The last three

I am a person of extremes and happy about it. But balance in all things is the key to contentment, so as well as spending a lot of money in book shops I spend a little money (and get a lot for it) in the book departments of charity shops. The three novels below are…

Lists and lists and…

My friend, Lackadaisicalwhimsy – who blogs here and here, has set herself a challenge of one blog post per day for the whole of August. I LOVE challenges, far more than resolutions (that are often broken the next day) because challenges such as these are personal. You get to measure their success for yourself, without…

Illustrated distraction – part 2

Following on from yesterday…(Sometime NSFW!) Dumbing Of Age – I started on a random page of this and then immediately went back to the start and read them all. I feel like I know these characters and their struggles really well now and I am ridiculously invested in what they get up to. A must…

Illustrated distractions – part 1

While books and documentaries can feed the mind sometimes I just want something lighter and more ridiculous to entertain me. Below are links to cartoons and online graphic novels that all have something I consider special. They are either daft and very funny, or funny and thought provoking. I tend to save them up for…

The last four things – part 2

Following on from yesterday… 3: Lush shampoo bar and tin I have started using these Lush shampoo bars as a way to reduce the plastic I buy and because, once I started using them, I discovered how much better my hair feels. They do not seems to leave as much residue when they’re rinsed out,…

The last four things – part 1

I am trying to find a balance between frugality and minimalism. On the surface it would seem that they are compatible but frugality means buying 100 of something if you find it on offer (so that the next 100 times you need that thing you have not paid full price for it) whereas minimalism means…

Pale Blue Dot

It has been pointed out to me that some readers of this blog may not know where the BlueDot festival got its name. As the Voyager 1 probe was sailing away from Earth and about to leave the solar system the astronomer Carl Sagan requested that it be turned around in order to take a…

A bluer dot

Day Two at BlueDot festival – shorter this time due to low batteries (phone and brain!) I’ll probably elaborate when we get home, things take time to percolate in my brain 🙂 Also on Saturday, Helen Sharman (the first British woman in space). Sarah Crowther ‘Moon, Meteors and More’. Henge (“Thank you Humans for letting…

Hmmm, is that dot really blue?

BlueDot music/science festival Day One: We arrived, in our hired motorhome (because there isn’t a tent on Earth large enough for all of MY creature comforts) and the young woman who directed us where to park also asked if we had the usual, glass bottles…illicit drugs. Ok, my hair is a funny colour so I…

Round up part four

Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Searching for the curious – Strangely enough, whilst looking for curiosity in others I have rediscovered some of it in myself, which makes me ridiculously happy. (I also find myself struggling to NOT judge people on their lack of curiosity…but that’s an on-going woe for me that I…