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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop … 12/11/2011

This is a fun meme for the weekends, count Friday and Monday as part of your weekend and have even more fun!

“This is a weekly meme, where you can get to display all those beautiful, funny, crazy and even those that make you think book covers you come across each week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love looking at different book covers. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but they are sure fun to look at.”

The Blog Hop is hosted by Yvonne, over at ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog‘ and the rules for taking part are pretty simple:

1. Cross to ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog’. Take the button at the top of her post and post it on your blog.

2. Chose a book cover of your choice and post it. (You can post as many covers as you’d like.)

3. Sign up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Please use the url that links directly to your cover art post.

4. Visit other blogs on the list to see what covers they are featuring this week.


This is a book that I noticed on my husband’s bedside table

I know that this isn’t a particularly arresting or startling cover image, however it really is quintessentially English to the ‘nth degree’.

Whilst we are all prepared to stand out in the rain at many sporting events such as Football or Rugby, only the English would sit for hours hunched under a totally inadequate umbrella, trying desperately to keep a broadsheet newspaper dry, in the vain hope of seeing play at  a Cricket or Tennis match, usually in the middle of Summer!! Believe me, it really does happen!!

I thought that I would share it with you, as it just made me chuckle to think how the rest of the world would view such eccentric behaviour.

“Both hilarious and wincingly accurate in its portrayal of English society”


In Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour.
The rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo and many more . . .Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments (using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.


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  • Interesting cover! Even here in USA New York we sit outside at sporting events in the rain. I don’t particularly like sitting out in messy weather myself but alot of sports addicts do it.

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your fear of cats. I can see why that would make it difficult for you to see my blog 🙁

    • Hi Yvonne,

      My fear of cats certainly won’t stop me visiting and commenting on your blog, you always have something interesting to say, I just skip very quickly past the feline pics.

      I’m not generally one for just sitting or wandering around in wet weather, I just can’t see the point.

      Although having said that, we have done exactly that on numerous occasions when we have visited Florida in December and have had family with us who wish to see parades or shows.

      Neither myself or hubbie are really sports fanatics, although perhaps I am the biggest armchair critic of the two of us.

  • Hi Yvonne, thank you for visiting my two blogs and leaving a comment. I was interested to hear about your love of stained glass and your family connection with this art.
    This book cover meme looks like fun. Your choice made me smile as it’s so typically English. It would be one of those open-air prom concerts that I would happily sit through, despite the rain, rather than cricket.

    • Hi Linda,

      We don’t tend to book for too many of the open-air concerts, simply because the great British weather is so unpredictable. We have had both good and bad experiences with weather related concerts in the past and when it was bad, it was very bad! …. especially when your friends, who live in the area of the concert venue, know a short cut through the woods, so that we don’t get caught up in the car park mayhem!! ….. woods, pitch darkness, no torch, torrential rain …. I guess you can see where this is all going, can’t you!!!

      I do wonder at some of the books my husband seems to acquire though, not my idea of bedtime reading!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday.

    • Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. We have had some lovely Autumn sunshine today, warm enough for a tee-shirt actually.

      Your comment really did make me chuckle and wonder why I hadn’t thought of the analogy.

      When you visit one of the largest hoilday resorts in the world, Disney World Florida, you do get to see so many peoples different ideas of queueing and we have spent many hours ‘people watching’, as they attempt to form themselves into an orderly line. It definitely is only us Brits who have got this concept down to a fine art, although we do often get trampled on and over, in our vain attempts to form a civilised procession towards an attraction.

      Thanks for expanding the discussion this week, makes it much more fun!

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