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Fate-al attraction

14 Sep

Some scenes are just beautiful on the eye and entering Jermy and Westerman and seeing the below view, I just had to insist to the guy behind the counter that I would be taking photos for my blog.  Intimidating as I obviously am, he crumpled at my mention of free publicity on the blog which I may have made out to be as popular as the Google homepage.

WP_20150910_002I actually forgot to take more photos because I was too busy trying to limit my spending.  This time my haul consisted of something more analytical than my normal fare, to gain a fuller understanding of what I love, one has to delve deeper like one of the Caribbean sink holes, fascinating but can seriously harm your health.

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As I entered one of the rooms two books fell off a shelf, this was of course a sign and after putting back Applied Psychology at Work, my prize was Art and Illusion: A study in the psychology of pictorial representation.  This could be the book that changes my life as fate has obviously decreed that the book fell for a reason, perhaps the secret to what the Mona Lisa is amused at will be revealed.

Here’s something you don’t see every day…wonderful clear skies in Autumnal England, framing some quite sexy architecture.  Sometimes it’s worth looking up a little more and noticing some of those easy to miss features that we neglect to consider.

WP_20150910_010It occurs to me that recently there has been little in the way of books on this blog so before somebody starts quoting The Trade Description Act of 1968 in this direction, more will be coming your way real soon.

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Posted by on 14/09/2015 in Blogging, Travel

 

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66 responses to “Fate-al attraction

  1. colemining

    14/09/2015 at 21:11

    I want my house to look like that.

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    • Ste J

      14/09/2015 at 21:14

      Me too, nothing else will do but books everywhere with a bit of room made for beds and desks and such but just a pure book lovers pad.

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  2. shadowoperator

    14/09/2015 at 21:40

    Hi, Ste J! Has it occurred to you that Gombrich’s book may have been the one you selected “as a sign,” but that the other book that fell, “Psychology at Work,” was a description of what was actually happening in your head system (i.e., it was YOUR psychology at work that made you prefer Gombrich). It looks like you made quite an admirable haul for one day’s work. Hope all is well, eager to see your next book post.

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    • Ste J

      14/09/2015 at 21:45

      You make a good point, I sometimes wonder if there is any psychology at work or if the whole things is just done at random, shambling from one event to the next. That sort of chaos doesn’t lend well to my thoughts so some sense of purity, not to mention sanity is always preferable and art of course can be chaotic but contained and I think that is what appeals to me, the all in oneness of it that I take with me and contemplate anywhere.

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      • shadowoperator

        14/09/2015 at 22:02

        OO-OH-LA-LA! I couldn’t have put it better if I had tried! How poetic you sound today!

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        • Ste J

          15/09/2015 at 18:22

          I do enjoy making words sing, as it were, I do like to bring out the French in you.

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          • shadowoperator

            15/09/2015 at 18:37

            And who knows, I may actually have some French in me! I have one of those last names that could be English, Scottish, French, or what have you. Even English from Italian, at a stretch. One of my paternal uncles tried to tell me that it was German, but I think he was pulling my leg, because I’ve never heard of someone with my last name being German.

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            • Ste J

              15/09/2015 at 18:45

              Me neither on the German score. It’s nice to have a versatile last name, I like to think you are like the Jason Bourne of books, just without the mad car chases.

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              • shadowoperator

                16/09/2015 at 02:09

                Ah, yes, to be the Jason Bourne of English Lit., only without the anti-authority issues (you don’t get very far in English Lit. if you’re too much of a bad boy or girl–a bit of scholarly rebellion is fine, but you have to cut it close!).

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                • Ste J

                  16/09/2015 at 18:36

                  Always good to know, I may be less Bourne and more Mr Bean.

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  3. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    14/09/2015 at 21:43

    Books, books…oh! I love the smell …even the most expensive French perfume can’t beat the smell of books… 🙂

    The cerulean sky seems to be happy also… 🙂

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    • Ste J

      14/09/2015 at 21:48

      Somebody should bottle book smell, it would make the world a far happier place. It always seems rare that the sky is so clear, it was nice to capture it for once, that and some books as well!

