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Sunday December 31, 2017

Books in December

  • Don't Point That Thing At Me,
  • After You With The Pistol, and,
  • Something Nasty In The Woodshed. by Kyril Bonfiglioli
    These is the Mordecai trilogy and the only novels in this series published in the author's lifetime. [A fourth The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery - unfinished - was completed by Craig Brown and published posthumously].
    I had never heard of this author despite the fact that there was a film based on the books released in 2015 - and it should have been a hit (starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor) but somehow passed me by.
    The (anti) hero is Charlie Mortdecai who is like an amoral Bertie Wooster with his sharp and loyal manservant to boot. The books are realy hilarious but I must say I did somehow tire of the (high quality, beautifully constructed, but relentless) humour after the second book. I think in agreement with another reviewer, the best advice is to not read all 3 (or 4) on the trot.

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  • Posted on December 31, 2017 at 7:39 PM. Category: Books of the Month. | Comments (0)

    Tuesday December 26, 2017

    Boxing Day

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    Today the weather truly was glorious and here's the photo to prove it. We went to another part of Moine Mhòr nature reserve - an easy path along a boardwalk out over the bog. It's called the Tileworks Trail and we were fascinated to find the woodland path had little patches of tiles set into the earth - a kind of art project, as I think the trail was named prior to the ceramic's appearing.

    Posted on December 26, 2017 at 7:43 PM. Category: Days Out. | Comments (0)

    Monday December 25, 2017

    Christmas Day

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    We had the most wonderfully relaxing Christmas at Helen's in Scotland. I'm not sure why it proved to be quite so excellent - o apart from Helen being a fabulous friend, welcoming host and terrific cook...! Just that...! Here we are all looking Charlies over our yummy lunch

    After that we went to Dunadd for a bracing walk - the weather was surprisingly good (ie not raining). I'm including the following photos mainly to show the amazing views. We abandoned Dorothy (at her request) half way up - it was a pretty slippery climb. I dutifully placed my foot in the "footprint of fealty" - in a reverential manner I hasten to add.

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    Posted on December 25, 2017 at 7:42 PM. Category: Days Out. | Comments (0)

    Saturday December 23, 2017

    A guide to tasteful gifts

    We had lunch with my sister.
    She was anxious to show off my tasteful Christmas gift to her.

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    Posted on December 23, 2017 at 4:04 PM. Category: Days Out. | Comments (0)