Archive for the ‘Quirk3’ Category

QUIRKY flowers

22 October 2010

Spring has sprung, so this month blurb it has been thinking about flowers.
Things like….

Stolen flowers! Did you hear about the Van Gogh painting that went missing from a Cairo museum? Although reportedly recovered a few hours later, this was incorrect and the painting, valued at A$56 million, is still missing. This painting was also stolen 30 years ago and subsequently recovered. Or was it? A copy sold a year after the alleged recovery for A$45 million, so maybe this year’s thieves have stolen the real fake.

Gardeners in the UK are being encouraged to pander to the floral preferences of bumblebees. The BBC reported that bumblebees, which make significant contributions to the British economy through their tireless pollination work, would much prefer striped or red flowers and that gardeners should plant accordingly. Research on whether bumblebees would also like tiny hammocks for relaxation and more baroque music in gardens is continuing. 🙂

Bloodflower is the hugely praised first novel from Christine Hinwood. Young Cam returns to his home from war alone, all his fellow soldiers slain. What has he seen and endured that has left him so damaged? Is he true, or a traitor? His life and the lives of those around him are woven together in this gorgeous story of adventure, history and romance.


Musically QUIRKY

27 July 2010

This month blurb it has been thinking about music.
Things like….

Rolling Stone Australian edition – if you haven’t discovered this music magazine, check one or two out from the library and kick back with the inside story on bands, movies and more. It’s still going strong after 40 years of being published Down Under (having started up just a few years after the founding of the original magazine in San Francisco in 1967). You can also access the American magazine through the library’s online databases – or follow this link Rolling Stone and go through the click here prompt. And no, the mag wasn’t named after the band but after the old blues song by Muddy Waters, which admittedly is also where Brian Jones, the original lead guitarist for the Stones, got their name.

Cool cats! It’s not just people who can experience the benefits of relaxation music – according to recent research music can also soothe stressed cats. The study tested cats in cages at a veterinary centre, which is a pretty stressful spot for a cat. They played yoga meditation and Om Shanti music to half of them. These cats had a much lower respiration rate than the others who hadn’t been assuming the lotus position and breathing in… breathing out…. and in….. and out….

If you had to describe yourself with a colour, would you want it to be Beige? – Think bland – think boring – think Beige. It’s what Katy gets nicknamed when she is sent to L.A. to get to know her long absent dad. He’s the drummer for infamous punk bank, Suck, and plays music that Katy finds dangerous and disturbing. This book by Cecil Castellucci comes with a list of recommended music and every chapter heading is a song title. Grab the book, load up your mp3 and throw yourself into the whole punk scene.

BLUE and Quirky

11 June 2010

This month blurb it has been thinking about blue stuff.
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Black and blue One Goth girl called Sophie Blue, a missing father, an ominous ice cream truck and a basketball god called Kenny Fade – it’s all in Fade to Blue. Twisty and twisted, funny and clever, put this one on your must-read list.

Cool science – they’re messing with your mind! Well, OK, with the minds of insects. New Scientist reported recently that German scientists have manipulated the fruit fly larvae’s neural scent receptors so their tiny brains are wired to interpret a blue light as the smell of bananas. Just imagine the possibilities!

Blue bloods series – Can’t get enough of those slinky teen vampires? You need this series by Melissa de la Cruz, starting with Blue bloods and following Shuyler Van Alen through the dangerous and glittering world of New York’s vampire elite – there’s also Masquerade , Revelations and The Van Alen legacy .

Reality bites!

17 May 2010

Seeing as this month we are focusing on reality, I thought it was a good opportunity to talk about one of the most popular reality TV shows on at the moment – Masterchef Australia! Amid the many tears, anxious moments, challenges and some disasters that are inevitable in any reality TV show, I must admit, the contestants on Masterchef seem to be able to pull off some pretty impressive dishes. Remember the croquembouche from last year, and more recently that imposing Black Forest Cake? Certainly a bit out of my league! Anyway, for those of you who are looking to be the next Masterchef, you might want to check out the library’s huge range of cooking books to help you on your road to stardom. Try Julie Goodwin’s Our Family Table, Gary Mehigan’s Comfort Food or Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Kitchen for starters. Hopefully, you too will be able to impress all your friends and family with your amazing cooking talents and maybe you could even try that tower of profiteroles (go on, I dare you!).


