It's going to be a short intro for this week's round-up. Poor Denis has managed to catch a very nasty intestinal bug, and I'm trying to keep him as comfortable as possible-- which means extra laundry and the like. He's taken good care of me when I've been down for the count, so turnabout is fair play!
While I'm on the subject of health, if any of you are acquainted with Barbara, whose book blog is Views from the Countryside, please hold this lovely woman close in your thoughts. Her journey here is drawing to a close.
Here are those links I've been saving for you...
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The Toronto Public Library has scrapped its used book buying program. It wasn't going well.
- Baghdad's book row gets its first female bookseller.
- I love this man! Billy Connolly will be given the Great Scot Award during New York's Tartan Week.
- Author Steve Hockensmith remembers Leonard Nimoy on his birthday.
- J.K. Rowling's brilliant response to a fan who asked her "Why is Dumbledore gay?"
- Here's why Downton Abbey is ending.
- How author Cory Doctorow feels about the Clean Reader app.
- This Salon writer is boycotting Game of Thrones next year, but it may not be for the reasons you suspect.
- Thousands of books were donated to children after a Milwaukee publishing company closed its doors.
- A new Alzheimer's treatment has been shown to fully restore memory function in 75% of the test subjects.
- Stieg Larsson's partner, Eva Gabrielsson, is not happy with the new sequel being published in August.
- At the end of April, a J.K. Rowling book will come to life on HBO.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- It's not easy working on a dig in the Midnight Terror Cave of Belize.
- A perfectly preserved 2,200-year-old crossbow has been found in China.
- Here's a video showing the highlights from the burial of King Richard III, and another video of Benedict Cumberbatch reciting a poem during the service.
- An archaeological dig could solve a mystery involving a canal in Somerset, England.
- According to a retired frame-maker in Rome, he was given a $16 million Picasso for an act of kindness he performed.
- A two million-year-old playground has been discovered in northern China.
- The upcoming movie Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren required a scenic artist to paint a copy of a priceless painting, and here's more on the story behind the film.
- An ancient relic has been found which is thought to contain ashes from the grave of John the Apostle.
- A new huge species of dinosaur has been discovered in Siberia.
- Part of a grandmother's treasure trove of Civil War photos was purchased by the Library of Congress.
- Archaeologists have found an underground pyramid in Bolivia.
- Here we go again: A Florida woman has found a rare lithograph at Goodwill. I like what she's going to do with the money the print brings.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Not good: China's wealthy are banking on extinction.
- I loved this video of a baby elephant taking its first steps.
- This porcupine in Israel thinks he's an archaeologist!
- You may not know this, but I love buffalo. I have since I first saw a buffalo herd grazing outside Cody, Wyoming, when I was ten. So... when I learned that buffalo (bison) were going to be grazing once again at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Chicago, I had to smile. You see, there's an old, old buffalo wallow south of the farm town where I grew up. It's good to know buffalo are coming back to my part of the prairie.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Ever thought about spending the weekend on a private lighthouse island off the coast of France?
- It's not easy dealing with tourists. After dealing with a particularly obnoxious (and unintelligent) one, a safari guide walked off and left his group behind. Too bad there wasn't a way to leave the obnoxious one behind while everyone else went on their way!
- If blue isn't your favorite color, you may not want to visit this town in Morocco.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- The ten best Southern Gothic books.
- The top ten treasure hunts in fiction.
- 29 books with strong female protagonists.
- 10 simple tips to guarantee more reading time in your day.
- 10 unsolved mysteries which have confounded the art world.
- The 16 different types of readers.
- 21 things you didn't know you could do with your Kindle.
- Quiz: If you were a book, which book would you be? (I'm Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone-- speaking of which, a new illustrated edition will be released on October 6 this year.)
- 13 powerful and influential female authors.
- Australia's 101 favorite books of all time.
That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and-- Read something fabulous!