Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stories, our pot and G&S.

Rachel has emailed to say that she is 3bting at The Rachel Papers as part of her new year's resolutions.

1. The latest issue of Interzone is a corker -- I read it on the train on my way up to London. Pick of the bag are:
  • Into the Depths of Illuminated Seas -- a magical, angry sea fable, full of revenge and fury by Jason Sandford. It's a woman who finds the names of sailors who are to die at sea written on her body.
  • In the Harsh Glow of its Incandescent Beauty -- a story about Mercurio D. Rivera's aliens that adore humans -- an impressive depiction of the pain and self-deception that surround an affair.
  • Tyler Keevil's Hibakusha -- a man volunteers his way back to a London that has been destroyed by nuclear terrorism.

2. We go to the V&A and there in the metalwork collection is a red cast-iron casserole just like ours. "We own a design classic," I tell Nick.

3. I like to hurry through the fog to the theatre -- an evening of merriment and escapism with Gilbert and Sullivan.

End of term, unboxing and send.

1. Bettany's dance teacher is wearing pink sparkly bunny ears. 2. The children's excitement at the unboxing of the enormous red hamp...