Friday, October 17, 2008

Advantages of bad housekeeping, music and dialect.

1. We get up late and the kitchen is bohemian (as in, the washing up hasn't been done and there are books and papers all over the table). This gives me an excuse to get my breakfast (a round and friendly Belgian bun stuffed with raisins and covered with crackly, sticky white icing) from a bakery on my way to work.

2. The plinky-plunky sound of an un-tuned piano comes from an open front door at which a child waits to be taken to school.

3. Reading a book that has a chapter is dialect. I'm reading the middle chapter of The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (not the one by Liam Callanan about balloon bombs in the Arctic, which I read thinking it was the Mitchell. It was very good, too).


  1. I'm in the second chapter of it, and find myself laughing at the wit and humor of it while reading it in a coffee shop.

  2. Oh, I love the use of the term "bohemian" to describe the state of your kitchen. I am going to tuck that one away for future reference, not being a very diligent housekeeper myself.

  3. I hope you enjoy Cloud Atlas - I thought it was very special, Mitchell leaves me a little prickly when I read him and the memory of the book lingers for a lot longer than many other books I read.


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