Snakes, Ladders, and Utopia, by Diana St Ruth

It is that ability not to deny and at the same time not to be controlled by the flow of changing conditions.

Buddhism now

Fudō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to reign in those who would block the path to enlightenment. © The Metropolitan Museum of ArtHave you ever noticed? If everything seems to be going right in your life, if everything seems to be perfect and you start thinking that this is the most perfect time in my life and it’s going to be wonderful from now on, your world suddenly falls apart. It’s a bit like that old board game of snakes and ladders where you throw the dice and climb the ladder to greater and greater heights, then encounter a snake and zoom down you go again, maybe even to a lower position than before.

Some people might say that this is a somewhat pessimistic view of life and that we should be more optimistic, but I have found that this sort of thing does happen quite often. The pinnacle of perfection is reached in terms of health and worldly well-being, our ambitions have been gratified, maybe just sometimes, it’s exciting, and then…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THE OWL GODDESS by @JennyTwist1 #TuesdayBookBlog #YA

A story based on the premise that Erich von Däniken may be right? Not a promising start…

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Noelle, she blogs at

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Noelle has been reading The Owl Goddess by Jenny Twist


#Book Review: The Owl Goddess by Jenny Twist @JennyTwist1 #RBRT #YA #Greek Mythology

I really enjoy books that are aimed at a YA audience, and I did enjoy this one. The Owl Goddess by Jenny Twist is based on the claim of Erich von Dänekin that extraterrestrials or “ancient astronauts” visited Earth and influenced early human culture and is set in the prehistoric Mesolithic age. It’s a first contact tale, which begins with the crash of the spaceship Atlantis on a planet populated by an intelligent but primitive people. The sign of their Goddess appears in the sky, marking the crash site – a giant Sacred Mushroom.

The difference in this story is that the aliens aboard the spaceship are a group of Greek gods and goddesses: the teenage Athena…

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Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, humans. And you have to imagine this with a cheerful, happy voice.

You may ask why? It’s quite simple. It’s breathable. The heat wave seems to be over. Temperatures are acceptable.

And to add a layer to the joy. TTIP is, for the moment at least, stopped. Negotiations have failed.

For those of you who don’t know what TTIP is. It is (or should have been) a treaty between the US and the European community. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Sounds good, at first. Unfortunately, it just sounded good. It was meant to facilitate the trade between the US and the EC. Which still sounds good. But one of the bad things was, for example. In Europe, you have a certain standard of food safety that’s maybe a bit higher than the one in the US. To ease trade, the plan was to lower these standards. Another thing was, give the opportunity to companies to choose the court they want to. Not the states, only the companies. So if, for example, Monsanto (aka the devil) would not accept that several European countries don’t want GMOs on their soil. They could drag them in front of a court. And as Monsanto could choose the court they want. You can bet your ass they would choose the court who will judge in their favour. If, for some inexplicable reasons the judge would not make a decision like Monsanto want him to. Monsanto would have the right to appeal. If the judge would take a decision like Monsanto wants him to, the state would NOT have the right to appeal. Sounds nice. And it’s exactly the same with any laws that a company thinks would be in favour of their employees/workers. They could just drag the state in front of a court to abandon these laws. You may ask yourself who is in favour of a crap like this? Easy, those who believe in the new god, money. You may think of some sort of anticipated bribery. Even politicians may need a job after their political career or just want to earn the big money now. Like the former European politician José Manuel Barroso, who’s now working for Goldmann Sachs. “Honi soit qui mal y pense.”  Guess this started with a German commissioner, Martin Bangemann. Who was European commissioner for Telecommunication. After he finished his mandate he changed to a Spanish Telecommunication company. Who, by pure coincidence, profited well from the time of Mr Bangemann as commissioner.

OK, the reason why the negotiations failed was not that the politicians realised this is complete crap. They failed because there will be elections in 2017 in France and Germany. And these two governments fear that they will lose the elections if the contract will be signed before. The majority of European citizens don’t want this contract. Even those who normally follow everything that their governments will decide. The contract negotiations were in secrecy. And if you have to negotiate something in secrecy, this can’t be good.

