This looks at the myth of the Grimms and exposes some issues with them. Ellis looks at the stories and the editions and asks why they change so much fThis looks at the myth of the Grimms and exposes some issues with them. Ellis looks at the stories and the editions and asks why they change so much from the sources and why the Grimms destroyed the originals (excepting some they had given away); why they depended heavily on friends and family for the tales, and why a woman of a Huguenot, educated background was relied so heavily for the stories which have obvious French inspiration. He argues that not only is their scholarship suspect, but that the ridiculed Ossianic tales are more authentic and less subject to authorial intervention. He also offers the text of three of the tales, The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel in the various variations through various editions, in both German and English (now I don't speak or read German so I can't comment on those editions) and it's amazing how the stories are made more moral (for a 19th century moral baseline); how they're elaborated and how some of the elements you'd be familiar with are actually later additions. The Grimms weren't great scholars with what they did but they could write a memorable story.
It's an interesting look at the intersection of scholarship, nationalism and unthinking trust. There is a certain amount of emotional investment in the concept that these are truly stories but the problem is that digging deeper is problematic as it destroys a mental certainty and a certainty that your country had a legacy of stories that were passed down.
I couldn't help but compare and contrast the Aran Jumper myth....more
This is the story of Richard Kirwan and his life and experiences working his way up the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, his facination with maps and map-mThis is the story of Richard Kirwan and his life and experiences working his way up the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, his facination with maps and map-making and the history of map-making in Ireland.
It's an interesting story and full of twists and turns, while the last few chapters strayed off the topic, I still found it very interesting...more
This one took me a while to read while I digested some of it, this was not an easy read, some of it felt like it was skirting the issue a little. It aThis one took me a while to read while I digested some of it, this was not an easy read, some of it felt like it was skirting the issue a little. It argues against absolutism and for religion that is built of acceptance and love of other and self.
I had minor issues with some parts of it, the thought that logically religion moves from mono to poly-theism doesn't sit well with me and ignores some religions that are still happily co-existing with monotheistic thought.
Still, for someone interested in religion and thoughts on the change of the concept of god within western tradition it's an interesting read, but impossible to try all in one go....more
Well it wasn't what I needed, it's more orientated towards a small business than a hobby website. It's interesting to read to see a bit about how GoogWell it wasn't what I needed, it's more orientated towards a small business than a hobby website. It's interesting to read to see a bit about how Google takes information from a site and uses it but I missed seeing a basic one, "if your information is in a graphic, it can't be searched for" Corrected as it is in the book, see comments below. Page 25 mentions this. I think when I originally wrote it I had been trying to find information that should be readily available if the websites didn't obscure it.
Still not my book, probably more useful for small businesses than for my uses and for a small business would probably be a 4 or 5* book....more
This is more a book about knitters than knitting. I found it quite a quick read and while it's not really the kind of book I would add to my collection it's a book I would have happily read from the library.
There are several patterns in the book but they are more background than foreground. There are also recipes and book suggestions included in the book. I was actually surprised when I saw how many patterns there were in the book because they didn't really make as much an impact as the text and story of Michelle Edwards' life and experience with knitting. It falls into the same category as some of Elizabeth Zimmermann or The Yarn Harlot's books, only in Michelle's own style.
It's an interesting read and an interesting look into a life with fibre. ...more
I found this thought provoking. Now while I find the assertion by some Atheists that a logical conclusion of their (dis)belief will be that everyone wI found this thought provoking. Now while I find the assertion by some Atheists that a logical conclusion of their (dis)belief will be that everyone will embrace the same disbelief as misguided, I also see that many people remain with their religion unthinkingly because of some of the things listed in this book. Community, ritual, purpose, hope. However, just like there isn't one religion I don't think that any one answer will work for everyone.
This book is a dialogue that needs to happen. People need to examine what is in their religion for them and decide in better ways to make it work for them. I can also see a role for leaders within any community group to help with situations, call them what you will, but if someone has to take time out from their lives to visit the sick, bury the dead, console the living etc., they deserve recompense for the disruption in their lives. But they also need oversight and accountability to prevent some of the excesses and ills of existing religions.
