Saturday Saunter: Sand, books and displays of books

Good Saturday to you,

Welcome to this Saturday Saunter, being written on Friday afternoon. I did start something the other day but didn’t quite finish it so starting from scratch. This is being posted early as I will be on the way to work earning the pennies.

My first thought is about Elizabeth Warren. The US Presidential election is going ever further forward and sadly Elizabeth Warren has pulled out of the running for the Democratic nomination. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden got more votes. It was a little pleasing that Mike Bloomberg was also roundly gubbed on Super Tuesday. Elizabeth Warren is a grown-up and she had policies and plans for everything. She would have run rings around Donald Trump. Let’s hope it’s Bernie now.

I read earlier about Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for the Democratic Presidential nomination. She wrote that in 1972 being a woman was more of an obstacle than being black. Do yourself a favour and read about her. What an amazing human.

I’m writing this watching The Chase on the STV Player. I love a quiz show and I would rather have this on than any sort of drama that needs emotional investment right now.

Yesterday, Thursday, I was at the National Library of Scotland for an event in honour of World Book Day. It was a talk by Professor Tom Mole of Edinburgh University about his new book The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words, focusing particularly on how books help people form relationships. The talk was excellent, going from Philip Larkin to Lord Byron to the Fair Intellectual Club in an hour. The Fair Intellectual Club, for the uninitiated, was a society in Edinburgh in the 18th century, made up of young women who shared books and delivered harangues about them.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. I’m going to a talk in Dumbarton by Sara Sheridan about her book Where Are The Women?, which is about the lack of recognition of women in museums, buildings and statues in Scotland. It’s an excellent and thought-provoking book and I thoroughly recommend it. Both the National Library of Scotland and the Edinburgh Central Library across the street made a point of recognising women and women’s issues. The Central Library had a board about Dr Elsie Inglis and in memory of those who died serving in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service in World War I. The National Library meanwhile had a display of books, leaflets and other items about menstruation, drawing extensively from the Library collection to produce an informative display.

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North Berwick: a beach with houses in the background, the sand lighter in places as it runs with the wind.

Last Sunday we were in North Berwick. Aside from looking in a bookshop and eating chips and cake, we walked along the beach and despite the sunshine, there was a strong, biting wind and the sand blew in streams across the beach. It’s a beguiling spectacle and maybe not one seen on a very sandy beach.

This week has been particularly busy and I have been to Edinburgh no fewer than four times in the last week for various things, including twice for football. After three days, I think I can just about talk about the Edinburgh derby without swearing viciously or voraciously.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 7th March 2020. Thanks for reading. I might actually write a London post after this one so there might be something else on Sunday. A Loose Ends post will be here on Wednesday. Thanks to all for reading, commenting and following. Have a very nice weekend. Peace.

 

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