Snagged from eBay, some pages from a mid 1970s booklet on the reclamation of the old Potteries Loop Line for pedestrians and cyclists. A pleasing pen-and-ink drawing, map, gradient cross-section, and list of key dates.
I’m preparing a new expanded ebook edition of my recent print book on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I’m now near to completion on it, and only need to: i) plug in two additional print-only sources I’m awaiting postal delivery of; ii) get the images looking as good as they can on the Kindle ereader and 10″ Kindle HD, while also keeping file-size down; and iii) then give the resulting generated ebook a proof-reading looking for mis-formatting in the HTML. And, of course, then upload it to Amazon. It’ll have indented quotations and hyper-linked ’round-trip’ footnotes.
“If you go down to the woods today…” here in The Potteries.
New in the Shropshire Star, “Larping about: The life of Shropshire’s real role-players”.
Oh dear, SFX magazine is not so keen on the first of the new ‘young Tolkien’ biopic movies. Their review gives Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien (May 2019) just three stars and barely a quarter of a page. The dire new Hellboy gets two and a half stars, by comparison, in the same issue. The main complaints seem to be un-engaging acting and lack of cinematic flourish…
[The love] scenes are earnestly performed, but don’t feel particularly cinematic or engaging. The better sequences are those that follow Tolkien while he’s suffering from trench fever during World War I, where – delirious – he starts hallucinating the bones of future ideas.”