Showing posts from March, 2009

For Tudor Buffs

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in 1509 in the White Tower at the Tower of London, showing the largest number of original weapons, armours and military equipment. Named the 'Dressed to Kill Exhibition', Runing from the 7th April to 17th January 2010, it will include:

* The ‘Silvered and Engraved’ armour of King Henry VIII (about 1515)
* The Wilton anime armour of about 1544 for Henry VIII
* The ‘Horned Helmet’ presented to King Henry VIII by the Emperor Maximilian I (1511-14)
* The ‘Burgundian Bard’ horse armour of King Henry VIII (1511-15)

It's quite expensive, at £17 for an adult ticket, but for those Tudor buffs it could be well worh it for your research projects. I shall certainly be making the trip there sometime this summer, the best time to tour those stone caverns as they can get very cold.

University Boat Race

Spring must be here in England finally as today is the 155th running of the University Boat Race, that quintessentially English sport where two teams get cold, wet and exhausted, [rowers have been known to lose seven pounds in the twenty minutes or so it runs] by racing against each other. Starting at Putney Bridge, to Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes Bridge, and Chiswick Bridge to the finsih at Mortlake, a route of four and a half miles.

Both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a "Blue Boat", with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue.

The first was the result of a challenge issued to Oxford by Cambridge in 1829 and rowed on the Thames at Henley. Oxford wore dark blue jerseys, later to become the Oxford blue, and Cambridge donned pink sashes. Oxford were the first winners. The second race was staged in 1836 when Cambridge adopted their own light blue, and was rowed on a five and three-quarter mile stretch of the Thames between Westminster and Putney.


I Don't Do Hunks!


St George for England

It’s Mothers Day today in England, but some even better news was anounced in the papers this moring - In April, our London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has arranged a week of festivities in the capital to celebrate St George’s Day and the achievements of England and the English. Yay!!!

In recent years we have been banned from displaying the English flag on the grounds that it is racist and could offend Muslims because of St George’s association with the Crusades.

And Boris Says:

‘St George’s Day has been ignored in London for too long but I’m truly pleased to announce some fantastic events to mark this occasion. We have much to be proud of in this great country. England has given so much to the world, politically, socially and artistically.

‘St George’s Day is a time to celebrate the very best of everything English and the Cross of St George will proudly fly outside City Hall on April 23. I look forward to hopping on a Routemaster and encouraging everyone to join in the fun and celebrate Englan…

Spring Is Here - Maybe

I received an message asking me what's the first thing I do when Spring arrives? My crypic response was that as I live in England, it's hard to know when Spring gets here, and for how long it intends staying. I received several mails back decrying my cynicism, so to show I do have a spirit of life renewal, here is a photo of the magnolia in my garden.

I must admit, it does look lovely and I'm looking forward to when it's in full bloom - the gardener on the other hand [he came with the house] says it's a nightmare when it sheds! Oh well!

Are You Protecting Your Brand?


Blue Monday


Frustration Happens!

I subscribe to Nathan Bransford’s blog, who, for the uninitiated is an agent at Curtis Brown. His post on 'Frustration' was interesting this morning, not to mention relevant, and I have blatantly plagiarised it here:

There are more books than slots at publishing houses, and that's the case now more than ever. Frustration happens. It's the nature of life in the book funnel.

It's also just built into the business. When you hear about a publisher jumping from $2.5 million to $3 million in an auction for a celebrity book, it's easy to think, "Uh... that publisher just nickle and dimed my client and refused to give them even $1,000 more when they really deserved it. And they passed on another project because they didn't want to take a risk on a debut. But they won't even blink at jumping $500,000 in an auction for a book about Paris Hilton's Chihuahua?" (Okay, it is kind of a cute dog. Also I'm kidding, that's not an actual book. Yet. UPD…

Editing Woes


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