Thursday, June 04, 2020

Back to our usual pandemic programming

Well, what do you know? The government has done a U turn and allowed proxy votes for those MPs who cannot attend the House of Commons because they are particularly vulnerable to Covid19.

I can now resume my normal pandemic blogging.

On Monday morning I didn't want to risk going on the Trail again and meeting lots of people so I rode my bike up the hill behind the village and onto Longstone Edge. Here is a photo I took from the top:

And over the brow of the hill I stopped in a gateway and took this video of the view on the other side:

Once upon a time I'd thought it would be fun to record an audiobook. Since I tried to make a decent recording of an extract from my new book - DAYS ARE WHERE WE LIVE  - I have changed my mind. Admittedly I've been doing it in bed with the mobile phone perched on a pillow in front of me, instead of a recording studio, but technical difficulties aside, it's harder than I thought. Where to put the stresses? Where to pause? Yes, I wrote the thing, but reading it aloud is another matter.

Anyway, here is my latest attempt. It's taken from a day on the blog when I didn't feel up to blogging so I posted a piece I'd had in the Times. That's why I refer to Dave as 'my husband.' 

If you want to hear it, click on

And talking of audiobooks, could you recommend one to me?

I am about to jack in my subscription to Audible and want to spend my last credit on something I'd like to listen to more than once.  I have most series of Ed Reardon's Week, but my favourite that falls into the listen-again category is Alan Bennett reading The Wind in the Willows

I am currently involved in a sewing project 

and listening to The Age of Innocence - one of my favourite novels. I have toyed with attempting a Trollope novel, or even Middlemarch, but I have never liked wordy Victorian novels. Indeed, as I listen to The Age of Innocence which I have read several times, I'm thinking - how did I ever get through this? I think it must be because I read much more quickly than it's possible to narrate. So anyway... any suggestions?  

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