A Kiwi abroad

September 7, 2008, 11:01 am
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Haven’t updated this blog much, but in case anyone is watching, the Books 2008 page has now been updated, about 2 month’s worth!

My Celebrity Lookalikes
April 20, 2008, 10:50 am
Filed under: Me, Misc

Found over at casa az – again 😉

My Celebrity Lookalikes

A Book Meme
April 8, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Books

My first go at tagging myself from another blog – in this case at casa az

One book that changed your life

  • Have Spacesuit – Will Travel by Robert Heinlein.  The first Sci-Fi book I read.

One book that you’ve read more than once

  • The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh. I could have picked so many books here – I keep and re-read most books – if they’re any good.

One book you’d want on a desert island

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes.  I can read this over and over again – and it’s big enough to provide plenty of reading material

  One book that made you laugh

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.  I first read this while in hospital and had to keep putting it down when I was reading at 5 AM, so that my laughter didn’t wake other patients up.

 One book that made you cry

  • The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne.  I could have picked so many (probably a lot less corny ones too) but I still get a lump in my throat as Christopher Robin is explaining to Pooh that he won’t be around so much and won’t do nothing “because they won’t let you”.

 One book that you wish had been written

  • Any additional James Bond book by Ian Fleming

One book that you wish had never been written

  • Any book “of the film” that looks like the original, but isn’t.  They did this with a lot of the Bond books (see above). 

 Two books you’re currently reading

  • The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
  • Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene

 One book you’ve been meaning to read

  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Art for Art’s sake
January 25, 2008, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Me, Misc


A few years ago now, I decided that I needed to do something outside of work to get the grey cells in my head doing something again.

This resulted in a decision to take some evening classes. 

After a bit of thought, and being fascinated by the world that James Clavell painted in Shogun, I decided that I would try to learn some Japanese.  I really enjoyed that, but two years of it were enough (maybe some material for a future post!).

When I looked for something to follow it up with, I decided to try something to do with art, as I have always thought of myself (with good reason) as the least artistic person I know.

 I found a class run by the Local Education Authority, taught by  Ron Freeman called Painting and Drawing.  I really enjoyed this, it was as though part of my brain was switched on that had never been used before.  I am not saying that I was any good, but I was nothing like as bad as I had feared that I would be.

 Anyone else out there found something unexpected that has helped broaden their horizons?

Hi there
January 13, 2008, 10:34 am
Filed under: Me, Misc

Hello and welcome

This is my first non-lurking venture into the blogosphere.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with this blog yet, so watch this space. Though paint might dry quicker.

Comments & Visitors welcome – though mind the boxes – I’m still sorting out.