But for the moment it’s stopped and this is good.

Favourite photographer took some new pictures. Was on one of the rare evenings I came home last week. Even on the photo, you can see it was hot.

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See you next week



THE SISTERS OF ST. CROIX by Diney Costeloe #WW2 #HistFic #SundayBlogShare

Interesting. I start to see a pattern. If the topic is more or less related to the bad things my home country did beyween ’39 and ’45. I can’t help it but I’m interested

Rosie Amber

The Sisters of St. CroixThe Sisters of St. Croix by Diney Costeloe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three Point Five Stars.

The Sisters Of St. Croix is a WW2 historical fiction with the main body of the book set around the convent of St Croix based near the Somme area of France. The first three chapters serve as an introduction to Adelaide Anson-Gravetty and the lead up to her place in the war effort.

Chapter four introduces us to the plight of French families as they try to flee the German occupation and the particular tale of three orphaned Jewish children, taken in by the Nuns of St Croix.

It is during the war that Adelaide is trained as a spy, given the role of organising escape routes for pilots shot down over France. She is dropped into France and sent to the St Croix area given her link to the Convent. However…

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Cut your teeth, lose your meat, and, man, it’s just a matter of time

Summary of an Olympic performance


I used to say I’d prefer the marathon to be earlier in the Olympic schedule so I could go and watch other events and take in more of the Olympic experience. Truth be told I needed every week I could get my hands on to get ready for the marathon. Be careful what you wish for.

After the World Half Marathon championships on March 26th I didn’t do a single running workout again until May 17th. There was a 3 week period where I only ran three times, and they didn’t go well, at all. Throughout that time I was praying that I’d be ready for Rio and simultaneously mapping out a fall marathon in the event I wasn’t going to be ready.

The Ottawa 10km (May 28), which I was barely ready for, jump-started my build-up for Rio. For the following six weeks I ramped up my mileage and did…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT by @NeilRochford #Thriller

Still learning…

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Suzanne, she blogs at

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Suzanne has been reading The Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford


Detective Andrea Nox is investigating a bizarre and violent murder-suicide with far-reaching consequences, both for Beacon City and the people who run it. But all she has to show for her efforts so far are nonsensical clues and dead ends.
Then, there’s another murder.
Journalist Robert Duncan is visiting home after a personal crisis when the unthinkable happens and he unearths long-kept secrets about his family and his place within it. Before long, he is going back over an old story that implicates powerful people in horrible crimes, drawing him deeper into a dangerous and widespread conspiracy he wishes he had no part in.
Frank Mortimer, disturbed son of a wealthy and influential family, has no interest in conspiracies. He only wants to take part in an experimental…

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#Bookreview ‘Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen’ by J.K.Rowling #ccbookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing as part of my 50 classics challenge

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen

by J.K.Rowling, translated by Klaus Fritz

HP und der Stein der Weisen

Blurb (from Amazon):

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle. Who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard. Just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards. And he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colourful faculty at his unusual school. Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world.  He never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

Did I like it?

I guess you could say Yes. The story is interesting, the writing style of Mrs Rowling is very well translated by Mr Fritz. As this is book 1 of the series. It makes you wonder what comes next. And if you like the genre, YA and fantasy. It’s absolutely OK. You won’t regret the time you’ve spent with the book. There are things missing but the most part is revealed later in the series. So no critic about that.

What I didn’t like.

Let’s say nothing about the book. The book is a very good start to the series. Even in the translated version. What I don’t like is the whole fuss that was made about this series. Book launches were events where, mostly kids, were waiting in front of the stores to get their hands on them. As soon as they hit the stores. Then came the films. Now we have theme parks. Musicals, it’s getting too much. I don’t blame Mrs Rowling for all of this. If she gets rich she deserves it. The fuss is just much too much for my taste.

Would I recommend it?

