Emo Boys

Emo Boys – Pictures of Hot Emo Guys:

Emo guys are usually youthful guys who dress in tight girls jeans and sweaters and small t-shirts. Emo guys are love their music, and they just don’t sit and in the corner and cry all day. Emo boys are sweet and compassionate and every girl wants one. Emo males’ usually high school age or college age with a lot of emotions. They tend to grow out of this scene once they hit a certain age. Emo guys seem to be more in contact with their emotions compared to a non-emo guy.

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Yerma

Michael and I headed out to St Ives to see a production of Yerma by Federico García Lorca.Yerma

Michael is studying the play (in Spanish) for his Spanish A level, and so it was good for him to go and see the play (in English) to get an overview. The play was by the St Ivo School Drama Department and staged at the St Ivo Centre. The production was very good, lots of confidence and good acting. Good make-up too from the scary sisters dressed in black (my favourite characters). Great use of cloth as an exciting prop for the washerwomen.

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The Vesuvius Club

Borrowed this fun book from Adam (and now passed it on to Tony!). A fun read from Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen). It’s a rip-roaring, tongue-in-cheek, Bond-style detective story. The plot is fun, with a few twists and turns, and some genuinely funny moments.

A couple of quotes I liked from the first chapter (after which they trailed away a bit…)

He slid forward on to the table where his teeth met the rim of his pudding bowl with a shocking crack, like the knees of an out-of-practice supplicant.

The slattern on the door opened it a crack and treated me to a view of her form. Poured carelessly into a garish oriental gown she had the look of a pox-ravaged sultana—both the potentess and the dried fruit.

The next “Lucifer Box” novel is out “The Devil in Amber: A Lucifer Box Novel (Lucifer Box 2)” (Mark Gatiss) which I’ll add to my Christmas list.



“The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel” (Mark Gatiss)

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Visiting Elizabeth in Bicester

Quick weekend visit to see Michael’s family. Met Elisabeth on Saturday in Bicester, and had lunch in the pub in Bure Park. The chef’s specials were pretty good for this type of pub food. In the evening we went round to stay at Tony’s house while he was in Manchester, and watched Chicago on DVD on his HUGE wide-screen TV, with a nice bottle of Tyrrells Pinot Noir from the shop round the corner. The lead three cast in the film were great and I particularly loved the Cell Block Tango, which has great lyrics and is on YouTube:

Met up with Gemma and Hannah for lunch in a new Toby Carvery on the outskirts of Banbury. I was all set to have the stuffed Butternut Squash, but it really was squashed (looked like it had been stood on), so I had the carvery instead which was good. Followed by steamed puddings, with a Bottomless Jug of Custard, very yummy. Hannah showed us some inventive magic tricks, loosely based on a magic set that she had been given as a present. Great fun.

Hannah and Gemma

Elisabeth

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Devil’s Dyke

Drove out for lunch at the Dyke’s End Inn in Reach which was saved seven years ago when it was bought and turned around by the community. Great story, and great pub. The food was very good, in a fantastic atmosphere—it really did have a strong community feel. Michael had some lovely mussels and I had lamb meatballs in a fiery fruity sauce. Both were great and I enjoyed the local brew: Devil’s Dyke Bitter.

Mussells Michael

After lunch we had a short stroll down the Devil’s Dyke near Burwell. Neither of us knew much about it being a 7th Century Anglo-Saxon defensive earthworks. Even 1300 years later it is still very impressive! It’s also wind-swept, so it was a brief chilly walk!

Michael on the Devil's Dyke

Graham one-glove

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A History of English Literature

A bit of a mammoth read, at 380 pages. Great coverage of English Literature from the Medieval (e.g. Beowulf) to the present day, but in less detailed coverage from 1955 when the author starts to be influenced by present-day living writers.

I confirmed a lot about what I like to read, but inevitably discovered how much has passed me by. The book was slow reading because I read a lot of poetry in parallel as it was introduced, which was great fun.

