All posts for the month March, 2012

Lincoln Hall

Published March 21, 2012 by electricbluegaloo

Dear Everyone

This is a very difficult email to write as it conveys extremely sad news. Lincoln Hall passed away at 11.45pm last night at RPA hospital in Sydney with close loved ones at his side. He had been battling mesothelioma for many months and we had all thought he would beat it, as he did a night in the open near the summit of Everest. The world will remember him for many things, but particularly for his mountaineering achievements: the first Australian ascent of Everest in 1984, then his successful climb to the summit in 2006 and subsequent near death experience. His bestselling books which included WHITE LIMBO, then DEAD LUCKY, and the children’s book ALIVE IN THE DEATH ZONE, which won the CBCA Eve Pownall Award For Information books in 2009, were an inspiration to all who read them.
Margaret Hamilton AM
Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage
Partner, 2012 National Year of Reading

A Way With Words

Published March 16, 2012 by electricbluegaloo

Did I mention a little poet by the name of BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH?

OK, I think I did, and today I stumbled across his super cool interactive child friendly website. 

It is as awesome as the dude himself.  Check it out!

Pride and Prejudice and Bella Swan

Published March 6, 2012 by electricbluegaloo

I just finished Pride and Prejudice and it was sooooo much better on the second reading.  I must have missed all the irony the first time, and had no appreciation for the characterisation.  The characters of Lydia and Mrs Bennet are so well crafted that these alone could justify Pride and Prejudice as a classic.

What I did struggle with was the LANGUAGE!  Honestly, I felt as thought I was wading through mud to get to the meaning.  Talk about lexical density!  I’d love to get editing with some serious hedge clippers on this one.  Some bits I skipped.  In some ways it was like watching an excellent movie with the audio delayed by almost a minute.

But when I did get the meaning I couldn’t help drawing comparisons with that other great literary love classic, oh yes:  Twilight.

Darcy, the Lake Scene

1.  The heroine instantly dislikes her future husband.

2.  The lovebirds come from completely different social circles and they must convince their respective families to accept the union.



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