This, that, and hols

First things first… happy 90th to Queen Elizabeth II!

I’m taking a bit of a blog break for a couple of weeks, as I’m off to Brighton for two days, then down to Cornwall (via Somerset and Sherpa!) for a family holiday. I’m pretty excited about reading these two enormous books…

Prose Factory and Moranifesto

Before I disappear for a bit, here are a few completely unrelated things to share…

1.) I’m taking part in Brooding About the Brontes with a guest post over at Girl With Her Head in a Book. I get all defensive about Anne Bronte and I quote Iggy Azalea, so there’s that to look forward to.

2.) At some point I’ll do proper posts about Shiny New Books Issue 9, but for now – why not check out 5 Fascinating Facts About Vita Sackville-West?

3.) So sad to hear about the far too early death of Victoria Wood. I don’t know if her audience was as international as it deserved to be, but she is undoubtedly a national treasure here in Britain – and I heartily recommend you spend an evening looking up her best bits of YouTube. Although her highlights would take a week to watch. She was such a master of language.

4.) If you like the ‘Tea or Books?’ theme tune as much as I do, you might have wondered what it was. I don’t think anybody’s ever actually asked, but I’m going to assume it’s the great unspoken question. Anyway, I got the clip from a copyright-free site, and it’s the lovely 1928 recording of ‘Smiling Skies’ by Benny Meroff. Hear a bit more of it in the video below…

 

11 thoughts on “This, that, and hols

  • April 21, 2016 at 8:03 am
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    I’m another who puts my hand up for Anne. Shout it loud “Anne was the best”! Happy hols.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 10:11 am
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    Have a nice break Simon. Thanks for the link to the music. It is going to be my new music while cooking. I might be the only one to say this- but the music reminds me of the Tom and Jerry cartoon in some sections.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    The theme music never fails to bring a smile to my face so thanks for naming the tune, Simon! Enjoy your time off and the books…I’m especially interested in ‘The Prose Factory’.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 1:30 am
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    I had wondered about the theme song! I actually meant to ask about it recently, when we got our new theme song, but I kept forgetting and then I was out of town and now my question is answered anyway. Cool!

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  • April 23, 2016 at 3:21 am
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    I do really like your theme – so thanks for linking to the whole thing!

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  • April 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    Oooh I hope you enjoy the Taylor now I’ve told you that you’re going to – and have a lovely break!

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  • May 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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    Can’t wait for the 1947 Club – I’d better get a head start…

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