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Top TV chefs PAUL HOLLYWOOD and THE FABULOUS BAKER BROTHERS are set to tickle the taste buds of Herefordshire audiences on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November.
This year’s Cargill Flavours of Herefordshire Festival will be held in the heart of
the historic City and around the iconic Cathedral Close with some fantastic treats
lined up from food and drink to crafts and entertainment.
For full details, please take a look at the Flavours of Herefordshire website
No, it’s nothing to do with Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean!
As Bruce Smith writes on the Hoggin the Bridge website, “Hoggin’ the Bridge started in the year 2000, it came from a request by one of the Bridgwater chapter members, a Rex Forster (who sadly is no longer with us). He was involved with the Spencer Dayman Trust who were holding a sponsored walk which would finish on the Severn Bridge. He asked for a few Harleys to escort the walkers across the finish line .This seemed like a good idea but then started to grow into ‘How many Harleys can we get on this Bridge?’”
Hoggin the Bridge Club invites you to join them for an even bigger and better Hoggin the Bridge 2013. This year the ride will take place on Sunday 20th October and will start in the eBike Insurance office car park at 11.00 a.m. behind Severn View Services, Aust, Junction 1 M48, near Bristol. The parade ride will begin by Hoggin the Severn Bridge then follow the usual route through several local towns and villages and will finish at the great new location of Chepstow Racecourse.
The Literature Festival has something for everyone, over the weekend my grandson and I were entertained by Rastamouse and one of its creators Michael De Souza, it was irey!
Later my granddaughter and I went to a talk given by Jennifer Gray the author of the Atticus Claw series of books or to give him his proper name Atticus Grammaticus Cattypuss Claw, which by any standards is a great name for a cat. We learnt how to create stories and characters and even acted out part of the book.
With the children back at school I ventured out on my own and went to a talk on The Victorians and their attitude to sex and sexuality, this was a most interesting talk and debate.
And today something completely different – What is Memory? – in a way it provoked more questions than answers, do we repress painful memories or are we just suppressing them?
As we get older do some aspects of our memory get worse and do some remain the same?
Is there a limit to what we can retain in our memory?
As yesterday was National Poetry Day I thought I would choose a Poetry book as book of the week. This beautifully illustrated book contains two poems I learnt as child – The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear and The Lamb by William Blake. I remember my class reciting The Lamb in a competition but I can’t remember if we won a prize or not!
A TREASURY OF VERSE FOR LITTLE CHILDREN
Edgar, M.G.. Illustrated by Pogany, Willy. Stock no. 1301106
Harrap. 1st thus. 1985. Fine condition. A collection of some of our best-known and most-loved poetry, originally published in 1908. Pictorial card wrap covers. B/w illustrations throughout. 258 pages. 9.25 x 6.5". A super copy. [R] 0245543139.
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Yes! it’s that time of year again, Festival time, today is the first day of 10 days of events for all. I am off to talks on ‘Victorian Values’ – were the Victorians as shockable as we thought. ‘What is Memory?’ and how it works. and many more, I’ll be blogging from the festival, so watch this space!
I was inspired to choose this book after seeing the winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 – Astley Castle, Warwickshire, it is beautiful, sympathetic and inspirational.
A DECADE OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Papadakis, Andrea. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 820231
Academy Editions. 1st. 1991. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. An overview of contemporary architecture that is significant for both its wealth of images and variety, and surveys many of the aspects of the pluralism that has come to characterise our time. Large format. Red cloth boards, gilt title to spine. Colour photos & b/w line drawings. Pale foxing to endpapers else a nice, clean copy in a pictorial wrapper which is slightly scuffed. [S] 1854900595.
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This Saturday sees the end of Banned Books Week in the USA, the American Library Association highlights the books that have been banned or challenged in american schools and libraries. The following are the opening paragraphs to a book that has featured on this list. Let’s see if you know which book it is?
“Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life. He lived peacefully with his mother and father in a beautiful house beside the sea. There were always plenty of other children for him to play with, and there was the sandy beach for him to run about on, and the ocean to paddle in. It was the perfect life for a small boy.
Then, one day, James’s mother and father went to London to do some shopping, and there a terrible thing happened. Both of them suddenly got eaten up (in full daylight, mind you, and on a crowded street) by an enormous angry rhinoceros which had escaped from the London Zoo.”
On Wednesday, we had the new membrane put down and the battens and wood floor, it is beginning to look rather lovely. Thursday there was still a little making good to be done with concrete,so that when the flooring is laid there will be a completely smooth service.
Yesterday we had all the flooring taken up to see what was underneath before any new flooring was put down. Well suffice to say it was not a pretty sight! rotting parquet flooring, blown concrete, until finally we came to the base floor which was concrete with a coating of tar, the smell of tar permeated everywhere. However it is now ready for the base to be put down for the the new floor.