Sorting Through Dad’s Hoard #8: M.R. James

Dad would usually read us M.R. James’s ghost stories in the evenings, after dinner and homework and sundry other bits were done; he’d occasionally play recorded versions of several of the stories, read by Michael Horden. I always preferred Dad’s narration, the way he’d growl for the villains and gruffer types, or use a slightly…

Sorting through Dad’s hoard, part 6: The Day of the Triffids

  Dad may not have been interested in vampires and monsters, but he loved more subtle types of horror. He recommended plots and stories that could feasibly happen, and were all the more creepy for it. “There’s a book,” he told us once, “which starts with everyone on the planet staying up late to watch…

Further thoughts on ‘The Rover’ at the RSC.

1: This is less a formal review than an informal expansion of my thoughts upon seeing this production. Expect possible silliness. 2: This is also relatively long, since there is a lot I’ve needed to say ever since seeing the play. How many words beginning with R can I use to describe The Rover, written by Aphra…

Day 16, August 3rd – In the valley of the goats

Today was our last day of riding – I am really glad of it. My legs have been chafed by being in the saddle, and there’s a spot or two on my leg that’s been rubbed raw and which I have to take care to keep clean and sterilised, using precious plasters. Some of the…

BBC Banished, Episode 3 recap

While I do honestly love this series, this episode drives me to vulgarity on occasion. It’s how I show I care! Plus I occasionally put swear words in the mouths of the characters. You know they were thinking them anyway. We start as we ended the last episode, with a body. Okay, now I believe…

BBC Banished, Episode 1

Warning: while I do love this series, a lot, I may not take it entirely seriously in these reviews. Abandon hope of complete solemnity. Speaking of which; before we do anything else, I’m going to get this out of the way, right now, because it’s something of a pet peeve of mine when it comes to…

Day 11, July 29th – Reaching Tariat, and the Great White Lake!

Today set off to a good start, with a heavenly breakfast at Fairfields, an English speaking restaurant run by an Australian couple, right next door to the hostel we were staying at. The variety of the menu meant that pizza and chips could be ordered without anyone blinking any eyes, though also available were sausage sandwiches…

Day 10, July 28th – still on the road. To Tsetserleg.

Disasters in the fire department, because of a blustery wind that seemed to come from every direction at once, meant that we had a meagre meal of porridge oats, and the washing up had to be done in cold water. Despite the intense old and general dewiness of the morning, the litter sweep of the…

Day 9, July 27th – On the Road!

Up at 6.00 today to finish packing for an 8.30 start – that soon became a 9.00 start. The two buses- one filled with supplies and rucksacks, and one with all the teenagers who didn’t fit into the first bus – spent the next nine or so hours driving out of Ulaan Bataar, across the…

Day 8, July 26th – back to Ulaan Bataar!

We left the camp today at a pretty disastrous start of 7.05 – the bus supposedly arriving at 7.30. Thank goodness for the cleaning lady who barged into the hall and woke us up! The children were up early to see us off. Hardly a dry eye on the bus or off it as we…

Day 7, July 25th – Last day of camp

The last day in camp was a particularly wet one. We lived in our waterproofs for much of the day. The children brightened up our distinctly damp day (isn’t alliteration wonderful) by organising a miniature concert for us with some wonderful Mongolian singing, and when we were packing up the tents helped us carry our…

Day 6, July 24th – Summer Camp

A reasonable day. Scrambled eggs on fried bread for breakfast, with ketchup. So glad I stocked up on wood last night; the people building the fire needed it. Spent much of the day playing with the children, or finishing off the washing up with wet wipes – that scrambled egg stuck like hell! Also, discovered…