Am in a very rambly lazy sort of mood this morning. Must be something to do with the weather. It is hot and sticky with a cloudy sky and that goshthereisastormcomingup feeling in the air and when the rain comes, and it will, am sure it will be such a relief.
My feet also ache. I have a twenty minute walk to my office from Liverpool Street station in the morning and it is SO tedious. I have varied the route as much as possible, but no matter what I do, the length of time it takes me to traverse the pavements is just the same so now I nip through the Barbican. Well, perhaps nip is hardly the right word, trudge is more like it. I have comfortable shoes but have decided that I am going to have to invest in some decent walking shoes or trainers as I am not getting enough support for my poor arches which are gently throbbing as I write. I obviously need one of these foot massagers....
OK well now you know what this post is going to be like you can make up your minds NOW if you wish to read on. If not, bye, nice to see you and go and have a cup of coffee or whatever...
Those masochists among you who are still with me, thank you and I will now continue with my ramblings.
The Booker List is out and I have been looking at the authors and titles and can honestly say, hand on heart, that I know nothing about anything of them and not sure I want to either. And yes, I know and please don't leave comments castigating me for my indifference to this annual jamboree, others have already done it, long and often. It is not as if I have not tried. Believe me I have. Last year I actually read two and was so pleased with myself that I thought of having a t-shirt made emblazoned with the immortal words I Have Read Two of the Booker List 2007, but decided against it as I didn't want people stopping me in the street and asking me what I thought of them. I would have had to have said one was inexpressibly tedious and the other very nice, but surely a Booker book should be more than that?
Somewhere on Random, I shall have to look it out, is a post in which I boast about my having read quite a few of the winners and those nominated throughout the years. 'Quite a few' might be an exaggeration mark you, cannot remember. (Just found the post and here it is).
I am wondering whether to have my own Booker style list of books I have read this year which have been sadly overlooked, books which will never make these sort of lists so beloved of the literary cognoscenti, I need to think of a name for it. Suggestions please?
Lovely lunch with a friend yesterday who pointed out that the Times newspaper is currently giving away a Penguin book with each purchase. They are the reprints with the iconic covers recently launched to celebrate their birthday (60?) and worth purchasing a copy of the paper just for these alone. Checked this morning when I got to the station but not interested in the one today but will keep an eye out as long as this promotion lasts. I gave up on the Times some years ago when it appeared that the editor had nailed his flag to the Blair Project and every utterance given by our then Beloved Leader was trumpeted from the roof tops, more than I could take so I abandoned my daily read.
I have been a devotee of the Daily Mail for years much to the dismay of many of my friends who view it as a right wing fascist rag. I have pointed out to them that I think the Guardian, which some of them read, is a boring, predictable, lunatic left wing propaganda sheet but I don't begrudge them reading it. The assumption is that I believe everything I read in the papers. Well, I don't. I firmly defend my right to not believe a word the Daily Mail says as well as any other newspaper. Anyway the reason I am mentioning this is that their current promotion consists of a huge free DVD collection of English Classics. So far, I have Pride and Prejudice (yes the Colin Firth one), Tom Jones, Bleak House, Far from the Madding Crowd, Rebecca, Wives and Daughters, Vanity Fair, Emma, North and South, Tess of the d'Urbevilles, and coming up soon Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park (this is the one with Billie Piper which I would not pay good money for but will take free). They have extended the give away for another week and added new ones on as it has been such a galloping success. I wonder why? Can it be that people just enjoy watching some quality now and then?
Think this is enough wittering for now. I may return later but in the meantime, the kettle and the tea bag are uttering their siren song so I am off.