The Jazz Files – Book review

That I bought this book last Friday morning, began reading it in the afternoon and finished it in the evening is a recommendation by itself.  The story is well constructed.  I spent the whole of one chapter wondering whether there was an error in what the film industry calls continuity, only to discover it was an important element in the plot.

I had put off reading the book as I was uncertain whether it was a crime novel or a historical novel.  The former is not a genre I enjoy now, but the latter is.  I am going to declare that this is a historical novel.  It is set in the 20th century and whether any crimes have been committed, well, why don’t you read it and find out?

I am still puzzled by one sentence, which has been transcribed from Russian.  It perhaps is not important to have the meaning, but having a passing acquaintance with the language, I’d have liked to have been able to work out what it meant.  I failed. Я не знаю.  I don’t know!

However I do know that I’ll be looking out for the next in the Poppy Denby series by Fiona Veitch Smith.


What I learned in August

This post is a day early to catch the link up for What I learned in August.

Photography and technology

I have learned that it is possible to delete photos from the bin on my Android phone.  If I do not do this, they take up storage for 60 days.

My Android phone did not like having an SD card with lots of memory.  For some reason it kept giving me the message that the SD card was damaged and needed reformatting.  I have replaced it with a smaller one, which is still plenty big enough.  Perhaps bigger isn’t always better!

The people, who provide WordPress have a new way of organising photos – Mesh.  It could be useful, but the photos are public.

I found that backing up my photos to Google, where there is the option of making them private or public, sometimes results in attractive groups of photos.  Cropping a screenshot is a quick way of producing a gallery.  (However, since upgrading to Windows 10, I have been unable to edit photos on my laptop.  WordPress also offers a gallery facility, whichI have not yet tried.)

Places and people

There is a place in south east England, which at (only) 700 feet above sea level is the highest point before the French Alps.

Royal Tunbridge Wells grew up around a spring.  There are a few churches dedicated to King Charles the martyr including one in the town.

Pride and Prejudice was filmed at Groombridge Place.

The sculptor, Ophelia Gordon Bell, of whom I had not previously heard, has strong connections with Cumbria.  She made the Breakthrough Cross at Burrswood Hospital in Kent.

An art project at Talkin Tarn was the reason the bird hide was closed when we visited.

Cockermouth had a linen mill at one time.

Visiting English Heritage sites is interesting and enjoyable.  (Furness Abbey and Carlisle Castle are the two places we visited this month as new members.)


A mandolin has two strings for each note, which are tuned to the same notes as a violin.

Music is a good conversation-starter.


Lido is pronounced leedo.

What you say and what other people understand is not always the same.  For example, I said, “I heard a loud noise; the peregrine flew into the conservatory.”

My friend queried, “It was in the conservatory?”

I meant it had collided with a window or door.

I have found recently that people try to work out my motives for telling them something and don’t wait for explanations. They interrupt with all kinds of assumptions instead of waiting until the end of the elevator pitch.

Is this why I prefer to write?|



A new word

It is a long time since I responded to a Daily Prompt, partly due to my resolution to cut down on blogging.  This is an extra post.

WordPress have invited us to

Play lexicographer

Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.

Thanks for the idea, mrdrawerguy!

My inspiration for a neologism comes from the weather today.  If a window keeps out the wind, I have just taken a photo of a snowdow.  (On other occasions it might be a raindow or a haildow.  Sleetdow is too hard to say, so that would become sleedow.)