I had a wonderful ten days in Toronto – much too little time! – and only arrived back this morning after a long overnight flight. Thus this post is brought to you by jetlag and a need to combat same by staying up till 8pm, all going well. I am nonetheless well aware that a detailed blog post, with the requirement of many coherent sentences flowing one from another, is beyond my capabilities today. You must content yourself with a list of some of my favourite moments; I’m certain to miss some out. (more…)
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We at Victorian Librarian HQ (ok, me at Victorian Librarian HQ) would like to wish my readers a wonderful Hogmanay and New Year celebration, however you chose to spend it. I’ve spent mine making delicious foodstuffs, mostly. Tomorrow there will be some good eating! I hope that 2016 will be a great year for you all and for me. Thank you for reading the blog, be it once or regularly. (more…)
Posted in About me, Arts and Culture, Food and Drink, Travel, Victorian Studies, tagged Allan Gardens Conservatory, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bakka Phoenix Books, Bata Shoe Museum, Canadian National Exhibition, Cottingley Fairies, Guy Gabriel Kay, Majlis Art Garden, Poutine, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Sea Dragons, St Lawrence Market, The Fionavar Tapestry, The Merril Collection, Toronto, Toronto Public Labyrinth, Toronto Public Libraries on August 20, 2015| 2 Comments »
This week, I’ve done some real planning for next month’s trip to Canada, specifically for Toronto, where I will spend the greatest part of my time. I’ll be spending said greatest part of my time with two friends I made last year, and it will be interesting to see how their Toronto compares to my Toronto, discovered on my previous two visits last year and in 2011. During my planning, I finally located my photos from last year’s trip, a great relief as I had thought them lost. They have helped me remember where I went, where I still want to go, and have jogged my memory about some of the places to which I would like to return. Here are some of those photos, unedited and unpolished (a skill still to learn), but with many words to accompany and explain them (verbosity being a skill/curse which is definitely not lacking). (more…)
Posted in Books and Reading, Film and TV, Food and Drink, Librarianship, Reviews, tagged Countryfile, France Book Tours, International Hug a Librarian Day, Kathleen C. Perrin, March, St David's Day, Welshcakes on March 1, 2015| 1 Comment »
Today is an important day for three reasons:
1) It is International Hug a Librarian Day – the picture above comes from the Facebook event page for this year. Sadly, a lot of libraries are closed today, so there’ll be no hugging, but if you have a librarian in your family and/or a librarian friend, let them know how much you appreciate them and their profession today. That’s the real point of today; as libraries and the professional status of their staff are under constant threat, there’s an ever growing need to demonstrate the importance, and the necessity, of the institutions and their people in society. Many people may feel uncomfortable about receiving, or giving, a hug, so a visit to your local library, the act of borrowing books, DVDs, CDs, and, ideally, the giving of feedback (to the staff themselves, to the councils, to the government, as publicly as possible, online, by phone, in writing, in person), would actually make us feel just as content as a hug, if not more so. You can ask us a question, or several questions, which could improve your lives and your understanding of what a library can do, just as much as a hug. I suppose what I’m saying in the end is that a hug can take many forms, when it comes to hugging your librarian. (more…)
Posted in About me, Books and Reading, Film and TV, Food and Drink, Music and Audiobooks, tagged Cicely M. Barker, Doc Martens, Dr Who, Flower Fairies, Folio Society, Frances Hodgson Burnett, General Election May 2015, Gorecki, Lamb, Lily Vanilli, Snowdrops, Terry Pratchett, The colour pink, The Princess Bride, The Proclaimers, Torchwood, William Goldman on February 13, 2015| 2 Comments »
Posted in About me, Arts and Culture, Food and Drink, Languages, tagged Burns Night, Cherbourg the Octopus, Haggis, Ode to the Haggis, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Tam O'Shanter, The Glasgow Cookery Book, Whisky on January 25, 2015| 1 Comment »
Cherbourg and I would like to wish you all a Happy Burns Night! Note: Cherbourg is my familiar and travelling companion, in the form of an orange octopus, if you don’t already know him.
My favourite Robert Burns poem is unquestionably Tam O’Shanter, an epic ghost story (with entertaining social commentary) taking place one night in the drinking establishments and on the streets of Ayr. The language is striking, funny, rich, and just generally wonderful. You can watch an animation here, with Brian Cox (actor, not physicist!) reading the poem. It was created by Spiral Productions for the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, in Alloway, near Ayr.
I’ve never made a haggis from scratch myself, and am not sure how easy it would be these days to get all the necessary ingredients, but there is a recipe in the Glasgow Cookery Book which sounds wonderful, with a vivid language and poetry (possibly the Poetry of Ew, to the more squeamish) in itself. You can read it in the photo below.
Once made, you mix it with neeps and tatties, and tuck in:
It’s quite common to give the haggis its own wee dram of whisky, and to have one yourself. Sometimes you can go too far, however, with both whisky and haggis:
Posted in About me, Food and Drink, Hobbies Sports and Games, Librarianship, Reviews, tagged Bloggers, Children's books, Coffee, Humour, Lego, Peer reviewing, Planning, Science, Weather on January 10, 2015| 2 Comments »
1) Drink vanilla spice latte without getting cream everywhere
2) Finish display of children’s books (subject: funny books) at work. Yes, it includes books on farts and on knickers.
3) Finish reading article and submit peer review of same (tonight)
4) Build Lego science lab with women scientists figures (tonight, as a reward for submitting said review)
5) Update blog roll on this blog – any suggestions?
6) Attempt to sleep through gales
How is your day shaping up?