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Edited: Jan 1, 2013, 6:32pm

The Albert Dock, Liverpool, August 2012

Memories of a (rare) very hot, although somewhat cloudy, day in Liverpool during my summer break staying at Gladstone's Library. Liverpool is only about half an hour away on the train from Hawarden in North Wales. Gladstone himself was born in Liverpool, and ended up living at Hawarden Castle (down the road from where the library is) because it belonged to his wife's family, the Glynnes, who had no surviving male heirs.

Another new thread - welcome again to visitors and friends new and old, whether you are lurking or commenting, I'm glad you have paid me a visit.

Currently reading:

Inside the Whale and other essays - George Orwell
Not the end of the world - Kate Atkinson
The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories ed Richard Dalby
The World's Wife - Carol Ann Duffy - to be honest, this is verging on stalled, I haven't read any in months...
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo (audiobook) 25% completed

My 'Currently Reading' collection used to contain quite a few books which I started reading but have not managed to finish - not usually because I didn't like the book but because I'm not lways good at keeping several books on the go at once, and having been distracted from a book it can take me a long time to get back into it again. So at the start of this year I moved all these (interesting that many of them are non-fiction) into a new collection called 'Stalled', and hope to return to finish them at some point. I'll list the stalled books here, to remind me, and so that I can cross them off once read.

Stalled - to pick up again soon...
Martin Luther King - Godfrey Hodgson (paused in reading because I've mislaid the book!)
Presiding like a woman
The life and death of Mary Wollstonecraft (another mislaid book, then found it - but still haven't picked it up again!)
The broken sword
Beowulf: a new verse translation
Landmarks: an Ignatian journey
Eating for England
Planet Narnia
We - John Dickinson
If you meet George Herbert on the road, kill him
The God Delusion
Gilead I really must make time to return to this - I just feel I need a peaceful moment, and there aren't any!
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Posting rate changes:
5,156, 2.25 on 3.11.12
5,195, 2.26 on 11.11.12 = 39 in 8 days = c. 5/day.
5,269, 2.27 on 4.12.12 = 74 in 23 days = c. 3/day
5,352, 2.28 on 27.12.12 = 83 in 23 days = c 3.5/day
5,394, 2.29 on 30.12.12 = 42 in 3 days = 14/day
5,401, 2.3 on 31.12.12 = 7 in 1 day
5,472, 2.32 on 1.1.13 = 71 in 1 day


Edited: Jan 13, 2013, 8:47pm

Gladstone presiding over his Library!

Books acquired

The goal was to add no more than 60 new books to my library during 2012. I’ve already exceeded that by some way – I’m up to 100, and we’re only 3/4 through the year! I still think I have acquired fewer than by this time last year, so will continue to try to be a bit more restrained. (I am counting all books which I acquire, whether bought, received as gifts or through Bookmooch. Library books and other loans do not count, as I will not be keeping those, though I will list them here also, separately numbered)

Books acquired from October onwards

Learn Maltese : why not? - Joseph Vella
Top 10 Malta & Gozo - Mary-Ann Gallagher - READ

Oxfam shop, Gosforth:
92. The black book - Ian Rankin
93. Espedair Street - Iain Banks
94. Excession - Iain M. Banks
95. How to be a woman - Caitlin Moran
96. The comfort of Saturdays - Alexander McCall Smith

97. Espresso Tales - Alexander McCall Smith - READ

Amazon marketplace:
98. Black water rising - Attica Locke - for bookgroup - READ
99. The game of kings - Dorothy Dunnett - READ

Amazon new
100. Malta and Gozo: Bradt Travel Guides - Juliet Rix - READ

Oxfam Bookshop, Jesmond
101. Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
102. The Tiger in the Well - Philip Pullman
103. The Tin Princess - Philip Pullman
104. The Right Attitude to Rain - Alexander McCall Smith
105. Mad Puppetstown - M J Farrell
106. Thirty-three Teeth - Colin Cotterill

Amazon marketplace
107. The Kappillan of Malta - Nicholas Monsarrat
Oxfam Shop, Gosforth
108. Absolution by Murder - Peter Tremayne
109. Queens' Play - Dorothy Dunnett
110. Pawn in Frankincense - Dorothy Dunnett
111. Niccolo Rising - Dorothy Dunnett
112. Mortimer's Bread Bin - Joan Aiken
City Farm Book exchange
113. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Kindle Store
114. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson - for book group - ebook READ
Lit & Phil Library book sale
115. Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brien
116. Post Captain - Patrick O'Brien
117. Juggling - Barbara Trapido
118. Guy Mannering - Walter Scott
119. Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson - READ
120. The Exploits of Moominpappa - Tove Jansson
121. Astercote - Penelope Lively
122. The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy - Penelope Lively
123. Going Back - Penelope Lively

