Monthly Archives: March 2006
Does this cave look ominous to you? Because it should. It was a cell and a torture chamber built for a man who tried to assasinate his cousin (who owned this castle). Read more about it on millionsingaporedollars.com/blog.php
Feeding the prehistoric cow-thing Hamish.
Feeding the… =P
As you all know, i’m full of obsessions. Currently, (because scotland has reminded me about my love for myth & legend) I’m on a rampage for the best illustrated story books. I have some at home already due to a prior rampage, but it has started anew. My favourite illustrators are Alan Lee, PJ Lynch, Arthur Rackham, Trina Schart Hyman, Brian Froud, Cicely Mary Barker….
PJ Lynch totally rocks. He’s won the Kate Greenaway twice, for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and When Jessie Came Across the Sea, of which the latter is one of my favourite illustrated books of all time. My other favourite is “Anna Banana and Me”. I read it when I was a wee tot and it’s still in print can you believe it?
Currently lemming “Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad”, illustrated by PJ Lynch and “The Wanderings of Odysseus” which are companion books. The former cinched the Kate Greenaway. *grin* I can so imagine myself reading these to my kids under fluffy egyptian cotton duvets. heehee. I just had to add the egyptian cotton thing. =P
Oh my! I was reading the reviews on amazon for the latest 25th anniversary edition of Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee (art director for LOTR) and had a startling, albeit minor revelation- I have somehow subconciously connected the victorian illustrator Arthur Rackham and the word “rakish” so that I believe that adjective to describe the physical appearance of one of his fey creatures; tousled, windblown, roguishly jaunty. I looked “rakish” up in a dictionary and found out that the word has nautical origins. It probably came from “rake” which refers to the masts of pirate ships. Which strangely, makes a bit of sense to me since pirates and sailors probably did look “rakish” (in my mind’s eye) what with their windblown hair and all. So maybe the word rakish just exudes that aura??? hahaha bet you have no idea what I’m on about.
That’s what comes with not reading the dictionary and just assuming things. Overtime, perhaps misconceptions become the norm and so semantics change as well. Language is dynamic, that’s what I always say. Singlish may be “bad english” but then english was HORRIBLE latin, so what’s the fuss?
Enjoy it mate.
Also, I want to go to ORKNEYYYYY. =)
It sounds so cool. They have so many legends and things…maybe one of the last places in the world where the last vestiges of magic still smudge the landscape. Scotland is awesome. There’s this wild, desolate, haunting beauty that pervades it. And Edinburgh is eerie, in a cool way. hahaha. Very dickensian. (The hot chocolate in Plaisir du Chocolat is yummilicious too!!!! MMMmm.)
OH! Do you know that Southampton is famous for something other than launching the Titanic? It’s also got the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the UK, and since the UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe, that’s quite something. It’s quite understandable though, since there’s really nothing better to do here. har har.
I absolutely loved Scotland. It was amazing…words cannot describe it. Coming back felt like such a let-down- I feel as though I’ve been gone for such a long time although it’s only been four-ish days? Those hills seem a lifetime away now. *sigh* Thanks to everyone who made it possible, Alex and Sha, GJ for putting us up, you guys made it great. =)