To Edinburgh with Love

What a fascinating mystery! The sculptures are beautiful.

Planet Edinburgh

Last summer a set of dazzling paper sculptures began popping up at strategic locations all over Edinburgh. The story took off on twitter and eventually on news sites around the world. As more and more of these incredible objects appeared an irresistible puzzle began to unfold.

What makes a good mystery story? Well first of all you need a great setting (Edinburgh would suffice). Then if you can cobble together a cast of compelling characters, throw in a few twists and maybe a murder or two you’re already half way there. What about a whodunit using Edinburgh’s literary establishment as the canvas? The culprit – a renegade artist – would leave clues scattered around the city, intricate sculptures handcrafted from Scottish novels and poems. That might just work: ‘The Strange Case of the Paper Sculptures’.

Oops. I’m afraid that’s already been done. Pity. But before we go any further there…

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Harry Potter Studio Tour Opens Today

The Harry Potter studio tour looks fascinating! Also, for those who haven’t already heard, the Harry Potter books are now available to download as ebooks from the Pottermore website. Has anyone bought any yet? Personally, I don’t see the point in buying them online because I’ve already read them. The whole collection of ebooks is £38.64 and the whole collection of audiobooks is £167.34.

Reading > Eating

Before now, I’ve never really counted how many books I read, except for when I used to keep a ‘reading journal’ at the age of six.  However, I signed up for a Goodreads account about a week ago and have already found it to be rather fruitful.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge

Somersaulting Through Life has read 7 books toward her goal of 30 books.


I have decided to pledge thirty books to read this year.  Hopefully, I will surpass this number; but since I have never counted how many books I read per year, I found myself to be rather clueless as to how many to aim for.  Thirty seemed like a wholesome number.

If you endeavour to glance at my list of ‘read’ books, you will discover that I have a rather odd, eclectic taste, lacking in numbers.  Please bear in mind that I have only started to click off books, and gradually the list will accumulate.  It is rather hard to make a list of all the books that you have read in your entire life, and has left me slightly perplexed.  According to my recommendations which Goodreads puts forward, my favourite genres are: Classics (accurate – I am trying to immerse myself!), Historical Fiction, Chick Lit (I suppose if you count Austen and Gaskell…), Crime, Fantasy, Mystery (There’s nothing like a good spy thriller) and Romance…  Hmm…  To be completely honest, most of the books I have added to the ‘read’ list are from “my younger and more vulnerable years…”  (50 STL points if you know where that quotation is from!)  I just felt like adding lots of series of YA books which I read years and years ago, so that it looks like I’ve read more books…  (Guilty giggle…)  My literary taste has since matured (I hope)…

I have most recently finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clever, witty and intriguing…

I have a variety of books on my to-read list:

Or, in more physical terms, here is the pile of spanking-new books which are making me feel guilty:
“READ ME,” I hear them cry at night.  I have bought all of these (Jane Austen’s Letters was signed by the editor, Deirdre Le Faye, whom I met!), or they were given to me; however, I will probably have to take a trip to my local Red Cross charity shop to see if I can spot the others on my ‘to-read list,’ or else borrow them from my local library.

I am currently reading The Paris Magazine (Published by the bookshop Shakespeare & Co., which I posted about here), Middlemarch (although, I have only read a page or two so far, so that perhaps shouldn’t count) and Wordsworth’s Poetry (which I have already posted about here).

Somersaulting Through Life is currently reading:

If you have any helpful recommendations, please let me know!  Feel free to add me on Goodreads, too.


P.S.  Yes, I agree.  These Goodreads widgets are rather delectable.  The charming little book covers will soon be added to my new right-hand sidebar

It’s Like a Nose-Job, but for a Blog

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Mary Robinson

You might have noticed something a little… odd.

You might have noticed something that you just couldn’t quite put your cursor on…

You might have noticed that Somersaulting Through Life has undergone plastic surgery (or rather, digital surgery).

STL Before and After

STL before and after

Life changing, I know!  Sorry to all who are viewing this on a tablet or device, you may not be able to see the pretty stripes on the sides (be proactive, go and look at it on a computer!*).  New theme, new background, new colour scheme, rearranged widgets… Also, over the following few days I will be adding more widgets to the right-hand sidebar…

Woohoo!  Party!  Yaaaaay!

For those interested, the theme is called Ari, which was added to WordPress a few days ago (I know, I know, I’m very “in with it.”)  So far, I’m lovin’ it like a Happy Meal.  It’s extremely versatile and customisable, but still makes everything easy to manage and to coordinate.  Although I loved Pink Touch 2, I was desperate for sidebars and found that aspect of the design irritating; hence, the swap.  Ari also has a scroll feature, so instead of having to click “older posts,” all you have to do is scroll down and new posts will load!

Whoop, whoop!  Hoorah!  Hooray!


*I’m joking, that’s why I put a picture of it up there.  Aren’t I thoughtful?**

**I’ll be honest with you, I really wasn’t thinking about saving you time or energy, I was thinking more along the lines of, “Oh no!  Tablet readers won’t be able to see the dazzlingly exquisite stripes which I made!  Poor, poor stripes.  I can hear their heartfelt sorrow now, their straight lines of pixels quivering with each whimper.  I’ll have to put an image in the post so that their unquestionably awe-inspiring symmetry gains the attention that it deserves…”***

***Apologies for the randomness of this post.  The next one will be more sensible.

Let’s Riverdance on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To mark the occasion, I thought that I would share my two favourite clips from Riverdance, the fantastic Irish dance company.

Finally, Prodijig are a dance troop from Got to Dance who may not be so familiar but, with a modern twist, they are also exceedingly impressive.

Don’t forget to look out for a four-leaf clover.


The Book Doctor

Brian Dettmer, an artist living in Atlanta, GA, uses old books to carve out magnificent sculptures using surgical tools.

This is one of the most controversially beautiful things I have ever seen. Poor old books… :(

Thanks to Collidescopes Blog for pointing Dettmer out!  He has such talent.


15 Grammar mistakes that make you look silly

Came across this handy little visual guide to avoiding basic grammar mistakes.
You’re welcome! :P

Yatin's Blog

Here’s a really handy & informative infographic on 15 common grammar mistakes from bjnocabbages


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