My teddy bear. It was made by a blind lady when i was around 4/5 years old. I cried when it was put in the washing machine fearing i would never see it again! I still have my teddy bear although it is very worn now but i would never throw my teddy away. If i ever live to be 100 i will still have my teddy bear!
I will have to get sponsorship forms and all that organised but i can do that next week when i am off work. So i need to get training and in shape for May! I had hoped the walk would commence in June when it would be much warmer and i had more time to train but never mind. I am looking forward to it all the same. Again i will be raising money for Cancer Research UK and MDF Bi Polar Org UK as well. So starting Saturday i will be walking along the prom and back and onto Red Rocks and beyond. A good 3 to 4 miles round trip. That should get me back in shape :) Actually i must get a pedometer and see just how many miles my training walk will be!
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."
Copyright © 1984 Mary Stevenson, from original 1936 text, All rights reserved
So am i happy? Oh yes, very much so. Bit niggled i cant get Great Expectations for free from Amazon, but i dont mind paying a £1 or £2 for that. But i have plenty to be reading in the meantime. And i do love all my real books as well. I will always be buying books. Besides i have one or two very rare books that would sell for a few hundred pounds if i chose to sell them. But i would never ever part with any of my books. The Kindle is an add on to my enjoyment of reading :)
It is not often that i get really angry about politics, but this particular issue has really ticked me off. it seems our government clearly in an ill advised attempt to raise cash has decided to sell England forests off to private sector and charities. I know charities like the National Trust will be fine and care for the woodlands but i am highly concerned about the private sector sell off. if it falls into their hands what is to stop them logging/ building holiday homes/lesure parks and then the property developers sneaking in through the back door as they always do. And what about the Government evironmental responsibilities? It is not just the forest that will be lost, but the whole forest ecosystem of plants, animals and flowers that are at stake as well. So much for the Government claiming environmental credentials!!
England has forests that date back centuries. We cannot allow the selling off the forests to which all members of the public has free access to at present from being sold off/destroyed. I have signed the petition to voice my concern over this issue. After all i did do an Environmental Studies degree and as part of my studies looked at forest ecosystems and went out on a field trip to a forest and dug a deep hole in the forest ground to exammine the different soil layers! I loved doing that degree but i disgress. We need to help save our planet and not destroy it. If you would like to sign the petition to save Englands forests the petition can be found on the link below.
I am really enjoying one of my Christmas treats to myself. Written by Aliaster Duncan, The Norwood Author focuses on Sir ACD's life between 1891 and 1894. I have to say i am totally and utterely hooked on it. It is very well researched and full of interesting facts about ACD i never knew such as his interest in cricket and photography. And he also mingled with alot of renowned authors of the day as well, George Bernard Shaw being a prime example. He also attended the funeral of Alfed Tennysion as well. Really fascinating reading and unputdownable!!! Once thing i would say though it is a book that would require reading again as there is so much information to take in you need to read it over to take in all the information!! The book even goes into detail about a serious spat between a local vicar and his former wife which had repercussions for ACD as he subsequently became president of the local spiritual society. Oh and here is the best bit, it appears ACD took the names of people he knew in Norwood and local Norwood places for use as characters and places in his Sherlock Holmes stories!! I was amused by that because in my writings i have sometimes done the same thing!!
Here is the book below....
Still reading it as i say, mostly on the train to and from work and in my lunch breaks. Oh and I should thank Alistair Duncan as his book has already got me thinking about a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction story!! Am playing with the plot at the moment. But i think it will be a good story in the making!! Hehehe.
So please beg, borrow or buy this book if you really want to get to know ACD and the man behind Sherlock Holmes!! And i will later in the year buy some of his less famous books as well. But i have a stackful of books to enjoy first before buying any more books. I confess i AM a bookaholic!! I just simply adore reading and books and now i am running out of space to place my books!! And i am told this is a family trait!!
I will post a complete review once i have had an opportunity to read the entire book.
I have had three cats thus far. Sylvester was my first, and he ran away. He always went on far flung adventures, only a kitten and i think he must have been about one or two when he finally wnet off and never came back. I was about four at the time and i could not understand really what had happened to him. All i was told was that he has jumped on a milk float and never came back. I must have been upset for weeks over this and rescue came when the next door neighbours got kittens and that is when i got my second cat. She lived for 21 years. But that is another story!
When i was very young i was very much into Wonder Woman and the Man from Atlantis! I did the Wonder Woman spinning thing and in the swimming pool i did the Atlantis man swimming thingy, i think alot of kids from my generation were trying to emulate that famous swimming by Patrick Duffy back then!! Then i discovered Star Wars and i just adored R2D2 and wore a tee shirt all summer with my name on and of course R2D2 on it. But when Superman came out i settled for him for a good few years. The reason i liked Superman was that he came from another planet and could fly! If i could have a super power i would choose to be able to fly! I have to confess I have all the Superman films on DVD and when it is a rainy day and i am in not in work i do watch the entire DVD boxset of Superman films!