Audible credit
124. Paradise Lost - Milton (audiobook)
The Black Cauldron & The Castle of Llyr - Lloyd Alexander - replacement copies from Bookmooch
125. The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - for book group -
Audible Advent offer
126. The Christmas Angel - Marcia Willett
Scope Charity shop
127. Piece of my heart - Peter Robinson
128. Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
From Virago Secret Santa
129. My Grandmothers and I - Diana Holman-Hunt
130. High Rising - Angela Thirkell
131. The Winged Horse - Pamela Frankau
132. Love - Elizabeth von Arnim
Other Christmas gifts
133. Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
From Abebooks
134. Some Tame Gazelle - Barbara Pym

ebook purchases in 2012 which were not included in the above list:
Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon - free
Mayu : the life of a Finnish woman - Shahzad Rizvi - free
The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens - free - READ
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - READ
Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope - free (duplicate for ease of reading) - READ
The forgotten garden - Kate Morton (duplicate for ease of reading)
South: the story of Shackleton's 1914-17 expedition - Ernest Shackleton
all the rest acquired during December, mainly for 20p or 99p
Paradise Lost - John Milton - free
Dominion - C J Sansom
Dracula - Bram Stoker - free
La Tulipe Noire - Alexandre Dumas - free
The Expats - Chris Pavone
The Lewis Man - Peter May
Gone to Earth - Mary Webb - free
A Highland Christmas - M C Beaton - READ
The Sunne in Splendour Sharon Kay Penman
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
Mortality - Christopher Hitchens
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
A long way down - Nick Hornby
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer


Edited: Oct 12, 2012, 11:59am

Reserved for my series list, if I ever get round to doing one!


Oct 12, 2012, 12:14pm

Hello hello Genny! I thought I'd jump on your new thread. Am I really first? Love the photos of your travels in Liverpool.


Oct 12, 2012, 12:17pm

Yes, you're the first Ilana, welcome! I forgot to post any photos of Liverpool at the time, so I thought I'd include some on this thread instead.


Oct 12, 2012, 12:25pm

There's no time like now! :-)


Oct 12, 2012, 12:35pm

Hi, Genny! Love the Liverpool photos!


Oct 12, 2012, 12:39pm

Wow, Liverpool is so beautiful! I am definitely going to have to go there on my voyage to England and Europe someday.

I hope you learn a wee bit of Maltese, and that your trip will go well! You've probably already mentioned this in your last thread, but when do you go to Malta?


Oct 12, 2012, 12:43pm

#9 Indeed there is not!

#10 Thanks Amber!

#11 It's an interesting place, Eris. The Albert Dock area has been renovated a lot in recent years and turned into a cultural/touristy area with the Tate Liverpool art gallery, a Beatles Experience, several other museums and lots of restaurants and bars.

The Malta trip (actually going to Gozo, the smaller island next door) will be in early November, once I have got through our Patronal Festival - All Saints Day - and the last of our church 125th anniversary celebrations. I shall need a break by then!


Oct 12, 2012, 1:09pm

Liverpool is somewhere I definitely want to visit one day. What is it about The World's Wife that doesn't appeal? I don't read much poetry but we read that for my RL book club a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it.


Oct 12, 2012, 1:14pm

Happy new thread Genny! You've also got me wanting to visit Liverpool with the pictures above and the description of your holiday last year.


Oct 12, 2012, 1:19pm

#13 I don't think it's a matter of it not appealing Rhian. I was reading one or two a day and enjoying them, but that was months ago before my summer holiday, and somehow I have not got back into the habit. I think I've been too tired when I get to bed - and the book lives by the bedside, so perhaps I should move it to the living room to catch me in a more awake moment.

#14 There's plenty to see and do there, Heather - I'm looking forward to further days out when I'm staying at Gladstone's again.


