When I put together my list for the Deal Me In Challenge I did wonder when this particular essay would come up. I did think it was bound to be summer, but no, today is the day when it is bright, rainy, fairly mild (9 °C), and with gusts of about 15 mph. But, it's not yet March and the freezing cold memories are still pretty fresh!
James Henry Leigh Hunt, better known simply as Leigh Hunt, was a poet, critic, and essayist born in 1784. He was a friend of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. He went to Italy with them (his nightmare voyage took eight months because of sickness and bad travelling conditions), and was an editor of The Examiner (founded in 1808, going out of print six years after Leigh Hunt's death in 1865), The Reflector (1810-11), The Indicator (1819-21), and The Companion. Whilst at The Examiner he published the article The Prince on St. Patrick’s Day (22nd March 1812) in which he wrote,
In short, this delightful, blissful, wise, pleasurable, honourable, virtuo…
For the previous years I've always tried to write something on the year that's passed, but this year, which on a nation and indeed world-wise level has been very full and tumultuous, I decided instead to let the pictures paint the words. Here's some memorable pictures of some of the main events that really stood out for me from the United Kingdom. Fireworks in London for the New Year's celebrations (1st January) The Women's March (21st January) Keith Palmer’s police helmet at the spot at which he was killed in the Westminster terrorist attack (22nd March) Sheikh Mohammad al Hilli, Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby, Chief Rabbi Ephriam Mirvis, Sheikh Ezzat Khalifa, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster attend memorial service following the Westminster attack (24th March)
Article 50 is triggered (29th March)
Saffiyah Khan during an English Defence League rally in Birmingham (10th April) Theresa May calls a snap election (18th April) Police …
I have a little backlog of reviews I want to write: The Curate in a Populus Parish by Anthony Trollope, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, three artists from Vasari's Lives of the Artists, the fifteenth instalment of The Pickwick Papers, and The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks, but I have to admit defeat for this week: I am absolutely strung out on the election. I cannot even get into it. So I've decided instead to do this meme and pick up where I left off book-wise next week as I'm absolutely not in the book-reviewing frame of mind. This is not fun, I'm very stressed, but hopefully this lovely meme from Jean's will take my mind of it for a little while. 1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
My mum used to read me this when I was very little
(as well as other Beatrix Potters of course) and this was my favourite.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I want to write a positive post today as things in the UK are, as you can imagine, pretty tense. Yesterday I woke up to the dreadful news of the attack in Manchester, and this morning the news that we are on critical alert, meaning an attack is thought to be imminent and the army have been deployed. It's very sobering, and I think like many people here some happiness and joy should be shared. To cheer up myself and hopefully others I thought I'd make my list for the 20 Books of Summer interspersed with some of the nicest pictures I've seen of books and summer.
For the past few years Cathy of 746 Books holds a 20 Books of Summer Challenge from 1st June to 3rd September and this will be my fourth year of joining! I've never yet managed to read from my 20 Books list (previous attempts: 2014, 2015, and 2016) but perhaps this will be the year. My personal best I think is 15, so anything above 15 will be regarded as a big achievement! For my list I've decided to take 5 …