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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Mary Jo Putney's Once A Soldier.

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Stevie Carroll
Back in 1936, the German racing driver Hans Stuck drove an Auto-Union at Shelsley Walsh, having previously broken the hill record in an Austro-Daimler in 1930. Although he managed to equal the most recent record time in practice, rain on the competetive day disrupted his runs, and he was beaten by the great Raymond Mays in a 1½-litre E.R.A. (full report here).

Eighty years on, and the 2016 Classic Weekend saw Stuck's son, Hans-Joachim, recreate that drive in much better weather with a very similar Auto-Union:
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Although Hans-Joachim made a rolling start on each run, and therefore didn't set an official time, it appears that he came close to equally his father's practice runs. And you can watch a video snippet of him from a similar place to where I watched him in the morning here, read the official report of the day here or watch clips from the 1930 event with the Austro-Daimler here.

In other news, I won the Sunday period costume prize.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Pintip Dunn's The Darkest Lie.

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Stevie Carroll
his month's post from me over at Women and Words continues my photo series on how village life and buildings have changed over the last century or so. I went in search of the temporary village of Birchinlee last week, and tried to compare the photos of what little I found with some taken over 100 years ago when up to 1,000 people lived there. Go read!
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Kate Hewitt's Now and Then Friends.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Annabeth Albert's Beta Test.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Julie Ann Walker's Devil and the Deep.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Amy Jo Cousins' The Belle vs. the BDOC.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Lisa Black's That Darkness.

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Stevie Carroll
25 June 2016 @ 21:30
While waiting for moth2fic and fledge to visit today, I thought I saw something hit one of the windows at the back of the house and flutter down to the ground. I didn't see anything when I walked down from the top patio to the back door, so I assumed whatever it was had gone.

My visitors arrived and we sat in the front room. While pondering whether the kettle had boiled yet, I noticed what seemed to be a tail sticking out from behind the stereo cabinet. First thought: But my dried puffer fish is in its drawer. Second thought: How did a taxidermy bird fall off its shelf and land there? Third thought: I don't own any taxidermy birds yet.

I went over to get a closer look, and sure enough there was a bird propped against the skirting board. I don't mind dead things, and I don't mind live things that have been mangled, but I have a bit of a squick factor when it comes to things whose status can only be determined by poking them with sticks (nor do I like picking up anything where rigor mortis is just starting to set in). So I bravely ran away in search of a dustpan and brush.

On my return, fledge had managed to get closer to the bird than I'd managed, and mostly convinced me that our intruder was alive and very shocked. So off I went again in search of a box... fledge made a grab for the bird, it tried to take off under the bookshelf and was duly dropped into the box. Meanwhile, Blue Cat sat on the windowsill ignoring us all.

So now we had a baby pigeon in a box in the garden. I phoned the long suffering receptionists at the practice who deal with my other animals, and they told us to bring it down. So we did. Job done.

In other news, moth2fic and I were talking about schools, including Casterton and Sedberg. I posted a WIP excerpt which mentioned the latter over on picowrimo today, and it's here if anyone wants to read it.
 
 
Stevie Carroll
This month's post from me over at Women and Words continues my photo series on how village life and buildings have changed over the last century or so. I took photos close to the lost village of Ashopton, two months ago, and have been matching them to the pre-reservoir pictures. I also recount the mysterious tale of Aaron Thorp's gateposts. Go read!
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Lynne Connolly's Dilemma in Yellow Silk.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Jo Beverley's The Viscount Needs a Wife.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of PJ Trebelhorn's Taking a Gamble.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Kathleen Kimmel's A Debutante’s Guide to Rebellion.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live yesterday. Hop over there and read what I thought of Annabeth Albert's Knit Tight.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Jennifer S. Brown's Modern Girls.

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Stevie Carroll
This month's post from me over at Women and Words is mostly a holding post for my photo series on how village life and buildings have changed over the last century or so. I took photos close to the lost village of Ashopton, but car issues have mostly prevented me matching them to the pre-reservoir pictures. There are, however, a pair to give you a taste of what's to come. Go look!
 
 
Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Cari Z's Tempest.

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Stevie Carroll
My latest post at The Good, the Bad and the Unread went live today. Hop over there and read what I thought of Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go.

Cross-posted to Goodreads.