Oct 12, 2012, 2:08pm

Wonderful new thread, Genny! Thanks for all the great eye candy. I've never had a chance to travel to Europe, but seeing all the pictures here on LT from all the fine people across the pond will tie me over until I can actually see everything with my own eyes!
Have a great weekend! :)


Oct 12, 2012, 2:25pm

Nice new thread Genny - great pictures of your Liverpool visit.

I'm not brave enough to post a long list of my book acquisitions - the monthly totals are bad enough:)


Oct 12, 2012, 4:22pm

Lovely new thread, Genny. I loved Jennie as a youngster--read it several times and bawled my eyes out every time. I'll be interested in your reaction.


Oct 12, 2012, 4:28pm

Liverpool is now post-industrial, clearly. I am simply dying to do a retreat someday at the Gladstone. I bet I'm not the only one.

Nice acquisitions -- esp the Banks. this last month.

I think we are about the same - I've acquired around 100 books this year too. I think I'm about even - I've read 102 as of today. It would be so nice to end the year ahead, even if by only one book.


Oct 12, 2012, 6:03pm

#16 Thanks, Valerie. Likewise I enjoy visiting other parts of the world I may never get to, through the photos on other people's threads.

#17 The list is alarmingly long, indeed, calm! But I find it helpful to see it set out like this, otherwise I'd just be in denial...

# 18 Jennie is a reread for me too, Roni. I picked up a copy recently, and it seemed ideal for Suzanne's in memoriam Jasper TIOLI challenge. I must have read it about 20-25 years ago, as an adult not as a child. I loved it then, and am remembering why now. Just read the bit about 'When in doubt, wash!': so true of cats and not of small boys!

#19 I guess there is some industry left in Liverpool, Lucy, but certainly the docks area is now very post-industrial. Like the quayside area in Newcastle (I should post some pics of my own city one day, perhaps) it is now very much geared at the leisure and tourism industries.

You would love staying at Gladstone's, I'm sure. The rates are pretty reasonable, once you've crossed the Atlantic.

I'm a bit behind you on the reading front; I'd also like my number read to exceed the number acquired, if only by a few but I have a little catching up to do...


Oct 12, 2012, 6:12pm

Just staking out a spot...What gorgeous pictures! Including the one of your books :)


Oct 13, 2012, 8:50am

Great photos of Liverpool, Genny! I'm also eager to make a day trip there, thanks to you.


Oct 13, 2012, 9:10am

We were taken on a tour of Liverpool by my daughter's boyfriend when we were staying in the North-West last summer. We spent most of the time in the two cathedrals but whizzed around the dock area, too. It was all much nicer than I had expected (but perhaps that's my southern bias showing!) and I'm looking forward to going again.


Oct 13, 2012, 10:04am

#21 Thanks Kath. The books one I took last Christmas - it is rather confusing because it includes one of my Christmas cards which was in the form of a row of Christmas-themed books, in front of the actual TBR books on one of my shelves.

#22 I'm sure you'd enjoy Liverpool, Darryl, as a change of scene from London on one of your visits. Plenty to see and do there too.

#23 Hi Kerry - yes Liverpool is a very interesting place to visit. Last year was my first time there, and I spent a lot of time in the Anglican Cathedral (including the view from the top of the tower -fantastic!) and didn't make it to the Catholic one. This year I didn't seem to manage so much during my day trip - but I did spend a couple of hours in the Walker art gallery, which had some lovely pictures and artefacts from medieval to very modern, including

Rembrandt's self portrait as a young man


'Blotter' by Peter Doig, winner of the John Moores modern art prize in 1993. (I must admit I hadn't heard of this prize before, or of the artist. They had a display of winning pictures from 1957, there were some fascinating, some beautiful, some clever and some very strange ones among them. I liked the introspectiveness of this one.)

I probably shared your southern bias about many northern cities before I visited any of them - but now that I live in a very northerly northern city I have a different perspective! And in any case, any perception of industrial grime is well out of date in this post-industrial age; even post-industrial decline and decay is being smartened up (though sometimes more for the benefit of tourists than of the less-well-off residents), and the grand Victorian buildings which are a legacy of that industrial expansion have all been cleaned and tidied up, and docklands and old warehouses turned into galleries and restaurants. So there is lots to see and enjoy. As I mentioned above, I'm looking forward to a return visit to Liverpool, next time to visit the Tate gallery there, and maybe get to the Catholic cathedral (known as "Paddy's wigwam") too.

Paddy's wigwam!