What isn't mentioned really in the book: Life cycle rituals beyond death and marriage, there's also birth, the welcoming of a child into a community; Menarche/puberty rituals; a ritual for becoming 18 or 21 or both that doesn't necessarily include getting insanely drunk; even a divorce ritual or a ritual to celebrate a return to work after an illness.
The focus of his commentary is on Buddhism, Christianity and Judiasm and there's an implied absolute universality in ritual experience that isn't true from my experience of Christianity. While the framework of the religions are the same the experiences are different (as I discovered when I was talking to a US Catholic). His research also missed a building dialogue among some thinking pagans about the seasons of the year and the formulised feastdays that need to be changed to better reflect local variations and experiences. That mining local culture rather than slavishly adopting another set of customs and practices, not that some won't adopt other practices that suit them.
It got a lot of extra marks for making me think but I don't think he's thinking much outside personal experience. It's also a pity that he isn't being more general in his addressing of people, this book needs to be debated by Theists as well as Atheists.
I will probably add more to this review as I digest what he was saying....more
Moyra Caldecott takes the legends and myths of Ireland, Wales and Scotland and tells some fo the stories of women from these myths, retelling the storMoyra Caldecott takes the legends and myths of Ireland, Wales and Scotland and tells some fo the stories of women from these myths, retelling the stories in her own words and then talking about some of the meanings and roots of the stories and what she can see behind the story.
It's an interesting read, if only for the stories, the interpretation is also quite interesting and does look at the myths and talk about their universality and how they would be a teaching tool. ...more
The story flips between the 1950s of Henrietta Lacks and the late 1990s early 2000s of the authors quest to find the story behind the cells that are sThe story flips between the 1950s of Henrietta Lacks and the late 1990s early 2000s of the authors quest to find the story behind the cells that are so important to modern science, particularly medicine.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer in the south. A woman who was sure something was wrong but was ignored at first, and her cells harvested for what she thought was a test about her cancer but turned out to be part of a project to try to get cells to grow. Her cells turned out to be perfect, actually almost too perfect, they are actually invading other cultures!
She died of the cancer, her cells have gone on to be a multi-million dollar industry and her family have never seen anything from it, not even healthcare to any meaningful degree, all they've seen really has been things that have convinced them that indeed the medical industry in the US is discriminatory and cares more about the relationship they have with their famous mother's cells than about them.
It's an indictment of the way people are treated and a sad comment on how one woman, poor, black and ill-treated by life, was so failed during her life but has given so much back to science. A woman they even forgot or called by the wrong name for years. A woman who should never be forgotten.
It's worth the read, even if there are some cringeworthy moments with Henrietta's Daughter Deborah but it does say a lot about the life Henrietta must have led. We can only hope that she will remain remembered and maybe, just maybe, achieve some sort of immortality outside her cells....more
Mary Eleanor Bowes was a lucky girl. An only child, she was indulged and educated but was also an heiress. Her first marriage wasn't really much, LordMary Eleanor Bowes was a lucky girl. An only child, she was indulged and educated but was also an heiress. Her first marriage wasn't really much, Lord Strathmore or John Lyon, wasn't really a good match, he didn't really approve of her botanical studies (though he didn't stop her); and he was a little jealous of the wealth she brought into the relationship, along with stipulations. In 18th Century England a woman owned nothing, it was the males in her life that owned things, she was completely dependent. However Mary Eleanor's father ensured that she would have something. When Lord Stratmore died she wasn't heartbroken, and looked at this as an opportunity for a life without too much interference.
Little did she know what was going to happen next.
Andrew Robinson Stoney entered her life. He was a dashing soldier and when he had a duel over her honour and looked like he was a death's door she agreed to marry him. But it was all a lie. He recovered very quickly and proceeded to make her life a living hell. Beating her to unconsciousness (she describes in letters not being able to hear or see properly for a number of days after some of the beatings) forbidding her access to her gardens (and eventually ripping them out or selling them); parading his mistresses before her; raping the servants; starving her and generally being a horrible man.
One passage that stood out was a description by someone else about how she looked to him for permission to eat food offered to her. Permission he often denied. This man wanted full control over her and any other woman in his circle and was willing to do anything to create this. It reads sometimes like fiction but this is a true story.
