Sunday Tittle Tattle

british shorthair cat

1) Um. Not much to report, here, at all. Still “researching” my dissertation. I have barely left the house and am starting to feel like one of those Arctic explorers who write diary entries that get increasingly bizarre and nonsensical as the weeks go by. At the moment, I’m living in the world of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. We’re like old pals. If you want to be on the same planet as me, at least for the next week or so, then you need to grab a copy of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and immerse yourself in it fully. Good luck!

seating arrangements

2) And some reading for those who hate historical novels: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. I found this to be a great book to curl up with to take my mind off beheadings and Cardinals and Papal Dispensations. It’s not an action-packed thriller or anything like that – more of a character study and an examination of family dynamics. If you liked Tigers in Red Weather or Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, both of which I recommended recentlythen you’ll love this. I hope. Find it here on Amazon.

british shorthair cat cream

3) Two cat pictures today! Lucky you. So long as you like cats. I have a horrible suspicion that I lose a load of readers every Sunday due to my penchant for posting photographs of Mr Bear in the Sunday Tittle Tattle. Anyway, here he is trying to stop me from working on the computer. Photo 1, top, shows the mouse being confiscated, photo 2, above, shows firm paw pressure being applied to my little finger, rendering me unable to type.

If you’d like to see many more cat pictures, on a regular (almost obsessional) basis, then you can always follow me on Instagram here. I’m also on Twitter here!

asos swimwear sale

4) I haven’t been doing any online shopping (honest, guv) but I did have a little look on ASOS and they have started doing their final clearances. You have to trawl – and trawl hard! – but it is possible to find some quite astonishing bargains. I’m on the hunt for cheap dresses and swimwear that I can save for next summer – things that I can wear to the beach and get sand and seawater all over and not really care. Trawl ASOS here. Please do alert me to any particular bargains that you think I’d like!

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  1. Iris
    August 25, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Mr Bear wants to be the center of attention, as most cats feel it is their right to be. ;-) My cat would lie right on top of my text books as I was studying.

  2. Shrutilaya
    August 25, 2013 / 6:46 am

    Mr. Bear is SO adorable! Look at those cute little paws!
    My cat likes to attempt typing on my keyboard.

  3. August 25, 2013 / 8:21 am

    This is my last read for this week and the next week,as I’m going tomorrow to Sicily to visit a good friend who’s getting married next Saturday.I’m so excited :)!
    I left your blog as my alst read on purpose,because I was hoping to see Mr Bear :)!I’m so happy you posted two pictures of him.He’s just too cute and I believe he’s our lucky charm :)!
    I wish you all well with your studies… I’m taking some books with me this week,so yes… we’re all on the same boat :)!
    Hugs and kisses :)…

  4. Deedee
    August 25, 2013 / 9:49 am

    Ruth, Sunday, wouldn’t be Sunday without some Mr Bear. He’s my favourite addition to Sunday tittle tattle. I bet he’s such a distraction.

  5. helen
    August 25, 2013 / 10:57 am

    Oh Ruth, I’m currently reading “A thousand splendid suns” by Khalid Hosseini (finally finished Dawkin’s book!) and it was the first book I’ve ever read which has moved me to tears :( I could see that it’s one of your favourite books, and I now know why. It’s so devastating that Laila has married Rasheed (I’m waiting for that SOB to be killed/die of a heart attack) and that he paid someone to lie to her about Tariq’s death in order to get her to marry him (gross). I’m nearing the end of the book, but it’s been one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life! Have you heard of the new Hosseini book called “And the mountains echoed”? Mainly good reviews on Amazon but some have said that it’s not quite as good as the first two novels he wrote though…

    Anyway, back to you and your dissertation: CONCENTRATE, RUTH. I know it’s easier said than done, and I do empathize. I did my dissertation last year (10,000+ words) and the researching bit can be daunting and draining. It puts you off working altogether! But I can assure you that you’ll be able to get through this with flying colours at the end! You’re one intelligent cookie and I have faith in you that you’ll be able to get it done. I think you need to train Mr AMR to give you a full body massage after each studying session, it’ll help to rejuvenate you and enable you to get as much work out of the way :)
    Helen x

  6. August 25, 2013 / 11:17 am

    I’m into the Tudor era of England, so I’ll go have a look at Wolf Hall. At the mo, I’m reading a character study of Henry’s wives written by Antonia Fraser. I wish the OH didn’t loath cats (might have something to do with the awful allergic reaction he gets to them). I would love to have a four legged friend to keep me company. Mr Bear is the biz! Maybe I should trade the husband in for a cat?

  7. Gabby
    August 25, 2013 / 11:47 am

    Is it really possible that anyone could resist the charms of Mr Bear??? =) Otherwise, I’m really curious about Wolf hall. Have heard great things about it, so maybe I’ll pick up a copy.

  8. August 25, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    Could you lend me Mr.Bear so he can prevent me from working on my thesis please?

  9. Katrina Porter
    August 25, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    I love mr Bear who can resist a lovely cat on a Sunday?

  10. Joana
    August 25, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Added to my ever-growing book wishlist!
    I’m finally reading/listening to Life of Pi. You need a strong stomach but it’s so worth it.
    Oh Mr. Bear…cats are such an entertainment! I never knew I’d be so amused when I got mine, but they are so funny.
    Good luck with your thesis!

  11. Helena Sinclair
    August 25, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    I really enjoyed Seating Arrangements (read guilt-free now I am no longer an English Lit student with looming essays). I remember I used to get most of my best non-work reading done just before deadlines though, funny that…

  12. Sara Roth
    August 25, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    I LOVE Mr. Bear and can never get enough pictures of him.

  13. Kate
    August 27, 2013 / 2:38 am

    i flippin’ love your blog and the cat pictures make it even better!!!


  14. katia
    August 27, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    i went to highschool with maggie, and she was always destined for great things. glad you enjoyed Seating Arrangements!

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