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      • Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

        14/09/2015 at 21:50

        Here, the sky looks like this most of the times…but still I love the colour, it make s me feel refreshed.. 🙂

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        • Ste J

          15/09/2015 at 18:21

          It never gets boring to look at, such a lovely colour, refreshed is the perfect word for it.

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    • Elizabeth Melton Parsons

      19/09/2015 at 11:01

      lol… I agree 100%, Maniparna. Love that scent. 🙂

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  4. gargoylebruce

    14/09/2015 at 22:04

    If I owned a bookstore, I would hire people to hide behind the shelves and push random, expensive times off the shelf into the path of unsuspecting customers. I think it’s a business model that would work.

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:41

      You need imaginative patrons, otherwise the customers won’t make up reasons for the books falling, even if they see a hand poking out from the shelf. I would be a sucker for it every time, it makes for good blog posts, hopefully.

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  5. clarepooley33

    14/09/2015 at 23:25

    Definitely good photography! I want to go to that bookshop. I want to go up those stairs and look at all those books. I had a house once that had a narrow steep staircase with a shelf set in the wall half way up. Of course I put lots of books on it – it looked great! The fancy building looks wonderful especially against that amazing blue sky.

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:48

      Staircases and books go together, each step is a handy seat as well, so versatile! Books are so wonderful, even non readers love to look at books, if you are ever in the area we shall go there and then the kitten café which is just as the title suggests.

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  6. Lyn

    14/09/2015 at 23:28

    Were you drooling Ste? I certainly would be if I walked in there with all those closely packed and gorgeous looking books.

    But Ste J, your blog is as popular as the Google homepage!

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:36

      I certainly did drool a lot and actually skipped up the stairs with a finger running across the spines. It felt good to be in my new home from home!

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  7. Jill Weatherholt

    15/09/2015 at 00:45

    I’m salivating over the bookshelves. My dream!

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:24

      I want a house like this, it was great to walk in off the busy main northern route into the city into silence and books, wonderful books!

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  8. Jeff

    15/09/2015 at 10:10

    Nice place. They seem to have had a copy of the first ever issue of 2000AD. I wonder if they had it complete with the frisbee? Are you going to do a post on the shop?

    I shudder every time I see Art & Illusion. I borrowed it from my local library and left it on a train. Had to pay them for a new copy. Then my art reading move on with the course I was on. Pah! Mind you, with Gombrich, you need to play a game of ‘spot the female artist’.

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 19:08

      I may do a post on it at some point, I had to keep an eye on the time but I will make sure I get a good few hours on there, despite the cost to my pocket. 2000AD, what an institution!

      That must have been an expressive reimbursement, I hope it went to a good home at the very least though. Any info on female artists will be an improvement on what I already know.

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  9. Liz Dexter

    15/09/2015 at 14:02

    A good pile of books and a lovely photo to brighten up a grey day – what’s not to like!

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:32

      After today’s up and down weather it’s nice to have something to look at to bring a smile…glad you liked it.

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  10. Jilanne Hoffmann

    15/09/2015 at 18:42

    You have me itching to go to a bookstore and wait for things to fall on me. But this is my writing time, so I can’t scratch quite at this moment. Your sunny day and architecture makes me want to get outside, too. Another itch I can’t quite scratch at this moment. So I must live vicariously…

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    • Ste J

      15/09/2015 at 18:54

      I wasn’t really planning on photo taking that day but it was so glorious outside that I had to share. If you do go for book falling thrills and spills try to avoid having the heavy hardbacks fall on you, although suing said bookshop for a large proportion of their books is a cunning idea.

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  11. Asha

    16/09/2015 at 10:48

    A moment to be captured, whether free publicity or otherwise. I like it when you do such little sweet things for us readers’ pleasure. Also, in my capacity as a friend, I like taking pleasure in my friend’s hard-work with the pictures and the blog.

