Workers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London remove scaffolding from the Victoria Tower. The image appeared in The Illustrated London News on the 20th of March, 1954.
From The Londonist, via the British Newspaper Archive.
ESP and Your Pet: discover your pet’s hidden psychic powers by D. Scott Rogo was released on the 1st of March, 1982.
Strange? I think so!
Happy 22nd birthday to the only Regency romance you’ll ever find that has ostriches on the cover! You can read more about it on Goodreads:
A wrecked bus is photographed amongst the destruction in Coventry, England after a German Luftwaffe air raid on the night of 14-15 November, 1940.
Coventry suffered heavy damage in the Second World War. The city’s famous cathedral was one of the casualties of the “Coventry Blitz”, which killed many hundreds and left thousands without homes.
Anybody remember television show Dark Angel? Because not only is today the nineteenth anniversary of its premiere, but the show was set in “the future”: post-apocalyptic 2019!
The late-Nineties and early 2000s were full of female-led shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias etc. I feel like we were doing a better job in general with female characters back then than we are now that people are more outspoken about feminism. What happened?
(Though I could also argue that these days we’re fighting the idea women have to be fighters in order to be strong characters.)
Dark Angel premiered on the 3rd of October, 2000. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Dark Angel is an American cyberpunk television series that premiered on the Fox network on October 3, 2000. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, it starred Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. Set in 2019, the series chronicles the life of Max Guevara (Alba), a genetically enhanced super-soldier who escapes from a covert military facility as a child. In a post-apocalyptic Seattle, she tries to lead a normal life while eluding capture by government agents and searching for her brothers and sisters scattered in the aftermath of their escape. Dark Angel was the first and only series produced by the company Cameron/Eglee Productions, and was filmed in Vancouver at Lions Gate Studios.
I have a cover for my book! I can’t share it yet, but it’s FANTASTIC, and I keep randomly opening the file to look at it. I had to fill in a multi-page cover brief to give the designer an idea about what to do, and I was cautiously optimistic, but it is SO much better than I could have hoped for.
The last day of autumn in Canberra.
So, now it’s winter in Australia. However, we’re still having such beautiful days.
The coming week is A BIG ONE for me. The Battle of Binh Ba 50th anniversary commemorations are going to take up all of my time (the 6th of June is the big day), so any plans to write/read/blog won’t happen. I know it’s the same date as the D-Day commemorations, but this battle was much more significant for the Australian military.
Binh Ba was one of Australia’s iconic battles in the Vietnam War, and my family is heavily involved in all aspects of the anniversary. (I know “iconic” is a bad choice of word, but I don’t know how else to describe it.) My father is one of the organisers of the whole thing – obviously, he fought in the battle – and I am going to have a chance to talk with the man who won a Military Cross for Binh Ba, a man whose book I am currently helping to write.
I am actually “moving into” a hotel here in Canberra for the duration of the events.
I don’t want to talk about old-school romance books right now, but romances that are too modern to be classed as historical romance, and too old-fashioned to be classed as contemporary romance.
This has been on my mind a bit recently for a few reasons:
There is so much potential for so many good stories set in the second half of the 20th century. It was a time with so much upheaval. The Cold War, the rise and fall of communism, Korea, Vietnam… Not to mention all the changes at home, with women’s changing roles in society etc.
And yet… where are these books?
However, isn’t it time we start a wider market for these books?
On classic children’s and young adult author Judy Blume‘s eighty-first birthday, I’d like to remind people of the importance of “controversial” books for teens.
For some young people, these books – that conservative groups try their best to get banned – are the only way they learn about important issues in their lives. Blume’s Forever, published in 1975, taught some teens things they needed to know about sex when their parents and teachers refused to fill in the gaps.
A few years ago, in the ballet world, I came across a group of homeschooled Christian ballet students from America’s Mid-West.
These young teens had been blatantly lied to by their parents, and told that: #1 only gay men could get AIDS, and #2 that AIDS could only be contracted by men having sex with monkeys.
And this is a perfect example of why we need authors like Blume, and why libraries shouldn’t be pressured to ban them.
A side note: dance is possibly the world’s most gay-friendly profession. The parents might have been in for a surprise!
Here’s The Australian Ballet onstage, openly campaigning for marriage equality during curtain calls (before the law was passed):
Note: I am featuring some of the review books I’ve had for a while, but run out of time to do a review for. That’s not to say I’m not going to read them; it’s just that I’ve fallen behind, and think the authors deserve an appearance here!
Another Woman’s Husband is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul.
Two women who challenged the Crown. Divided by time. Bound by a secret…
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…
Richly imagined and beautifully written, Another Woman’s Husband is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
Merry Christmas! Here’s the snow scene from Borovansky Ballet’s The Nutcracker in the 1950s.