Lately I have been cruelly ignoring the Kindle, in favour of proper books. This is at least partly [personal profile] elenopa's fault, as she recently went on an Arthur Ransome Society weekend, and made me think (for the hundredth time) that I really ought to give his books another try. I scorned them rather as a child, for not being "proper" adventures, in that there are no bad guys/proper peril/fisticuffs, etc, and did my best to avoid them. Grown Up Me (well, slightly) decided that We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea might be a good place to start a reappraisal, as it has (nearly) proper pirates, and actual proper danger in it. It seemed too long for the amount of plot, and got a bit repetitive in places, but it was good, and I shall probably try another soon. In the meantime I've fallen down an old book rabbit hole, and am currently two thirds of the way through Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals, which I also studiously avoided as a child, probably for much the same reason. It's not such a good read. Much funnier, but suffers from the most horrendously purple prose. It's like swimming up hill through treacle, but with witty anecdotes. It has its attractions, mind. It's my mother's edition, from 1959, and I think [personal profile] lost_spook will appreciate the cover:



I do like a colour-coded Penguin!

On the telly front, I'm still wandering through a rewatch of the Beeb's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I love it muchly. This week was episode four, with the King's Roads, and Edward Petherbridge as George III (looking rather older, and considerably less dapper, than when he was Lord Peter Wimsey, just about the only other thing I've seen him in). Why are there only seven episodes? It's not fair. I find myself wanting a wartime spin-off, all about Jonathan doing magic for the army; and that's just for starters.

Oh, and hey - Doctor Who this week! I know it was a bit ridiculous, but I thought it was fun, and I was greatly entertained to see Anthony Calf in it (he was the captain). In 2015 I watched The Monocled Mutineer, Beau Geste and Fortunes Of War more or less at the same time, and he cropped up in all of them, so it was nice to see him again. And, yet again, being a period army type. Still, he didn't get shot this time, which is a step up.

And I think that's all for now. Which is just as well, as if I don't produce some kibble sharpish, I will be eaten by a small ginger cat. Bye.

From: [personal profile] sabethea


HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE ARTHUR RANSOME? Personally, I prefer pretty much all the other characters to the Swallows, who are the only ones in that book, so there's that. I quite like The Big Six, as that has a 'who dunnit' plot to a certain degree.

I used to love Gerald Durrell as a kid but find him less brilliant now. But with him and Willard Price and James Herriot, I had animals all over the place and that was good.

I am SO behind on Dr Who. Bad Sab.
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I enjoyed watching The Durrells on telly if that helps.......I don't think you ever watch stuff straight of the telly do you?? All my family watch things on Sky 6 weeks late!!!
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It's not the sort of thing i normally watch, I was told to watch cos it was set in Corfu. I got into it after that!!
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Thanks, this is great - and haha it's BRIAN BLESSED!!
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Have you watched any yet?

I am wondering how Spiro is connected to them, or is he just stalking them??!!
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I understand now, thanks!! On episode 5 now!
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my friend who lives in Corfu has watched it as well now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(She got me into it originally, gone full circle!)
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