Sunday, 8 January 2017

Reality Not Frivolity

The Prof has been put on the train to London. I am sure he will enjoy his pristine boutique hotel more than usual, for I have just been merrily cleaning up , deep dark blobs to bile from the carpets.....old George occasionally suffers from bilious attacks, especially if he is late for a meal, it doesn't happen often as I am fastidious about him getting his meals on time.
I was somewhat fed up this afternoon but cheered myself up by buying cushions and egg cups from a garden centre in Chester ( I'm easily pleased)
Tonight I am going to start to read my Christmas gift from my father-in-law



48 comments:

  1. Poor George. I hope he's feeling better now. Great book. You are going to enjoy that.

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  2. Poor George, I understand exactly how he feels then. Enjoy your book!

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  3. That book will give you nightmares. Hope George is well and that the whole menagerie inside ! like and approve of the cushions.

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  5. I think you are going to both like and not like that book!

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    1. I loved it as a child, so i hope i love it as an adult

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  6. I could meet Prof for supper in Kings Cross later

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    1. He would hate that x

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    2. Nothing to be frightened of xx

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    3. LOL !!! My husband was the same way -- He would have hated that :)

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    4. He wouldnt be frightened believe me

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    5. Sounds like The Archers - OMG! It's about to start!

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    6. Helen and tom are feeling tense!

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    7. I was thinking the prof could meet up with Rachel. How do you think they would get on? I would love to meet either of them..

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    8. I think John is busily warning him away from Pizza Express Euston Road right now Frances!

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    9. The prof would rather gouge his eyeballs out with a spoon than venture into a pizza establishment

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    10. Omg. Is he in the kebab shop next door?

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    11. Safe journey dearheart

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    12. Xxxx thanks Johnxx

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  7. There is pleasure in the journey, knowing one is bound for a place one enjoys.

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  8. I've never read Watership Down or seen the film, I just can't do sad stuff. Loved Art Garfunkel's song Bright Eyes, used to drive my mates nuts in the nurses home playing it over and over back in '79.

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    1. Even I liked Watership Down.

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  9. I mentioned Richard Adams when he died on December 24, overshadowed by the many "Stars" deaths. The book and movie made me cry. Wonderful wonderful writer.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I was also going to mention Adams' recent departure, since no one else had, at least up to now. Must admit I found both novel and film pretty indigestible, experiencing both when they successively appeared in the 70s. It's high time I read/saw them again as I could well have a more considered and mature take on them.

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    2. The Plague Dogs is a far better book.

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  10. Ps ...would love to meet you too John, and the dogs! Xx

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  11. “Men will never rest till they've spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.”
    ― Richard Adams, Watership Down

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    1. boy is THAT ever the truth, YP!

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    2. Men...AND women Anne Marie...but yeah, mostly men.

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  12. Oh John, you are in for a treat with this book......keep tissue near by.

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  13. We just finished WD as a family and thought it clever and even funny in parts...especially the "Fairy Wog Dog" story. I hope you enjoy Hazel and Fiver and all the rabbit adventures!

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    1. As a boy i didnt like the fantasy folklore bits but the adventure story was a cracker

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  14. Stay warm and enjoy the book.

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  15. I remember reading that book in high school. never saw the movie.

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  16. Poor George. Poor you. Lucky Prof. I don't think I ever finished Watership Down. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  17. And then there is the Plague Dogs was it called?

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  18. Get your snot rags ready!!!

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  19. this story will make you cry, guaranteed. but you will emerge from it enlightened.

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  20. Happy reading! I try to never stop. That keeps me from crying for very long.

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  21. You're going to enjoy it. Read it a long time ago and I'll read it again.

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  22. Poor old George, he didn't mean to give you chores.

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  23. I'm just off for a morning silflay.

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  24. I hope George is much better. I really liked Watership Down as a young thing, but don't know that I could reread it now. Let us know how you go.
    Remember the old joke about it? You have read the book, and seen the movie, and now we eat the cast...
    Even as a meat eater I couldn't fancy bunny.

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  25. Poor George, hope he's feeling better.
    Remember reading Watership Down when it first came out, sometime in the 70's. It was a huge hit, but I could never see what all the fuss was about. Have never been able to get "into" The Lord of the Rings either.

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  26. The song " Bright Eyes" always makes me cry.

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  27. I see poor old Richard Adams died right after Christmas, I believe. His book is a work of genius. I have read it many times.

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