11 May 2010

This month blurb it has been thinking about reality.
Things like….

Augmented Reality: The future of shopping from Cisco Borderless Networks on YouTube, shows their idea of what shopping for clothes will be like in the future, using an augmented reality mirror. Have a look at the clip if you haven’t already seen it – earlier this month they won an award for Best Viral Video – it’s now been viewed more than 1.8 million times.

You know when everything is good and it looks like your whole life is planned out. Then one thing goes wrong and it’s time for a Reality Check. Thriller writer, Peter Abrahams, has made this smart, twisty mystery a fantastic page turner. It’s about 16 year old Cody and his girlfriend Clea. She gets moved to another school and a knee injury makes him realise that the only thing about school that he’s good at is playing football. Then Clea disappears and Cody realises the last letter she sent him is the only clue to finding her….

Reality TV – Watch it, audition for it or read about it. The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (best-selling authors of The Nanny Diaries) is about Jesse O’Rourke a funny, smart, average teenager, who isn’t one of the popular kids, until she’s cast in a reality show that focuses on her high school. And, really really, does she want to be? Or try Loathing Lola, written by Australian teenager, William Kostakis. Read the interview with William and make a comment to go in the running to win a free copy of Loathing Lola.

Seeing Green? How about reading John Green?

7 May 2010

I’m feeling the love for green this month!

My backyard is looking good and I just bought my very first indoor plants! Let’s see how long I can keep them alive!

I have affectionately named my plants Brommie and Cane, because I bought a Bromeliad and Golden Cane Palm. I’m hoping if I name my plants I will be more attached to them and therefore look after them better ha ha 🙂

Anyway back to the reference to John Green. Have you read any of his books yet? If not, why not? He’s awesome! He writes books that are relevant to us teens, and are funny, insightful and exciting. The characters in his books are always realistic, they say things we would say and they do things we would do!

I just finished his latest book Will Grayson, Will Grayson which he wrote with David Levithan and whilst the book covered some confronting and relevant themes it was written with such humour and honesty that I couldn’t help finishing it.

Basically it’s a book about a teen called Will Grayson whose best friend Tiny is in love with a different person every single day of the week. Tiny tries to set Will up with his friend Jane but Will is shy and is not too sure about liking girls who are “available”. Then Will Grayson randomly meets another teen called Will Grayson and then all matter of chaos and emotions break loose!

Sounds confusing? Trust me, it isn’t. This is the second John Green book I’ve read in a year and I have to keep spacing them out because I don’t think John Green’s writing can catch up to how quickly I read his books. So far he’s written Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Paper Towns, An abundance of Katherines, and Looking for Alaska.

Keep them coming John!  Check out his books next time you’re in the library, that’s if they’re even on the shelf – I may have them, so place a hold!

Quirky and GREEN

13 April 2010

This month’s blurb it has been thinking about things green.
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Green Witch by Alice Hoffman is the continuing story of Green, a girl who has lost her family and all the certainties of her world in a huge disaster. She struggles to deal with her loss and grief, and to make a better future, because neither the bleakness of the present, nor bittersweet memories of the past, are enough for her. Set in a sometimes dream-like post-Apocalyptic world, this sequel to Green Angel is “haunting, philosophical, and filled with poetic imagery” (Publishers Weekly).

Kermit the Frog. He’s been in showbusiness since 1955. He’s been romantically linked with a string of celebrities, the latest of which was Lady Gaga. He’s the most famous frog on the planet. But it still seems incredible that the story of a German couple taking photos of a toy Kermit in front of famous landmarks around the world should make the news in Britain. Are we missing something here?

Everyone knows that teenagers are eco savvy. Generation Green is a fantastic book that proves it. Full of great advice from a mother and her teenaged son on how to be even greener, before you read it, you can slip over to the website and read about some real green teens and take Tosh’s Green Challenge to see how green you are.