This is Findus. He’s ready to make pancakes. Read more about him tomorrow.
More book snatching around these parts, and as usual it’s the fault of Cathy Hopkins. The latest batch of two Zodiac Girls books arrived, and the witch found them removed from where she put them and devoured by daughter. So possibly one can deduce that the reading apathy has changed again, as it so often does when Cathy has a new book.
These new ones are Brat Princess, which does exactly what it says on the packaging, and Discount Diva. Both of them find that they are Zodiac girl of the month, though obviously not at the same time. And it can change their lives. Cathy is very much into this Zodiac stuff and knows a fair amount. I think.
Daughter’s complaints would be that she shouldn’t get on with either me (well, she really shouldn’t) or with one of her best friends. So, who to believe? We are now eagerly waiting for the next lot, where Scorpio appears and we might get some answers. It’s going to be called Double Trouble, and how apt is that? Hah.
Cathy is just back from some star spotting in Cheltenham, which I understand was hard work. But that might be because she’s a star herself. Keep your star signs coming, Cathy.
While on the subject of murderous women, I was quite impressed with Cleopatra. Adele Geras has a new book out about Cleopatra, and I’ve learnt a fair bit that I didn’t know before. It’s either a reference book with a story, or a story book with a reference part. It is heavily illustrated and has an attractive jewel inset front cover, which is just right for young girls.
Adele has written a story about ten-year-old Nefret who becomes Cleopatra’s handmaiden. The reader gets to follow Nefret’s life at court through her diary. There’s also the reference part with a lot of historical facts, maps, family tree and a glossary. This should work as an excellent complement to history at school.
I have to admit to having been quite ignorant about Cleopatra’s goings-on, but now I know that she went through at least a couple of brothers, both called Ptolemy, as husbands. That would be her own brothers, and they came to sticky ends. After them came Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. And the snake.
Anyone who called in for any kind of interesting reading at lunchtime today will have got more than they bargained for. You will have thought me madder than before, even. If that’s possible. I published some temporary test blogs in the interest of education.
That will be my education we’re talking about. Ever since getting this wonderful Macbook in the summer (note that even a laptop has the word book in it where I’m concerned) I have been learning. Or attempting to. This is a completely free ad for that fruit company Forrest Gump invested his money in.
For those who live within easy distance of an Apple shop there is a lot to learn. For those who are willing to admit that they need it, that is. I have this Resident IT Consultant at home, but I suspect it’s rather like teaching a family member to drive. It doesn’t work too well. So, I jumped at the opportunity to have one-to-one sessions with Apple experts. For the price of two litres of milk (!) I get an hour a week and I can ask as many stupid questions as I like. They don’t shout, they don’t sigh, they are kind and polite throughout. And next week I can ask the same stupid questions again.
So, today we were working on putting links in blogs, and it wasn’t going too well. But with some luck you will find plenty of working links in blogs to come. I hope.
I suspect it’s also good for the soul to have an hour a week where you freely admit to being an idiot. Then I can come back home and feel slightly more professional for six days. And I occasionally get to teach the Resident IT Consultant a thing or two. Or I can say that my Apple friend says to do things differently! And ladies, so far all my Apple friends have been male.