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    • Ste J

      16/09/2015 at 18:56

      I’m all about my readers, it’s great to share things that make me happy with you guys and to know you will appreciate them my friend. Next time there will be more photos and I may indulge in one of the really old, delicate books as well, not for me but for you of course.

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      • Asha

        21/09/2015 at 06:39

        Yeah, that’d be great, just as you are dear friend. And I may make a collage of them and use it to my pleasure. Hope you won’t mind.

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        • Ste J

          21/09/2015 at 16:10

          No, of course not my friend, do as you will, I am happy to share and keep you smiling.

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  12. Resa

    16/09/2015 at 20:31

    Great shots of a wonderful place! LOL I love that books fell off the shelf, and see that you chose the one I would have. Google Home Page has nothing on this blog. I have stepped away, and use “Duck Duck Go” the search engine that doesn’t track.

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    • Ste J

      18/09/2015 at 19:26

      Duck Duck Go is great, for some reason I seem to hoard search engines, still everybody needs a hobby. There wasn’t much contest with the books, I am now fully prepared to have more books fall down which will aid my choosing time no end, I am so indecisive when many books are present.

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      • Resa

        18/09/2015 at 19:40

        “lol” This is the first I have ever heard about the hoarding of search engines. You are unique!

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        • Ste J

          18/09/2015 at 19:41

          Or possibly a little crazy hehe. That was not mad laughter by the way…

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  13. macjam47

    16/09/2015 at 21:58

    Enjoyed your post, and yes, it was about books. That last photo is gorgeous! I’ve never been to England, so I cannot speak for the clear blue sky. I hope you enjoyed the day.

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    • Ste J

      18/09/2015 at 19:13

      A clear blue sky is one of those things that makes us stop and stare, its too easy to get used to all the rain and cloud and keep our heads down. The day was great, it had books and friends and a pint of coffee tasting beer which pretty much made my year haha.

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      • macjam47

        18/09/2015 at 19:25

        If you can get both the taste of coffee and of beer in one glass, what could be better.

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  14. Quirky Books

    16/09/2015 at 23:09

    I like the way you describe the building as sexy, being asexual, I get it. Although cute sometimes springs to mind more. However, in my soon to be published unboxing of my Yeti Mic video on my http://www.youtube.com/quirkybooksTV channel, I think I make reference to the Mic being sexy, I mean it is gorgeous. And I think will raise a few eyebrows and create a few laughter lines when I am stroking it part way through. Love your photos.

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    • Ste J

      18/09/2015 at 22:09

      There is something about certain inanimate objects that really are sexy, I must have seemed odd eyeing up the curves on a building when the heat probably brought out the summer clothes of the lady population again. Having said that if I wasn’t checking out the building talent I would have had my face in a book so I would have been oblivious anyways. looking forward to some hot mic action then my friend and I will refrain from going all x-rated in public with my book caressing hehe.

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      • Quirky Books

        19/09/2015 at 20:11

        Hi Ste, that’s a very asexual thing to say. But I don’t think you are asexual. Thanks for making me smile and laugh so much with this response. It’s great. I bought breakthroughbarriers.co.uk on a break today in work today, and so that will be my 20th domain, but this one I badly needed to go with my book and book trailer. I currently have 16 fully created websites live and one with dummy text and future e-book store – quirkybooks.net

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  15. Heena Rathore P.

    18/09/2015 at 18:15

    What a lovely display of books! I love the idea of having a shelf along the staircase… Thanks for sharing the picture and Lovely book-haul… I hope you’ll share more about what you learn from the psychology of pictorial representation 🙂
    And lovely architecture indeed! I wish I had a house like this!

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    • Ste J

      18/09/2015 at 22:04

      If I had a house like that, it would be full of books and everybody would be invited…who loved books and didn’t look like they would steal them of course. There is something romantic about book photos and I hope to be taking more and not being so distracted by falling books. I will regale you with tales of the book when I get around to reading it, the covers makes my eyes go funny already but that is part of the charm I suppose, lol.

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      • Heena Rathore P.

