Magpie’s collection

I was in mid-post when Internet Explorer "encountered a problem and decided to close". I hadn’t kept a draft, so lost it. Will I ever learn?

I’ll just briefly mention what was on it, then, as I can’t bear to recreate everything I wrote in full.

Eurocrime, which has rapidly become one of my top favourite blogs, has the news that Michelle Spring has a new book coming out, The Night Lawyer, her first for five years.

Muderati has a two-for-the-price-of-one that you can’t miss: an Elaine Flinn interview is always great reading in its own right, but this time her subject is the inestimable Sarah Weinman (Confessions of an Idiosycratic Mind and half of Galley Cat).

L. Lee Lowe (Lowebrow) collects some beautiful last lines of novels. You can add your own suggestions in the comments. Lee also comments on the delights of slow reading, a concept with which I agree totally, not least out of necessity (increasing age).

A bit of blogosphere news: UGC (user-generated content) brands are the biggest growing part of the blogosphere. More power to the individual consumer (that’s us — members of the Army of Davinas/Davids). And have you ever wondered what a Blogmobile looks like? Go here if so. Batman has nothing on it.

Professor Branestawm

Sweet_machine Not much Internet activity yesterday by me because it was Jenny’s eleventh birthday — a fact I wouldn’t have mentioned on this blog unless the person concerned had asked me to do so. Presents included a bow and arrow set (Robin Hood influence still continues); a paintball gun with many safety instructions including a request not to use it on animals which immediately gave me an idea for how to deter the many pesky cats that hang around in and pollute our garden; and a "build an electric sweet machine". Age 8 and up according to the instructions. Luckily, Jenny has a father who is a professor of science, a qualification that certainly was needed to achieve functionality. Norman Hunter would have been proud of the finished product.