• books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >The Odin Mission by James Holland

    >I received a review copy of The Odin Mission by James Holland as a part of Transworld’s Reading Group. It was quite good. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon: April 1940. Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal Blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King’s Guard – men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission. The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant…

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    >Standing and related update

    >Things seem like they are about to get very medical again. I’m going back to the hospital next week – to be assessed for orthotics. I can’t say I’m looking forward to that especially because depending on what I end up with I will very likely end up needing carers to help me with them. And it’d more than likely be either first thing in the morning or a bed time visit if I get night splints (which I suspect may be more likely). That would be quite a tie unless I’m very lucky. I will have splints etc if they think they will help me but I really will…

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    >50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind: Question 2

    >I recently came across 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. I was very intrigued by the questions and decided to make answering them one of the goals on my current 101 in 1001 list. I’m going to try to answer one question a week.  You can find the other answers I’ve written so far here 2. Which is worse failing or never trying? Failure isn’t important.  What’s worse here is not trying to do something for fear of failure.  That’s the short answer – you have to try.  If you don’t try you automatically fail and you do so worse than if you try and it doesn’t work out…

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    >Dreams

    >One of my new 101 in 1001 goals is to start a dream journal.  I’ll probably start an offline one either in a word document or in a notebook but I thought I would blog a little about three of the dreams I had last night.  I frequently remember my dreams which seem to be very detailed and often a little surreal.  I blame my medication for that, especially the baclofen.  Although that said even pre-baclofen I would remember them. In the first dream I was at Center Parcs.  Specifically the Longleat one.  I can’t remember very much about what we were doing there or who I was with just…

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    >The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

    >Waterstones very kindly gave me a copy of The Summer Without Men to review. Here’s the synopsis:After Mia Fredricksen’s husband of thirty years asks for a pause – so he can indulge his infatuation with a young French colleague –  she cracks up (briefly), rages (deeply), then decamps to her prairie childhood home. There, gradually, she is drawn into the lives of those around her: her mother’s circle of feisty widows; the young woman next door; and the diabolical teenage girls in her poetry class. By the end of the summer without men, Mia knows what’s worth fighting for – and on whose terms. Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, this…

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    >50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind – Question 1

    >I recently came across 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. I was very intrigued by the questions and decided to make answering them one of the goals on my current 101 in 1001 list. I’m going to try to answer one question a week. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? This is a tricky question and one of my least favourite on the list but I decided to work through the list in order so I’ll give it a shot. I’m 29, I’ll be 30 in December. I think in many ways growing up with a disability meant that I learned certain…

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    >On the Internet and leaving twitter

    >I deleted my twitter account a week ago. That may or may not be a permanent thing, I haven’t decided yet. If I do return I think the way I use it will be different. I was getting very frustrated by it on a fairly regular basis. And a few people were asking overly personal questions (including where I’d be when) which made me very uncomfortable. Last Friday in an in person conversation completely unrelated to twitter, a comment was made which made me stop and think. It was about putting myself first. I’m not very good at that. It’s strange because I can leave CAB clients problems behind when…

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    >The Obscure Logic Of The Heart by Priya Basil

    >I received a copy of The Obscure Logic of The Heart by Priya Basil as a part of the Transworld Reading Group. This is the text from the back cover: An epic Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century In a bustling London café, Anil, now a famous architect, sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life. Lina is running for the train – punctuality has never been her strength. After all this time she cannot be late to meet Anil. Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out…

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    >My third 101 in 1001 list

    >The Challenge Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part). Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the…

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    >A complete list of the items I have completed on my 2nd 101 in 1001 list

    >Today being day 1001 I’ve just sat down and worked out what’s completed.  I’ve completed 54 goals this time round which is slightly better than the first list which I completed 51 goals from.  Several I was very close to completing (more this time than last time I think) but didn’t get there.  Whilst I never aim to complete the entire list I do hope to better it with my third list (which I am very excited about). Here are the goals I’ve completed 1. Read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte2 Read the first Swallows and Amazons book and the rest if they’re any good3 Read War and Peace4 Complete…