When we were in Copenhagen, my lovely mother-in-law gave me this book about baby massage (she always has a book handy for every occasion).
It’s a Danish translation of a book by massage guru, Peter Walker. He’s a physical therapist and yoga teacher and well-known for his developmental baby massage and for having taught over 6.000 certified teachers how to do this.
So I’m pretty sure this guy knows what he’s doing and I’ll look forward to using it. But there’s an added bonus as it’s from the late 80s which equals funky hairdos:
Some slightly weird drawings.
And a straight-forward invitation to embrace nakedness.
And what baby wouldn’t love a massage from a dad as stylish as this one, with mint green shirt and fluffy hair? (although I must say this particular baby looks almost paralysed with fear).
Posted in Bøger, Books, Graviditet, Pregnancy
Tagged 80s, baby massage, baby stuff, bøger, books, firser, graviditet, Peter Walker, pregnancy
When I venture outside on these autumn-becoming-winter days I’m greeted by the howling wind, beaten in the face by the rain and assaulted by the dropping temperatures.
NOT very nice, so I hastily retreat back home to my sofa, make a cup of steaming hot tea and bury my eyes in books. Luckily I’ve just joined a book group so I have a very good excuse for turning the pages.
Photo via englandslanebooks.co.uk
The group takes place every month at the charming England’s Lane Books in Hampstead and is hosted by my lovely fellow blogger, Helena Halme (go read her brilliant blog).
Last month we discussed Naomi Alderman’s The Lessons and this month we’re tackling the two books above.
The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks is about a young woman who gets pregnant in pre-Pill, pre-Abortion Act Britain and has to move into a dingy room in Fulham. I’m half-way through it and loving it.
The second book is The Slap by Melbourne writer Christos Tsiolkas about a man who slaps a kid at a barbecue. A slap that proves to have far-reaching consequences.
This book club/book group business is all new to me but I’m already a fan and think it’s a wonderful way to pay tribute to a book that an author has spent a hell of a long time writing, while at the same time exercising your brain a bit in good company. And you always end up discovering underlying themes and meanings that you would otherwise not have noticed.
The next bookclub is on Tuesday 23rd November at 7 pm at:
England’s Lane Books
41 England’s Lane
If you’re interested in attending, email them at email@example.com or just turn up on the night.
Contact the bookshop for more info and keep an eye on their website for other upcoming events, as they do book readings and signings as well. Both books are also available in the shop.
Posted in Bøger, Books, London life
Tagged bogklub, book club, book group, Christos Tsiolkas, England's Lane Books, Lynne Reid Banks, Naomi Alderman, The L-shaped Room, The Lessons, The Slap
I walked past this poster in the tube the other day and was instantly intrigued (yes, I do tend to judge books and films by their cover, shame on me) and turned to Sam: “That looks interesting, have you heard anything about it?” (it’s pretty great to be married to a walking film encyclopedia). Of course he had, and he’d only heard good things about it, so yesterday we went to see it.
Apparently people have been going crazy about the low-budget Winter’s Bone at Sundance and everywhere else. And rightly so. It’s based on a book by Daniel Woodrell and set in the remote Ozarks Mountain Country. Here a poor 17-year-old girl embarks on a gruelling journey to find her meth-cook of a father, before “the law” can take away the family home and land from her, her two young siblings and mentally resigned mother.
It’s harrowing honest and visually stunning in all its simplicity. No over-the top visual effects and 10 layers of make-up here. This is all about the story/message and the acting is remarkable. The bluegrass soundtrack is pretty awesome too.
Enough said, now go see it.
Winter’s Bone official site (with trailer)
Review from Empire
Photos courtesy of Sebastian Mlynarski
Gik en hurtig tur over til St. John’s Wood i går og scannede gadens tre genbrugsbutikker. Intet af tøjet tiltalte mig, men som altid bugnede hylderne i Oxfam af læseoplevelser. Jeg hapsede en af yndlingsforfatterne Margaret Atwoods bøger, Bodily Harm og håber at den er på højde med to af mine favoritbøger fra hendes hånd: A Handmaid’s Tale og Life Before Man.
Og så den egentlige grund til at jeg var i området: for at hente take-away frokost hos japanske Mori. Indtil videre har de to butikker i hhv. St. John’s Wood og Marylebone, hvorfra man kan forsyne sig med diverse sushibokse, salater, karryretter og supper, som også kan spises i restauranten. Altsammen billigt og sundt (omkring 7-9 pund for en boks). De har også lækker, fedtfattig yoghurtis. Prøv den, hvis du er i området. Læs mere her.
Went for a walk to St. John’s Wood yesterday and quickly browsed the three charity shops on the high street. I didn’t find any exciting clothes but picked up a copy of Margaret Atwood‘s Bodily Harm in Oxfam’s brilliant book store. I can’t wait to read it as she is one of my favourite authors – hope it’s almost as good as two of my favourite Atwood novels: A Handmaid’s Tale and Life Before Man.
But the real reason for my visit to St. John’s Wood was that I was craving Japanese for lunch, so I picked up a sushi box and a salad (with delicious, creamy wafu dressing) from Mori. Currently they have two restaurant/take-aways in London: one in St. John’s Wood and another in Marylebone. Their food is fresh, yummy and pretty cheap (around 7-9 pounds for a sushi box) and apart from sushi they also sell curries, soups and salads and frozen yoghurt. Read more here.
Posted in Bøger, Books, Foodie, Yndlingsrestaurant
Tagged bøger, Bodily Harm, books, food, japanese, Japanese take-away, Margaret Atwood, Mori, St. Johns Wood, sushi, take-away, Wafu dressing
En af mine H.C. Andersen yndlingsfortællinger er Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne. Jeg husker, hvordan jeg som 5-6 årig fik læst den højt af min elskede farmor, og hvordan jeg som lidt ældre selv læste den med en stor klump i halsen og lidt for livagtige billeder af den lille forfrosne pige på nethinden. Følte nærmest at jeg selv sad sammen med hende i mørket, med sneen dalende omkring os og en hel masse afbrændte tændstikker mellem fingrene.
Jeg fandt en bog med H.C. Andersens eventyr i en genbrugsbutik, da jeg var i Hjørring, og har netop genlæst den lille fortælling, da jeg vil bruge den på det hold, jeg underviser i dansk. Og den holder stadig. Her er den i en online version, på både dansk og engelsk.
One of my favorite H.C. Andersen stories is The Little Match Girl about a poor girl who freezes to death on New Year’s Eve. My beloved grandmother read it aloud for me when I was around 5 years old and I found it so incredibly sad and almost felt like I was sitting in the cold snow myself, trying to sell matches while imagining being inside in the warmth.
When I was in Hjørring I picked up a collection of H.C Andersens fairy tales and stories, including The Little Match Girl and reread it as I’m going to use it in my Danish class. Such a nice little story, and pretty bleak and brutal too. You can read it here in both Danish and English.