Monday, August 04, 2008

Well Bristol was a very social place to be this weekend. On Friday evening I joined Orynthia and her workmates for a river cruise to Beeses Tea Rooms. Much Pirate wear was in evidence, including a rather splendid human representation of a skull and crossbones flag!

Saturday was warm and sunny, perfect conditions for the harbour festival. Tens of thousands thronged the dock area. We saw some nice bands, hooked up with some lovely people and it was even warm enough for Orynthia to eat an Ice Cream, those of you that know her well, will be aware of how unusual an event that is. Highlight of the day though was the 60p ferry across the river which saved us a very long walk.

On Sunday we visited Goldney Hall for the annual Amnesty International fundraiser. It really is one of Bristol’s hidden gem and it was lovely to introduce several long time Bristol residents to it’s spectacular charms.

Those of you that enjoy Murakami would like The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa. Three Novellas which leave you with a slightly uneasy feeling, it's her 1st book to published in English, loads more waiting to translated.

Also just read A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway, it's a short memoir of his time in Paris in the 1920's and he hangs out with Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Very interesting and enjoyable.

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