Paddington Takes The Test By Michael Bond Review!

Paddington Takes the Test (Paddington, #11)

 

Paddington Takes The Test (1979) by Michael Bond is a wonderful fun-filled book.

 

In this book Paddington goes on numerous adventures including trying out a hammock, being a model in an art studio, accidentally locking his neighbour Mr. Curry in a sauna, taking a driving test, going to a stately house and the theatre, doing some ironing and designing and getting a gift for Mr. Brown’s birthday.

I really enjoyed the book from start to finish. Paddington is such a fantastic protagonist. Really adorable and really funny. He makes each story brilliant with his sparkling personality. The writing is outstanding, flows incredibly easily and is super imaginative and creative. Great slices of life.

A very joyful must-read.

 

To get Paddington Takes The Test by Michael Bond go to:

https://largepdf.com/paddington-takes-the-test/

For more about Michael Bond and his work go to:

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/michael-bond/

Culture Vulture Express Is 7 Today!

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Today is a special day as my baby/blog Culture Vulture Express has turned 7. Happy Birthday my dear blog! πŸ™‚

 

It is difficult sometimes to believe I set this blog up seven years ago. And yet, when I really think about it a lot has happened in that seven years. I remember at the start I was finding it difficult to figure out how to get a blog up on the internet and figure out the features. Some of that is still going on if I’m being completely honest! πŸ™‚

I have published a lot of books in that time and Culture Vulture Express has always been my website in that time. I’m very proud of my blog. And I look to the next year posting here and hopefully keeping you all entertained one way or another. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this blog over the years. I appreciate that every day because you don’t have to and the fact that you want to and you take time to come on here means so so much. So thank you immensely. πŸ™‚

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby Review!

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997) by Jean-Dominique Bauby is a brilliant read.

 

This is a true story. It is editor-in-chief of Elle in France Jean-Dominique Bauby’s real life story of having locked-in syndrome. In 1995, he had a massive stroke and was paralysed and unable to talk. Using his left eyelid to spell out words and tell his story, he created this book with the help of a transcriber.

This is a stunning book. I planned to read a few pages of this book and ended up reading it all in one and a bit sittings. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment and shows how utterly dedicated he was to getting this book out there. The book talks about serious things and then the not so serious. It’s a group of anecdotes about living with locked-in syndrome and also a look at life in all it’s mundane ways. The love he has for his two children comes across so much. The way people were talking about him when he was ill is realistic and absolutely disgusting.

This book is so powerful and so emotive. The pages turn themselves. He has a way with words so it’s no surprise he was editor-in-chief of a magazine. So accessible and yet so poetic. This is so well-crafted. Heartbreaking but beautiful.

A wonderful part of his legacy to leave behind. A must-read.

 

To purchase The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby go to:

 

 

And for more about Jean-Dominique Bauby and his work go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Dominique_Bauby

Culture Vulture Express Receives The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I was recently reading a brilliant blog post at Den of Dreams

Everyone who read the post was invited to accept The Sunshine Blogger Award and I thought it would be fun to take part and accept it on behalf of Culture Vulture Express. Thank you to Den of Dreams

Do check out the amazing posts posted on their blog if you get the chance and thank you for the nomination. πŸ™‚

 

My Answers

 

If you had a time machine and could go anywhere, where would you go?

The 60s because it had all the social issues revolution, the hippie fashion and culture, the excellent music. The 70s too with all the glam rock. On a more personal level, back to when my Dad and dog were alive because I miss them very much and I would love to see them again.

Three things for deserted island?

My family, my Mum and my sister. But that might unfair to them! So my laptop, book and face cream!

When is your birthday?

22nd of April.

What is your favourite chemical element? (for example, Fluorine, Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen)

Don’t know much about these but oxygen to live I guess.

What is your favourite landform? (like hills, valleys, oceans, coasts, delta)

I love lakes and beaches. There was a lovely lake in Virginia, Cavan that me and the family used to visit years ago. Now I live not far from a gorgeous beach area in Wicklow. I have also visited lovely beaches in Clogherhead Beach in Co. Louth and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. I love looking out of the train at all the beach areas from Dublin to Wicklow and I’ve never been but I love Brighton Beach from pictures I’ve seen and would love to see it in reality. I was in Wales a good few years back too and seen some beautiful beach areas on the train to Cardiff.

Something you wish more people would know about you?

I’m very opinionated and I think sometimes some people take it as harsh. I do mean what I say but sometimes I get the impression by some people it is took to extremes of ‘She hates them. She wishes them ill.’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. Certainly there is people I dislike, some I intensely dislike, but I think that’s normal. No one likes everybody but I certainly don’t hate anyone or wish badness on people. Everything I say comes a place of goodness and honesty, at least from my perception so I wish that was more obvious sometimes. Also as an introvert, I don’t always bring out my sense of humour which is nothing like really witty peoples’ but it does exist and I wish I didn’t second guess saying things more often. I tend to bring it more out in my writing than in everyday life and interactions.

Do you have a lucky charm?

I don’t. I should get one.

Where was your childhood home?

My childhood home was in a small town in Co. Meath, Ireland. It was called Oldcastle and I lived in the old part of a council estate.

Your favourite subject to study?

I loved English because I have always loved reading and writing. But I liked history and C.S.P.E too. The latter is Civic, Social, Political Education and I was sad it wasn’t offered after Junior Cert level.

What did you want to become as a kid?

I wanted to be a make-up artist and also a singer. The writing was in the mix too. But it became the main one later on.

Do you wish to go to school again?

