I have just returned Hav by Jan Morris to the library. It is an update of her earlier novel Last Letters from Hav, adding a journal of her visit to the eastern Mediterranean city-state in 2006, twenty years after the original novel. Like the earlier story it is no less an allegory about how travel writers can speak authoratively about events over which they have no control. It provides no answers to these uncertainties.

Ironically Wikipedia has next to no information about Hav; which strikes me as quite appropriate!

Salman Rushdie’s spare room is available

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I was visiting a friend for soup and buns. After the meal we had chocolate raisins, supplied from the girl guides.

“Ah,” I said, “FUND-RAISINS!”

The groan around the table was sufficient that someone came in to ask what the noise was and I repeated the pun with the same effect.

One, two, three….

I can’t decide, by the Scissor Sisters

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It’s not easy having yourself a good time

Greasing up those bets and betters
Watching out they don’t four-letter
Fuck and kiss you both at the same time
Smells like something I’ve forgotten
Curled up died and now it’s rotten
I’m not a gangster tonight
Don’t want to be a bad guy
I’m just a loner baby
And now you’re gotten in my way

I can’t decide
Whether you should live or die
Oh, you’ll probably go to heaven
Please don’t hang your head and cry
No wonder why
My heart feels dead inside
It’s cold and hard and petrified
Lock the doors and close the blinds
We’re going for a ride

It’s a bitch convincing people to like you
If I stop now call me a quitter
If lies were cats you’d be a litter
Pleasing everyone isn’t like you
Dancing jigs until I’m crippled
Slug ten drinks I won’t get pickled
I’ve got to hand it to you
You’ve played by all the same rules
It takes the truth to fool me
And now you’ve made me angry

I can’t decide…

Oh I could throw you in the lake
Or feed you poisoned birthday cake
I wont deny I’m gonna miss you when you’re gone
Oh I could bury you alive
But you might crawl out with a knife
And kill me when I’m sleeping
That’s why

I can’t decide…

24-Hour Book Sale

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This year’s grab was a total of 15 books.

Some selected highlights:

  • two Tolkiens.
  • a Susan Cooper.
  • two C. S. Lewises — unfortunately one of them I already had, it will go to the church fair.
  • two Peter Dickinsons
  • a Bonaventure from the Classics of Western Spirituality — some people throw away the strangest of books!
  • four foreign language books — the best find there was An Introduction to Middle High German. There was a lot of cruft in this section; and people kept stacking the sorted books, which was annoying.

    Southern Dave found me a copy of The Princess and Curdie. Lots of Puffin Books.

    Links to Wikipedia inspired by Taniwhanui.

  • News from Zealandia

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    At the moment I have time to update my lexicon on Zelandish at Frath Wiki. Every couple of days I’m adding a few more words. For a private language it’s rather transparent — except that sometimes I don’t know what my intention was when I wrote them down.

    Connections @ Opoho

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    You are invited to an art exhibition by Studio 2 at Opoho Church.

    Studio 2
    …is a small art studio for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. We provide a safe supportive environment where artists can feel encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials and mediums. All of the price of the exhibited art goes to the artists

    2pm Monday 16 July Exhibition Opening

    Exhibition Hours 4.30-7.30pm Tuesday 17-Friday 20 Monday 23-Thursday 27.

    Opoho Church: corner Signal Hill Road & Farquharson Street.

    Winter Festival 14-22 July (All events include refreshments)

    7.30pm Wednesday July 18 “Pilgramage” Dr Peter Strang Images and poems. Gold coin donation.

    7.30pm Friday July 20 “Girls’ Night Out” Sue Wotton, Elizabeth Brooke-Carr, Susan Jones and Kay McKenzie Cooke present their own poetry. Open Mike Gold Coin donation.

    7-9pm Sunday July 22 The Calder Prescott Quartet Jazz Café Café in the Opoho Hall, Oportunities to view the exhibition between the music. BYO. Paper money donation.

    Who Macro

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    Last of the Time Lords – spoiler