Grudges can last forever. A proper page turner that had me gripped until the last page. An bad guy who wasn’t the villain but nonetheless left an uneasy feeling. Not sure anybody came out of this book looking good. I’d forgotten what a compelling story -teller Lisa Jewell is.
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life”
John Paul Friedrich Richter.
There has been nothing roaring about 2020, but music has been a lot of people’s moonlight in these dark times.
And on that note here is a little bit more from the Funky Blue gig at the Grove Theatre, Eastbourne last month (October 2020).
Today we parked up at Southease and walked across the fields and along the River Ouse to Rodmell.
Southease is a small village west of the River Ouse. It has a church, a small railway station and a youth hostel:
Rodmell is a small village nestling in the South Downs and lying in the lower valley of the Ouse. There has been a village here since the time of William the Conqueror.
It was about a five mile round trip on a beautiful early November autumn day.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament,
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match,
Holler boys, holler boys, ring bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God Save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope
A farthing o’cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to rinse it down
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar
Burn him like a blazing star,
Burn his body from his head
Then we’ll say old Pope is dead.
Hip Hip Hoorah!
Hip Hip Hoorah!
Hip Hip Hoorah!
Lewes Bonfire celebrations, held in the county town of Lewes in East Sussex are probably the largest and most famous Bonfire Night festivities in the UK. Not only do they mark Guy Fawkes Night – the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 – but also the memory of the seventeen Protestant Martyrs from the town burned at the stake for their faith in the sixteenth century, as part of the Marian persecutions of Protestants during the reign of Mary I .
The main procession is made up of seven separate societies putting on six separate processions and firework displays throughout Lewes on 5 November. As well as this, 25–30 societies from all around Sussex come to Lewes on the night to march the streets, which potentially can mean up to 5,000 people taking part in the celebrations, and up to 80,000 spectators attending in a county market town with a significantly smaller population.
Sadly this year celebrations will not be taking place due to Covid-19 restrictions and the new Lockdown measures in England- fingers crossed for next year.
Meanwhile take a look at the link below, taken from YouTube for a taste of the evening.
So this week marks the start of Tupping in the sheep farmers’ calendar, for 2020 specifically, tomorrow (Thursday 5th November).
Yesterday I was on a steam paddler down the Nile, this morning I was in the drawing room of a respectable industrial family in J B Priestly’s play An Inspector Calls – listening to what was a family dinner party, turn into a murder inquiry and a judgement on the families morals and behaviour- competently led by a certain Inspector…. The BBC Classic Radio Theatre production, starring Sam Alexander, Frances Barber, David Calder, Morven Christie and Toby Jones was the version I listened to – highly recommend it.
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“Trick or Treat! Give me something good to eat. Give me candy. Give me cake. Give me something sweet to take!” “Trick or treat’…
Halloween- also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Halloween will be different this year with Covid 19 showing no signs of going away. However we can still carve and display our pumpkins, cook our Halloween food and scare ourselves with a horror movie.
2019 Man Booker prize winner- this is an historical interweaving of the interconnected lives of various women. A novel of race, gender and the triple oppression of black women. I struggle with the worthiness of a Booker book, but I realised I enjoyed it when I had finished it. Very cleverly woven narratives brought to a conclusion I didn’t see coming.
‘…if you love what you’re doing, you can’t stop. It’s obsessive.’
Sunday 25th October saw Funky Blue back on their first gig since Lockdown in March. Held at the Grove Theatre in Eastbourne, East Sussex in front of an invited audience this intimate gig showed that nothing had been lost in Lockdown.
Many of us have missed live music in 2020 and this felt like a small step in a positive direction. The venue felt safe to be in with all Covid measures in place. Thank you Grove Theatre Eastbourne.
Have a look at the night here…
Looking forward to reading and reviewing this! Due for release on 30 November and published by Hideaway Fall.
Today I have a pitch for Watch Her Vanish by Ellery Kane.
‘Do you want to explore the mind of a murderer? What is it that makes someone take a person’s life or commit a violent crime? Forensic psychologist Ellery Kane has worked on some of the most interesting murder and criminal cases in California. She spends her days evaluating violent criminals and opining about their violence risk. At night, she weaves elements of her day job into her books. Ellery Kane is also a writer of popular thrillers, and she will tell your audience that real life is often stranger than fiction! Her latest release, Watch Her Vanish, is loosely based on her adventures as a forensic psychologist in California.
Love a good crime novel now and again so look forward to reading this one.
‘Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore’
Even the humble shores of Newhaven in East Sussex. Newhaven ferry port overlooks the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. It is located on the south coast of England in the county of Sussex at the mouth of the river Ouse. It is the closest port to London with Ferry links to France, and is ideally placed between the seaside resorts of Brighton and Eastbourne with quick and easy access to the rest of the UK.
On my way to work I pass this ferry. The pull to hop on and cross the channel is always there!
Love Sheila Bugler and love Dee Doran. Another crime novel set in my local area of Pevensey and Eastbourne. Had to walk all the areas again- amazing for my fitness levels. As always accessible, gripping and a thrilling read. It’s been a good reading week.
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