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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

I've been tagged again...

Arggghhh. It was that young upstart whippersnapper that did it. I tell ya - this next generation coming up, well, they're all-a-bunch-a-little ball busters. ;-) I'm not really mad, Neo.

Number of books I own: Can't count them - too many.

Last book I bought: The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D. (I adore it by the way)

Books I like: This is a tough one to answer but here are some of my favorites. Anything Dickens. Then I love every single last one of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Hmmmmm...some Science Fiction. Asimov and the Robot stuff. Fantasy would be The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist and then Janny Wurts joined with him to write Daughter of the Empire. I read some fantasy many, many years ago that I think was called Dragon Riders of Pern - can't remember the author but they were all great. Then the Little House books - wonderful. Wuthering Heights - Bronte. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - Twain. The Death of Ivan Ilych - Tolstoy. Neo reminded me of Metamorphosis - Kafka - and how much I enjoyed it. Odyssey of course...Penelope and her weaving (oh - and all the other stuff that happens too). And last, but not least, my absolute favorite of ALL time: Eloise. The story of that naughty, naughty little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel. My fave since I was about 5 years old. More and more titles are piling into my thoughts but I really must stop here. It's too many.

Last book I read: I have to split it between two because I actually was reading them at the same time. 1. Churchill - A Study in Greatness by Geoffrey Best and 2. Radical Son - A Generational Odyssey by David Horowitz. Both highly recommended.

Now I tag someone, right? Well. Then I shall tag my newest blogosphere acquaintance Sparky and another that I am intimately acquainted with, The Troll.

Have at it. I look forward to reading their responses.


Blogger CA said...

Monicar, per the China threat; try this one.


17 July, 2005 10:28  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you CA. I maintain my original thought on this. Bomb 'em.

18 July, 2005 00:31  
Blogger City Troll said...

god woman why are ya taggin me? now I have to type on my blog instead of pickin on the lefties at a tangled web!

18 July, 2005 14:46  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

I'm about half and half with you on the books- the stuff I've read I've liked, and the other stuff I'm not so sure I would. But Dickens IS great, as is the Death of Ivan Ilyich and the Metamorpahosis. What's funny about the last two for both of us is that the moral of each of those books is significantly (although not completely) different than the oevere of our political beliefs. Ivan Ilyich is about completely abandoning self-interest, and I read the Metamorphasis as a call for socialism. But that's just me...

19 July, 2005 00:58  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Steven I'll have to re-read Metamorphosis because I can't recall it being a call for socialism...but it's been over 10 years since I last read it. I will read it again with an eye toward that and see if I can see what you saw.

The Death of Ivan Ilych - I think I see what you are saying. The story affected me in a way that is hard to explain. I guess probably for me it illustrated how ridiculous and small are most of the things to which we attach importance. There is life and then death - and probably a painful one at that. Perhaps I was depressed at the time...LOL!

You HAVE to read Eloise! ;-)

20 July, 2005 00:26  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monicar, Alice and the rest of your Blog surfers. Yes Alice has got it in one, although fanny is not as harsh as the C-word. It used to be an old fashion name from the Victorian era I believe, but now an unfortunate one!
You might say to someone stop fannying around, it means get on with what ever you supposed to be doing, or you’re a right fanny, as a joke to someone who keeps getting it wrong. Either expressions are not taken as severe expletives.

Another expression for getting wrong is a right cock-up, which Blair has made on our home security by letting in the whole world without a quota and proper background checks. I think he is beginning to realise this now!

Hi Monicar I am relatively new to blogs and only set my where-sparks-fly.blog since the London bombing on July 7th. I have be putting some comments on the Englishman’s Castle and One dumb Brit’s blog since February mainly in protest to all the rules that Blair is imposing on the British people, most coming from this crap European Union that he is try to tie us up in! He banned hunting with dogs a tradition going back centuries. I have no strong feeling on that, it did no interfere with me. I thought the farmers and country people would know best on how to keep foxes under control. Now they get shoot, either way they still end up dead. Also Electricians have had enormous new rules imposed on them since January 1st. Too long to go into, never the less to say before this date qualified sparks had full power to issues their own certificates on completion!

Regarding my tag not sure what I’m tagged for, what does it mean? Don’t want to seem dumb. I think from what I’ve read on your tag, it’s a little description on your interests. Married, London born and bred, Cockney if you want. Like documentaries on history read a little, trying to survive in this multicultural cesspit. Got to get out of here at sooner rather that later as we are being taken over, read my rantings on my blog. http://where-sparks-fly.blogspot.com/

Sorry to be vague but I am being very political and very non PC on my blog so I don’t want to give away my identity, incase the new Big Brother ‘thought’ police coming looking for me. I’m very much against the left wing political state that we Brits now live in.
PS we use to play a game that I think you call tag as children it was just called 'He'

26 July, 2005 21:32  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Sparky - to get tagged means to just answer the questions (these questions are about books) on your blog. Then you tag someone else and they have to answer the questions on THEIR blog.

Pain in the ass, I know...

26 July, 2005 23:44  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monicar I’m not the avid reader, General History mainly WW2, Last book I bought was a couple of years ago, a novel, A Star called Henry by Roddy Doyle that was a great read about a one legged character in the IRA.
I recently read to my young grandson Oliver Twist, which he loved.
Apart from that I’m just hooked on the daily newspapers, which I have to read every single word from cover to cover!

Just aint got the time although I should try and make it. I can’t make comments on my site, I looking for secure comments program, because of my views I expect a lot of nasty bull-shit comments or viruses even. Also I don’t know if I would get time to edit and battle with these lefties. I put a request for a plug on the BNP website at the weekend and had over 1000 hits from all over the world including USA. Britain took three quarters of these.

I now tagged Alice I sure she has a large library. The Sparky

27 July, 2005 14:13  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I love Oliver Twist - one of my favorites, too.

Now - you have to tell Alice that she is tagged so that she can post about it on her blog.

Great about all those hits!!!!

29 July, 2005 00:05  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monicar, left a tag on Alice’s blog, but not yet aware if she has seen it. Left it on the comments sections for USA/UK English translation page.

Yes the hits were great, was trying to think of some business idea to take advantage from them on the web, but alas it was short lived! Had a total of over 2000 unique up to today. But fallen now to between 70-100 over last few days. Still I must sort out a comments section that can be maintained easily!

As my answers to your tag was quite small, thought of a few favourite films to go with them. Loved Wizard of OZ with Judy Garland first saw it working as a projectionist back in 1968, while waiting for my apprenticeship to come through as a spark. Done a six-month stint in the local cinema. 'The Florida'. However, it was known as the Flea Pit to the locals who used it, but I never saw any, but it was a old picture house or flicks as we used to say!
I was thinking of that film yesterday, when Dorothy was anxious about the Lions, Tigers and Bears. I managed to use it on my blog yesterday with our own witch!

Others films I liked included Zulu, The Alamo, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara, Shreik, The Saving of Private Ryan to name a few.
Also forgot to add George Orwell to the limited book list!

30 July, 2005 18:51  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Sparky and those hits are great. I can hardly wait til you get a comments section up and yes I read your entry about the wicked witch of the UK. LOL!

There are only a few movies that I like enough to actually own. My husband is a movie fanatic and anything with John Wayne in it is 'one of the best movies ever made'!

30 July, 2005 20:29  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monicar, Yes the Duke was the top man.

31 July, 2005 20:38  

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