Thursday, August 02, 2007

Kids, dog, kids, dog, kids, dog, kids, dog, kids, dog

More pottering around on the beach today, collecting shells at Lamlash and a complete circuit of the island in the car. Lunch at Whiting Bay: unfortunately unlike the meals we're preparing at the house, Scottish cuisine is still rather dismal, much like Irish food a decade past. Coffee here is like grey puddle-water.

Completed Scarlett Thomas' metaphysical thriller, "The End of Mr.Y". Despite enthusiastic blurbs from Phillip Pullman and Jonathan Coe, and a H.G. Wells meets Stephen King plot, I felt the author didn't really come to terms with her ambitious material. It was also one of those books where I wished the author had gone back and rewritten a weak first chapter.

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