One of my favourites

There are many, many pictures of women and girls reading books – from Victorian times to the modern day.  But pictures of men reading are rare.  This is one of my favourites.



Called ‘Bookworm’, it is by Carl Spitzweig and was painted in 1850.



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Ask a Librarian

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Harry Potter – the ending – a spoiler

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Information Retrieval

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St Jerome

St. Jerome, patron saint of librarians and libraries as well as archivists, translators and encyclopedists.

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A Give Away

I’ve decided to do a ‘Give Away’ this week.  The rules are simple.  Drop a comment on any of this week’s postings (Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th inclusive) and I’ll put the names of all those who have commented in a hat (assuming I can find one – it may have to be a saucepan or some other substitute) and draw out the winner on Sunday 11th.   I decided to ask Google for ideas as to what I could offer as a prize.  Nearly all the answers suggested using something associated with your blog topic.  But  I had decided to run this on both my Book Every Six Days Blog, my Once  a Librarian Blog and my main, Rambles from my Chair Blog.  The only consistent topic on my main blog is Me (and Partner-who-drinks-tea has said I can’t give myself away) and over the years I’ve covered everything from Anderson’s Salamander to Angry Penguins; Auctions to Blood Tests; e.e.cummings and Exeter Football Club.  Grafitti in Pompeii, Hamlet and fur coats have all turned up  – could there be a more diverse blog?  Even the Grimpoteuthis or Dumbo Octopus made an appearance.  I couldn’t see this brief look through my blog helping me decide at all.

In the end I decided to offer the winner a choice of one of the following books – all of which scored 10/10 on my book blog last year.

Helen DUNMORE – “The Siege“ (2001)

Khaled HOSSEINI – “The Kite Runner” (2003)

Alice HOFFMAN – “The Ice Queen ” (2005)

Khaled HOSSEINI – “A Thousand Splendid Suns ” (2007)

Muriel BARBERY – “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” (2008)

Paul TORDAY – “The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce – a novel in four vintages” (2008)

David MITCHELL – “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet ” (2010)

Terry PRATCHETT – “Snuff“ (2011)

I look forward to all your comments.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The wonderful winner of the Best Short Animated Film Oscar. If you’ve got fifteen minutes to spare please watch it. If not, it’s well worth coming back here some time when you can spare a quarter of an hour.

(Thanks to A Work in Progress for bringing it to my attention).

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