Sorry about the lack of blog posts for the last couple of days, the aftermath of too much coffee on Sunday that lead to a bad nights sleep and pretty much wiped out any chance of writing something even vaguely coherent, was followed by one of those star books yesterday.
This was Alex Cross’s Trial, I don’t know what it is about the story within the story, particularly when it happens in the middle of what is a very good story anyway, perhaps it is the radical change of subject, perhaps the unexpected.
Very powerful things, good stories and very hard to tell just what affect they have had on the social problems through history.
A big mover in this was Allen Lane the bloke who started Penguin Books, but just when or how ordinary people got first hand helds into their pockets is a bit of a mixed thing. Here in the UK it was very class related, my family has had bookshops all my life and I guess I really became aware of the bookshop in around 1960 and it wasn’t until quite a long time after this that I realised that the whole thing was very class related. To be honest there weren’t many good contemporary storytellers whose books you could buy back in the 60s. Home, school libraries, public libraries came up with Christie, McLean, Shute, Wheatley and a few more and I guess the only one of these authors I go back and back to is Neville Shute. Of course it is very different with what are loosely referred to as the classics, I don’t mean the greek and roman stuff here, but mostly English and American literature, we all have this, but there is surprisingly little of it that will keep you turning, good story tellers that is.
I think this is particularly to do with getting our children reading and keeping them reading, a great part of this is children living in households where there are books, where the adults read and where families go out an buy books together.
Sorry a bit of a rant there.
Save Manston Airport seem to have lost any touch with reality now that the TDC cpo looks like a dead duck. The bottom line being that with two fairly similar proposals, one from River Oak involving Aviation related industry and one from the owners involving non aviation related industry so there really are no grounds for a cpo which would have needed something radically different to tip the public interest business. Perhaps they will wake up and look for a viable route, but at the moment they seem far too busy looking for people to blame. My take is that only something involving historic aviation, grant funding and KCC had any chance of succeeding and now I think this approach, which should have started with a petition to KCC for a public consultation is too late.
Dreamland seems to be going to happen although where the council are going to find the money from to buy the site is a bit of an unknown.
Oh and Conservative Chris Wells has defected to UKIP which does rather take a lot of the stuffing out of both what he has said here in the past and the position of the so called new Conservatives at TDC.