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Weekend of 15-17 March 2019 (and maybe beyond)

The Green Dragon

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Edited: Mar 17, 1:47am Top

Since nobody else has started a weekend thread, and I have something to brag about, I will do so...

I went to Santorini! Specifically to this place:

Atlantis Books!

You can't quite see it in the pic. but it's well below street level and the stairs are steep and narrow, but hey, it's a real bookshop and a good one. I bought:
On Bullshit by Harry G Frankfurt
The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray ( a self-selected collection)
How to Talk About Places You've Never Been by Pierre Bayard
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein.

(Sorry, touchstones aren't playing this afternoon.)

On Bullshit has been around for a while as a pdf on the web, but Princeton University Press have now put it out as a small book. Fascinating read to reflect on how things are in politics and PR. It makes a good pair with How to Talk About ..., the theme of which might be stated as "authenticity is overrated". I was wondering how it is that at a time when restaurants are often praised as "authentic", there is also a strong trend for "fusion food".

I just had to buy the Murray one, just for the sheer joy of finding a book by this great Australian poet in the Greek islands.

Santorini in mid-march was a bit different from the travel-brochure image. Here's a couple more pics just for luck:

The first pic shows the access to my room. I didn't show the worst of it--the stairs are steep and narrow, frighteningly so in places, and it was raining the day I arrived so slippery as well. But I survived without mishap although I got lost with amazing regularity. The second picture is what the sea looked like from my front balcony yesterday (Friday) afternoon.

(Edited to fix the touchstones.)

Mar 16, 10:48am Top

Incidentally, Hugh, I don't know if you're a reader of poetry but you are a lover of curry, and there could not possibly be a more wonderful poem about curry than Les Murray's poem Vindaloo in Merthyr Tydfil.

Edited: Mar 16, 11:34am Top

>1 haydninvienna: How lovely! I read about that bookstore somewhere at sometime. A dream adventure.

>2 haydninvienna: LOL, I had an experience very like that in New Jersey last summer. The only reason I didn't clean my plate though, was because I had to be on an airplane at 5 the next morning and I was afraid of having effects mid-flight. Loved the dish though. It hurt so good.

Oh, as to my weekend, not much adventure. Baking (2 loaves of whole wheat bread, 1 of rye), cleaning, cooking for the pooch and some corned beef and cabbage for the family, a trip to Costco to restock. Stuff like that. Hopefully some time for reading.

Mar 16, 11:38am Top

>2 haydninvienna: Sorry, Richard, but I avoid poetry like the plague (thoroughly put off by an inept school English teacher). So I tried to read the Les Murray and found myself skimming ever faster from about four lines in. By the end I was barely noticing one word in a hundred.

My day was delightfully and dreamily spent in the Railway Society's library at Inchanga (of which I'm the librarian). Helped one or 2 users and spent the rest of the time doing a preliminary search for material towards a talk due next year on the activities of the SAR (South African Railway) brigade in WW2. They not only built, repaired and ran railways in Ethiopia, the Middle East and Italy, but also ran harbours, aircraft and armaments factories.

Mar 16, 3:01pm Top

This weekend includes younger son's birthday, Seedy Sunday, and dinner with the family (both sons, older son's girlfriend), me and my husband. So I'm working on a menu that accommodates older son's vegetarianism and younger son's gluten and lactose intolerance. Also arranging to meet a friend to go to Seedy Sunday together. I've already started half my tomatoes, but who knows what cool thing I will find at Seedy Sunday to try?

Edited: Mar 16, 3:17pm Top

Concrete Cow (an indie games con) today. We played GURPS Discworld this morning, and I played the latest version of RuneQuest this afternoon while Paul played a Trail of Cthulhu games set in the 1700s. We’re now considering whether to do another game or head back to the hotel.

I also dropped into the second-hand bookstore nearby - Hokas Pokas was spotted and purchased. I had the first two collections, but not the third.

Tomorrow I want to drop into the Currys PC World store and try out a Kobo Forma. I have to be careful with larger handhelds because of wrist issues so I want to try before buying. Besides I want a 32GB version if the 64GB version turns out to be vapourware and I have get that direct from Kobo.

