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Counting down to autumn ...

First thing's first, the winner of the copy of MORTLOCK by Jon Mayhew was:

num_nums312 whose favourite historical fantasy is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

:throws confetti:

If you could email me at caroline_hooto AT yahoo DOT com then I'll get the book out to you.

I'm going to do another give-away in a fortnight or so - probably a quartet of YA horror/dark fantasy. Stay turned for more details.

In other news, there isn't a huge amount to report. I was ill for most of the week with some kind of nasty viral thing that left me weaker than a chloroformed kitten. Nevertheless, I struggled womanfully into work for Thursday and Friday and managed to accomplish some things, which is good. I also got a hair cut yesterday that I'm not completely happy with but is probably better for me given the horribly hot weather.

Speaking of which, I'd like to express my profound displeasure with the way that weathermen on the TV assume that the nation is overjoyed by hot weather. Some of us aren't. Some of us are ideally suited to being English because we don't like hot weather. Or sun. Or any kind of humidity.

Some of us are happy with wash-out summers (at least, we are when we don't have terraces to bail out). Some of us are happy with cloudy skies and cold winds and smattering showers of rain.

Some of us just don't like barbecues. If man was meant to cremate food over an open fire, then we would never have invented the Aga.

Gah. Roll on autumn, that's what I say.

I spent most of yesterday house-hunting. Saw a couple of properties and walked around some potential areas. It's all working to build up a picture of the kind of property I'm looking for, how much I can expect to pay, where it's likely to be etc. So it's all good. The housing market does look as though it's picking up again so there's more property coming onto the market. It's just a matter of finding the right one for me.

I've been following the coverage of the BP oil disaster in the US and had a question for US people on my Flist. I completely understand and sympathise with the anger against BP - they've been spectacularly and consistently crap the whole way through. I was just interested to know whether there was similar anger against Halliburton, which was the company that did the engineering work for the affected pipes?

I shall be spending my afternoon writing and maybe go out for a Chinese if I can get done what I want to get done today.