Make a fuss of my cat who is sitting on my bed trying to wake me up!! She quite often sleeps next to me but not always. My cat knows when it is work day and always tries to make me wake up before 6am. Never works until she resorts to nibbling my arm!! She never really hurts me, it is more of a "wake up i want my breakfast" nip! After feline intervention is dealt with i do sometimes play back my dreams. And then i wake up and start the day.
It reminded me of Das Boot in many ways. Another brilliant but very gritty mini series made by German tv about a U Boat that was operatting in the Med and their struggle to get through the Straits of Gilbralter.
I have to say the actors who played the Captain in both of the films did look very handsome!! Although the actor in the BBC Production i thought was the better looking of the two!! On a more serious note, both these films/dramas do show the horror of war as we realise the "enemy" were just as human as you and I. What i mean is that the ordinary men and women who were caught up and forced in to the Armed Forces were as much victims as anyone else. Hope that came across right! Of course the Nazi leadership had to be crushed and defeated as it was an evil regime, but at the cost of so many lives.
It was a thought provoking film that i wont forget in a long time, just as Das Boot had a profound impact on me as a teenager and i still remember it today! I showed someone once a German U Boat that is on display near where i work. Personally i think it is a total waste of money and should not be on display. People died in that boat. The bodies may have been removed and it is all cleaned up and all, but it should have been left to rest in peace. The person who i showed the U Boat too said it was a war trophy and i agreed. I felt ashamed of the U boat being there. It should never have been salvaged Sure send in diving equiptment and have a nose round like they did with the Titanic and bring back a few bits and pieces of items, but leave the ship and the bodies to rest in peace and be respected as an underwater grave.
If you like reading and/or writing, especially in the Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings fandoms...
Come one, come all! There's a great new challenge in great_tales , and a discussion about the date of Holmes' birthday...do come in and join the fun! The more the merrier!
Well now this is a two tier question. If ailens landed in my back yard i would first consider what speices of ailens they were. If they were Reptilians then i would run a mile as this race are alledged to be the bad guys. Same goes for the Greys. There are different speices of Greys apparently some good some bad, so i would have to be careful with them. Good news is that if it was the Nordics or Pleadians landing then you know they are the good guys and would definetely get a cake! There are supposed to other races such as the Talls, blue ailens and others but not much is known about them. All this i have read from books over many years and of course online. I have been interested in ailens and UFOs since i was 8!
As to how ailens would regard our society, well i think they would regard us as being a very primative race playing with dangerous toys like nuclear weapons. They would despair at all our wars and wars of the past. Of course we are not all bad and there are alot of positive things about our society which they would find fascinating. However the fact is that the first transmission that is now able to be seen/heard by any Ailen civilisations say 70-100 light years away would be the 1938 Olympics in which Hitler made opening speeches etc. That would be an embarrasement to Earth once ailens figure out he was an evil human being. On the same token however I Love Lucy has been transmitting for the same amount of time. I am sure ailens would be scratching their heads over that one!! ;)
I think in all of this you must remember the following famous quote..."It's Life Jim but not as we know it..." Dr Mccoy from Star Trek was of course right. We should not impose OUR ideas of what ailens would think of our society, we can make some assumptions but in the end ailens may have a completely different way of living and thus will view things in a totally ailen way. They may not even have a society at all but a hive mentality like the Borg!! (baddie ailens in Star Trek for those who are wondering who they are) . So when First Contact is made then we should expect nothing and yet be surprised by something completely new and revealatory!
01) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
03) Jane Eyre -Charlotte Bronte
04) Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
05) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06) The Bible (the Old Testament and the Gospels and the Revelation)
07) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
09) His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12) Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14) Complete Works of Shakespeare
15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch - George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
23) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27) Crime and Punishment
28) Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
34) Emma -Jane Austen
35) Persuasion - Jane Austen
36) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40) Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41) Animal Farm - George Orwell
42) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46) Anne of Green Gables- LM Montgomery
47) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48) The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49) Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50) Atonement - Ian McEwan
51) Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52) Dune - Frank Herbert
53) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60) Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63) The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66) On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68) Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69) Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70) Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72) Dracula - Bram Stoker
73) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75) Ulysses - James Joyce
76) The Inferno - Dante
77) Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78) Germinal - Emile Zola
79) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80) Possession - AS Byatt
81) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83) The Color Purple - Alice Walker 30
84) The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85) Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87) Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88) The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91) The Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint=Exupery
93) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94) Watership Down - Richard Adams
95) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97) Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
98) Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo