Saturday, 6 June 2009

Rain, rain go away

Well, it's been a funny couple of months. First we had scorching hot weather and now the English summer has returned to its usual form of piddling rain. And I had such high hopes. I'm off to that famous music festival, Glastonbury later on this month, so the weather had better sort itself out by then. I don't fancy sliding around in the mud watching Bruce Springsteen.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife

As I have mentioned before probably one of my all-time favourite books has got to be The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Seriously, if you haven't read it then PLEASE do - you will not regret it.

That book evoked such a strong sense of yearning and did a wonderful job of describing what love is. Without giving anything away, there were points where this cold hearted English ice queen was just openly sobbing - thank God I didn't read it on the train and tube ride into work. So all I can say is if you love reading then PLEASE read this book.

Get back to running the country

Now, I'm not going to pretend to be some kind of political buff but isn't all this email nonsense going a bit far?
A Labour aide sent a private email to another Labour aide which contained a few smear ideas agains the Tories. Before long it's out in the open and is front page news.

Now, I may not be in politics myself but isn't smearing people what happens in politics? Hasn't it always been so? And in the grip of a recession don't these people have more to concern themselves with than mudslinging and talks of libel suits? It's like children fighting over who called who what name.

A bit about me

Seeing as I am new to this blogging lark I thought I'd outline a few short facts about myself:

I love to read
Reading - next to writing - is my one true love. I adore books like the Time Traveller's Wife, The Book Thief and 1984 but my guilty secret is my passion for Virginia Andrews' books. Not the crappy ones written by a ghostwriter but the proper screw-your-brother-and-live-in-an-attic tales. Not sure what that says about me though.

I love to drink
In true British binge drink style I love a (large) glass of wine or 10. I refuse to apologise for my drinking habits and my love of the quaint English countryside pubs that I frequent with alarming regularity.

I love watching the world go by
It may sound boring but people watching (in a strictly non-illegal way, no peeping toms here thanks) can be fascinating. Try it.

I'm obsessed by news
Current affairs, news, call it what you like but it's what makes me tick. Juicy court cases? Check! Political debates and subsequent fall outs? Check! However, I refuse to define celebrity gossip as news. You can keep that thanks.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Easter egg (nog)

I love Easter bank holidays, except for the minor problem of it usually ending up being a four-day bringe drinkathon. A simple post work drink on Thursday descends into the routine of drinking in the evening with friends at the local pub, staving off the hangover the next day by eating copious amounts of junk food, feeling guilty about skipping the gym again and ending up back down the pub.

This bank holiday so far has been no exception and I am currently fighting off the last lingering remnants of a red wine hangover. Ouch. The crappy weather doesn't help as it means I can't go for a mind-clearing walk through the countryside - one of the best hangover cures I know.

Still, Saturday night and a glass of wine will get me back on track, although my shrivelled cashew nut of a liver would probably disagree.