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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newsflash

While we were in NZ, Bumblebee fell in love with L&P, a lemony mineral-waterish softdrink. It's hard to find in Australia, we've tried all sorts of places, within the ACT and without.

Yesterday, BB sent him off to our new local supermarket to get some (badly-needed) tonic water, and he came back crowing. It stocks L&P. What are the odds?

Now he's really, really glad we moved. He's still bouncing around the house. All I can think is that at least now he's distracted from buying Coke.


Oh, and RIP Diana Wynne Jones. I hadn't realised she was dying. She really was a very good writer. I've said before here that I think she's better than JK Rowling, if only for the depth of her imagination. She didn't borrow and adapt, she MADE IT UP. JKR is better at making you bond with characters, but DWJ let her freak flag fly in sooo many different ways. She leaves an awesome body of books that are sometimes quite hard to find, but do persist.

7 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

Welcome back. And thanks for the book referral - will keep my eyes peeled (an unattractive image that).

Alexia said...

I agree about Diana Wynne Jones - a fabulous writer. (I do like J K R, too)

As someone who lives 21 km from Paeroa, the original source of L&P, I'm glad to hear that your Bumblebee is a fan :)

Carol said...

Lucky Bumblebee, L&P is great stuff. I will certainly be looking for Diana Wynne Jones titles - thanks for the tip.

Another Outspoken Female said...

BB should make a pilgrimage to Paeroa, the home of L&P, the next time you go over. Our kiwi favourite soft drink was Camroc, a gorgeous ginger ale now long gone.

Penthe said...

There's a New Zealand shop in Thornbury where my brother introduced us to L&P. Yum.

Mummy/Crit said...

I don't know this L&P, but the local also stocks A&W root beer which keeps D happy (it's a bit pricey though - we've got our hopes on the new Costco)

I've read bugger all DWJ except Howl's Moving Castle, which D refused to read, but he hasn't seen it either, so that might change...

Jane said...

Howl's Moving Castle is wonderful. It's bright and absolutely entrancing.

Btw, do try to check out this video. It's about recycling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIGru_nRNk