On my way home from work, I turn out of a long straight country road into the B road leading to Chiddingstone Causeway. Coming to a T-junction, it's necessary to turn left and then pick up speed. About 100 yards to your right is a bend, and a great number of cars come hurtling down there at very high speeds. Bearing in mind we're not talking wide fast roads here, but fairly narrow country roads with hedges either side, and the odd deer jumping out at you, you could regard that as just a tad arrogant and less than considerate of others. This evening I got quite a fright on my way home as a massive maroon 4 wheel drive came rushing up behind me, so close up that it filled my rear window, and continued to drive less than a yard behind me until it had the chance to sweep imperiously past. To the owner of YF02 XEM, I sincerely hope that something may bring to your attention what such murderous impatience may one day cause. I drive a small car, for various reasons, and simply cannot accelerate from 0 to 60mph in very few yards, however inconvenient that may be for someone who sees another car in their way as wilfully deliberate!!! I'd call that an extremely self-centred point of view. I offer my grateful thanks to all the patient drivers out there!
I use these tongs on a regular basis, for grilling, turning things etc. I remember my grandmother using them when she was frying bacon for breakfast some 50 years ago. Built to last! I wonder how many other people regularly use things in their home, such as these, inherited from family? It's quite difficult to find things today that are made in England, but if you want to find something beautiful, look no further than Glover & Smith, who make exquisite things from pewter and silver at their workshop in Wiltshire. We have several lovely things which were given to us. See their website: http://www.gloverandsmith.co.uk
Well, I've had a great time giving away copies of All Quiet on the Western Front on World Book Night and thereafter! Like being the Book Fairy... thanks to the generosity of those who sponsored the giveaway, of course. Our small Book Club is going to discuss it at our May meeting, and we'll be inviting neighbours to join us who took a copy. Should be a good opportunity to look at how a former soldier who took part, as a young German man, in that terrible conflict, ordered an account in a literary form to try and convey what it was like. I gave copies not only to neighbours, but also to young people serving in shops, delivery drivers, a dustbinman on his round, postmen, the security guard at Sainsbury's, a headmistress of a local primary school we bumped into while shopping, the young man serving coffee at the Odeon cinema, the man in the Turkish kebab shop, an elderly man on his way home with shopping trolley, a Slovakian gardener weeding beds, schoolboys etc.
I hope that some of these people might be turned on to reading, who perhaps were not before.
Lifelong bookworm, love writing too. Have been a theatrical agent and reflexologist among other things, attitude to life summed up by Walt Whitman's MIRACLES.