Over here in Britain we take Harry Potter very seriously.

Lol at tabloid journalism taking at face value the words of a character meant to be a satirical take on tabloid journalism

Gotta love dat irony doe

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“The Moon with bright and ever-seeing eye
That reigns supremely over sea and surf,
Less grand and yet as key as Lord of Sky
Is your wise part as Watchman of the earth.
What truths of human nature must you see?
What secret wand’rings does your white glow light?
To which amorous trysts are you privy?
Which violent crimes that plague the gates of night?
But nocturnal witness that you now play
To human shame, still you do not begrudge,
You our trustee, keep secrets, unlike Day,
True lunar loyalty, you do not judge.
For bad or good, these ways you will abide,
Confidences kept, constant as the tide.”


I had to write a Sonnet for a poetry seminar a while back and the moon is the most sonnet-y thing I could think of. I opted to try a Shakespearian sonnet and am aware that I messed up the stresses halfway through re: iambic pentameter. I understand now why Bill Shakes et al. put so many apostrophes in the middle of words.

Some people in the group even went ahead and wrote a Petrarchan sonnet, ugh.



Basically all writers

Hemingway don’t lie

“For this is the story of the pragmatic triumph of good over evil, a triumph in eminently measurable, statistical, unsubtle terms. When you work from the other end of the beast, when you chronicle the predictable and measurable success evil generally achieves, it is easy to be wise, wry, piercing, to avoid bathos. It is easy to show the inevitability by which evil achieves all of what you could call the ‘real estate’ of the story, even though good might finish up with a few imponderables like dignity and self-knowledge. Fatal human malice is the staple of narrators, original sin the mother-fluid of historians. But it is a risky enterprise to have to write of virtue.”
Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally


YAY!!! I cannot believe it, but I have reached a phenomenal 50,000 followers! That’s 49,500 more than I ever hoped to have, hehe, and to celebrate and say thank you for your unbelievable support, I want to give a little something back.

There will be three lucky winners who will each win one of these prizes…

The large Oh-Totoro (grey) plushie.

The medium Chu-Totoro (blue) plushie.

The small Chibi-Totoro (white) plushie.

All three of these plushies are genuine Japanese merchandise and feature the official “Approved by Studio Ghibli” sticker, so are very high quality! ^___^


1. You must be following oh-totoro
     - I will check this after making the draw and redraw if necessary.
2. You must reblog this post.
     - Each reblog counts as an entry. You may reblog once per day.
3. You must be willing to give me your postal address.
     - Well, this should be obvious.
4. A photo of each winner with their prize would be greatly appreciated so I can reblog it to oh-totoro, but this is not a requirement.


Thursday 31st July 2014 (and will be announced a week later)

I will contact the three winners on this date and give them 48 hours to respond to my Ask. If I don’t receive a response, I will nudge up those who have responded and redraw the lowest prize. This will also be the case if Asks are not enabled. Make sure your Asks are enabled!


Anybody can enter. I will post to any country. So don’t miss out!

Good luck! x

This is legit how boarding school gossip works

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Gloucestershire, England

Snowshill Lavender by howardbrown on Flickr

One of the prettiest counties I’ve ever lived in.

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Just tried Turkish Delight for the first time. 

It was good, but not “Sell out my family to the White Queen” good. 

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Abandoned (Haunted) Hotel in Colombia

The Hotel del Salto is located near Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River in Colombia. It was opened in 1924 and shut its doors in the 1990′s. The hotel’s Gothic design is perfectly enhanced by a river and waterfall. Some say the hotel is haunted and no one wanted to stay there. Others state that the adjoining river was extremely polluted and they had to close. For whatever reason, the hotel stands as a beautifully macabre landmark for lovers of classic architecture, urban exploration, and maybe a few ghosts.

The House on the Borderland

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