Friday 13th May, 7:30-9:00pm
Night at the Cemetery
Join us at dusk on Friday the 13th for an atmospheric torchlight tour of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Taking a route past grand monuments and down dark paths, we'll explore the folk customs and funeral traditions of Victorian society, and the the life stories of some of those remembered in Arnos Vale, Bristol's Necropolis.
How to Book
Tickets are £6 Adults and £4 Concessions (OAPs, Guardian Angel Members, Children) and can be purchased securely on-line via the Paypal link at www.arnosvale.org.uk
Alternatively visit our Gift Shop located in the East Lodge, the building to the left of the main entrance just off the Bath Road. The Gift Shop and Reception is open Monday - Saturday 10:00-4:00pm.
You can send a cheque for the full amount of the tickets required - please also add £1.00 for P&P to the total amount. Cheques made payable to Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Your tickets will be posted directly to you.
1. Jeffrey Eugenides,
Some people inherit houses; others painting or highly insured violin bows. Still others get Japanese tansu or a famous name. I got a recessive gene on fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeed.
Caveats: Long (500 pages?).
2. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black
Caveats: Despite mention of dark-coloured avians, less Gothic than it sounds (unless you view a respect and awe for randomness as Gothic in spirit, which, possibly, makes a great deal of sense). Said Black Swan doesn't appear, doesn't say "nevermore", and fails to perch on a pallid bust of Leibnitz (though it would make sense if it did, apart from swans' notorious bulk and inability to perch on small objects). Non-fiction. Somewhat anvilicious. Will Self likes it.
Though there's a million different publication copies of it.
Come join me!
Arthur Herman's The Idea of Decline in Western History. It's, well, about the idea of decline. I recall it being fairly readable (but I read it nearly ten years ago, I guess), and it may well be full of dubious claims that someone who knew more relevant stuff would argue with fiercely.
Everyone and their dog has a pet theory on why the Roman Empire collapsed, apparently.
Just got home from my mother's to discover I have left my copy of "Utopia" there, and I am nowhere near finished... anyone know if/where the text is online so I can still read it in time for Sunday? (my local libraries don't have it, I've already checked)
By chance my college was selling off "La Symphonie Pastorale / Isabelle" for the princely sum of 10p so I grabbed it and loved it.
I've not read any Gide before although the name rings a bell. Anyone here a fan and if so, any recommendations for what I should grab next?
<i>*as in new to me, not someone who has just started writing....!</i>
We'll be reading William Morris - The Wood beyond the world.