Archive for January, 2006

Vartry Reservoir, Wicklow

Posted by on Jan 30 2006 | General Ramblings

Went for a walk here yesterday. It was a beautiful day, and the walk is nice and gentle (and long, 7.5km). The sun was shining, it was cold but not windy, and the bag of crisps and an apple I ate after the walk made for the perfect snack.

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Curly Scarf

Posted by on Jan 30 2006 | Crafty things

Curly Scarf, made from Debbie Bliss Maya, 100% wool, on 6mm needles.

I like it, but it could be better, it’s a learning experience one.

I think this scarf style would be good on a fine mohair using yarn over increases rather than knitting into the back and front of one stitch.

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Book: Geisha of Gion: The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki

Posted by on Jan 29 2006 | Books

I’ve read this many times before, it’s interesting and I like re-reading it. It’s the true story of the person that Arthur Golden based Memoirs of a Geisha on – so this has less of the exaggerated nonsensica stuff in it, but is admittedly biased from the other side, making everything out to be about beauty and art and focusing less on the high class escort side of things.
Anyway, it’s pretty interesting, and after going to see the movie of Memoirs of a Geisha last night (boring), I would recommend giving the film a miss, and sitting down with a nice cup of tea to read this instead.

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Book: The 39 Steps

Posted by on Jan 29 2006 | Books

A classic thriller.
The first few chapters seemed strangely familiar. Could I have read this before? It was possible, but I didn’t think so. I continued to read. More memories presented themselves, but not quite true to the book. Discussion with D helped me figure out what was going on. I’d fallen asleep watching the film version, at a friends house. (I do that a lot, fall asleep mid-film, and if I happen to be at a mates house at the time, so be it). Anyway, the good thing was I must have been dead to the world snoring my little heart out dreaming of assam tea and carrot cake served on fine white china, because I had no recollection of the ending. So, I enjoyed the book.

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Book: A McSweeneys collection of children’s stories about monsters

Posted by on Jan 29 2006 | Books

(I can’t remember the name ok, and the book’s in the other room, and I can’t be bothered to move, and I can’t find it on amazon)

Anyway, it was a nice little collection of short stories. I especially liked the Nick Hornby one and the Neil Gaiman one, but I’m not going to write about them, because that might spoil it for anyone who manages to decipher this and figure out what the hell I’m gibbering on about anyway.

*Update, book found thanks to Arsela Undress. You can find it here.

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