I think my knees have slowly decided that I'm no longer climbing up and down from trains while lugging suitcases. Of course, stretching out in the Arizona sun to recharge my inner solar cell certainly didn't hurt!
|Fellow tourists in London|
And I have gifts to finish knitting, knitting to block, gifts to get ready to be mailed out. Once my pool season is over, it seems that the final countdown to the holidays goes by in the blink of an eye!
But while I'm making all sorts of plans, I'll smile and think of all the wonders of London-- and the peace and breathtaking beauty of a beach in the Scottish Highlands. *cough* Of course that's after I round up some links for y'all.
Head 'em up! Move 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Best-selling Swedish crime fiction author Henning Mankell has died at the age of 67.
- This librarian banned a book to make people notice the problem.
- These children were asked why they love reading, and here are their answers.
- After having watched the first two episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey while in the UK, it made me smile (ironically) when I read that white-gloved butlers are the new must-have for China's super rich. Carson might have a thing or two to say about that.
- Here's a fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source.
- This airline just kicked this woman off the plane for the best reason. ALL airlines should be like this.
- A paramedic who makes $15 per hour destroys every complaint about fast food workers earning the same amount.
- The card catalog is officially dead, and something inside me will always miss it.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A Chinese villager, digging to lay the foundations for his new home, discovered a strange turtle-shaped tomb.
- This furry new post-apocalyptic critter survived the demise of the dinosaurs.
- This miniature mermaid's dollhouse is so cute!
- Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history.
- They're busy digging up Ice Age mammoth bones that were discovered on a farm in Michigan.
- DNA from a 4,500-year-old Ethiopian has revealed a surprise about the ancestry of Africans.
- Yale is showcasing 170,000 incredible photos of Depression-Era America.
- A site near Mexico City has revealed that all the Spaniards accompanying Hernan Cortes were not conquerors.
- That'll do, Pig: Pigs have found evidence of a 12,000-year-old civilization on a remote Scottish island.
- The 600-year-old Henry V warship has been found in a Hampshire river.
- Now this is creepy: inside the Paris department store where Nazis shopped for stolen Jewish belongings.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- This fearless lioness made the ultimate sacrifice for her cubs (with a happy ending).
- Wildlife activists are praising Tanzania for the arrest of a Chinese woman.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The creepiest ghost towns in America. Creepy is in the bones of the beholder. It probably won't surprise any of you that I've been to the ones on the list that are in Arizona and wasn't creeped out a bit!
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Favorite knitters in literature.
- 10 books to read if you like Agatha Christie.
- I agree with almost every single point in this American tourist's Facebook post about England.
- 33 impossibly cute ways to cover your body in books-- and I'm not talking about lying under the avalanche of your to-be-read stacks.
- 35 impossibly clever pieces of jewelry inspired by books.
- 11 embarrassing things all (well, almost all) book lovers have done.
- 20 surprisingly profound quotes from children's books.
- 13 shocking beauty trends throughout history.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!