The book, by Melbourne designer Fiona Austinis a celebration of modernist architecture in the sandbelt suburb of Beaumaris in which the Spouse grew up… So Cheryl and Andrew from Beaumaris Books were clearly the right folks to launch it, and the event was held at True South, a hip tapas bar and restaurant on Beach Road, with a lovely view of the bay. Fiona Austin is herself the owner of what is known as a mid-century home, and it is her passion for the architectural qualities of these modernist homes that was the catalyst not only for the book, but also for other initiatives to ensure that they are preserved. There is now a dedicated group of enthusiasts at Beaumaris Modern who, amongst other things, hold open days. Many who grew up in these mid-century homes took them for granted, and certainly the local council has been remiss, because some beautiful homes have been razed because their importance as a cultural component of the suburb has been overlooked.
OctoberAcquired: Received as a gift Format: Paperback, pages Review: A culinary biography of Queen Victoria and a history of attitudes toward food, cooking and dining in the Victorian era. There are fascinating descriptions of the Queen as a culinary tourist, tasting bouillabaisse in the French riviera and seeking out local delicacies on private visits to Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
The book includes recipes for a variety of dishes enjoyed by the Queen including pancakes with marmalade and royal haggis. A delicious read with a fresh perspective on Queen Victoria. Borrowed from Toronto Public Library Format: Harcover, pages Review: An interesting premise for a novel: Lucia incognito as Mrs.
Gloria Smith to write her autobiography. There are a few fun details imagining the Queen flying economy class or checking in at the aiport, in contrast to the formal circumstances of her official overseas tours. Unfortunately, the novel is consistently written in the tone of an outsider curious about and mildly critical of the monarchy rather than the Queen herself.
The plot twist concerning a pretender to the throne ignores the existence of The Royal Marriages Act. For better historical fiction about the Queen, I recommend Mrs.
November 5, Acquired: E-Book, pages Review: A well researched and insighful collection of scholarly articles concerning the role of heirs to the throne in 19th century monarchies. The editors observe that the 19th century saw the expansion of the institution of monarchy in Europe as newly independent countries such as Greece, Norway, Belgium and Bulgaria adopted monarchical government.
At the same time, the spread of photography and the popular press allowed for greater scrutiny of royal dynasties as families. There were increased expectations that the lives of royalty would bear some resemblance to the lives of their elite and middle class subjects instead of other royalty alone.
Numerous articles in this collection focus on the popular view in 19th century Europe that royal weddings should follow a romantic attachment between the bride and groom and that the royal domestic sphere should allow for relaxed and informal interactions between royal parents and children.
The popular perceptions of royalty developed in the 19th century continue to influence attitudes toward royal family life in the 21st century. The inclusion of articles concerning the role of the heir to the throne in Russia, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkan states would have enhanced the collection.
The examination of popular perceptions of 19th century female heirs such as the future Queen Victoria or Queen Wilhelmina would have also been of interest. I look forward to reading future volumes in the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy series!
An excellent collection of scholarly articles concerning the royal image from the early 19th century until the wedding of the future Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip in The editors observe that royalty needed to find new methods of maintaining public support during this period including presenting their family life to the public through photographs and public appearances.
In common with Sons and Heirs:Three Day Road study guide contains a biography of Joseph Boyden, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. I discussed the current popularity of the royal family with Good Housekeeping in the UK.
Here is an excerpt from the interview: “Members of the royal family are . D is for Daring: The Women behind the Films of Studio D by Gail Vanstone. Courtesy of Sumach Press. D is for Daring is the first published history of Canada's one and only feminist filmmaking studio.
From its founding in to its closing in , Studio D produced over documentaries and won more than international awards, including three Academy Awards.
The Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden is a compelling story due to its unique qualities of both aboriginal and Canadian perspective, its variation of distinct and raw settings, it’s stark realism and powerful description, and finally its tangled relationships between the 3 main protagonists.
Desmodus rotundis isn't sexy. (Except insofar as small furry rodents that carry rabies aren't as un-sexy as some other obligate haemophages.) Bed bugs are really not sexy.
But if you want maximally not-sexy, it's hard to top Placobdelloides jaegerskioeldi, the Hippo Arse . OUTRAGE: NAFTA "renewal" forces year copyright extensions on Canadians -- your government talked big, but capitulated to the White House tyrant -- they had no mandate whatsoever for this giveaway But this is a battle we the people can win -- no provincial government publicly supports the deal.