Oct 13, 2012, 1:21pm

Oh, Paddy's wigwam looks great! I'm looking forward to having the chance to explore Liverpool when we move up to Manchester, I've only ever briefly driven through before. Plus, I didn't know they had a Tate in Liverpool, so now I'm even more keen to check it out!
My husband went to Liverpool a couple of years ago for a conference and took a bit of a dislike to the place that we'll have to correct. He was under a lot of pressure at the time which I think was part of it, but I also think that as a non-native speaker of English who prides himself on understanding all the tricky British dilaects very well, he was really befuddled by the scouse accent, so that is also party to blame!
Good recent book aquistions. That is one of the really good SF Banks', and I'm sure you'll love How to Be a Woman.


Edited: Oct 13, 2012, 3:59pm

Genny, between your posts, photos and North and South I am much keener to get to the north of England than I used to be. You should be on commission. Am not keen on Paddy's Wigwam though. It reminds me of the church we used to go to in Christchurch (also Catholic) that we all called Sputnik. (Wow - they have a website now!! Very cool.


Oct 13, 2012, 5:01pm

Hi Genny, I love your Liverpool photos and your nice new thread!


Oct 13, 2012, 5:12pm

Hi Genny,
congrats to your new thread and I also love your photos of Liverpool. I didn't realize that Liverpool had such nice spots and a TATE. When I read Tate I thought you were talking about London.
Have a lovely weekend. :)


Oct 13, 2012, 6:18pm

Just a quick wave of appreciation for the new thread, will take a serious look at those new acquisitions lists soon.

I've just finished Black Water Rising and was impressed. I thought it a fine debut novel, with an interesting mix of thriller and history. I know quite a lot about the African American experience to the 1960s/early 70s, but less in the 80s. That said, I can't believe the 80s is over thirty years ago.

On that topic, is anyone finding it weird seeing your own lifetime beginning to be recorded as history, or is it just me?


Oct 13, 2012, 7:15pm

Lovely new thread, Genny! I enjoy the pictures a WHOLE lot!!!
I'm also interested in your *George Herbert: Kill Him* book (!).
I have read so many fewer this year than you and Lucy, and I'm pretty sure that I've acquired as many as you or more. I'll figure it out at the end of the year when it's too late to make any hasty resolutions for 2012. As I say, ad nauseum, I collect books that I want to read someday. Other people buy clothes or knick-knacks or go to movies --- I buy books.
(I have a copy of Black Water Rising too, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I hope to. Caroline, all you have to do is teach teenagers to realize what a museum piece you are. Well, you may not be, but I am.)


Oct 14, 2012, 10:18am

Oh, just realised that I also meant to comment on your terrific review for Union Street, and to say that it really inspired me to go and hunt that book down, but I got distracted by all the nice shiny things on your new thread!


Oct 14, 2012, 6:36pm

HI, Genny! Wonderful newthread. I love the photos of Liverpool!

And don't feel bad about overshooting your book acquisition limit. I've raised mine several times, and just hit the latest limit I set.


Oct 14, 2012, 7:18pm

Genny, just wanted to say I saw your comment about Miss Jean Brodie on Joe's thread and have to agree it was rather acerbic. It was the first Muriel Spark book I read and I truly didn't know what to make of it. This was several years ago, and I've read and enjoyed a handful of her other books, most of which I've greatly enjoyed (Memento Mori and Loitering with Intent come to mind), so I thought I'd revisit it this year... but no, it didn't take the second time around either. Not sure why it's her most popular novel really. Saw the film with the wonderful Maggie Smith a few months ago, and she did indeed deserve her Academy Award in that role.


Oct 15, 2012, 4:37pm

#25 Hannah, glad to whet your appetite for exploring Liverpool! Your husband will have to get used to a different range of local accents with the move to Manchester - hopefully he'll soon pick up mancunian and scouse too...

Manchester is another city I don't know at all really (one brief visit to check out the History Dept of the university, when I was considering going there decades ago, doesn't really give me much to go on). I'll probably do a day trip there too from Gladstone's one day if I carry on spending my summer break there - it's not too far from Chester by train.

The Tate has a gallery in St Ives, Cornwall as well as Liverpool and the two (Tate Britain and Tate Modern) in London. I've not been to the St Ives one at all... there's another trip to take one day.

