Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today, Next Week & Before!

Well, as those of you who follow this blog (love you!) have noticed, I have changed the blog's header. It just seemed the right time for a change. I must say I am happy with it as the photo seems to better represent who I am at the moment barring the tiny waist I must point out for honesty's sake. I have nothing against the red lips that used to be there instead and if you look really closely (I mean really really closely) at the silhouette you might realize that actually I'm wearing red lipstick. Yeah, honest!

High heels are an important part of my life, the one constant I have stuck to since I was allowed to own my own pair at 16 (those days we did listen to our mums); an event that coincided magically with the event of my growth hormones deciding to retire from service resigning me to the life of the vertically challenged - I believe the term is 'short' for all you who have never had to use a large wooden spoon to get to that damn tin of soup placed at the far end of a top shelf! 

Anyway, what I am trying to say and hopefully will not fail miserably to clarify is that the red lips did not represent a constant whereas family and friends will swear to my thing for high heels. I cook with high heels, I write only wearing high heels (hence the avatar) and if they made running trainers with high heels I'd be the first to sign up. Of course I'd actually have to be able to run in them though. I'm short not stupid. Duh! Anyway, do let me know what you think of this new header either by emailing me or writing a comment.

Anyhoo, and moving along I shall stop about the blog's header in the fear that I might bore you to oblivion or worse yet have you reaching towards your mouse to click on someone else's blog (gasp!) and tell you about the new book I have started reading. It is called 'The Book of a Thousand Days' by American author Shannon Hale. It was published in 2007 and won the Whitbread award for best Speculative Fiction in the same year. It is about a girl called Saren who refuses to marry Khasar, the man chosen for her by her father. So in retaliation for her disobedience, her father locks her up in a tower for seven years. Sharing her fate is her maid Dashti, the only person willing to go in there with her. The novel seems really promising and I will let you know how I get along in later posts.

Next week I will be heading off again to the British Library. First I will be re-visiting their exhibition on Mughal India for a more in-depth look as the first time round I was in a real rush being pressed for time. I was first introduced to the Mughals when I read William Dalrymple's book 'White Mughals' in 2003. Since then, not only have I read each and every book by the author (his latest 'Return of a King' is out now) but have become fascinated with everything to do with the Mughal Empire. The exhibition is the first of its kind to ever document the entire period, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, exhibiting more than 200 objects.

Next I will be taking a look at the library's new exhibition 'Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction'. This exhibition promises locked rooms of mystery and mayhem and promises "a journey into the development of crime and detective fiction from its origins in the 19th century through to contemporary Nordic Noir, taking in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first appearance of Miss Marple, and the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu".

The original cast of the A-Team

Finally, did you know that on this day in history, French Impressionist Edouard Manet was born (Jan 23, 1832) and the 'A-Team' made their first appearance on American TV screens (Jan 23, 1983)?

Enjoy your day & see you all back tomorrow!

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