Thursday, 31 May 2012

Goodreads

I overheard this conversation at the Southbank second-hand book market:
Mother (to teenage son): Now what’s this thing called Goodreads?
Son: It’s like Facebook, but for people who read books.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Advantages of Being Alive

On a visit to Dr Johnson’s House this weekend, I was flipping through the guestbook: a most rewarding exercise, for some schoolchildren had visited on an excursion and left a string of entertaining comments. This one is my favourite:

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Mountaintop Zen

They say the only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

Last year I climbed Fuji by night, timing the climb to reach the summit in time for sunrise. I brought with me no Zen at all, and I found none at the top – I found only a spectacular sunrise and unexpectedly, a ramen stall.

But who can say?  – maybe Zen is steaming ramen when you’re hungry, and the pinkgold sky at dawn.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Egg Printing Explained


Let it never be said that you can’t learn anything useful from this blog.