Now, this is not a book I would normally read, and to be completely transparent, I know the author. Dave, a lovely fella, despite the fact he supports Nottingham Forest. When I say he supports Forest, he really does support Forest.
So, the book. I liked it. Unexpectedly so. Over the years I’ve had my fill of Brian Clough and the European Cup. This book is different: it’s about the rivalry between two teams. In fact, it could be any two teams.
Of course it’s full of Forest versus Derby stats and facts, but also societal, political and cultural references that have made this rivalry very interesting to read about. I never really realised the amount, of players and managers that went to and fro between the clubs.
Also, when you squeeze 150 years of history into 426 pages it makes you understand what a ridiculous merry-go-around of managers and owners these football clubs experienced.
Having said all that, it is a book about rivalry, every team has their rivals.
Regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality or any other identity marker, willing your team to win and the other to lose transcends everything. If your team can’t win, then the next best thing is for the other lot to lose.
I really like this book. A book about addiction, written, not from the perspective of the addict, but his sister, Emory.
She’s watching from the outside as her brother struggles with addiction. Emory’s feeling of invisibility, somewhere between her addict brother and her strong-willed beautiful sister, leads her to make some faulty choices.
But ultimately, it also wakes her up to something bigger: you have to make a choice to fight to help those you love, but you have to let yourself live, too.
You don’t know what is going to happen, or how things are going to end, and we probably get into way too much trouble trying to plan for and predict these things. But in the end, you just don’t know.
I gave it four stars which means I thought it was really good. Well worth a read.
17 year old Leo is on a camping holiday with his family. On the final Friday of the trip, unable to sleep, he sees one of the boys from the campsite hanging from the chain of a playground swing. Leo watches as the chain slowly strangles him. He panics, buries the body in the sand and returns to his tent.
The next 24hrs we follow Leo as he unravels: heat, desire, guilt, friendship, love, it has it all.
‘The Rise of the Ultra Runners’ by Adharanand Finn
This was a good book. I really enjoyed it.
Finn, a bit of a runner, attempts to become an ultra runner. Full of great stories as it follows his progress culminating in his at attempt at the UTMB.
Great book that gives an insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.
It’s not exactly enjoyable, but in the heart of the crisis, everything is so real, you become so aware of your vulnerability, and of your strength, and ultimately, there on the edge of survival, you become fully aware of your existence. And it is there, deep in the pain cave, as they told me all along, that the fun really begins.
In 1999 Aldeby Parish Council planned and carried out the ‘Pathways in Stone’. This is a series of big stones strategically placed and celebrates Aldeby through the Millennia and echoes the tradition of parish boundary markers.
It was a lovely morning and what better thing to do than cycle them!
Visiting the stones could be like a journey, a chance to reflect on past times and ways as we race toward an uncertain future.
The Aldeby Millennium Project
The stones are of Carboniferous Limestone and each is named and carved with ancient Christian symbols and Runic characters.
The Traveller’s Stone
This Stone features the symbols for Fire and Air and the Runic character M (pronounced E) for Ehwarz the Horse.
Stone of Regeneration
This character which looks like the letter B, sounds the same and is for Berksna – Birch Tree – below this is the Scandinavian Cross.
Stone of Wisdom
This Runic character is for Ansuz, a God, and below it the symbol for The Material and Spiritual World.
The top two symbols are for water and earth and below is the runic character for Laguz – the Leek – Lake or Water. This stone is right next to the river.
The Stone of Destiny
This stone should actually be visited last if you want to follow the suggested ‘Pathways in Stone’, but on our route it was the fourth stone we came across.
This is the Principal Stone of the group and combines all the elements displayed on the other stones. A runic representing Ancestral Homeland is at the centre of the other characters which are pronounced A-L-D-E-B-Y. The lower design brings all the ancient symbols together.
At this point there is also ‘The Millennium Garden’ which overlooks the Waveney Valley and is the starting point for a number of field, marsh and riverbank walks.
Stone of Redemption
The top element is the runic for Isaz – Ice (pronounced Y) and below is carved the Crown of Thorns.
Stone of Dawn
Features the runic for Dagaz – Day – and below the Sign of the World.
Overall a lovely morning cycling around the villages – 11 or so miles in all.