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One man's comedy is another man's tragedy.

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One man's comedy is another man's tragedy.
Even our own misfortune can be a source of humour. Finding humour in misadventure is one of the great Australian pastimes. Who hasn’t sat around the campfire and laughed with friends about some disastrously calamitous incident in their past. I got out of bed one night because I heard one of my kids cry. Now I know my way around my own house, so why bother turning on a light? Unfortunately, the nickers I was wearing lost their elasticity and chose that dark moment to hit the floor. I staggered sideways, grasping for something to steady myself. My hand shot across the duchess, sending a cascade of ornaments and junk flying across the room, smashing onto the floor. I lurched back towards the dark doorway and smashed the middle of my forehead into the half open door. As a flurry of stars swirled around my head, I managed to reel out into the corridor where my foot landed smack on one of my kids’ toy cars. The car shot down the hallway and …

Fan Art, Ranger's Apprentice

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No pictures in your book? Why not Google fan art. It never fails to amaze me how many people have created artwork about their favourite books and characters. As I am currently re-reading Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, and I took a moment to look up fan art. Every artist has a different take on each character in the series. OK, the occasional one is awful but I like to think the artist is trying hard and will improve. As for the majority, some are cute, some are funny and some are just beautiful.  This one is particularly beautiful.

Brotherband - John Flanagan

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I just read the middle-grade series Brotherband by Australian author John Flanagan.

Things I found about this series:
Brotherband has some connections to the Ranger’s Apprentice series, but not too many and you do not need to read Ranger’s Apprentice to enjoy these booksIt was highly enjoyable for any age – being an adult did not mean I enjoyed the series lessIt is re-readable. I will definitely re-read this seriesThe characters grabbed you and the plot was not repetitive. Each book in the series had it’s own plot and all were exciting and a lot of fun


I highly recommend these books for anyone from about 9 – 10 years upwards.