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1. After reading Seven Skeletons, a book about fossils, I’m really into fossils now. So I was super excited to read about the discovery of a new extinct mammal in Australia late last week. It’s called microleo attenboroughi – which basically means it’s a small lion named in honour of Sir David Attenborough. Very cool.
2. Look at this amazing edition of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger from Shakespeare and Company in Paris. I’ve never read a James Bond book and I doubt I will any time soon, but if I could have this first edition I’m sure I’d change my mind.
3. I received my copy of Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission this week, all the way from Blackwell’s Books in Oxford, England, and it reminded me of how much I love the idea of books flying halfway around the world to get to me. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of sending and receiving postcards from far off places.
4. In more fossil news, apparently our 3.2 million-year-old ancestor, Lucy (who I read about in Seven Skeletons), died from falling out of a tree. Science has perhaps solved the coldest of cases.
5. In other science news (gosh I wish I liked science more at school), scientists believe the planet has moved into a new geological era. We’re currently in the Holocene, but they argue that the changes to the planet caused by humans marks the start of a new era – the Anthropocene – that began with the first nuclear testing back in the 1950s.
6. Two words: Wigtown, Scotland. Not only does this town have an excellent name, but it’s also Scotland’s official BOOK TOWN. A BOOK TOWN. There are TWENTY book related businesses in the one town. ALSO. There’s a bookshop in this town that has an apartment above it you can lease through Airbnb. Which is fun, sure. But while you stay in the apartment, you also get to RUN THE BOOKSHOP. They have no extended availability until August, 2019. So I guess I’ll announce now that I’ll be going to Scotland in August 2019.
7. The competition to meet one of my favourite authors that I mentioned in last week’s ‘Bookish and not so bookish thoughts’? I WON!!! I can’t even believe it. And who is the author? None other than Mr Justin Cronin, author of ‘The Passage‘ trilogy. I have a history of being really awkward when I meet authors, so I need to prepare some notes for this one. With this competition win, and last week’s win of The Museum of Modern Love, I think I need to buy a lotto ticket. Or just enter a bunch more competitions.
8. Australia got a new $5 note this week. It looks like toy money, but it’s the first bill we’ve had that will be readable by the visually impaired. Very cool and very important.
9. Scones: do you put cream first and then jam, or jam then cream? Tbh, I have no idea what I do first (I’m usually too busy salivating to think about the correct order of things), but it’s probably jam first.
10. This video of Thor made my week. #TeamThor all the way. And for sure it’s pronounced ‘Furry’.