Eventually Mary Elizabeth had an ally, a servant also called Mary who was horrified and helped her escape. These friends stood with her through the innumerable court cases, abduction and mud-slinging that Stoney engaged in until she won her freedom and Stoney's incarceration.
It's a riveting read, a moment in time where one woman stood up and said "enough" and started the ball rolling for more rights for women....more
Probably would get 5* if I was more of a fan of her work, this made me want to get as much of her back catalogue as I could and listen to it all. FrieProbably would get 5* if I was more of a fan of her work, this made me want to get as much of her back catalogue as I could and listen to it all. Friends have recommended her but I've resisted to this point and though reading a bit about her might be useful and interesting, and it was. This is the kind of biography where you actually should know more about the music than I did and I would have loved to have had some more pictures, particularly of album covers discussed in the text. Still quite an interesting read, it did speak in particular to the mystical and feminist corners of my brain....more
More for kids really than this adult. Not really all that impressed with it, not one to add to the wishlist. The recipies aren't bad but they're quiteMore for kids really than this adult. Not really all that impressed with it, not one to add to the wishlist. The recipies aren't bad but they're quite basic. It also is quite geared to a US audience so some of the suggested supplies are quite difficult to obtain in Ireland....more
Pretty typical late 80's early 90's book, some of the patterns are a bit laughable but I think it could be useful for inspiration in places and in othPretty typical late 80's early 90's book, some of the patterns are a bit laughable but I think it could be useful for inspiration in places and in other places the patterns aren't too bad. The author also delves into history, visiting the National Museum and the Aran Islands as well as other places to delve into the history of Knitting in Ireland and doesn't perpetuate the Aran Jumpers Myth, she does detail some of the myths that have built up around it, but clearly stating that these myths have now passed into part of the story of the jumpers. She also notes which ones are newer designs than others. When she was finished talking with some people she went back to the National Museum and lodged her notes with them.
Yes there's no real shaping in the pieces and you would probably have to play with some of the designs to make them work but what's interesting about them is the completely different slant she has taken to Ireland and Irish design. She's exploring more of the heritage than I've seen many designers do and using it in different ways. A book that it would be interesting to use for concepts and ideas and maybe for some designers to look at to see if they too can play with the concept of Irish beyond cabling.
Newgrange Cardigan is an Alice Starmore meets Kaffe Fasset concept, the swirls of the entrance stone with a variety of yarns it's complicated and shapeless but an interesting idea, knit in 5mm needles with a bulky yarn and sport weight yarn, pictures notable for only showing back of the garment
Inishmore: uses Kilcarra Bulky yarn - a tank top with texture, designer wanted to capture the stone walls.
Crios uses DK for a childs jumper that captures the traditional belt or Crios used on the Aran Islands. Main body in bright red with colour bands on the bottom of the jumper, cuffs and top of sleeves
Torc is a sleeveless top knit in "Naturally Beautiful Aura 8/2 Silk" which sounds like fingering weight as it's knit on 2.75mm needles, plain with detail at top and hem
La Tene is another starmore/fassett work, this time in a jumper
Tara: Knotwork in the body and a torc type top, the colourwork is a bit off but it might work as a solid piece in another colour.
Kells Mosaic is a striped jumper with colourwork stripes, interesting but only for the thin
Dublin Silver is a double breasted shawl collar cardigan with colour and cableing,yeah.
Herald is a colourwork jumper with heraldic motifs. scary
Carrickmacross is a jumper worked in a nubby yarn with a lacework collar and cabled cuff and welt.
Shamrock Lace Layette is a heirloom christening set in white. There's a shamrock lace motif but otherwise not too twee, it is knit in very fine laceweight.
Primrose Petals is a baby dress in yellow with white trim, not the fussiest party garment for an infant I've seen.
Kerry Bedspread: Adapted from one crocheted in cotton in Listowel in the mid 19th century this is a spread knit in diagonal squares and then sewn together. Bobbles abound.
Sampler: In my humble opinion these belong on walls, as cross-stitch, the author disagrees and makes it into a jumper in 2ply shetland yarn no less!
Fisher Gansey: Red with moss stitch stripes this isn't a bad one of it's type, would probably suit a man
Diamond and Cable Aran - interesting rib detail with not too much cabling
Carrageen: not only modern designers show garments modelled in swimwear! Batwing jumper worked in one piece with cable running along the top of the sleeve and irish moss stitch body, original knit in Cotton DK.
Honeycomb Cable Aran - knit in aran wool, this has a cabled rib and cuffs and strap shoulder shaping
Bethrotal Aran: heavily cabled with trinity stitch this is an interesting piece, blocky but the variation on the aran theme is interesting.
Rope Plait Aran - an aran weight jumper with some fairly heavy cabling this would be a good man's jumper, particularly if he likes boating.
Sailboats - Kids Jumper, inartasia but one for the boater. Not the worst of it's kind
Galway Racer - Kids Jumper with horses racing from side to side.
Seabirds is an adult jumper featuring an ocean, a few different textures of yarn for clouds and seabirds, I've seen much, much worse of it's kind.
Wild Fuschia - Plain jumper with fuschia along the neck and the sleeve top. Not something for me but not a bad jumper overall
Buy/Borrow: I'm adding it to my wishlist, I like some of the ideas and might try a few of the jumpers with some ammendations....more
In 1979 a secret unit is set up in the US Army to research the possibility of using psychic abilities. Ronson follows the clues across American followIn 1979 a secret unit is set up in the US Army to research the possibility of using psychic abilities. Ronson follows the clues across American following many of the people involved and being told a lot of stories, some of which were quite far-fetched. Amusing in a kind of scattered way, there is no attempt to understand the information but to document his travels through the strange world of psychic research and spies....more
An account of the history and people of Kilmainham Jail from one of the guides whose love and enthuaism for the building and it's former occupants shiAn account of the history and people of Kilmainham Jail from one of the guides whose love and enthuaism for the building and it's former occupants shines through her descriptions of this imposing building with it's 40 shades of grey, that I spent a few years working opposite. For a building that occupied my skyline I thought I knew a little about it but this added to my knowledge. The variety of people who passed through, from the famous to the nameless is impressive and the different ways they coped and were treated makes this come quite alive. ...more
Despite being out of date and several of the drugs have changed slightly, this is a useful resource for knowing whats available in Ireland over the coDespite being out of date and several of the drugs have changed slightly, this is a useful resource for knowing whats available in Ireland over the counter. Could also be useful as a reference for authors....more
Chaplin was in the right place at the right time to experience the sudden interest in the Holy Grail and the city of Rennes le Chateau. This is her stChaplin was in the right place at the right time to experience the sudden interest in the Holy Grail and the city of Rennes le Chateau. This is her story of living in the area and around and with some of the people involved.
Interesting stuff, who knows what's truth and what's cashing in on the controversy but still an interesting piece in the holy grail mystery....more
Yes a lot of the recipes are twee and a bit stage Irish but overall they're not bad and had several people around me drooling at the idea of cooking tYes a lot of the recipes are twee and a bit stage Irish but overall they're not bad and had several people around me drooling at the idea of cooking them. A slight modern slant on many of the recipes this is a recipe book that has ingredients readily available in most Irish shops....more
Maybe if they weren't quite so crowded feeling on the page, and they were spaced slightly better this would be better but that's about the only gripeMaybe if they weren't quite so crowded feeling on the page, and they were spaced slightly better this would be better but that's about the only gripe I have with this excellent stitch library that I used when I was knitting hats for the Innocent Big Knit 2008...more
While a lot of this is interesting, it is what most children in Ireland learn in primary school. There are some errors which would make me wonder howWhile a lot of this is interesting, it is what most children in Ireland learn in primary school. There are some errors which would make me wonder how much of it is accurate.
Interesting but you would need to double check the references. The piece that mentioned hurling in particular caused hilarity when I read it out....more
An interesting reprint of a book originally printed in 1937. It details some things often left out in modern DIY books and while some of them aren't rAn interesting reprint of a book originally printed in 1937. It details some things often left out in modern DIY books and while some of them aren't recommended today (particularly if you want to retail the warranty on some items) it's an invaluable resource for many people, handyman or woman....more