        19/09/2015 at 19:12

        I’d surely come to you place then… I can spend my entire life in a place where there are only books (with occasional playstation games also.) 🙂
        Haha! Yep, I guess… can’t wait to know more about that amazing book you’ve got yourself.

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        • Ste J

          20/09/2015 at 14:55

          I would provide coffee as well as the books and Playstation gaming, I’d not say it will be the perfect house because I’m not that big headed…but it will be haha.

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  16. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    19/09/2015 at 11:06

    Hi, Ste. That book is right up my alley. Is it as interesting as it looks to be? Hope you come back and tell us if the the secret of Mona Lisa’s smile was revealed and just what it is. I sometimes feel like a chicken when I’m in a place with cool architecture. Always walking around with my neck stretched toward the sky. 😀

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    • Ste J

      20/09/2015 at 14:52

      All the books look really good, I have been diving in here and there and having a look but I really need to start the art one, which naturally I overlooked for a different book this time. Architecture is wonderful, thankfully we have cameras and phones to save our necks. Amsterdam has tiny bricks, I bet it takes them ages to build over there.

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  17. LuAnn

    20/09/2015 at 18:49

    I think I would have opted for the Psychology at Work book, or began to worry why it jumped out at me. 😉

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    • Ste J

      21/09/2015 at 16:05

      My choice has haunted me a little bit but I’m happy in the knowledge that I can go back and get it at any time, which I am tempted to do. I seem to go into Nottingham more than I do my own town centre, which says something!

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  18. Aquileana

    23/09/2015 at 02:30

    Excellent post.l.. It is nice to take a peek into your daily days … and surroundings… I am watching Downton Abbey these days … And well, the architecture of the building reminded me of the series… It is a pleasure to stop by, as always. Thanks, dear Ste!. Love and best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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    • Ste J

      26/09/2015 at 21:29

      I like to share, after all what is mundane to me is new to plenty of you guys in other countries. I’ve never watched Downton Abbey but I do love all the architecture over here, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has a maze in its gardens and that makes me really happy! I’m glad you stop by my friend, your presence always raises a smile.

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  19. sakuraandme

    15/10/2015 at 10:03

    Wow, my brother would so love that library. Actually his own collection of books is very impressive. He reads enormous amounts of book like you!! His passion is probably philosophy. I so wish I could get back into reading, but I always find a reason to not start!! Hahaha
    Huge hug to you. Paula xx

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    • Ste J

      15/10/2015 at 17:00

      I love a bit of philosophy myself, perhaps start with a childhood favourite, something short and full of nostlagia and work your way up, comic books are a good start too! Reading is brilliant and is an excuse to be physically lazy as well! Big hugs backatcha! xx

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      • sakuraandme

        17/10/2015 at 05:03

        Lordy I haven’t read a comic since forever ago!! BTW: That’s a really long time ago. Kind of like, Once upon a time! Haha Have a great weekend. xxx

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        • Ste J

          18/10/2015 at 16:30

          No time like the present to relive the past! Have a great weekend yourself my friend. xxx

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  20. writersideup

    03/12/2015 at 05:14

    Ste J, I just love the shot in that bookstore! Wow! And the architecture is stunning (I won’t call something “sexy” unless it actually pertains to sex appeal 🙂 ). I’m glad you looked up!

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    • Ste J

      03/12/2015 at 15:48

      It’s one of those things we tend not to do, look up at things unless they are really tall, there is some wonderful architecture out there but sadly isn’t seen as we wander around our lives oblivious. I make it a rule to try and look up at different places every day just to see what they hold.

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      • writersideup

        03/12/2015 at 17:24

        And I have no doubt that the architecture on your land far outshines much of the architecture here, simply because of the history—yours goes so far back in that respect. That’s why I’m so grateful for photographs! I can at least see these wonderful things vicariously 😀

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        • Ste J

          04/12/2015 at 18:48

          I shall go seek out more next year, it is wonderful to show our history off and share it with others…I really need to go to a cathedral at some point soon.

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          • writersideup

            04/12/2015 at 22:32

            Oh, cathedrals—and many libraries!—can be stunning 🙂

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