Paula over at the always interesting BookJotter recently came up with a lovely idea for a feature where she looks at three things she’s recently been Reading, Looking and Thinking. She encouraged other bloggers to join in and although I can’t guarantee to do this regularly, I did have a few notions I thought I might share. It’s been a bad week for a lot of Planet Earth, and although I don’t always reflect on that aspect of life on the Ramblings, it does seep into my worldview and often affects what I’m reading.

Any road up, here we go:

Reading

Current reading is a review book for Shiny New Books, in the form of “The Aviator” by Eugene Vodolazkin. Taking in memory loss, the Russian Revolution, possibly some sci-fi elements and beautifully evocative prose, it’s compelling reading and yet painful, as the protaganists live through difficult times. I can’t wait to see where this one goes…

Looking

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Last week was my wedding anniversary (shan’t say how long….) and my OH (who always seems to come up with very clever gifts) presented me not only with a build-your-own model of St. Basil’s Cathedral, but also a DVD called “Festival Express”. I have had an enduring love of Janis Joplin ever since discovering her music in my teens, and the DVD has a documentary about a Canadian music tour undertaken by train in 1970, with groups such as The Grateful Dead and The Band travelling along with Janis. It made wonderful viewing, with Janis giving some stand-out performances which put most modern singers to shame. So I thought I’d share one of my favourites by her – not from that tour, but from an appearance on the Tom Jones Show in 1969. Still gives me goosebumps….

Thinking

I think a lot. Which is perhaps a silly thing to say, but then I’m not convinced everyone else does… Anyway – there are a multitude of Bad Things happening in the world at the moment, and I’ve been feeling constantly frustrated about the horror of it all (I’m not going to specify but Brexit madness, the current state of the UK political system and the vileness of separating children from the parents and putting them in cages are three things which make me despair of humanity). I find myself wishing I could do something about these things, and upset and angry that I don’t know what I can do. Should I do a runner from work and go and protest on 13th July? Should I abandon everything and become an activist? Should I hide my head in a hole like an ostrich and not think about it? I don’t know what the answers to the world’s problems are but I do believe that if human beings could stop being greedy and nasty, and become more tolerant of each other, the world would certainly be a better place.

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So that’s where I am with those three things at the moment. This is a fun little feature – do join in on your own blog if you like, or if you don’t have one comment below on what *you* might be up to!

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