Thursday, 28 May 2015

Short Book Review - Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard

Being a fan of the film, I'd put off reading the book for a long time. I suppose I thought I'd constantly compare it to the film. As it happens I did, but it wasn't a problem, if anything it made the book and storyline stronger.

Jackie Brown is actually Jackie Burke, still an airline stewardess but white. That, and what happens to one of the detectives, are the main differences between the book and the film. The ending is also different, but I still hummed 100th Street when I finished reading it. We also get to read about more of Ordell's deals.

The book itself is a tight page-turner and I only wish I'd read it before seeing the film. 

Got to be 5/5

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Remember this thing in the corner of the allotment plot?

Well after £11.23 on eBay plastic sheeting, a few quid on pound shop nails and screws, some scavenged wood and a bank holiday weekend, we have this...

So the plastic's a bit thinner than I thought and they've given out heavy winds tomorrow, but it has so far lasted two days. I'm particularly chuffed with the door which was fashioned from an old pasting table chopped down to size.

The side view (faces roughly south west) shows my handy-manning skills off in all their glory.

The other side, well, I ran out of steam and plastic at this point. I'll finish it off next weekend, if the whole thing hasn't blown away by then.

Tadpole watch is going well. The little things have grown and hopefully they'll be frogs everywhere up the allotment.