2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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“Pause awhile and let my argument sway you”

Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4, Scene 1
William Shakespeare

Apologies for the recent lack of blogging – I’m currently in Costa Rica, without a computer so I’ll be on haitus for a little while.

I’ll still be tweeting so you can follow me that way, and keep checking back for short little posts and photos, with longer ones resuming in May!

I’m currently reading ‘Middlemarch’ (George Eliot) which is I think one of the most realistically written novels I’ve read. I know it’s perennially popular with lots of book lovers so any opinions among all of you out there?

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything”

As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1

William Shakespeare

Procrastinating? Bored? Literary nerd? Here’s my round-up of the top book and theatre-related sites lurking around the internet at the moment:

• Wondering what to go as for Halloween? Well, muse no more my friends: here are 17 literary-themed costumes to wear. (I’m getting into the spirit of things here in the US and am not going as something scary. Part of me feels I have betrayed by country.)

• Great photo listing the ‘Top 5 Oddities of the English Language’

• What would Shakespeare tweet? This article imagines 12 “literary legends” on twitter.

• A blog from Giles Terera and Dan Poole (actors, who coincidentally I just saw in National Theatre Live’s ‘Hamlet’, starring Rory Kinnear – Spoiler alert: IT WAS AMAZING!) on how they learnt to love Shakespeare

• Apparently the National Theatre has a tortoise, who now has his own twitter account. And it’s hilarious.

NEWS FLASH: the Folger Library’s Shakespeare collection is now online!

• More from the National Theatre – it was their 50th birthday this week, what do you expect?! Rufus Norris is taking over from Nicholas Hytner as artistic director, but the Guardian asked a variety of people how they’d run the National Theatre.

Famous authors’ last words. Number 2 is my favourite.

• ‘Wuthering Heights’ was one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read. If only I’d seen this article, explaining the whole thing in gifs, beforehand.

• And finally, more Halloween goodies – 18 literary-themed pumpkins. These people are geniuses. Seriously.