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iconator_81974403b92ca32b5a67efe2d6bd16abSo. I went looking for inspiration for a post and googled “What should I blog about”( I did. I really,really did.). I came across this article (which I loved) whose advice I decided to take.

Reading quotes is one of the ways I prefer to pass the incredibly large amounts of free time I now have. I’m going to combine two of the “Things to blog about” and make a list of a bunch of random quotes and see if they inspire me to write anything interesting at all.

Here goes;

History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. . . .The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all.

-Jane Austen

This one made me laugh and shake my head in agreement. It doesn’t mean I hate reading anything historical. On the contrary, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres with regards to books or movies. I am, although, inclined to reading about great women in history as opposed to men. On this point I agree with her, all the men (atleast the ones I’ve read about) seem to want all the pleasures of power with none of the responsibilities! Maybe I am being unjust in my quick judgment but it is what I have percieved about them. The women, on the other hand, were amazing. Queen Elizabeth I, Juana Of Castille, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Of Aragon. All brilliant, independent and ambitious women. You might disagree with me about Anne Boleyn but I still loved her.

I know that’s probably not her point but well..Its mine!

So basically, I love this quote and it reminds me of another. Much to BWC and Fuzzy’s chagrin I am going to quote Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl;

Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married her country.

-Blair Waldorf

Whatever you may say, I like her! She’s intelligent,funny and I enjoy watching her.

Moving on to our next quote:

Dreams are the eraser dust I blow off my page.
They fade into the emptiness, another dark gray day.
Dreams are only memories of the plans I had back then.
Dreams are eraser dust and now I use a pen.

-Edgar Allan Poe

I have nothing to say about this one except that its brilliant and I love it.

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.


-Anonymous

Makes you smile doesn’t it? Its like a secret only those of us who read share. This reminds of something. When I was little, I always wondered who this Anonymous was who wrote such brilliant things. Every book or website I went to had its largest portion consisting of contributions by this man named Anonymous. It took me some time to learn what it really meant!


Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

~P.J. O’Rourke

XD Sorry, there no other way for me to express my reaction at this one!

So, there you go. This qualifies as some semblance to a post, right?As I leave,here are some quotes by people born on our birthdays!

Mine first;

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Henry Louis Mencken, born on September 12, 1880,
American humorous journalist and critic of American life who influenced US fiction through the 1920s, 1880-1956

BWC’s next;

All truth is parallel; All truth is untrue.

Rozz Williams,born on November 6, 1963
Singer of Goth band Christian Death, American musician, singer, poet and artist, 1963-1998

Finally, Fuzzy’s;

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Naguib Mahfouz,born on December 11, 1911
Egyptian novelist and screenplay writer 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, b.1911

Until Next Time!

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Sorry, I tried really hard but I couldn’t think of another title. I haven’t posted for a while because…I’m on holiday, duh! But I couldn’t resist writing about the Abbey. We went there a couple of days back and it was one the most amazing experiences of my life.

Here’s some back story,

(Thank you Wikipedia!)

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, (it served as a cathedral from 1546 – 1556), in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs.

It was built between 1045-1050 by King Edward the Confessor and is the oldest building in London. It was rebuilt again by Henry III in 1245, he was a great fan of architecture and it shows,the Abbey is an architectural masterpiece. The carvings,memorials and the statues beautiful. As you enter through the main door ( We were late, the last ones who got in. Thank Goodness!), the first thing you notice is the ceiling and the amazing way that it has been made and I just kept looking at it.There’s so much to drink in as you look around, the sculptures of the angels and the people they’re taking away to heaven or whatever. There was even a sculpture of the grim reaper pulling this man ( I forget who..) down!

It was like as soon as you entered, there’s almost perfect silence. Everyone is in awe of the magnificence of the place. There’s this aura of sadness about the place.

It was practically surreal coz I was in the place where people like John Keats,Alfred Lord Tennyson,Thomas Hardy,Rudyard Kipling,Shelly were buried (Poet’s Corner)!! I saw graves of Queen Elizabeth I, Mary I and Mary Queen Of Scots.There was writing in Latin, I wish I could understand it.

The Abbey was originally a monastery, so we went into the Chapter House of the original building and on the walls were paintings of Judgement Day which was supposed to happen in the 1500’s! Lolz! But still, it was amazing..

We also went to the Tower Of London and I saw the Crown Jewels. Also saw the Cullinan diamond, actually the pieces of the diamond. It was the largest natural diamond ever and the geniuses decided to cut into so many tiny tiny pieces!!

All this history is absolutely amazing! I’m currently reading The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir an its quite good so far. All this does raise the question, where is all of India’s history? We have, frankly a richer history yet it is not as promoted…

On an absolutely unrelated note, I bought a gorgeous new dress!!!! Yay!!!

So thts all 4 now..I’ll update about our trip to Auld Reekie l8r..

Bye!

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