#26 Hi Cushla, great to see you - enjoying your short break from writing up assignments, I hope. I think it is highly amusing that one who comes originally from so far south in the UK that to get there you have to fall right off the edge of the southern coast (the Isle of Wight) should be able to claim a commission for encouraging people to explore the North of the country! The precise nature of the differences between north and south have changed somewhat since Gaskell's day, but the north south divide and the attendant prejudices certain still survive. When you next make a long-enough visit to the UK I hope you will have time for a visit Up North!

Not sure about the Sputnik, but in general I do love modern church architecture. The inside of the Liverpool one looks spectacular, from photos I've seen, thanks to amazing use of stained glass and the circular space. I must make sure I visit it next time to see for myself.

#27 Thank you kindly, Anne, and thanks for stopping by.

#28 Bianca, nice of you to visit too. Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008, and has lots to see and do including the Tate. I didn't realise the Tate was there myself until (a few years ago) when I lived near London I became a member of the Tate and used to visit the London galleries quite frequently, then I discovered that they also had the ones in Liverpool and St Ives.


Oct 15, 2012, 5:00pm

#29 Hello Caroline - the acquisitions lists are growing all the time (just added another six bought on Saturday)... Thanks for the positive recommendation of Black Water Rising - am looking forward to that one. I know what you mean about one's own lifetime turning into history: I've just read a book written in and partly set in the 1980s (Pat Barker's Liza's England), and was thinking of it as a contemporary account, then realised it was written nearly 30 years ago!

#30 Peggy, I'm glad you like the pictures. The George Herbert book was one I bought a couple of years back when the author was speaking at the Greenbelt festival - the title was too intriguing to pass by! I read about half of it shortly after purchasing it; but it changes tack part way through and I lost momentum and have not gone back to it. His argument in the first part was basically that the model of priestly life and ministry set out in Herbert's The Temple (or more accurately, later idealised readings of that model) are unhelpfully and destructively inappropriate for the kind of world clergy find themselves in today, and that too many clergy are half-killing themselves with stress trying to live up to this unattainable ideal. I could relate to his description of the stress, though I wondered if he was overstating Herbert as the culprit. The second half of his book sets out his suggestion for a healthier rule of life. I really should go back and read that and see if I can glean any helpful ideas from it!

#31 I'm glad you found it helpful, Hannah, and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I've just finished reading another of Pat Barker's early novels, Liza's England, which has similar themes.

#32 Hi Terri, glad to hear from another who's addicted to book acquisition! I've just added several more after the last update, can't seem to help myself...

#33 Ilana, nice to see you. I've yet to write a review of Miss Jean Brodie - those comments on Joe's thread were the nearest I've got. It was my first Muriel Spark too, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect though I knew a little about the setting. I didn't dislike it, but it was quite unsettling (probably intended to be). I'm interested to hear that you liked other works of hers better - I haven't heard of either of those.


It has been my day off today. I had hoped to get a couple of reviews written, maybe work on creating my list of series to add to the top of my thread too - but instead I finished another book (Liza's England by Pat Barker) and added six more books to my catalogue which I bought on Saturday. Now I need to add them to my running total at the top of the thread. I may still get round to doing a review or two, but first it is time to cook dinner (chicken breast has been marinating in curried yoghurt marinade; need to grill the chicken now and make vegetable rice salad to go with it).


Oct 15, 2012, 6:15pm

I've been to the Tate in St Ives - it's lovely but is disappointingly small, especially as from ouside it looks quite impressively large - sort of a reverse Tardis. But it's always worth making th trip down to St Ives if you're an art lover, as you can go to the Barbara Hepworth studio/sculpture garden, which is worth the journey to Cornwall all on its own, as it's fabulous. Might have a photo on this computer somewhere...... hmm, no, they're on the old computer, perhaps another time. It's definitely worth a visit though.


Edited: Oct 15, 2012, 6:50pm

but it was quite unsettling (probably intended to be)

Oh, yes. I had more or less this conversation with Ilana - people come to it expecting more of a "comedy", and get caught off-guard, I think.


Oct 15, 2012, 8:16pm

Genny - had woes with my computer at home so have got a bit behind. Love the photos of Liverpool's Albert Dock which are an excellent start to another thread.


Oct 16, 2012, 2:37am

#36 We went to the Tate in St Ives last year as well and agree with Hannah that it is small. But for us that was quite an advantage as J has a very limited tolerance of art galleries so we did manage to finish looking around before he demanded to return to the beach!


