Monthly Archives: December 2010

tove’s second birthday

Great excitement! Tove is two years old today and she looks so sophisticated in her new skirt. Everyone came for the party, danced and had a marvellous time. 


winter solstice

According to wikipedia:” The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) occurred on December 21, at 23:38 UTC. This is 11:38 pm Western European Time (WET) or 6:38 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)[3].”

Hooray! Summer is on it’s way!

BTW is Vince one of the Wikileaks cables that are causing so much embarrassment? Since my earlier disapproval the poor man has made serious blunders (apart from Strictly) and is in danger of returning to the back benches. Pity, I like him.

in search of a character

Google seems increasingly debased as a search engine for matters serious. The flooding of the internet with blogs (of which this is an additional droplet) can’t be helping.  I am seeking a list of characters in literature. I know they exist in book form and I am sure I discovered them on the web in the past. But I can’t find one now. Not a proper one.

I am stuck on Araucaria‘s bumper Xmas crossword puzzle for a Rudyard Kipling character. The  top entries, of the 77,300 results within 0.23 seconds, are about the Jungle Book (but the Disney version). Because there are other clues relating to writers and books, I search for a list of literary characters in general, of which there are 35,000,000, but the best I come up with is weighted heavily towards children’s books and comics with Captain Ahab being the exception.

It is the final of Strictly Come Dancing tonight and it turns out that Vince Cable will dance in the Christmas edition. In view of his unprincipled stand on students fees this is as wholesome as Hitler in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Actually, a series of I’m a Celeb composed of notorious dead people might be interesting.… Hitler, Jesus, Alexander the Great, Marquis de Sade, Queen Victoria, Helen of Troy, Immanuel Kant, Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe,  Joan of Arc?


Early Arctic snows have arrived, having been forecast for well over a week and gradually filling the country from Scotland southwards. Still, this information did nothing to help the “authorities” take precautionary action and the country has ground to a halt with roads, railways, airports closed leading to schools shutting and people not getting to work. The “authorities” claim they will learn lessons from this. Will they? The view from the upstairs study sees our local fox exploring this ungritty environment.