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(5) Things we love…#111

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alessi-kettleIt’s definitely back to school. That is how this week felt. I am sharpening pencils, penning my name on exercise-books and prepping the backpack every night. Metaphorically at least. I am still swinging between the practical and the dreamlike, holding on to thoughts of Summer.

Pulcina coffee maker by Alessi ($80.00)
Pulcina coffee maker by Alessi ($80.00)

One. I am not an impulse shopper and I rarely indulge in retail therapy – yet, while looking for a new “bird” for my Alessi kettle and stumbling upon this Alessi mocha I have been experiencing intense pangs of desire. I have been making coffee with cone filters for years but I might revert to espresso if this what I saw on my stove every morning.

ether mahgaluTwoEsther Mahlangu hails from the same neck of the woods as sofagirl and, as sofagirl, would say, a Mighty Girl – who makes beautiful things (courtesy of Bonnie F).

clownsThree. I can’t believe I never talked about Atlas Obscura in this forum before. I have been a fan for years, since they posted a story about a little known, weird and fabulous museum in Bologna. If you are travelling somewhere, head to the website and enter your destination and find weird and wonderful and quirky sights. And if you indulge in armchair travelling, settle in, grab a mug and have a good trip.

endiveFour. When people meet me, they can hardly place my accent: I encompass a Californian twang, a British pronunciation of certain words, a vague Italian lilt when I am tired and a couple of stubborn South African inflections that refuse to budge. It’s called international English, I suppose. Of the these words, there was only one whose pronunciation I was wrong about. Care to guess?

driving miss normaFive. Let’s assume you get diagnosed with terminal cancer at 90. Would you put yourself through surgery, chemo and all the rest? Or would you do what Norma did?

Top image: Michael Graves’ Bird Tea Kettle for Alessi, that has been serving me well for 20 years 

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  1. Goodness having rechecked your link to these words, I realise I have never heard of some of them but the book would be of great interest to my linguist daughter who lives works and teaches in Spain. She juggles English, Catalan and Spanish for local and global business people..

    October 8, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Flautist got me. I was sticking with the Latin sounding pronunciation. Guess I was wrong….

      October 8, 2016
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  2. My goodness, it’s so easy to get lost in that Atlas Obscura site (in a good way). I’ve bookmarked the site for future reference.

    Also liked #4. Being someone who reads a lot, I sometimes get paranoid that I’ve created my own pronunciations of words, and have been saying certain things incorrectly :/

    I think Norma had the right idea. I’d do the same.

    October 8, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      You might want to check if they have anything near you (or, at least, on your continent I supposes). I was able to find a couple of things in LA I was not aware of.

      October 8, 2016
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  3. Nope I wouldn’t have treatment even now at 69! I’d rather have an outrageously exciting few months of travel, shows and FUN🎉

    October 7, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Absolutely with you on this one.

      October 8, 2016
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