Four, four, four, four

Well, teetering beween a liking for lists and a po-faced disinclination to be frivolous I am leaning to lists. In response to the FreeRangeLibrarian ... here is a tentative enumeration of things in fours.

4 novels for re-reading

  • Persuasion - Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are the favourite novels of real JA fans, he claimed ;-)
  • The Volunteers - Raymond Williams
  • The Leopard - Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  • The heather blazing - Colm Toibin

4 films for re-viewing

  • The Sunshine State
  • Gumshoe (Marvellous Billie Whitelaw and Albert Finney in a film with the tagline "the sleuth, the whole sleuth and nothing but the sleuth")
  • I went down
  • Atlantic City (David Thomson on Burt Lancaster: "He is one of the great stars. Maybe the last.")

4 songs

  • In the garden - Van Morrison
  • Bonny light horseman - Dolores Keane and John Faulkner
  • Since Maggy went away - John Kavanagh/Paul Brady
  • The Lakes of Pontchartrain - Paul Brady (I was listening to this again after Hurricane Katrina)

4 covers

  • One - Cowboy Junkies (U2)
  • Tupelo Honey - Cassandra Wilson (Van Morrison)
  • Cypress Avenue Madam George - Energy Orchard (Van Morrison)
  • I'm so lonesome I could cry - Cowboy Junkies (Hank Williams)

4 books that have changed the way I look at work

  • The rise of the network society - Manuel Castells (a loose baggy monster)
  • The consequences of modernity - Anthony Giddens
  • A New History of the English Public Library: Social and Intellectual Contexts 1850-1914 - Alistair Black
  • Community, collaboration, and collections: the writings of Ross Atkinson. (I have only just got this but have found Atkinson the most consistently interesting writer about libraries over the last few years.)

4 places I have lived

  • Grew up in Templeogue, Dublin, Ireland
  • Lived for many years in Southville in Bristol, England, where our children were born
  • Lived for a while in Camberwell in wonderful South East London
  • Now live in Clintonville, Columbus, USA

4 places to eat (with children)

  • Pizza Express - a reliable UK chain (when we were moving to London we knew that we could not afford to live anywhere with Pizza Express or Starbucks ;-)
  • The Starliner Diner, Hilliard, Ohio
  • La Cafe Provencale, Herne Hill, London
  • The Avoca Woollen Mills, Avoca, Ireland

4 jobs I have had

  • Eight months as a factory worker in Kontinental Gummiwerke, Korbach, Germany. Interesting experience as a 'gastarbeiter'.
  • Neary four years as a library assistant in (what is now) Dublin City Public Libraries. Stumbled into libraries in my mid twenties and stayed.
  • Moved to England to work as Research Officer, Centre for Bibliographic Management, University of Bath.
  • Director, DNER, JISC, London.

4 television programs

  • The Rockford Files (Reviewing the volume of James Garner's television output, David Thomson says: "That is the equivalent of well over one hundred movies - and if any actor could claim one hundred movies made with the wit, narrative speed, and good-natured ease of Maverick and Rockford Files he would be ... Cary Grant?")
  • As time goes by
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Later - with Jools Holland

4 websites visited daily

I'll have to think about passing it on ... Oh why not?....: Weibel lines, Dilettante's Ball, Merilee, Qu�dam cuiusdam.

Comments: 2

Feb 10, 2006
K.G. Schneider

I like how you morphed the meme. I had never participated in a meme and was struck by how orthodox some people are in picking up the threads--while others fearlessly change it.

Feb 10, 2006
K.G. Schneider

P.s. And Persuasion is the best book in the English language.