We used to call Casa Kittling the "Barlow B&B" because we had so many friends and family come to stay. Bookings have been rather rare in recent years, but that's all about to change. We'll have a friend from Washington come down in March, and a niece from the UK in June. Denis and I are busy making plans, so with no further ado, I'm going to mosey out to the corral for those links.
Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Bill Gates on books and blogging.
- Interesting... all five missing Hong Kong booksellers work for a publishing house known for producing books critical of the Chinese government.
- Fortunately this has not happened to me (and I wouldn't advise it)-- don't fart during an MRI. Just in case you need a good laugh.
- After recent flooding some people are calling The Book Case in West Yorkshire England's most cursed bookstore. Some bikers patroled the flood-hit towns to prevent looting, and hearing them talk about what they did made me smile.
- What Annie Hartnett learned from selling books to strangers.
- Kate Atkinson just became the first author to win the Costa Prize three times. I love her books.
- One of this country's oldest bookstores is for sale.
- What exactly does an editor do? The role has changed over time.
- The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations announced its most-checked-out book in 2015, and although it fits right in this blog with its crime-related subject, it's rather disturbing.
- How The Sound of Silence became a surprise hit.
- How the phonograph changed music forever.
- How Sherlock Holmes changed the world.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An expert has figured out the real-life location of Vermeer's "Little Street" painting.
- A 1700s ship, preserved in a watery grave, emerges as a hotel goes up.
- There are signs of a mass extinction behind a shopping center in New Jersey.
- A 2,700-year-old farmhouse has been uncovered in Israel.
- Secrets of an undiscovered visionary artist were found in a junk shop.
- An archaeological dig in Greece is revealing the past glories of Europe's oldest city.
- Scientists have uncovered evidence of a dinosaur mating ritual.
- A 144-year-old Arctic shipwreck has been uncovered.
- Wow... a rare dime sells for a lot of money in Tampa.
- Archaeologists have uncovered unexpected evidence of Iron Age life in Northamptonshire, England.
- Big-eared statues are revealing secrets of an ancient Egyptian power couple.
- Archaeologists have solved the Royal Mile riddle of James VI's feast.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- How to put a monitor lizard on a diet.
- This is your brain on nature. Works for me every single time.
- The hat-stealing attack owl in Oregon has been officially named "Owlcapone."
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- 6 of the most intriguing book towns you can visit.
- 7 must-visit places in Scotland you've probably never heard of. (I still have a little work to do. I've only visited 4 of the 7!)
- Julia Child's house in Provence is for sale.
- A house in St. Paul in which F. Scott Fitzgerald once lived is also for sale.
- This mobster museum was once one of New York City's most notorious speakeasies.
- How Clementine Churchill wielded influence as Winston's wife.
- With the publication of a book (now on my wish list), a forgotten suffragette, Sophia Duleep Singh, is back in the headlines.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 16 New Year's resolutions only book nerds can relate to. (I carried out most of them many years ago.)
- Winter coats inspired by literary characters.
- 21 books that basically have the same title.
- 15 reading pet peeves every book lover understands.
- 10 libraries it would be nice to get lost in.
- 12 things you really need to know. Thankfully, I've already learned these lessons. Now if I'd just apply one or two of them more consistently!
- 17 cozy reading nooks.
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!