Still Reading Scotland’s Bookshelf

Windy.  Stormy.  Occasional hailstones.

Bus # 49 did not stop but proceeded to the regular stop, down the road.

Four writers, madly running.

Self the last, of course.

Nevertheless, made it.

Since a few days ago, no internet at the Castle.

Back to Bonnyrigg Library.

Plead with editors:  “I am on a residency!  I have no internet!  In fact, I can’t even listen to my voice mail messages!”

Answer, thus far:  resounding silence!

Oh well!

Still reading from Scotland’s Bookshelf.  Book of the day, Charles Cumming’s The Trinity Six, a novel about spies.

Cumming was born in 1971.  He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994.  His author bio states:  “In the summe of 1995,  Charles was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).”

The book begins with a quote from Harold McMillan (former British PM):

You know, you should never catch a spy.  Discover him and then control him, but never catch him.  A spy causes far more trouble when he’s caught.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

6 Comments

  1. Jill Widner said,

    June 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love hearing about your daily doings. Why didn’t the bus stop? If you have time, I have some other questions. Do you mean your iPhone won’t connect to the internet at the castle? Because i’m still contemplating whether to invest in an iPad, but there isn’t much point if it won’t connect at the castle. Any advice? Also wondering–how’s the coffee there? Is there access to boiling water to make your own? Anything you particularly recommend I bring? Thanks!

  2. June 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I guess the bus driver wanted us to be at an official bus stop. It just involved a little scrambling.

    I can get calls from my iPhone when I’m outside, in the garden.

    The other writers here have iPads. They use it to jot down notes, take pictures. I don’t have one, but the others seem to find them very handy. The Bonnyrigg Library isn’t far!

    There is a brewmaster (not a coffee maker — the kind you put the grounds in, then the hot water, then press down after a certain amount of time, I forget what you call them) on the third floor, and supplies of coffee and tea. Also, an electric kettle. We’ve been taking turns buying coffee for the brew.

  3. Jill Widner said,

    June 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks, Marianne. I’ve been researching the iPad online and just discovered an international data plan is necessary. Do the others connect to the internet on their iPads? If not, I’d rather just use my laptop. Thanks for taking the time.

  4. June 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I have not seen them connect using their iPads. In fact, the reason the four of us took the bus together is that we were all going to the Bonnyrigg Library to go on-line on the library terminals 🙂

  5. Jill Widner said,

    June 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    All good to know! I love the rain-blurry photo of the woman in the red raincoat.

  6. June 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I was sitting in a taxi with a fellow writer, and she called my attention to a woman who was sitting in a café, her back to the street: She had the wildest purple hair I had ever seen.

    So, I hastily pulled out my camera, but I was too slow. The taxi started to move, I just snapped, hoping something would appear. And what appeared was a woman who happened to be walking by. In a red raincoat.


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