Lost for Words
Most of the fiction I have been reading recently has been easy-to-read cosy crime and the like. However, P-w-l-t and I were in the library the other day and Edward St Aubyn’s ‘Lost for Words’ (2014) caught my eye on the new books display shelf.
For a moment I thought it might be non-fiction and when I realised it was fiction I almost put it down. But this review caught my eye on the back – “The wit of Wilde, the lightness of Wodehouse, the waspishness of Waugh.” I couldn’t resist an author like that so I took it out on loan. I would add some more ‘W’s – Wonderful whimsical writing; well worth reading.
Divorced Hollywood star Sandra Bullock (49) has mocked gossip journalists who say she is now canoodling with actor Chris Evans (32), saying on TV – “You guys are a little behind. We’ve since married and it started breaking apart. So we separated, filed for divorce. And I hope everyone can respect our privacy…”
I thought that was an amusing take on the gossip columns and it also gave me an excuse to put a picture of Sandra Bullock on my blog!
Why is the English Robin called Robin Redbreast when its breast is orange?
The answer lies deep in history. It has been called ‘Redbreast’ since at least 1425. But the word orange has only been used to describe a colour since 1557.
The word red was originally used to include shades of purple, pink and orange. All those names came later.