Yes. If you haven’t read the series you’re missing a part of today’s society. 16 out of 20 points.

Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello, humans.

It’s Monday another week has passed. Not much happened here in my little corner of the world. No BBQ of the new neighbours. Nothing, just a calm week.

It’s Monday another week has passed, Not much happened here in my little corner of the world. No BBQ of the new neighbours. Nothing, just a calm week.

This gives me two opportunities.

Number 1: Dear Readers, if you want me to express my opinion. My thoughts about something that’s interesting for you. Just let me know. There’s a comment section below. Tell me what I should talk about. And I will do my very best. Can’t promise that it will happen immediately. But I will talk about whatever my readers want me to talk about. (Sounds kind of nice and intimidating at the same time, “My readers”).

Number 2: Finally, I can rant a bit. The two major sports event for the year are over. The European football Championship and the XXXI. Olympic games. Which is….nice. Hopefully, there will be less nationalism in the news now. I, as a simple cat, don’t get it. Let me explain and I will use Belgium as an example. I’ve already mentioned, some weeks ago. That the Belgians have this, more or less, ridiculous habit of giving names to their teams. Not clubs, the national teams. In general, “Red whatever”, The relay 4x400m is called “Belgian tornados”. Hockey team “Red eagles”. And the Belgian media is, as expected, exxagerating. Interviews, at 7 am. With the enormous outcome. “We want to win.” No one expected something like that. Isn’t this normal, You compete, you qualify for the final, you want to win the final. If you don’t want to win the final, why competing in it? For the hockey team, it was even more annoying than for the rest. They’ve won their semi-final on a Tuesday and the final was on a Thursday; both in the middle of the night. So Wednesday morning the news started with “Red eagles” qualified for the final. All of Belgium is behind them. Followed by an interview with a player about how they will play in the final. And what to think about their opponent. Thursday morning a feature about their coach, who isn’t Belgian. Hope, he won’t have the same destiny as the coach of the football team. Who was sacked after the Belgians were elimintaed from the Championship. Because the “Red eagles” lost their final. Something that comes not as a complete surprise. They weren’t competing against a group of kids from the local kindergarten. They were competing against another team who qualified for the final. And who wanted to win too. And as only one team can win. Why can’t they just accept that there is just one team who can win. Yes, after you’ve lost the final you have the right to be disappointed. But you were qualified for the final. Isn’t this something good? You just can’t always win.

And it’s not like that only in Belgium. It’s the same crap in Germany. After half of the events were over. German media interviewed the chef d’equipe. Who was disappointed. Some results were good, others will face serious consequences. Will they be sent to prison or maybe even killed? For not winning in a sports competition? I’m quite sure the German chef d’equipe never participated in high level sports. So, I’ve absolutely no idea what the f… he’s talking about. Maybe they will just get less money and those who won get more. Or maybe, really, just maybe they will realise one day that there are other participants who can win too. In any sports. If you won yesterday, you may not win today or tomorrow.

No new photos made. Maybe next week we’ll have some. Thus, a photo from the stock. And just for a change, the annoying pure breed.

Rashid knee

See you next week



DANTE’S KEY by G.L Baron #Mystery #Bookreview #SundayBlogShare

Interesting theme, interesting review

Rosie Amber

Dante's KeyDante’s Key by G. L. Baron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three point five stars.

Dante’s Key is a complex mystery set around the Knights Templar and the paintings of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The book opens with a prologue from 1217 Iceland, eighty Knights of the Templar order and their Grand Master seek permission to bury a precious casket, far away from the infidels and those who might use it for greed and power.

Present day, Manuel Cassini a professor of literature and expert on Dante has been invited to Paris for a meeting on New Year’s Day in front of the Mona Lisa.

A week earlier in Vatican City, Monsignor Claude de Beaumont appeared to commit suicide, his body was found with high tech equipment disguised as an Ipod. Interpol officer Nigel Sforza is assigned to the case. Two more dead bodies with possible…

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