A courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her...
- member since November 4, 2007
It must have worked. We're "friends" now!
Oddly, the "friend" label is not showing up on your avatar.
I missed this note entirely. I love P.D. James but the only McEwan I ever read was Atonement and I hated it so much that I'm afraid to read anything else by him. I'm not a big fan of Mantel either but if you read Bring Up the Bodies (it's not necessary to read Wolf Hall first), I'll be leading the discussion on March 1st.
My dear, I just noticed we're not friends. I don't know how I overlooked that. Do forgive me.
I received the loveliest letter in the post:
EXTREMELY PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
Saint Indigestia’s Lunatic Asylum
Office of the Superintendent
Manleigh Under-Dureth, EA
The Marquess of Manleigh
Dear Lord Manleigh,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that Lady Anne Smythe-Holcolmbe, in whose progress you have taken such keen interest over the course of the past year, has responded with enormous success to the Treatment. Thanks to said Treatment and the expert ministrations of my staff, particularly the inestimable Nurse Carrion-Fowles, Lady Anne’s level of participation at Anglophiles Anonymous (which, as you know, had degenerated to a severely disappointing state of Lurking and Shirking) has improved to such an encouraging degree that I have given orders for her release from Saint Indigestia’s in the early morning hours of 5th January, with cab fare.
I trust you will be as overjoyed to hear this news as I am to deliver it, and I remain,
Sir Beverly Frye, MD, FRCPsych
This is a not very good photo of the little girl photo. Is this like the dresses you told us of ? It looks faded, but it's not; it's very sweet & very kitsch, I mean retro.
They are classic c.19 line drawings & I love them-the little volumes called Collectors' Library (?) have them.
I think that ebooks will go happily hand in hand with real books soon & we'll all wonder what the fuss was about...I was put off by the early Gutenbergs which were horrible to read. In fact, I found them unreadable; there was no chance of thinking that one was reading a book, it was just one long page, which I found very disconcerting. I only have the software on my pc & keep forgetting to use it-having the keyboard underneath is offputting, somehow.I thnk that they must be like watching actors onscreen (and operas and ballets); I'd love to be seeing those people in reality but I'm never going to, so I'll take what I can get.
I cannot part with my Complete JA as it has the Thompson ? Birch ? illus & only two of the singles have these. Sigh. Does your Kindle have these lovely drawings ?
Oh dear, nowhere even remotely near us then !
Nor are the quakes, none of which have been very bad lately. With all that's happened, people become jittery over ones that they'd normally not worry about at all, I imagine-who wouldn't ? Earthquake drill is done in all schools, of course-everyone under the desk !
The Chch ones still seem like a bad dream. I see wrecked streets & it still comes as a shock to realise that that's here-they're streets that I've known-its' not Beirut or somewhere like that. It was such a very lovely city.
All friends are welcome on AA.
Well, it might be a bit of a squash fitting four in ! Top & tail ?
Actually, if they want a bed for a night or two in the Waikato, they're welcome !
Well, call me naive, but it wouldn't occur to me that a terrorist would use an oxygen whatsit-unless it was a huge bluff with the hope that something so large & obvious wouldn't be suspected. Possible but not VERY probable. If I were a terrorist, I might go for the obvious, but not THAT obvious. There's too much to lose. Actually, I wouldn't go on the plane myself, I'd try to smuggle the bomb on so that everyone else would be blown up while I was not.
Tangent; no matter how often I hear that 10 men held Mumbai to ransom, it is a surprise. What organisation; at the time it seemed as if they were everywhere in the city. Surprise is a great weapon.The IRA were well aware of this, of course. Oh the shame of having an IRA member very much wanted who shared my maiden name, an uncommon in NZ & its being on our news !
Would you like to send me a private note about where your rellies are going to be; I'd love to hear from them-a phonecall would be great. :)
:) why not come downunder & see what you think ? Late summer is a good time.
I forgot to say to keep it covered when you melt the butter :-/ You probably already know this from messy experience !
'Receipt' is so nice & Cranfordish, but I wouldn't use it in conversation as nobody would know what I meant-or hardly anyone !
The private note feature seems to be so private that it's invisible !
The receipt (when did this word stop being used for recipes ?) that I use is
Melt 2 tbs butter, stir in 2 tbs flour & a pinch of mustard (but I mostly forget this) and heat until bubbly (about 30 secs, I think)
Stir in 1/4 cup milk, then 1/2 cup. Add 1-1 1/2 cups grated cheese.
I just do it a minute at a time until it's ready, as I can't be bothered to heat the milk. You'll know when it is. It's been ages since I made it; all those calories !!!
Did you want the microwave macaroni cheese ?
NZ is a lovely place, I think. A miniature, really, with golden beaches & snowy mountains & fjords/fiords? all nice & handy to each other 'cos the country is so small-it's bigger than the UK, though ! We have 4,000,000 people so it's not too crowded.
Australia is nice too, but some places are awfully HOT.