Monthly Archives: June 2007

ciao from donna

this blog started as a travel blog almost a year ago when i went to india nepal and tibet, then it morphed into a library blog when i got back.  for the next three weeks in on the road – most importantly im in the sun. so im taking a break from library related stuff.

im packed – my pack is twice the size of that which i took for my 10 wk journey to india. and I know for sure, having tried it on the above mentioned journey, that is IS ok to wear flip flops on flights.

i can almost taste the sashimi i am going to be eating for the next week or so, though ive just eaten a packed of m and ms and i feel sick now (pre flight nerves that i always get hours before i leave).



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holiday reading ideas? anyone?

if anyone has any good holiday reading ideas then please let me know. by today if possible as i’m leaving tomorrow morning for my 19 day tour of europe and asia (yeah I know, half the world). 

not to heavy, but not too light so i will finish it in a day. and not too interesting either – if I get too engrossed in the book I will forgot to do stuff.  thanks in advance.


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welcome to the public sector?

i got to work this morning at 7am to open up the library for a tradesperson…who didn’t f*&$ing turn up. 6 emails to three different people and two unreturned phone calls, i am still waiting for the assets department to ‘get back to me’ about something which I actually cant remember is now cause it was so long ago.  the spine label printer suddenly stopped working and after three weeks we are still unable to download marc records into the library management system.

is this one of those ‘welcome to the public system’ things, or am I just having a particuarly bad time?  i need a vacation.

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stealing the wave: the epic struggle between ken bradshaw and mark foo


i wandered into dymocks yesterday to pick up some books, and i recognised it as soon as i spied it on the shelf of surf titles. THIS is the book that I have been trying to find for the past few months. Here’s the synopsis I got from the Allen and Unwin site (hint for Anna to order it…please…).

Description : A gripping story of a tragic bitter rivalry between two legends of the surfing world.

It is winter in the mid-eighties and two surfers are battling for supremacy at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Hawaii, surfing’s spiritual home, where some of the biggest, most awesome waves in the world crash onto the shore. Ken Bradshaw has been around the longest, he’s an old-school surfer, some say, too old. This muscular Texan veteran came to Hawaii in the early 1970s and fast became the island’s hottest surfer. He has a fearsome reputation on the waves and didn’t suffer fools gladly. Anyone who cut him up or got in his way had to deal with Bradshaw’s temper – he was known to take bites out of other surfer’s boards. Then along came the new kid on the block – Mark Foo. An icon of the next generation, this slim, good-looking Chinese American began wowing the crowds with his lightning repertoire of cool moves. Always with an eye for the magazine scoop and commercial endorsement, Foo represented everything Bradshaw hated about modern surfing – its commercialisation and lack of respect for the waves. What was worse was that Foo was good, and on one memorable afternoon in 1979, Foo cut in front of Bradshaw whilst surfing a wave, and a personal and professional feud was born that would ultimately end in tragedy.

Stealing the Wave is not just the story of a legendary sporting rivalry: it goes to the core of what it is to compete. It examines what happens when competitions goes too far and becomes obsessional, portraying a love-hate mix of recklessness, bravado, machismo and stubbornness.

About the Author : Andy Martin is the author of the all-time classic surfing book Walking On Water published in 1990. He is a Fellow in Modern Languages at Cambridge University.

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work experience kid

we had a work experience kid the other day and had him crushing boxes and shredding stuff.  i think he had a good time. we’ve got another work experience kid coming in this thursday and he’ll also be crushing boxes and shredding stuff.   if we are extra busy he will be lucky in that he weill get to stick spine labels on books.  i am sure that he will also have a good time.

if anyone has any ideas on how to entertain this work experience kid (year ten, I think, and this was his mother’s choice of workplace), or, even better, how he can entertain us, please let me know.


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wo shi toshuganyuan; wo yao yi ping hongputaujiu

not some special library code.  at my chinese class this evening I learnt how to talk about my job, hence the title: I am a librarian; I would like one bottle of red wine.

 “one beer, please” is probably the most important phrase that any traveller should know (unless you’re in the  middle east, where “mohammed rocks” will probably get you a better deal). however, it’s also good to have a few useful small talk items to warm you with the locals.

speakers of other languages, please tell me how to say “i am a librarian” so that I may be accepted into my temporary communities.  especially in Finnish, Cantonese, French, where I’ll be soon. i think I know how to say it in japanese but the ‘jin’ bit may be wrong, it’s been a while…


– watashi was toshokanjin (japan)


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life outside the library #2


this is my friend junko’s child. his name is ryohei. i havent seen him since he was born over 3 years ago, so i love getting these updates.  does anyone have any good suggestions for books that children that age like to read? his mother speaks english fluently and is trying to teach him too.


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