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Been lucky to catch up with friends on weekly Zooms. And am enjoying Palely Loitering by Hugh O’Keefe, who used to play piano at the Albury! A rollicking read, highly recommended. Read bits over the phone to a friend and we were giggling over the many funny anecdotes. Doris Karloff! GOLD!!

Zoom pic of eight friends
The usual suspects
Bookcover of Palely Loitering by Hugh O'Keefe
A riot — Hugh O’Keefe

The Best of James Herriot

The best of James Herriot

Lots of gentle reminiscing about the days of old, farming in Yorkshire. It’s about a vet in the 1940s (there was a TV series, All Creatures Great and Small.) When big draught horses were used before tractors, and it was pre-antibiotics. Also, his time spent serving inthe RAF during WWII. Many colour photos and line drawings. Amazing.

Concentration camps – book review

Viktor Frankl, 1949. Was No. 119,104.
Viktor Frankl, 1949. Prisoner No. 119,104.

Due to the neo Nazis being in Chippendale, I refreshed my mind yesterday on concentration camps by reading Viktor Frankl’s account of his time in Auschwitz and Dachau and others in Man’s Search For Meaning.  It was completely dire. He outlines the various ways people mentally coped.
He took the fatalist approach and a couple of times he made what seemed to be the “wrong” choices but luckily, those ended up being the right ones and he survived. (eg. to go on a truck or not; to look after typhoid patients and die of that …) It was impossible to know which way to jump, everything was so unpredictable.

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Australian Style book review

9781920989767It’s a beautiful book. I bought it because I like interiors and was interested in a vision of “Australian” style. I couldn’t find many references to Australia, though.

I used to work with Penfold, sub-editing her Source column, and, after reading this book, I can affirm she walks the walk. She always looked glamorous and always had bright, chirpy anecdotes. She’d always say we were brilliant at our work (page 31). She always had a humorous comment to make about a trip to Monte Carlo or a fashion faux pas or the latest mishap by the tradies. She’d send herself up in an Ab Fab Patsy kind of way.

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Pooh, a bear of Very Little Brain returns

7240383A new book has been written by David Benedictus. I read an extract on Sunday.  It doesn’t quite match the same tone and whimsiness of the A.A. Milne classical stories. It has the basic character traits right (which would be difficult to get wrong, since they’re so thoroughly outlined on websites.)

Favourite original quotes, which I got from here:

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’ ”
Winnie the Pooh

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”
Winnie the Pooh

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
Winnie the Pooh

It’s about the return of Christopher Robin (the real one died in 1995). I will definitely get it. Am struggling to get through Tony Abbott’s Battlelines at the moment. A bit yawnful.

A copyright-free pic by Spictacular. Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet.
A copyright-free pic by Spictacular. Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet.