I love artists, particularly those who can make me smile. This book features some of the inventive works by Will Bullas, who paints canvases full of a I love artists, particularly those who can make me smile. This book features some of the inventive works by Will Bullas, who paints canvases full of animals with a touch of mischief.
I have studied, enjoyed and painted so many Indian Runner ducks, that there isn't a place or predicament I don't think they can't improve.
He is definitely the Duckmeister, but every animal has a chance for fame.
THE NERD DOGS
He also paints humans, and this is one of my favorites.
The book's introduction is written by Doris Day, so that was fun, and the overall presentation is spot-on, with each picture given prominence. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with owning a Picasso, but I would rather own an original Bullas. If my ship ever arrives, it shall happen.
A young self-absorbed woman voluntarily quits her London job with the purpose of finding herself. She finds herself at loose ends with the loss of her daily work routine supplanted by her new daily routine of sitting at a computer looking for work online. The comedy and asides come from her realizations of a changed life. This is NOT a story about the struggles and self-sacrifice from the book's heroine, as she happens to live with a brain surgeon intern, so money is not an issue. Security is not an issue. It's just a search for a new way of life, preferably one with passion.
Verdict: For me, I had difficulty with the basic premise. There aren't any real obstacles or issues or concerns. She won't starve to death. She won't become homeless. She just wants to do what she wants to do. Hmmmm. No problem with that, you only get one life so do what makes you happy, if you have that privilege (which she has). But there's really no there, there. What the protagonist views as 'problems', the rest of us wouldn't give a second thought.
However, I very much enjoyed the narration by Emily Bruni, which was marvelous. She reads, but reacts. The sentences are clearly delivered and I almost came to like Claire Flannery and her half-hearted attempts at confidence building. Almost.
...clusters of supporters lining my route to cheer me on my way
Book Season = Summer (the season of me, myself, and I)
Jackie French is one of my favourites in the world of children's books (her Wombat series is great). She also happens to be the Australian Children'sJackie French is one of my favourites in the world of children's books (her Wombat series is great). She also happens to be the Australian Children's Laureate, so Oz appreciates her, too. In this book, she illustrates the doings of a fashionista sheep named...Pete. Think of Babe trying to be a sheepdog and you'll get an idea about the unique personality of...Pete.
At first glance, one gets the impression that this book is satirizing the sheep shearers of Australia, but the backstory is that Jackie French's family owned a black sheep who thought he was a sheep dog. He would herd the other sheep into the pens in return for treats. He was the kind of sheep who would receive venture capital funding if he did that today.
Also, the book has been turned into an Aussie stage play. Fun stuff.
The Irish are funny and friendly. The British are funny but not friendly. The Americans are friendly but not funny. The French are neither funny nor frieThe Irish are funny and friendly. The British are funny but not friendly. The Americans are friendly but not funny. The French are neither funny nor friendly.
Noting the above as stereotypes, Terry Eagleton establishes his premise in the beginning of the book and then zooms off to discuss the differences on both sides of "the pond". In less than 200 pages, he makes his points with love and familiarity.
He has some dillies:
1. Aliens are obviously biased toward Americans For some unfathomable reason, Americans get to be whisked off to other galaxies far more often than, say, Swedes or Slovenes.
2. National symbols It is suitable that the national symbol of the United States is the eagle. In Wales, it is the leek.
3. America's obsession with itself To see yourself from the outside, it is inadvisable to have an enormous ocean stretching on either side of you.
4. New World boldness The European instinct is either/or, while the American impulse is for both/and.
5. America's lack of charm Charm is more of a European quality than an American one. It is hard to be charming on a large scale, not least in a country where individual states dwarf entire European countries.
I truly enjoyed this book and Eagleton's asides. He has wonderful little cupcake sentences, full of sprinkles and icing. My only complaint is that I wish the book was a bit longer, so the laughter could continue.
The (American) nation itself is the work of the will. It is not just a country like any other, but a project, a vocation, a mission, a destiny, a spiritual enterprise. Nobody thinks this about Belgium. It is not the case with...the United Arab Emirates, which some Americans might suspect is a movie company.
Britain is not the work of the will. The British never planned their empire, for example. It just fell into their lap in a fit of absent-mindedness. They awoke one morning to find that they were governing India, even though nothing had been further from their thoughts.
Book Season = Summer (America = the Hoover vacuum cleaner of nations)
I once worked with a group of software engineers who were so fussy, they would wall off their office windows with silver foil. This is the book I turnI once worked with a group of software engineers who were so fussy, they would wall off their office windows with silver foil. This is the book I turned to as I tried to 'be one' with my co-workers. It didn't make my office group more lovable, but it did make me laugh enough to appreciate their, uhm, fussiness.
This book was published in the early 1970s, so there are chapters on ashtrays, smoking, drinking, and fixing those old TV sets. Still, it's a good laugh. My favorite was the Dyscohesion of Companionable Groups. This is the syndrome where children become upset (like software engineers) when they end up sitting next to or riding with people that aren't fun. This is explained as one of LIFE'S CRUEL TRUTHS. The fun people are never next to you.
And that's how I handled my engineer team.
Book Season = Year Round (when the geeks read)...more
Oh, this was so marvellous to read. A novel about a career woman and her first pregnancy, it's quite hilarious once the protagonist has to step away fOh, this was so marvellous to read. A novel about a career woman and her first pregnancy, it's quite hilarious once the protagonist has to step away from normal worklife and stay, mostly, on a couch due to medical complications.
There's a maternal neighbor, a mother who flies in from jolly old England, and then there's the husband, who is driven as crazy as the pregnant one. I was laughing throughout most of the book, and that's a very good sign.
This was a wonderful book, one which had me a bit teary-eyed by the end. One is constantly reading/hearing of authors and celebrities who go on, ad naThis was a wonderful book, one which had me a bit teary-eyed by the end. One is constantly reading/hearing of authors and celebrities who go on, ad nauseaum, about how their universe revolves around their children and spouse, when it obviously doesn't. So to read Trillin and to understand how his soul was attached to the very idea of family, well, it's darn heartening.
The love of his life was his wife, Alice, and that's when my eyes became a wee bit cloudy. Soulmates and the personification of a marriage, Trillin's words came across strongly on this subject. His usual humor is here. As is his heart.