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Please accept my apologies for the silence of the last three days; I went away for a much-needed wee holiday, and it was wonderful. I did take the computer, but decided to leave it switched off in favour of long walks through unexpected snow, beautiful scenery, and good food. Because I bought myself a humble abode earlier this year, I didn’t have a long holiday, so decided to treat myself. Now suddenly it’s Hogmanay. I’ve not done much today, just a bit of cooking, of one of my favourite dishes, a red cabbage-based delight. (more…)

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I meant to post this yesterday, to see the year out, but, as stated in my previous post today, the important tasks of spending time with family and of preparing a feast for the new year, as well as seeing out the old year, took priority. So here is the WordPress-generated summary of the Victorian Librarian’s blogging habits; I am gradually writing more, which is good, but hope to increase the volume and improve the quality again this year.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

For the sake of completeness while looking back, I’ve added links, here below, to what I’ve been listening to, and watching, since November (when I started cataloguing such things), and to some of what I have been reading, via Goodreads, since January 2014.

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“The Colour of Magic” by Terry Pratchett (Colin Smythe, 1983).

Happy New Year, dear readers!

I don’t believe in beginning the year by making a big resolution, or a list of resolutions. I believe that it is best to welcome in the New Year with proper celebration (i.e. feasting! hearty grog! family! friends!) and then to daydream for a while about what I will (not) do, and how I will (not) do it, during the year to come. It’s been a good start to the New Year, slightly hectic, but all in the pursuit of providing a good meal for some of my close family. Which was excellent, incidentally, and an afternoon well spent (including the O’Neillkin’s first James Bond film, a Sean Connery opus of course, Thunderball).

Last week, while writing a post in the December light-themed series, I mentioned how I had started reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series in chronological order, while still living in London. I also said that my aim of reading the whole series through public libraries was thwarted by a lack of copies of one of the books, early in the series. So now, living in Scotland, I begin again, having just downloaded a free copy of the first book, The Colour of Magic. It’s not so much a plan of study and improving reading, more a plan-ish of delight and entertainment, even happier in the knowledge that it’s impossible to read a book by Terry Pratchett without learning at least one something.

I will add a widget to the right sidebar of t’blog, charting my progress, and will review each book as well. The aim is to read every book in the main series that will have been printed by then.

Here’s to all your New Years having started well, and to the year continuing in a similar vein of happiness and health for us all.

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"Flight Path Of Fireflies  Outside Okayama city, Japan", by Tsuneaki Hiramatu. Source - Light: Beyond the Bulb.

“Flight Path Of Fireflies
Outside Okayama city, Japan”, by Tsuneaki Hiramatu. Source – Light: Beyond the Bulb.

What better way to bring to an end the year, and my December-long series of posts on the subject of light in a variety of incarnations, than with a beginning? 2015 will be the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, organised by the United Nations. The official website states its purpose as follows:

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.


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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Old and New Year. Cover-Table Calendar for 1905 - Konstantin Somov

Old and New Year. Cover-Table Calendar for 1905 – Konstantin Somov

#Reverb12 Day 31 – the final day – asks us to

Take a moment to yourself, somewhere quiet.

Take a deep breath, and if you have the time/space/inclination do something that has significance for you e.g. light a candle, brew a put of your favourite tea, play your favourite music, whatever.

I’m in a house full of some of my favourite children who currently watching cartoons, but who occastionally need books read, computer games played, and lavish attention. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a great end to one year, and a wonderful start to the next. Because I have only a small amount of time which I want to myself to finish Reverb12, I will answer Kat’s five questions before getting back to the party. (more…)

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A final Merry Christmas to all! I hope that you had a lovely time with family and friends, and that you’re looking forward to Hogmanay and the New Year. I decided to fully embrace the #Reverb12 spirit and take a few days off from the phone and the computer to focus on family, friends, and food – all the important parts of Christmas and of life. It’s been great, and I’ve missed being online and on the phone much less than I thought I would, so I think that I will be repeating that exercise every so often. I also think I need to get a Nintendo Wii as soon as possible. (more…)

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