Oct 16, 2012, 7:29am

Oooh, chicken curry! I'll be right over...


Oct 16, 2012, 2:00pm

Hi Genny! Just checking out your new thread.

Your pictures of Liverpool are beautiful. Other than the Beatles, I don't have any mental associations with it. Now I will think of your pictures when I see it mentioned.

I also loved that painting by Peter Doig, who I've never heard of.

Thanks for broadening my horizons!


Oct 16, 2012, 2:32pm

I have never had chicken curry......just trying to keep current when I can....


Oct 16, 2012, 5:23pm

On Saturday I visited a neighbouring suburb in connection with a home visit for a baptism, and once I was finished I decided to have a coffee and sit and read my book - at that point I was reading Jennie, by Paul Gallico - sitting outside the café in the remarkably warm October sunshine. Then before heading home I decided to detour along the local shopping street, just in case there were any second-hand bookshops there - and lo and behold! there was an Oxfam Books & Music - the whole shop dedicated to books unlike my local Oxfam which has only two bookcases of general fiction (albeit generally a very good selection). So I had to have a look around this new, larger selection. Given my already excessive list of new arrivals, I promised myself I would limit any purchases to books in series that I'm trying to collect - and I almost achieved this, as 5 out of the 6 books I bought were continuations of series:

Black Powder War - Naomi Novik - no. 3 in the Temeraire series, which is exactly the one I need to read next
Thirty-three Teeth - Colin Cotterill - no. 2 in the Dr Siri series, also just the one I was looking for!
The Right Attitude to Rain - Alexander McCall Smith - no. 3 in the Isabel Dalhousie series which I've long neglected - I know I've read no. 1 and I think I read no. 2 also; I have 4 & 5 lined up, so no. 3 fills a gap.
The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess - Philip Pullman - these are nos. 3 & 4, the final two in the Sally Lockhart series; I read the first two about 3-4 years ago.

The only non-series book I succumbed to was an original green Virago Modern Classic: Mad Puppetstown - M J Farrell.


#36 Thanks for the info on the St Ives Tate, Hannah. I'd love to visit that part of Cornwall one day - I know there are several art and craft related places to visit there.

#37 I didn't really know what to expect, Liz, but she certainly plays with expectations and assumptions. I must try to write some kind of review before I forget what I thought...

#38 Sorry to hear your home computer is playing up Paul - that will play havoc with your stats if you have limited posting time! Hope you get back to normal soon.

#39 Rhian, I agree, sometimes a small gallery that you can view in its entirety is better than a large one which you have to rush round before you (or other members of your party) run out of time or patience or energy...

#40, 42 - I wouldn't really call it chicken curry - but it was a very succesful recipe which I will try again. For a change I actually followed a recipe suggestion from Weight Watchers. The chicken bit was very simple: mix plain low fat yoghurt with curry powder and marinate chicken breasts in this for an hour or two, or overnight if possible - then grill the chicken breast. To accompany it I made a rice salad with grated carrot, chopped red pepper (bell pepper?) and some chopped fresh chilli pepper, with fresh mint and coriander too. The rice was fresh and spicy at the same time, and the chicken mildly curryish, and the whole was very tasty without needing any fat in the cooking.

#41 Lovely to see you here, Pat. I'm glad to give you some images of Liverpool to add to Beatles-related ones. There is a lot made of the Beatles heritage in all the tourist stuff too - you can visit the Cavern quarter, and there is a Beatles Experience in the Albert Dock just round the corner from the photos I took above. There is also something called the "Yellow Duckmarine" on which you can take a water and land tour of the docks and surrounding parts of the city - it's a converted WWII amphibious landing vehicle, painted bright yellow, whose name was inspired by a certain song!

Here's the Queen and Prince Philip going for a ride in the Yellow Duckmarine as part of HMs Diamond Jubilee visits!


Oct 16, 2012, 8:55pm

Ooh! I love the Yellow Duckmarine. :-)


Oct 17, 2012, 7:37am

Well, the chicken non-curry *does* sound lovely - I like the idea of grilling it after the marinade, and your rice salad sounds delicious, too!


Oct 18, 2012, 5:38am

My mother is coming to stay next week, with a friend of hers whom I've only met briefly once before. I will be taking a bit of extra time off but mostly having to work while they are here, but I'm trying to think of things for them to do or for us to do together. So I've just booked tickets for the three of us to see the new production of the musical 'Oliver!' which is now showing in Newcastle after starting in London. I haven't checked with my mum first, but I'm hoping she will enjoy this!


