learning to fight your way out of despair.
10) Gonna leave this one.
Sorry this was so incredibly long. I couldn’t just do a list with no descriptions coz books are a big freakin deal to me. Anyway, I tag tea-and-biscuits-and-life and with it I send you a million hugs and kisses.
Illustration: Quentin Blake
Hm, I’ve already posted a ‘wow, I’ve been away for so long’ message. I guess this is an ‘I’m gonna try and be more Back, properly Back on tumblr’ message.
I downloaded vita sacklike-west, who is one interesting badass.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Roald Dahl, author of Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
By the end of his life Dahl was bitter at not receiving the knighthood that he felt he deserved, and he became increasingly self-important, ordering a Rolls-Royce from his publisher’s to collect manuscripts from his home. He was 6 feet 6 inches tall, a chain-smoker, a lover of fine wine, a collector of contemporary painting, a grower of roses and orchids, a picture restorer, and a gambler on horses. He looked after 100 budgerigars that flew wild around his garden. He was a chocaholic. In the garden hut where he wrote he kept a huge silver ball made by packing together the silver paper from all the chocolate bars he ate. He also kept there as a trophy to show visitors one of his arthritic hip bones which had been replaced.
The story of Roald Dahl is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.
Image: Roald Dahl, by the Library of Congress. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
I’ve been away for aaages. Or it feels like it anyway. I hope everyone’s doing good, and a special hello to those few new followers that decided to tag along on a pretty dormant looking blog ;)
Hopefully I’ll start posting random crap again soon! xx
Installation of poppies outside the Tower of London commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. There will be a total of 888,246 poppies planted, with each flower representing a British military fatality from WWI.The last will be added on November 11th.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins