Sunday, 6 March 2011


In other news, I was lucky enough to be one of the givers for World Book Night. For those people who haven't heard of it, it started this year and has been a giant giveaway of a million free books with the intention of encouraging people to read and getting them passionate about it. I didn't get the choice of book I wanted but I did get Killing Floor by Lee Child. I have 48 copies to give away so if you are in my vicinity and fancy a free book then let me know! 

Blurb for your reading pleasure:

"Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. 

An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.

Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure.

They picked the wrong guy to take the fall."

I've not had chance to start reading yet as I've just started reading Living Dolls - The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter. Finished reading The Lovely Bones last week and I have to admit that I found it hard to put down. The book was heart wrenching in points and so well written that as soon as I picked it up, I forgot where I was or whether I had missed my bus stop! Would recommend that book to anyone (although perhaps not youngsters as it does deal with some very tricky topics). Once you get past the first chapter you will be hooked.

I think World Book Night is such a good idea! As a total English geek and lover of books, obviously I will think that, but there's definitely nothing wrong in trying to educate people in reading, especially when it's a cheap activity, it expands your mind and it makes you consider things you might not otherwise have thought of.

From one geek signing off, I will leave you with pictures of some of my favourite geeks.

Moss - Richard Ayoade
Roy - Chris O Dowd

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg

I was born to be brave...

Lady Gaga will always baffle and amaze me in equal measures. I'm never quite sure whether to think she has gone totally insane and overloaded on drugs, or whether she is truly an individual who doesn't care what other people think. Surely no one that relies on record sales and people liking her music is completely unaware of the need to please? But please she does, in her millions. While she presents herself as an out there, wacky character, her music is still poppy and catchy enough to remain mainstream and popular across most ages. Despite claims that her music/artwork/look is copied, she still has an overwhelming following and a huge influence on the media today. Designers are desperate to dress her, she has recently done her first runway show (whilst promoting her new single) and she is the star everyone wants to know about. Why? Because she is that odd entity that no one knows how to sum up. Everytime we think we can put her in a box, she breaks out of it. (Or an egg, whatever.)

Each video Gaga releases seems to top the previous one in both weirdness and creativity. The latest video... well, you can figure it out for yourself. See what you make of it:

Pretentious? Maybe. Fascinating? Definitely.

Here's a few Gaga treasures (just incase the media hasn't bombarded you enough)

Androgynous Gaga for Vogue

No one has EVER made me want to wear double denim but she's somehow making it look wearable.

I already want to know what she's going to do next...
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