Oct 18, 2012, 5:58am

I can't see how your mum and her friend wouldn't enjoy Oliver, Genny. What a wonderful idea!

If she's not impressed with the idea, tell her I'll have her ticket instead ;)


Edited: Oct 18, 2012, 6:06am

I think the musical is a great idea as well, and Oliver is supposed to be very good. I hope you enjoy your time with your mum and her friend.

Nice book haul you have got there. I have been considering to read Naomi Novik already for some time, but haven't come round to do so, yet. I also like Philip Pullman, also I have not read his Sally Lockheart series yet. I read together with my son The Firework-maker's Daughter and The Scarecrow and His Servant which we both very much enjoyed.


Oct 18, 2012, 8:33am

Marvelous photo of QE in the duck. Love it. Enjoy your time with your mother.

Nice haul - esp Mad Puppetstown a book which has to be on the shortlist for great titles.


Oct 18, 2012, 11:07am

Always such a bonus to get pictures....

I'm glad you had such a nice visit to your neighboring town :)
It seems to me that you have a pleasant life... one I would like to read a book about!


Oct 19, 2012, 7:29am

Have a wonderful visit with your mom! The show sounds like a fantastic idea!


Oct 19, 2012, 11:00am

Genny - have a lovely weekend; I am enjoying your Liverpool photos (great, great city) and I hope you have a good time with your mum.


Oct 19, 2012, 3:35pm

Thanks, dear visitors. I have now told Mum about the tickets for Oliver, and she sounded very excited. I didn't mention that they are right high up in the top gallery (the only ones I could get) as she does not much like heights and I don't want to worry her in advance. I think the seats will be far enough back from the front row so that she won't have to look over a precipice, and hopefully won't feel in a panic therefore! They are also restricted view seats, but I hope not too restricted...

#47 Dee, you could be on standby in case Mum decides she can't cope with the altitude!

#48 Thanks Bianca; yes it is supposed to be a good production. The book haul is exciting - I started the Novik series earlier this year, after hearing so many people on here recommend it. I certainly enjoyed the first two very much; also the Sally Lockheart ones I've read so far.

#49 Thanks Lucy. Mad Puppetstown is certainly a great title. I hadn't heard of this one at all, saw it in the shop because I'm always looking out for those green spines, and I think it was that same evening that I caught up on Peggy's thread and saw that she'd just read it.

#50 Kath, I think the nearest I'll ever get to writing a book about my life is in the scattered updates on these threads. I was quite struck by your comment that I seem to have a pleasant life. Too often I'm feeling stressed, anxious, simultaneously over-worked, guilty at not working hard enough, and generally dissatisfied with myself and my lot, so I don't tend to think of it as a pleasant life - but actually there are some very good things in my daily experience along with all the frustrating and difficult bits. I guess I tend to write more about the nice things when I update here, like trips to bookshops, holidays and prospective visits from my mother (well, that's partly a nice thing, though also a cause of some anxiety!) - because LT is a place for me to escape from some of the stress of my role, and also an escape from a sense of loneliness which I also experience a lot of the time. By sharing some of the more positive things in life with other people (at least those who care to read my thread) I get to feel a sense of community and not feel quite so isolated. But it's good to be reminded that, however large my woes may sometimes loom, mine is really quite a privileged existence in many ways, and the fact of working from home and managing my own work schedule does mean I can indulge in a cafe stop and sit and read a book, when I feel like it.

#51, 52 Thanks Amber, and Paul. I hope Mum's visit will be ok. She can be a bit overwhelming. I find it easier to manage being with her when she stays with me than when I go to her - when she is here, I can carry on with my normal routines to some extent, and retreat into my study or my bedroom if I need some peace, whereas when I stay with her there is only a tiny, dust-filled bedroom with no-where to sit. Mum used to come each year with my godmother, Pam, until a couple of years back when sadly Pam died rather prematurely of cancer. I miss her presence on those visits, as she used to smooth the way and dilute the effects of too much mother! The year after Pam died, Mum came on her own, which was ok, and then last year she came with another friend who was rather loud and overpowering so combined with Mum too it was all a bit much. This year it's a different friend, so we shall see how it goes!


