So, with a few days to go until Christmas, here’s thirty-eight-year-old Macaulay Culkin recreating Kevin McCallister from Home Alone in a Google ad.
I am currently staying in a house in Ballycastle on the coast of Northern Ireland, and there is a copy of Death Comes to Pemberley (a murder mystery using the Pride and Prejudice characters) in my bedroom.
I have seen the television adaptation, so it must be time to read the book!
Additionally, the miniseries was filmed at Chatsworth House, and I’ll be visiting there in a few days.
What a week. I am very busy at the moment.
In the world? We’ve had about 120 bushfires in the region in the past few days. To people who deny climate change: it’s WINTER here. Canberra’s kangaroo plague is getting worse (also due to climate change!). Then there was another terror attack in London, and that horrendous bridge collapse in Genoa…
Then there was the shock death of Soviet gymnastics star Yelena Shushunova. She was the 1988 Olympic Champion and a five-time World Champion. I still have video tapes of her. She died so young that one of the gymnasts she trained with still competes.
The iconic Battle of Amiens, later to be known as the opening chapter of the Hundred Days Offensive that ended the First World War, took place from the 8th to the 12th of August, 1918.
This painting, by Australian official war artist Will Longstaff, is titled 8th August, 1918. It shows a column of German prisoners of war heading in one direction, while horse-drawn artillery heads in the other.
The painting can be found in the collection of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The 8th of August each year is International Cat Day.
Cats appear as side characters in plenty of books, from the companion of bookish heroine Amy in Toni Blake’s Willow Springs, to the kittens (and, later, grown cats) in Anne Gracie’s Chance Sisters series, to the stray that moves himself into Lucas Maxfield’s apartment in Easy and Breakable, to those in Beatrix Hathaway’s menagerie in Lisa Kleypas’ Love in the Afternoon.
So, celebrate the day with a book with cats in it!
By the way, the cats at the top are gorgeous stray Jemima, who moved herself into my late-grandmother’s shed in 2014, and two of her three kittens: grey scaredy cat Charlie, who was terrified of everything, and his smaller sister Pheobe, who looked after him (she’s hugging him!). It was lucky we found a home for the two kittens to go to together.