The Interview

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Yesterday afternoon there was a great crowd outside the bakery – I could hear them but could not see them – it sounded like school children to me. And it was, some of them, all friends, soon came past, eating from paper bags and drinking coke and fluttering by like birds. They glanced briefly through my door as they usually do, looking through the door without seeing it. But this time, one girl indicated the door with her elbow and said to her friends: see that shop there, well I totally went in there once and asked for a job and they were like just FUCK off!

I tried to remember this interview, but I couldn’t. Still, I thought for a while, imagining myself interviewing possible employees for my tiny business and that felt very good! But I would not dismiss any applicants that way, except for Donald Trump.

 

Sculpture by Dirk de Keyzer

Reading

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When things are difficult, reading is such consolation. It is thought that life is for living, not for merely reading about, and this is true.
But as with all art, what we are gazing at and the quality of our watching, makes a difference. Some books console, and other distract and others entertain. Many stories reaffirm and add to what we already like. Some writing keeps us liking what we already know.
But reading, like any set of complicated muscles, can move us further. And reading, if given permission, will transfer gently along the contours of our fearful selves, as all great art can, if allowed. This, in turn, can allow us permission to consider what we, all of us, hold in our ghostly hearts.
The greatest literature is by nature provoking rather than judgemental – to provoke without verdict is complex and risky and so the greatest artists rarely present answers.
They, all of them, seem to have halted everything in order to dive.

Fiction, if allowed, can breach defences with undimming compassion.

 

 

Artwork by Leng Jun

 

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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So What is Mystery Blogger Award?

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

Thank you to Bitchin’ in the Kitchen for nominating me.  She writes an extraordinary blog from the point of view of a cat lover, voracious reader, cook and lover of life and all things travel and with a fabulous sense of humour.

Rules:
• Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
• Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award – I’m nominating less because I want you to check them out!
• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Three things about me:

  1. I love coloured glass.
  2. I have my own bookshop and it is the most risky, most creative, most wonderful and least successful thing that I have ever done.
  3. I will never give up the bookshop.

Questions I had to answer:

•Do you pronounce it data or data?      Darta ( I think )
•Does toilet roll go over or under?      I don’t mind so long as somebody actually puts on a new one

•If you could create a spell what would it do?    Put more hours in the day ( for reading )

•Do you like talent shows such as X Factor, Pop Idol etc? If yes, which is your favourite? No, I don’t watch any of them…

•Complete the sentence “When planning a trip to the zoo you should always…..”   take champagne and several books in case there is a spare moment between monkeys.

Questions for my nominees:

” The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ” (Dorothy Parker)  TRUE or FALSE?

Where are my reading glasses?

Is it ok for me to have a kindle seeing as I also have a bookshop?

If you are reading something you are not enjoying, how long will you persevere?

My nominated blogs are:

Cathy’s Real Country Garden

amusicalifeonplanetearth

Suave Trans

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Bella G. Bear Art

Travellin’ Penguin

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