Medieval I still want to try some of the Canterbury Tales in original Middle English (but would want a dual language edition). I enjoyed Seamus Heaney’s verse translation of Beowulf, particularly reading alongside his audio CD (was that cheating?). I read that a few years ago.

Tudor: Elizabethan literature was very interesting and full of colourful characters, Like Christopher Marlow: However, there isn’t much here for me for reading for pleasure. Shakespeare has a whole chapter to himself (almost! he has to share a few pages with Ben Johnson). But I really started to get interested in the Stuart literature: John Donne and Ben Johnson. I’ve read quite a bit of Donne’s prose but not yet much of his verse (It’s on the Amazon wish list though!). I now want to read Andrew Marvel more widely. Not sure about Paradise Lost as a good read. I will add Mac Flecknoe (John Dryden) to my (growing) list of things to read: I like the concept of an “empire of dullness”

The Augustan period produced the novel , with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe which I hadn’t realised was written so early. Amongst the earliest ‘modern’ novels are Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (subtitled virtue rewarded). This was taken-off by Henry Fielding, who wrote Shamela, in which “a young prostitute’s vartue [sic] is a sham”. I’d like to read both the moral tale and the take-off. A must to add to the reading list is The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope, about a feud between two families over a stolen lock of hair, and perhaps his Dunciad, following from Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe. Also by Fielding the famous The History of Tom Jones. I’ve seen bits of the film (which i didn’t like) but the books sounds very good. Similarly, I disliked the film version of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne but the books is so unconventional and remarkable that it is a must to read.

Largely the Romantics don’t appeal, with an exception for William Blake, classed as an ‘Early Romantic’. I have also found some parts of The Prelude (Wordsworth) incredibly inspirational and moving, but the rest of his verse is less appealing. However, I will give Byron’s Don Juan a go—it sounds really entertaining, as does Byron’s life and so I’ve added a recommended biography by Fiona MacCarthy to my wish list too.

The Victorian period gets pretty serious (as one might expect). I might try and read some Gerard Hopkins (although it looks a bit challenging and is a bit holy!). Dickens is described as an author everyone must read: so I guess I should (but I’m not inspired yet!) I’ll have a go at The Mill on The Floss by George Elliot, which is quite different from what I had previously imagined from the title. Another book that I had a wrong impression of is Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles which sounds very dark and worthy of reading. Oscar Wilde gets a bit of a bashing, except for some of his plays. I would have argued this point except that the book is quite convincing!

In the 20th Century chapter there is a huge array of material and it gets harder to follow a historic perspective of literature, which the author recognises. I’ll need to have a go at some DH Lawrence, sounds like a good read. I’m also encouraged to try again (for the 9th time probably) Ulysses by James Joyce. I’ve never got past Stephen’s stream-of-consciousness-on-the-beach chapter! The author of the ‘History’ writes of Ulysses:

Today it is read in universities, often in selection. Bits of it are brilliantly, outrageously comic. All of it is clever, most repays rereading, much has to puzzled out, some is simply showing off. Ulysses is difficult but not intellectual.

So that’s encouraging. I enjoyed being prompted to read T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock but I found his more major work, The Waste Land hard going. I’d love to read Vrginia Woolf’s Orlando but I realise that I’m heavily swayed by the stylish film version with Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Sommervile and Tilda Swinton (so that’s a DVD order too!). I gave up on To the Lighthouse and am now regretting giving the book tot he Amnesty Book Shop. With a clearer understanding of why I was reading it(!) I would have persevered. I think I’ll ask Tony whether he’s read C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters as this appeals, but I suspect that it won’t when I read it. The author thinks that the literary merit of First World War poetry has been exaggerated, although he does call Sassoon “savagely effective”. However I was very pleased to be introduced to Edward Thomas.

This was a great read: it inspired me to read more and no doubt I’ll have a few challenges if I follow this reading list but a lot of fun! I can’t believe I’ve spent an hour writing this—I’ll view it as an investment.



“A History of English Literature (Palgrave Foundations)” (Michael Alexander)

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