Then a trip to IKEA for a new bathroom cabinet and all the fun of fitting it into the car...

Mar 16, 4:29pm Top

Tonight is our last night down by New Orleans - tomorrow is my swamp tour! In the afternoon we drive up to just north of Jackson, Mississippi to stay one night then up to St. Louis for another overnight, then home. Phew. Pics when I get back. Have some decent ones so far.

Mar 16, 4:52pm Top

I just returned from having a delightful lunch with jillmwo, who was attending Grangecon in nearby Lancaster.

Edited: Mar 16, 6:31pm Top

>1 haydninvienna: Great shots. I think I may have been wounded by "On Bullshit".

The title of Murray's poem on curry might have piqued my interest. I have my own story about vindaloo, but that will way for our next meeting over a pint of Guinness.

Given the weekend that is in it I shall wish you all a VERY HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Mar 16, 9:29pm Top

>1 haydninvienna: my dream vacation! Maybe someday I’ll make it there.

>7 Bookmarque: can’t wait to see your pics!

This morning was my training run. We did 18 miles today. I felt great and ran the best I’ve ran in quite a few weeks. Having snow free roads helped. I’m so glad I’ve met these people in my group! They are so nice and so supportive! The marathon is 5 weeks away and I feel like I’ll be ready!

The rest of the weekend will be spent recovering.

Mar 17, 1:54am Top

>4 hfglen: Ah well, I tried.

>5 tardis: I thought at first that you referred to your son's birthday as Seedy Sunday (must have been a decent party the night before?). Then I worked out that it was a garden show.

>9 pgmcc: Now I'm wondering why the resolution of the bookshop pic is so much better than the other 2 photos--all 3 were taken with the same iPhone camera on the same afternoon.

>10 catzteach: Best wishes! I could no more run a marathon than fly to the moon, and those bloody stairs on Santorini convinced me of that.

And once again, for those who celebrate it--Happy St Patrick's Day!

Mar 17, 11:37am Top

>11 haydninvienna: I don’t know how all those stairs would effect me; I’m scared of heights, but I’d like to give them a try! :)

Edited: Mar 17, 11:59am Top

>1 haydninvienna: Looks like a fantastic experience was had!

>4 hfglen: The SAR WWII brigade sounds like something I should try to read up on, I had no idea!

Unfortunately I've spent the weekend trying to get rid of a quite severe headache; it's early Sunday evening here now and it still bothers me enough that I feel dizzy. Having that kind of headache is never fun, of course, but it coincided with a 50th birthday party for a longtime colleague, yesterday. I tried my best, and it was good fun, but I had to leave early none the less, when the painkillers started to wear off.

At least I've managed to read some.

Mar 17, 12:27pm Top

>13 Busifer: We Fought the Miles would be a good place to start if you can find a library that has everything including the terminally obscure. Right now I have the only copy I know of out from the Railway Society's library.

Mar 17, 2:26pm Top

>12 catzteach: Be my guest! I wouldn’t go quite so far as to say they were terrifying, but I treated them with extreme care.
>13 Busifer: it was a fun day, even with all the stair climbing and getting lost and whatever.

Edited: Mar 18, 4:07am Top

>14 hfglen: A search in the national library database (includes private research libraries as well as public libraries) returned a "best match" that included an anthology of Oregon poetry as top suggestion. The only bookshop site that returned anything at all topped with a biography from the founder of Starbuck's. Abebooks returned a list of books about jew/muslim religious issues. So it seems like this one will be hard to find.

Mar 18, 4:31am Top

I rather thought it might. It looks like it was assembled in about 1946 (from internal evidence, certainly before 1948) as a souvenir book.

Mar 18, 6:04am Top

I had a great weekend!
On Friday night I went to see Captain Marvel which I really enjoyed (and not just because of the cat!)
On Saturday my friend and I went to visit Ightham Mote, a mediaeval manor house with a moat - who would not want to live in such a place?!
On Sunday we went to Chatham Historic Dockyard, which was a boatyard for the Royal Navy and is now preserved with collections of historic ships, displays about the industry and Navy, and a working ropery. We went on board the HMS Cavalier and viewed the collection of lifeboats through the ages and saw the collection of model ships. It was a fantastic day out that I suspect would appeal to several of you in the Green Dragon. If any of you find yourselves in SE England I would be happy to escort you! Hugh, this weekend the little narrow gauge trains were running around the site which made it extra special.

