Monday, 11 June 2012

HELLO A Classics Challenge

The prompt this month for A Classics Challenge is The Visual Tour. This is a journey through pictures, which illustrates a scene or description in my classics read.

This month I whizzed through The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

The following quotes come from Chapter Three where the Time Traveller begins narrating his journey to his dinner guests.

He pushes a lever and is instantly catapulted into a whirl of confusion; hazy images, speed, and the passage of time. The sun hops across the sky and the moon spins full to new. When at last he decides to stop, the Time Traveller is flung from his machine, in a thunder clap, and  finds himself on soft ground.

'I looked around me.
 I was on what seemed to be a little lawn in a garden, 
surrounded by rhododendron bushes, 
and I noticed that their mauve and purple blossoms 
were dropping in a shower under beating of the hailstones.'

'I stood up and looked around. 
A colossal figure, 
carved apparently in some white stone, 
loomed indistinctly beyond the rhododendron
 through the hazy downpour...
It was of white marble, in shape 
something like a winged sphinx...'

'Already I saw other vast shapes - huge buildings with intricate parapets
 and tall columns, 
with a wooded hill-side dimly creeping in upon me through the lessening storm...
The great buildings about me stood out clear and distinct, 
shining with the wet thunderstorm, 
and picked out in white by the unmelted hailstones piled along their courses.'

I will be reviewing this book as part of The Classics Club.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

HELLO God Save the Queen

Today is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee: a celebration to mark sixty years since her coronation. I wasn't going to post about the Queen, however, a funny thing happened the other day with Hubby's new iPad.


After hogging the thing for hours, I was allowed to have a look at it and investigate its features. Naturally, I went to the writing facilities and was surprised at how easy it was to type on the screen. Typing on the virtual keyboard resulted in the ironic sound of an old fashioned manual typewriter.

A great feature - well I was amused by it - was the voice recognition, where I could say something and it would translate it into text on the screen. Cool! It got the odd word or two wrong, and sometimes came up with its on interpretations. It got me thinking. What if...?

... I narrated an iconic song for the iPad to translate? Of course, God Save the Queen. I only know the first verse, so I repeated it a few times with interesting results.

Please be upstanding for the national anthem.



Sorry, Your Majesty.

Needless to say, I wouldn't advice creating your novel this way. Maybe I need to learn the Queen's English.

And so, the festivities are unleashed upon the masses with street parties to last four days.


Are you celebrating? Or watching from overseas? Or working like me?