The underneath

Author: Kathi Apelt
This is the story of an abandoned cat, an old hound dog who becomes her friend and her kittens, and the family they become. But it is also a tale of old Grandmother Moccasin, a shape-chaning lemia, who is trapped in jar and by her own anger and resentment at her betrayal, as she sees it, by those she loved. And through its blending of myth and floklore it is the perfect fit for my Once Upon a Time reading list. It is also a children’s book, so it shouldn’t take you to long to get through. Although that does not mean that this doesn’t have darkness.

How cute

I walked past the Dáil today. And there was a a garda on the street. As usual. And another one the inside the grounds of the government buildings. Again, nothing unusual about that. And they were chatting to each other. As gardaí­ sometimes do. But they looked so cute, chatting to each other, hands on […]

Wasting time

So I’m working late tonight, and as it is kinda overtime that I won’t get paid for I’m doing nowt but surfing, and have spent way too much time browsing through ask metafilter’s animal section. Where I came across this. aaaaawwww. And to get you in the mood: Futurama on You Tube.

Stardust

by Neil Gaiman

There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.
And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man there ever was or will could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual although even he never knew the whole of it.

When Tristran Thorn heads off into Faerie to find a star he has no idea of what is about to happen. All he cares is that the beautiful Victoria has promised that she will grant whatever he wishes if he brings the star that she saw fall.

Miss Potter

I don’t ever remember reading any of Beatrix Potter’s books, but I’m still familiar with them, but for many other people I’m sure they are fond childhood memories. They are after all among the best-selling children’s books of all time. Although back in the early 1900’s most of the publishers that Miss Potter approached didn’t […]

I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption

Rugby Rugby report on how a match in Russia was mistaken for a mass brawl, leading to arrests of the players: The police broke up proceedings and detained some 100 people before determining that they were engaged in a bizarre sport instead of brawling Story via SportsFilter. And the other big sporting news[1] is Roy […]

Rome 1.06 – Egeria

Forgot to do last weeks cause I headed home last Thursday.

Caesar is off busy chasing down Pompey, but Pompey has been busy himself. He is gathering his legions to him, and now his forces outnumber Caesar’s. So Julius writes home and asks for supposrt from Mark Anthony and the 13th Legion. Which leads to dear old Mark having a very good think about things.

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Corpse Bride

Poor old Victor just can’t get his through his wedding rehearsal, can’t remember his lines, bumps into things, sets the bride’s mother on fire. It is all enough to send anyone running for the woods. But Victor has fallen in love with his arranged bride-to-be and sets about practising those vows. Only problem is that, in doing so, he manages to marry a dead woman; the Corpse Bride. And she has waited long enough for a husband, and so does not intend to let this one get away.

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