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Not gunning for a Dale Carnegie award

** please don’t click ‘like’ if you’re not bothered to open a post ** I was quite mystified when a few times after posting a blog I would see that a few people had ‘liked’ the post but my stats showed 0 views yet.  Then I noticed on the reader page that you can ‘like’ a post without actually clicking ... Read More »

Book club, 95% friendship & fun, 5% books

Until a group of us started a book club last year I was not sure how they work or what is involved.  I gather that there are 2 types.  In one form all members read the same book at the same time and then discuss it.  The format of ours runs on is that we meet each month at a ... Read More »

To market to market to buy us a treat

This morning we visited the Neighbourgoods market @ 73 Juta street in the Jo’burg inner city.  What a find!  The foods on offer are really special.  I first heard about it when I bought olives from Chrisna’s olives at a champagne tasting, they are outstanding.  We sat down at a table for a Cappachino and came home with yummy Thai ... Read More »

Strutting and Fretting

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage” – Shakespeare Mcbeth Velvet curtain raises ENTER Sula stage left How much of my part is written? How much am I free to ad lib? Are my movements and words authentic Or a trifle too practiced and glib? Do I have any say ... Read More »

The Secret History

The Secret History has been on my reading list for a few years since my husband recommended it.  I have also seen it on a few top 100 book lists and it is most deserving to be there.  I was a little apprehensive when I saw that the book is dedicated to Bret Easton Ellis as ‘American Psycho’ is my ... Read More »

Late Motherhood

I guess it’s easier to keep up with thoughts typing but there’s something special about pen and paper.  The 2 poems below are for the poetry competition which I reblogged earlier this month, they had to contain the words dusk and / or dawn.  I’m not sure which is better so submitted both.  I struggled with this challenge for days ... Read More »

I love my e reader – Prestigio PER3274B

Ever since e readers came out I have wanted one.  Since all electronics come down in price after a while I decided to wait before getting one.  This year before my birthday I made some very unsubtle hints to my husband regarding what I wanted. He bought me a Prestigio PER3274B e reader from CNA (pity they don’t have them ... Read More »

Snow Hunt 2012

Two natural events make me want to hop in a car and head off on a spontaneous trip.  One is when Augrabies falls is in flood.  The Orange River in South Africa runs through desert and arid areas , every few years it floods and results in the transformation of Augrabies falls into an awe inspiring spectacle of nature. The ... Read More »

Danielle Steel – Bungalow 2

I always said that I would never read a Danielle Steel book and made it to 44 without reading one.  Back in the early 90’s I had a married friend who wanted  a relationship like those depicted in Danielle Steel books and left her husband on that quest.  I was very wary of this.  I know a guy in his ... Read More »

The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell

It is daunting to write a review about ‘The Alexander Quartet’, it’s rather like photographing a sunset, you have to be there. At the beginning of 2000 I was given a copy of the Waterstone’s top 100 Books of the century list.  At that point I had read 20 something of the books on the list and set a goal ... Read More »