Monday, 14 February 2011

Since its Valentines Day.... always worth keeping love alive.

A Wedding Vow

Every now and then, when I look at you
I can’t help but grin.
You’re just so gorgeous it takes my breath away.
My heart hammers in my chest
And I lose my concentration
I can’t seem to remember just exactly what it was that I was really trying to um say..
And I stop
And I breath
And I look at you
And I grin
Because you are just so fine.

You see, it turns out you fit me
Like a glove.
You fix the parts that I never knew were broken,
You fill the gaps that I didn’t know were there
You’re the Tick to my Tock
The hope in my Pandora’s box,
You’re the reason to my Rhyme,
And the lipstick for my kisses…

Your My soul mate,
My love
My friend,
My everything.
And I grin again.

I’m going to marry you today.
I’m going to grin when you say ‘I do’
I’m going to hold your hand,
I’m going to look into your eyes,
And I’m going to carry on falling in love with you
Again, and Again and Again and Again and Again
I Love You.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Ok, so I'm still reading...

Let me update you with what I have read, and what i have thought about it....

Simon Pegg Nerd Do Well.

I've been a fan of Simon Pegg's since Spaced. First time round and everything.
Genius show in every way shape and form.... although the arty episode was perhaps a little overly quirky... If you haven't see it have you been living in a cave?
Although if you have.... congrats on getting broad band. Probably a 3g dongle would work...
Anyway...where was I? Ah yes... Simon Pegg... I'm a fan.
So... I put his autobiography on my Christmas list, and Santa dropped it down the chimney.

And I really struggled with it... really struggled.

I struggled mainly because nothing much happens..... and Simon doesn't really tell us anything when stuff does happen. Its probably a sign that he's a bit young to reveal anything significant, and also that he is guarded about revealing anything really interesting in his life. No problem with that he admits this as part of the prose however - It just left me a little cold. It was also a little poncy at times. Although possibly Nerdy is the right word... And, his random fiction with Canterbury is kind of bad.

Highly not recommended. With Regret.
Watch his movies instead.... Go watch Paul, it looks good :)

Play Dead. Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is an American author who I discovered when I won a copy of Caught through Waterstones via Twitter.
Tenuous. Yes.

Play Dead is a very standard fair "who done it" set in the US, and follows the story of a beautiful couple ( she is a successful millionaire and he is the best basket ball player in the world.) They elope to Australia to secretly marry... and tragically he drowns...

Or so we all think.....

OK. Its twisty, its turny... is he dead, is he not dead... if he's not dead, why is he not dead...

The story spins on a couple of horribly implausible events, and plot devices. Some of them come as a surprise, and some of the surprises turn out to be fakes.

Ultimately some of the devices employed here really ruin the book, making it an Ok read for a plane journey, and that is about all.

Very Average. Although amusingly stupid at times.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/The Girl who played with Fire/The Girl who kicked a Hornets Nest.
Steig Larsson

I finished the third in the Millennium trilogy yesterday.
Completely Amazing.

Now, this is not a series for the faint hearted, there are some very graphic scenes within it - both of a violent and sexual nature ( 18) I would suggest. However this is such a beautifully crafted work that it is fully worth the read, and in fairness, all the hype.

Lisbeth Salander is a brilliant character - A socially inept genius, abused by the state and exceptionally cynical of all authority.

Mikael Blomkvist is a steady journalist - A promiscuous investigator who thrives on exposing corruption.

Together (ish) the series follows their story that exposes the truth about Lisbeth Salander, and all that this brings.

It is a great series of books, and well worth the read. If you don't own them, go buy them.
If you do own them - Read them!

Really Highly Recommended.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

You don't have to BLOG everyday to keep it alive

No Blog for the last months. as I have been a little tied up of late.

My Grandad died recently, I did try and Blog about his last few weeks but I struggled quite a lot to try and find the words. Unusual for me...
However, once he died, I put together a poem which I read yesterday at his funeral.

So this post is dedicated to my Grandad, Terry West.

Funny Grandad

Is Grandad still driving in Heaven?
Its just a little thing I'm wondering.
And also
Did Grandad really shoot rabbits?
And pheasants?
And while I'm at it. Did he actually catch that big fish that hung above the fire place in the cottage. And whatever happened to that anyway?
I don't know.

I believe he did.
I imagine its true.
I wish I'd asked him.

In my mind, I can see him with a shotgun in hand
Poised patiently
Waiting in the woods,
Hunting for dinner.

I can see him standing by the river bank,
Wrestling that enormous pike on to dry land,
Then holding it aloft, while other anglers come and take pictures of his victory.
I can see it happening.
I imagine its true.

I'm not sure if there are cars in heaven
Or if your even allowed to drive up there
But the thought of it makes me smile.

When I think of Grandad,
Funny Grandad,
I remember a proud, strong, independent Man,
A practical man
A man who loved his family
A man who took his responsibilities seriously
And a man who lived life the way he chose

Right up until the end.

We'll miss you Grandad.
I'll miss my sporadic visits to the wilds of Norfolk to see you.
And everytime I see a brace of pheasants,
A rabbit,
Or a wall mounted fish.
Or a (badly driven) car
I'll think of you