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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Shakespeare and all that

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Yesterday was 'Oolladoolla Day' which means a swim in the pool, lunch and a glass of wine at the club, and a romp through the op-shops.

A book with the title “Shakespeare Undead” caught my eye. Sure enough, there was the bard with vampire teeth. I figured what the hell; it’s just a couple of dollars and if I don’t like it I just recycle it at the new op-shop.

Well, as it turned out, it's quite a funny read. Here are the first chapters courtesy of the author, Lori Handeland: http://www.lorihandeland.com/Shakespeare_Undead-chapters1-5.pdf.

Being very much a non-fiction reader, I picked up three others: "Talk to the Hand - The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life" by the 'Queen of the Apostrophe' Lynne Truss (her book "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" is a real hoot); A "Dictionary of English Down the Age - Words & Phrases Born Out Of Historical Events Great & Small"; and "Darwin and the Barnacle - The Story of one tiny creature and history's most spectacular scientific breakthrough".

Altogether four good reasons to bolt the door and stay home for the next few days.