Friday, April 17, 2009
It was only a week but it felt like a long time
It's so strange that a week without blogging should seem so weird but that is just what happened - I had a strange and not very nice time. I'm not intending to go into details of what happened; I did pull the photos from Lille - I had my reasons and I might put the pictures up at a later date although, obviously, the one of the main street first thing in the morning is back on here.
When I first blogged about a holiday to Venice I did say that one of the downsides of booking a trip so far ahead is that there is a possibility that it can get cancelled. That is just what we have done - it would have cost about £3000 all in and we just can't manage that on luxury items at present. Like everyone is finding, times are hard and we're just going to stay put and have days out together and get some long-overdue DIY jobs done around the house.
In just a week I can see that I've missed a lot of posts that I do intend to catch up on; I've been occupied on other things - and I can't even include my studies in that. My current book is a wonderful biography of Byron; this is something I bought for pleasure and is not part of the OU course but it is giving me a really good insight into the man and his motivation - something that will form part of the last essay of the course (due 15th May).
At Lille station I picked up a paperback of which I had heard glowing reports - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I've just finished it and I going to upset people I am sure by saying this but I think it is one of the worst books I have ever read. The background is interesting - set in Afghanistan and covering the subject of female oppression - but the prose is clichéd, I guessed the plot quite early on, the metaphors are tried and trusted and for this writer to be compared to Dickens has upset me greatly. It is like comparing Heat magazine to Private Eye.
Anyway, enough mini-ranting for now. Thanks for all the lovely comments you left on my previous post - even though it was a very short time I did miss you.