Admin2 took this unprocessed photo of the Chapeltown carnival with the camera accidentally on night setting. It could pass for an 18th century engraving if the distant sound stage and dancing pen were picturesque ruins, the white vans were livestock and the clothes were not quite so modern.
Admin2 is reading This Is the Night They Come for You by Robert Goddard.
We scored a commendable 11 on the GSQ.
Lots of mending, gravelling, tarring and installing huge networks of temporary traffic lights going on, plus people changing the bulbs in the street lights and a lost fire engine.
June 2022 had twice as much rain as June 2021 but half a kWh more sunshine, making it our third best June ever. Average temperatures were within a fraction of a degree of last year’s averages.
Admin1 is reading The Vinyl Detective: Attack and Decay by Andrew Cartmel. Admin2 is reading The Botanist by MW Craven.
Somebody has had a bit of fun with this corroded junction box.
Admin1 is reading The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic, a compulsive investigation into bullying and a subsequent 22-year-old murder at a boarding school. As both Admins went to boarding schools, this rang very true 🙁 .
Admin2 is reading The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, a disturbing pre-WWII novel in which a Jew trying to escape the Nazis travels round and round Germany by train, without ever finding a way out. (If only Europe had had open borders and tolerance of asylum seekers.)
We scored 9 on the GSQ.
Another fine window from the local underwear emporium.
Admin1 is rereading London Rules (oh no it doesn’t) by Mick Herron. Admin2 has been reading What Makes This Book so Great by Jo Walton; about rereading old sf books, sadly not many of our favourites, and is now going to find an old book to read again.
Happy Birthday Dave!
An escaped number balloon trapped on a telephone wire catches the sun as a bird flies by.
Admin1 is reading Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard. Admin2 is reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Wind and rewind.
The remains of a tree waiting for the dustcart.
Admin1 is reading When Silence Kills by Mark Griffin, a competent and readable crime story. Admin2 is rereading Eye in the Sky by Philip K Dick. Last time she read it, the name of the character Bill Laws meant nothing to her, but for the last 30 or so years Bill Laws has been one of her in-Laws.
The horrible overpriced shops in the Victoria Quarter reflected in the horrible shiny floor.
Admin1 is rereading Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. Admin2 is reading Body Breaker by MW Craven.
January was marginally warmer than December but slightly less sunny than most years so far.
A nice bulb blooming on our windowsill.
Admin1 is reading Born in a Burial Gown by MW Craven. Admin2 is reading Afterland by Lauren Beukes.
At our family dinner tonight (stroggers and blood orange drizzle cake) Gez was drawing on a silver sweet wrapper with a toothpick. We did not see it, but here is a photo of a cat rendered to look like silver paper.
Admin1 is reading Black Summer and Admin2 is reading The Puppet Show, both by MW Craven.
We scored 11.5 on the GSQ.
The baubles have had their year in the sun; now they are going back in their box in the dark cupboard. Sorry shiny balls.
Admin2 is reading The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.
Admin2 is much enjoying A History of Pictures by David Hockney and Martin Gayford (thx Admin1) and since it was a dull day weatherwise here is a fake oil painting of the master in his studio.
Admin1 is reading The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.
Giant baubles in a shop window. Not sure what it has to do with F Scott Fitzgerald. Admin1 is reading Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan.
Christmas Lights Man seems not to have quite finished his display but here are a lit up tree and a luminous festive figure. Admin2 went looking for Geminid meteors in a sky that was very clear between the clouds on a night that was warmer than the day, but did not see any.
Admin1 is reading Too Much of Water by LC Tyler. Admin2 is reading The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan.
People from up the road celebrating that they have succeeded in colonising the traffic island which is legally part of our territory. Well I hope the people who gave them £500 to install a bench and gazebo on “The Green” were impressed by the massive turnout.
Admin1 is reading Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron. Admin2 is reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; a brother and sister turfed out of their iconic house by their wicked stepmother.
Welcome Lena to another cold-ridden two-house quiz meal. We had baked chicken and apple strudel and scored just 9.
Admin1 is reading The Girls Beneath by Ross Armstrong and Admin2 is reading Borderliners by Peter Hoeg.
Not a photo from today, when it was freezing cold and precipitating snow, ice and graupel, but from April 4 2012 when we wrote:
“Hard to believe that a week ago we had daytime temperatures of over 25 degrees, and that three days ago the solar panels served up over 8 kilowatts…”
Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose!
Here comes the rainbow and Admin2 is home again and ticker-tee-boo. Thank you.
On her first day in hospital, Admin2 had a window seat with a view of the backside of Leeds Beckett University. On the second day she was moved to another ward with a view of the backside of Leeds University.
In the course of that day she had x-rays, ultrasound and an angiogram and was finally taken to a grand stage-like room where people in different uniforms stood around like characters in an opera and she watched her arteries wriggling around like snakes on the x-ray while a balloon stent was inserted from a tube from her arm to her heart to stretch out the blocked artery, after which she felt hale and hearty again.
Admin1 is rereading Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler.
Admin2 was feeling somewhat under the weather and had extremely minor chest pains for a few days so she called 111 and they sent an ambulance. Ambulance men found nothing much wrong but recommended the hospital for another test, which Admin2 failed. Not corona but a coronary. To while away the many hours, she read A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, which had a very complicated plot linking Icelandic mythology with the French Revolution, eventually untangled by the free-associating detective Adamsberg.
Leeds city centre, one year after Admin2 last visited. Spot the tumbleweed.
Admin1’s 1000th book is What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe (thanks, Admin2!). Admin2 is reading Seeking Whom He May Devour by Ms Fred Vargas.
Oh no! The bin is broken and the bottles have fallen out!
Admin1 is reading False Value by Ben Aaronovitch and Admin2 is reading The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry. New books! Thanks, Admin2 🙂
Part of the Living Advent Calendar.
Admin1 is reading Cold Justice by Lee Weeks — Cold Comfort Farm without the jokes. Started off OK but descended into ludicrous melodrama.
Admin2 is reading The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke; a parable of untrammelled growth.
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Two stickers, each featuring a piece of shit.
Admin2 is reading The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee; a Bengali family saga with added maths.
We scored 11.1 on the GWQ; thanks zoomers!
Admin1’s new game is Watch Dogs: Legion set in a strangely realistic London that even includes Admin2’s one-time flat (above The Old Chest, though it was not called that then).
We are watching Roadkill which includes London scenes that strangely echo the game.
Admin1 is reading When It Grows Dark by Jorn Lier Horst.
We scored 9 on the GWQ.