Mar 18, 7:12am Top

That sounds like a fabulous weekend! A moated house would work in UK, give or take the damp in the cellars, but here you would doubtless have to contend with trillions of mosquitoes and other nasties. The miniature trains sound like fun -- and may be an irresistible attractant to Pella!

Mar 18, 7:48am Top

>18 Sakerfalcon: Oh, narrow gauge train! Our rather extensive SE England tour has turned into a very short weekend stay in London, with a packed program that includes a detour to Dover Castle... and maybe we could shoehorn Chatham Historic Dockyard into it - it definitely fits the "war" theme of the trip (which includes IWM).

Mar 18, 7:54am Top

>20 Busifer: If you're doing the IWM, do't forget the aviation museum at Duxford near Cambridge ...

Mar 18, 7:54am Top

Busifer, this site may be of use to you on your trip, if you are travelling around by train:
2 for 1 entry

Mar 18, 10:37am Top

>21 haydninvienna: Thanks. The tour is much shortened, we'll really only have two whole days, one of which will be spent to, from and in Dover, so Cambridge is in the wrong direction to fit in. It's high on our list, but will have to wait for another time :'(

>22 Sakerfalcon: Initial plan was to spend 7-10 days travelling around the southeast by train, but the the Swedish krona is at a low point and the cost for that stay would open a black hole in the bank account. So we'll just stay in London, go to IWM, do a day trip to Dover, and then go home again.

Mar 18, 11:50am Top

>22 Sakerfalcon: Ah, right, that's a shame. Of course, the pound keeps getting lower so maybe you will get more for your money by then. You'll still be able to use the vouchers if you take the train to Dover.

Mar 18, 1:39pm Top

>24 Sakerfalcon: Yeah, and we'll see when we get there, but when we started to plan the costs racked up equal to going straight across the world, almost. Surely that was partly caused by us having to go during high tourist season, and while I acknowledge the need for the hospitality industry to make money when money can be made I'm not made of money so have to look at the numbers...

We really had wanted to do so much more, but that was not feasible. We'll have to do it in bits and pieces instead. The world will not end tomorrow, or even the day after that ;-)

Edited: Mar 18, 3:04pm Top

I had a good weekend. Friday night I went to a concert that was part of the Northern Lights Festival, a new winter festival in town. Really enjoyed the music. The festival organizers were very ambitious, and didn't get the turnout they had hoped for this year, but I think it has gone very well for the people who have attended. I hope it will happen again next year. Saturday I finished an overdue book to return to the library (couldn't renew it, as there was a hold) then went to the dog weight pull with Duncan. We just watched the other dogs pull. They pull a sled with bags of dog food, and the overall winner gets to keep what they pull. One 15 lb (7kg) dog pulled 90 lb (41kg), and the grand winner, who weighed about 90 lb (41kg) pulled over 500 lb (227kg).

I ran into a friend there, and we went to see the hat put on the giant snowman at the other end of town. It took a large crane and a man-lift to do it. The snowman is a huge pile of snow around 30 m tall (100ft). They were aiming for about 40m (130ft) to set a new world record, but they didn't make it this year.

Saturday night the ski club had another moonlight ski. It was beautiful out, and we heard two owls; a great horned owl and a boreal owl.

Sunday I had a slow start, but I went for a swim, then came home and changed and went for a ski on the long (8km) trail. It was lovely, over 10°C, and the dogs loved it. Duncan had his second birthday Sunday, and I bought him a new toy and some treats.

Duncan and I on the ski trails________________The giant snowman

Mar 18, 5:00pm Top

Travelled down to London to catch up with a friend and charming family and watch some very exciting/unexpected games of rugby. Managed to stop off on the way home at the William Heath Robinson museum (Think Rube Goldberg if you've not heard of him) I hadn't realised he was such a talented and prolific artist. Escaped with just Heath Robinson Masterpieces.

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