Sinterklaas Came Early
Our good friends Ron and Barry who live in The Hague just sent John copy of this wonderful Virago hardcover book. It even has me a bit interested. I kind of twisted John's arm into opening the package before Christmas hopeful Ron and Barry (I mean Sinterklaas) won't mind.
Sinterklaas is part of the rather wacky (to be kind) Christmas tradition in the Netherlands. Pehaps it is time the Dutch updated their holiday files in favor of something less offensive than the following picture which I almost don't even want to post here but it illustrates my point only too well. No, I take it back, I don't want to post the picture here, but if you want to see what I am talking about you can check out this link.
Lost in Lost in Austen
I know there may be die-hard Austenites out there who thought this series was lame, but I really enjoyed watching Lost in Austen. I hadn't even heard about it until I stumbled across it on Netflix. I found it quite diverting. Like Thursday Next meets Miss Hargreaves meets Jane Austen.
|One of these things is not like the other...|
The other The Queen
It is hard to see QEII portrayed on film since Helen Mirren created her miraculous version of the reigning British sovereign in the brilliant film The Queen. Who will ever do a better job? No one. However, I just watched a miniseries called The Queen which intersperses dramatizations with documentary interviews and footage that is really pretty darn fascinating. There is so much about 1970s Britain that I didn't know much about. For instance Princess Anne was almost kidnapped and her body guard was shot three times in the melee (but survived). Much of the republican antipathy toward the monarchy shown in this docu-drama reminded me of Nevil Shute's fantastic book In the Wet which imagines a Britain where the Queen's life is in such danger that the Canadians and Australians create a two-jet fleet that allows the Queen to fly around the Commonwealth in safety until the turmoil in the UK settles down.
|All of these actresses are supposed to be the Queen.|
Which one do you think looks the least like her?
And speaking of Britain
When we were in New York over Thanksgiving I spent some time at the infamous Strand Bookstore where I normally never buy anything because it is so crowded and hot and overflowing that I can never calm down enough to browse. But I did find these doorstop books on Britain in the 1940s and 1950s. I have seen them around the blogosphere and coveted them, but I managed to pick these up for $12.50 each (instead of $47). Yay for me. They also gave me a free Strand Bookstore tote bag for spending more than $50. I have more totes than I know what to do with. It is nothing special but I will ship it anywhere in the world by randomly picking among the people who leave a substantive comment related to anything in this post as well as stating a desire to win said bag. This means no "that's cool" or "count me in" or any other throw away comments--let's have some real interaction here...
Copyright or Copywrong?
When trolling around the interwebs today I came across a book review blog that I found fairly annoying--where books are consumed rather than read just to produce un-insightful, and boring book reviews that the blogger seems to think will land her a spot at the Algonquin round table. I know that the book review posts I do rarely qualify as actual book reviews--but at least they have a part of me in them. And there is no hint that my blog is a just a machine for churning out ARC-induced advertorials. (Although to this blogger's credit she does give honest reviews for ARCs.)
Anyhoo, perhaps it was the fact that I already didn't like her, but even her copyright notice annoyed me. Here is part of it:
This copyrighted material may not be reproduced without express permission from the author. She's happy to grant permission, so don't be a jerk about it.Do you think this means that one can't take large chunks or entire posts without getting permission? Or do you think it means that one can't even quote her written work without permission? I would guess it is the former rather than the latter but something about her makes me think she may have meant the latter. And doesn't fair use law allow one to quote copyrighted material (with attribution of course) without getting such permission? Does it matter if the person doing the quoting has a commercial site? Wouldn't newspapers fall into this category? Should I just shut up and look up this stuff myself? Should I wait for Teresa to tell me? Something tells me that she not only knows the answers but will share them with us in a succinct, jargon-free way...what say you Teresa or any of you who write/edit for a living?
And speaking of copyrights statements, should I have one on My Porch? Years ago I had some goon lift an entire post of mine as his answer to a question posed on the website Ask.com. Made me want to find him and rough him up.
Do you have a copyright statement? Do you use a service like MyFreeCopyright?
Something furry is watching...
|What fur from yonder window comes?|
|One can never have too many pictures of Lucy.|