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What sort of Ikea furniture are you?

Anna, of Goannatree, sent me this link (via an interesting looking blog called Young House Love), it’s one of those “what sort of x are you” things that searches through the database of Ikea products to find the closest, most Swedish, version of you…

I’ve been to Ikea twice since making the move to Brisbane – once with a bona fide Swede. I’m proud to announce that I am a small table.

Anna blogs LOTR

Anna at Goannatree sat through a Lord of the Rings marathon yesterday. She blogged it.

Check out the series. It’s good.

I propose a Godfather marathon before we leave Townsville – anyone interested?

Here are the links and intro paragraphs as they appear in the final post.

Seeing Lord of the Rings in a new light

The hearts of men are easily corrupted History became legend, and legend became mythOn this inimical Scottish day,  with seven others, I have embarked on a Lord of the Rings maratho…more

Lord of the Rings Marathon Post #2
For those who have asked – we are watching the British extended edition. Apparently the only difference to the US version are the Easter eggs (the UK version doesn’t contain the Jack Black parody f…more

Lord of the Rings Marathon Post #3: On Saruman v Voldemort

So things are getting really interesting – 1.5 movies down! We are halfway through Two Towers. There have been walking trees and lots of ugly folk and the people (like Frodo and Gandalf) who die bu…more

Lord of the Rings Marathon Post # 4: The Logic of Merry

The closer I am to danger the further I am from harmThis is one of Merry’s aphorisms in Two Towers. It is a corker and it’s strange logic is worth teasing out. The harm of which Merry speaks cannot…more

Lord of the Rings Marathon #5: The endurance of the battle and a little humour

My marathon enduring abilities are somewhat less than they used to be but I am hanging in there – proud to say that I’ve seen all thus far.A friend informed me that he has not only done a LOTR mara…more

Kick it to meme

Well, Anna from goannatree tagged me in a meme. Let me just say that I think meme is a stupid word. But I’ve never been tagged in a meme before – not even the stupid ones on Facebook. So I’ll do it. I have to: “share the titles and authors of 15 books that will stay with you, or have stayed with you. You are to write this list in less than 15 minutes.”

This will probably show me up as the trashy “pop culture” reader that I am… and I probably deserve it. Actually, I decided to pad out the list with impressive sounding books that I remember… I cheated really.

Sadly, other than the Bible, I really struggle to finish Christian books – they’re often hundreds of pages talking about an idea that could be summed up in a nice, concise, blog post.

Right, here goes.

  1. The Bible – well, that’s not trashy – author God, and various human agents.
  2. The Godfather – Mario Puzo.
  3. The Assassins trilogy – Robin Hobb.
  4. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse – Robert Rankin.
  5. The Hobbit – Tolkien (I can remember as a child walking into Gould Books in Newtown – featured in Ben’s post yesterday and asking if they had Lord of the Rings by J R R R R Tolkien – which they did (without the extra Rs), and I bought it, sans cover and the cover was replaced with masking tape and a Coco Pops box – but the Hobbit was my first love).
  6. The Thursday Next series – Jasper Fforde.
  7. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli.
  8. 1984 – George Orwell.
  9. All of David Baldacci’s trashy airport novels.
  10. All of Conn Iggulden’s historical fiction books about Caesar and Genghis Kahn.
  11. The Daily Scribe – my first year journalism textbook.
  12. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  13. Almost everything by Ben Elton
  14. The Little Book of Bunny Suicides – Andy Riley
  15. I just read a great trilogy about assassins by Brent Weeks that I really enjoyed. They were almost unputtdownable. People who like Fantasy and enjoyed Robin Hobb’s Assassin series should check them out.

You are all now tagged. Feel free to put your list here in the comments – or on your own blog, but make sure you put a link to your post in said comments…

One for the books

I’m a sucker for a good bit of other person promotion. And it’s probably time I mentioned Goannatree anyway.

It’s a good place to read intelligent scholarship from a Christian who is into literature, the arts and all sorts of culture.

This week Goannatree is running a book giveaway to encourage lurkers out of the woodworks – and probably to score a swag of new readers. So get along, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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