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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Clare .... again

It was a lousy day yesterday just damp and grey and cold which is particularly annoying as it was so so nice a week or so ago and I did the grand total of nothing! Which is galling, it wasn't that bad! So today it was at least dryish so Dad and I went for a ride to Clare.

What was lovely was to see Swallows and House Martins zipping over the river!

The cafe has been open a year and STILL i haven't been.....must alter that!

It was nice to be out!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

John Wyndham

Yes yes he’s talking Science Fiction again.

I blogged about John Wyndham 11 years ago!! but here I am again as before going on Holiday recently I had just read the title story of the Collection “Consider Her Ways”.

Wyndham started writing Science Fiction in 1931 and his style matured over the years but his fame really resides in 4 novels he wrote in the 1950’s.

The Days of the Triffids (1951)
The Kraken Wakes (1953)
The Chrysalids (1955)
The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)

I enjoyed all of these and particularly like The Day of the Triffids, it stands up very well to rereading. Wyndham is a particularly English writer, I couldn’t see an American writing them.

In 2016 crime writer Val McDermid did a radio adaption of The Kraken Wakes that was placed in the modern world. I really enjoyed it but have a reservation …. Kraken is an alien invasion story and takes place over an elongated period of time. Isolated incidents occur that either don’t get reported or reported in a low key manner. In these days of social media I don’t think it works as well as it did in 1953 when you can imagine isolated incidents taking places and not being connected or reported right away. It is a book that really needs to be set in the 50’s

In 2007 I suggested Wyndham was a writer who was “out of favour” but his publisher Penguin has him regularly in print and his books are easily available electronically. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Henry Moore Foundation

I decided to stay local and have a wander to the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green it contains a collection of the works of sculptor Henry Moore in the gardens and landscape around his former home. Some of the fields have sheep which at the moment have lambs!

I'm not a huge Moore fan but the sculpture works rather well in this setting.