Continuing yesterday's theme of saving money when sending personal correspondence, how's this for a fantastic idea?
Save money on ridiculously expensive post cards by making your own out of any unused pieces of card you might happen to have lying about the house:
I'm delighted to report that I saved so much money on post cards over the last couple of months that, last week, I decided to invest in a small office guillotine to streamline the card-creation process. Needless to say, I didn't let the cardboard box the guillotine came in go to waste:
I've decided to start referring to such home-made post cards as Carter postales™. Immortality at last!
It has been suggested to me that my scoop about Stense sitting on a hill with her dog last Thursday was somewhat unsatisfactory, in that it was totally un-newsworthy. I would beg to differ. Hello? It was about Bafta-award-winning Stense, directrix of prime-time TV shows, and a total fox. It even involved a dog. Animal interest, and all that! How much more newsworthy could it possibly be?
But if it's genuine, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll gossip you fickle punters are after, try this for size…
Steve ‘Copperhead Road’ Earle has a new drummer:
Apparently, Bill's going to get Steve to cut back on the mandolins. A bit less Fairport, a bit more E Street.
Once again, remember, you read it first on Gruts.
Stense had a word with them as she was buying my year's subscription, explaining that I'm a total Darwin groupie. So you can imagine my delight when my first so-called ‘random’ book was a novel about the Voyage of the Beagle. I'm saving that one for my holidays.
My second random book arrived this morning: The Reckoning by Alma Katsu.
To be honest, I'm not entirely convinced the bookshop put quite as much thought into this selection. For a start, The Reckoning is the second book of a trilogy. What are the odds that someone who is given this book at random will have already read part 1? Not very likely, if you ask me. And, even if they had, and even if they enjoyed it, part 3 hasn't actually been published yet, as far as I can tell. Talk about cliff-hangers!
Still, the book was described as ‘Dark and super sexy’ by no less an authority than Cosmopolitan, and it seems to involve an immoral woman with a sword, which can't be a bad thing. Oh, scrap that, my mistake—apparently, she's immortal.
Here's a sentence plucked at random from my random book (from p.190):
I turned, smiling despite my anxiety about seeing him again. “Alejandro!”
Gripping stuff! And here's another (from p.221):
“She had decided in advance how she would put me in her service, and…”
…oh, no, I can't print that on Gruts. This is supposed to be a family website!
Stense, I am frankly shocked! (But I'll let you know if there are any other good bits!)
Top tip, Gruts Gang: BBC1, 8pm, Thursday: Waterloo Road.
No, I've never seen it either. But we all have to watch this week's episode, because it was directed by our mate Stense!
Here's the official trailer (it might not play on control-freak Apple mobile devices, which don't allow Flash, in which case, try here):
(Don't be fooled by Thursday's opening credits, by the way: it really is directed by Stense, but she's using her official stage name, Chesty la Roux, or something like that.)
According to the papers, it's definitely the one to watch this week. Put it in your calendars.
Prime time BBC1. I knew her before she was famous, you know!
☆ ☆ ☆
BEST EPISODE EVER!
Or, as one viewer tweeted:
Waterloo road was TENSE
— Amber' (@amberr_simon) January 24, 2013
STENSE, Amber': the name is STENSE!