No. Courses, yeah but a school atmosphere no. I do love learning but I prefer doing it at my own pace and not in a structured routine. Like through books and the internet is perfect for me!

 

My Questions

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
  3. Who is your favourite YouTuber?
  4. Where is the nicest place you’ve ever been?
  5. What is important to you?
  6. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
  7. What is your favourite song?
  8. What is your favourite quality in someone else?
  9. Dogs or cats?
  10. Wealth or success? (If you could only have one)
  11. What’s next for your blog?

 

My Nominees

Anyone reading this. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Culture Vulture Express Turns 6!

 

 

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Yesterday my blog Culture Vulture Express turned 6! πŸ™‚

We have gotten old (ish, ok?! :-)) together and it has been amazing so far. I absolutely love updating this blog with a little bit of everything and it’s really not a chore to do so. I would like to thank every reader past and present who has given Culture Vulture Express a chance and much support throughout the years. It is more appreciated than I could properly put into words. I love what I do and to share what I love doing with you all is a dream come true.

So I hope everyone enjoys reading the future content or finds it a good read. Thank you to you all.

Belated Happy Birthday Culture Vulture Express! πŸ™‚

4th Halloween Poem Contest – 5th Group Of Submitted Poems β€”

My Halloween poem & a host of other Halloween poems for you all to fest your eyes over. Hope you all had an excellent & spooky Halloween! πŸ™‚

Writer's Treasure Chest


Please respect each authors’ and poets’ copyright. The rights remain with the writers. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without expressed and written permission from each of the poems author’s is strictly prohibited and violates copyright laws in the country you are reading this work in as well as in the country you are trying to re-publish this work in. – Aurora Jean Alexander


Halloween Poem – byΒ Johnny Ojanpera

On this night, a century past
We rode home from harvest
As if the crisp air was ours
To breathe in like the stars

My belly did tingle and turn
At the sight of the village
As we approached home
It seemed to be moved

I clenched my eyes tight
To blink out the shocking
A sight like horror stories
My cabin was surely gone

We rode around the back
Behind the drooping tree
On…

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Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Fourth Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has received it’s fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Rylee fromΒ Hermits Odysseus for the nomination. Much, much appreciated. Be sure to get out their blog when you get the chance. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Rylee’s Questions & My Answers

 

What’s the first book you remember reading?

It was a book called A Winter’s Tale by Jenny Dale and it was actually my favourite book from my childhood. It was part of the Puppy Patrol books and had the sweetest dog on the cover.

 

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

I’m currently reading Father Figure and Academic Curveball (Book 1), both of which are by James J. Cudney. The second I’ve just started and I’m reading between the two of them at the moment. Yes, I am enjoying them. There’s a mystery involved in both books which I like in a book.

 

What fictional world would you choose to live in and why?

I think the world of Hercule Poirot would be interesting. Could be a bit of an amateur sleuth. Marple’s world would be an option too but I got out of a small town and Mary Mead may not always suit me. πŸ™‚

 

What do you think and say when people ask you to choose a favourite book?

Both think and say: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. If they asked a top five that may be tougher as there’s so many!

 

Who are some of your favourite authors? And have you met them in person?

Well there’s a lot! A few would be Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, John Grisham, Mark Billingham, Truman Capote and Olivia Helling. They tend to be the authors I read the most but there’s lots of others I love too. And no, I’ve met none of them! A lot of authors I like too are dead so it’s pretty impossible!

 

Aside from reading and blogging, what do you enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?

I like listening to music, singing, going to theatre and concerts (when I can afford to!) and watching TV and movies. I love watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and documentaries on everything and anything on YouTube as well as old movies. I love dog-watching when I’m out around town and stuff, “oh there’s another one” and I love to be involved in charity work and activism though I haven’t done nearly enough of either as of yet.

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl?Β 

I’m a night owl and it kind of makes me an early bird too if that makes sense.

 

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

 

Emma by Jane Austen. Actually I’ve read a few of the Jane Austen’s but I’d like to get through the six of them.

 

What book do you think has had the biggest impact on you?

I have read a couple of true life books and I think because they are real it puts a new spin on it. Because you can’t say it’s sad but it’s only fiction. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote had a huge impact because the fragile nature of life was so put down in print by Capote in such a raw fashion. It was a very harrowing, detailed read but a book written in a very human and raw way.

 

What’s your favourite song (or album) right now?

Gagged by Violet Chachki. Vanguard is my favourite song on the EP.

 

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

I get told I’m gentle a lot. Which I think is a good quality so that’s nice to hear.

 

What is your astrological sign and do you agree with what it says about you?

I’m a taurean and while I don’t believe in horoscopes and that I find them extremely interesting to read about. I think there is elements that are true of my personality. I wouldn’t say bull in a china shop but I could be mildly fiery. I like to be calm so I have to kind of shut that fiery element up because it is there. It’s not being false. It just is a part I wish wasn’t there but I know it is. Could be worse though, I could be a raging bull and thankfully I’m not. I read taureans are supposed to be honest and I think I am which can get me into bother at times. We are supposed to have empathy with others which has always being a strong part of who I am. I can’t stand injustice, unfairness, inequality and would never go on the side of someone doing something wrong or have sympathy for them. My empathy lies with someone who is in the firing line, not the one doing the firing ever from the smallest to the biggest situation. They say we’re ambitious, definitely I am and it’s said that we like to get our way. I like to get my point across but getting my way, not really. As long as I’ve had my say, the ball is in their court. They are free to feel what they feel as long as I’m free to feel what I feel too.

 

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

 

To anyone reading this feel free to accept the award for your blog & answer the questions above. Congrats in advance!Β πŸ™‚