2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture
Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29

Featured Presenters

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is one of the world's leading interpreters of the Old Testament and a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of numerous books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. His books include The Prophetic Imagination (1978, 2nd ed. 2001), The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education (1982), and Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy (2005). Most recently, he has produced Out of Babylon (2010) and Journey to the Common Good (2010).

Celia Deane-Drummond is professor of theology and a fellow of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, positions she took up in Fall 2011. She was most recently professor of theology and the biological sciences and director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences at the University of Chester. She holds degrees in natural science, plant physiology, theology, and education, and has published extensively on the intersection of science and theology. Her research focuses on the areas of bioethics, environmental ethics, ecotheology and genetic research. Her books include Brave New World?: Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome (2003), Creation Through Wisdom: Theology and the New Biology (2003), a co-authored volume, Reordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (2003), Wonder and Wisdom: Conversations in Science, Spirituality, and Theology (2006), and Christ and Evolution: Wonder and Wisdom (2009).

Andrew Delbanco is director of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor Chair in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and writes extensively on topics that range from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in politics and higher education. His essays regularly appear in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Raritan, and other journals.  His books include The Puritan Ordeal (1991), The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil (1996), Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997), The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope (2000), and Melville: His World and Work (2006). His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001, Time magazine named him "America's Best Social Critic."

John Haldane is professor of philosophy and the director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews. In 2005, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen, and was appointed as a councilor to the Pontifical Council on Culture. Additionally, he serves as chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is a regular contributor to a number of British journals and newspapers, as well as PBS and BBC radio and television programs. In his books, which include An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion (2003), Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical (2004), Seeking Meaning and Making Sense (2008), Practical Philosophy: Ethics, Society and Culture (2009), and Reasonable Faith (2010), Haldane seeks to demonstrate that religion and theology offer profound and unique contributions to understanding issues in ethics, social and political philosophy, arts, culture, and education.

Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law and former dean of Yale Law School. He is the author of several books, including Education's End:Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (2008). In this critically acclaimed volume, he offers insightful critiques of the current system of higher education, advocating a return to education that is grounded in the humanities and centered on questions about the meaning of life, fundamental values, and a person's place in the world.

Candace Vogler is David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. From 2000-2007, she served as co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social and political philosophy, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and philosophy and literature. Her books include John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An Essay in Moral Psychology (2001), a co-edited volume The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Reflections on Disability Criticism (2001), and Reasonably Vicious (2002).

Featured Panelists

Educating for Wisdom in Christian Universities

Philip Ryken is president of Wheaton College. Prior to his appointment as Wheaton’s eighth president, he was pastor of Tenth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Message of Salvation (2001); City on a Hill: Recovering the Biblical Pattern for the Church in the 21st Century (2003); Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts (2006); and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, and other books of the Bible.

Ken Starr is president and Louise L. Morrison Professor of Constitutional Law at Baylor University. Judge Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law, and public service. As Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993, he argued thirty-six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has taught constitutional law at New York University School of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Chapman Law School, and Pepperdine Law School, where he held the position of Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law. He is the author of more than twenty-five publications, including his book, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life (2002).

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. is the president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and the Spitzer Center for Catholic Organizations and also the Chief Educational Officer for the Ethics and Performance Institute. A priest in the Society of Jesus, he served as president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. He is the author of five books, including Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations (2000); New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (2010); and Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues (2011).

Educating for Wisdom across the Curriculum

Carter Aikin is director of the Center for Vocation, Faith, and Service, and assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Hastings College. He is a campus consultant for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and an award-winning teacher. His research interests include the virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas, the ethics of calling and vocation, and theories of scriptural interpretation in Christian ethics. His forthcoming book is called Moved by God to Act: An Ecumenical Ethic of Grace in Community.

Anne Carson Daly is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Belmont Abbey College. Previously she taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, and Georgetown University. Additionally, she served on the White House's National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement. She co-translated a work on the founding of the Jesuits from French into English, and has published on many topics—including literature, religion, architecture, education, business, and Irish culture.

Shirley J. Roels is director of the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christians Schools at Calvin College. She is also the Council of Independent Colleges senior advisor for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). She has written widely on management, business ethics, and vocation, producing numerous articles and book chapters. Among her books are the co-authored volume, Business through the Eyes of Faith (1990) and Organization Man, Organization Woman: Calling, Leadership, and Culture (1997). Most recently, she published an edited volume, Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity: Ideas for the 21st Century (2011).