Those talented people from M*A*S*H!

I must admit that prior to meeting my husband, Michael, I hadn’t really watched any episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H. Over the last nearly 6 years of us being together, I have been catching up with M*A*S*H episodes, and I really enjoy watching them. If you’ve never seen it, you can catch it on a couple of channels. Click here to find out via when you can catch it next 🙂

I have been reading up via Wikipedia about the cast members and it seems that a few of the cast have been involved in the arts:

Alan Alda (Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce)
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned

“He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.” (2006) (ISBN 978-0-09-179652-5)

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
“On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and bestselling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he has asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)” (2007) (ISBN 978-1-4000-6617-9).

Jamie Farr (Maxwell Q. Klinger)
Hababy’s Christmas Eve
“Join Hababy and his friends on Christmas Eve. As mother camel, Habeeba, bakes date cookies, father camel, Habeebee, tells of a great journey following a bright start in the East. Jamie & Joy Farr’s delightful holiday story is told from the point of view of the camels that carried the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem and their adventures along the way. All New Printing.” (2003) (ISBN 978-1-9343-4110-0)


William Christopher (Father John Patrick Francis Mulcahy)
Mixed Blessings

“For 11 years, William Christopher played “Father Mulcahy”–the soft-spoken, sensitive army chaplain on one of the most successful programs in TV history, “M*A*S*H”. Away from the public eye, William and his wife Barbara were living a private drama–they were raising a son with autism, Ned. 24 pages of photos.” (1989) (ISBN: 978-0-6872-7084-2)

Gary Burghoff (Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly)
To M*A*S*H and Back
“To millions of faithful television viewers, Gary Burghoff will always be Walter “Radar” O’Reilly, the lovable telepathic assistant to Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H. But the man behind the bespectacled TV Land icon is a true Renaissance man. He’s a classically trained stage actor, a jazz musician, an environmentalist, a poet, a songwriter, an inventor, a wildlife artist, and now – a writer. In this intensely personal memoir, the author takes you on his journey from his family’s home in Wisconsin to his successful carreer on the New York stage, from the Hollywood film version of M*A*S*H to the hit television show, from the challenges of married life to the rewards of single fatherhood. Often funny, occasionally poignant and always honest, To M*A*S*H and Back is an account you will long remember.” (2009) (ISBN: 978-1-5939-3343-2)

Mike Farrell (B. J. Hunnicutt)
Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist
“From its opening pages, Mike Farrell’s new memoir reveals the distinctive voice of a man for whom life is an ongoing odyssey of self-discovery, personal commitment, and uncompromising social engagement. With deep insight and disarming candor, Farrell describes his early years as a timid but restless teenager in West Hollywood, delivering groceries to the homes of Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, and countless other celebrities, while dreaming of having his own career as an actor. In stark but riveting language, he relates his formative years as a Marine recruit, confused, conflicted, and eager to prove himself as a man.” (2007) (ISBN: 978-1-9333-5408-8)

Kellye Wallett (née Nakahara) (Nurse Kealani Kellye)
Kellye is a professional artist and she produces watercolor paintings. You can find out more at her website:



What a talented bunch! 🙂

NB: All book synopses are taken from their Goodreads webpage.

How many hours is your library going to have cut? Here are the details

the leeds citizen

humanities-libraryIf you haven’t heard already, there’s a consultation just got underway on proposed cuts to the opening hours of libraries in Leeds.

All 36 libraries run by Leeds City Council are affected.

Under the proposals, 17% of the total hours will be cut in an effort to make staff savings agreed when the council set its budget in February.

The savings were initially set at £100,000.

Some libraries will be hit harder than others: Gildersome, for example, will lose nearly half (48%) of its opening hours, while Moor Allerton will lose just 3%.

You can have your say here.

consultationHere’s how the consultation works: you aren’t asked whether you agree with the cuts, just how you’d like them to be implemented.

You’re given two options, Option A offering different opening days and times to Option B. Either way you’re losing the same number of opening hours in nearly every instance.

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Nonprofit Group Turns Bus Into a Bathroom for the Homeless

This is such a lovely and clever idea – love it! 🙂

Kindness Blog

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. The founder of the nonprofit Lava Mae mobile shower bus said she wanted to return a sense of dignity to those living on the streets.

Group Turns Bus Into Bathroom, Provides Homeless People With Hot Showers And Sense Of Dignity

“If you’re homeless, you’re living on the streets and you’re filthy, you’re trying to improve your circumstances, but you can’t interview for a job, you can’t apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity,” Doniece Sandoval said. “So a shower just in of itself is amazing for people.”

Lava Mae says the bus is mobile, allowing it to reach homeless people scattered throughout the city…

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Book events for children

A website I have just discovered is “Book Events For Children“. Their ‘About Us’ says,

“Here at ‘Book Events for Children’ we share a love of children’s books and we bring together inspiring book-related activities for children across the UK. The site is run by Clare Burkhill-Howarth, a book-lover and mum of three.
Aimed at parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone with an interest in children’s books, ‘Book Events for Children’ collates information about upcoming events for children. We have all the news on literary festivals for children, children’s theatre productions, book signings, library events and more.”

Their website address is so if you’re looking to attend book events then take a look! 🙂

Oh I do love to be in Bloomsbury…

postscriptum and other thoughts


Fancying a good cup of tea, I set out on a (bookish) quest yesterday with a few friends to visit the London Review Bookshop. I have to admit that this was my inaugural visit to the infamous Bloomsbury bookshop.

Nestled behind The British Museum and only a short walk from Holborn tube station, the London Review Bookshop is a cosy and beautifully presented bookshop. Offering a selection of titles from Fiction to Travel to History, the shop contained some very enticing displays, including a display featuring some of the Baileys Prize nominations.

Downstairs boasts a seating area which is always a welcome feature of any decent bookshop. I was however a little surprised by how small the bookshop and the café both were – past reviews always led me to believe that it would be slightly larger. The limited seating in the café did make it hard for us to…

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The Bookseller’s Dozen #4

Freight Books Blog

Continuing our monthly feature of Scottish independent bookshops.

This is one of my personal favourites! When I studied in Edinburgh last year I was fortunate enough to be based in the Merchiston campus – a mere 3 minute walk from this intimate, friendly bookshop. The bookshop boasts a regular programme of events including ‘big name authors as well as writer’s workshops and story-time for the under 5’s’. They also have a children’s bookgroup, and provide support for adult bookgroups.

The Edinburgh Bookshop has also won quite a few accolades, including The Scottish Independent Retail Award for “Best Independent Bookshop” in 2012. It was also featured in the The Independent’s “50 Best Bookshops”. On their website, they say that their emphasis is on ‘unusual, intelligent and topical selections of titles to offer the customer a clever and refreshing choice’. They certainly do that!

121602-premises-photograph-for-the-edinburgh-bookshop-eh10-4dh1Bookshop: The Edinburgh Bookshop

Owner: Marie Moser

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Exploring London, one bookshop at a time

Angelina Hue

When I travel, I pick up unique postcards and local produce (and sometimes a bottle of alcohol or two). There’s also the occasional book, though I usually end up with more than one the moment I ‘lapse’ into my book-browsing mode.

Put me in a bookshop and I’ll soon lose track of time. Hunger, fatigue and/or the need to go to the loo would magically disappear. I might leave the shop with a lighter wallet, but I consider this a small price to pay for hours of pleasure and/or contemplation.

I go to London every other month for work. Being on a work trip means that there’s limited time to explore the city at my own pace.

Le Méridien Piccadilly: Red marks the spot

When I’m in London, I usually stay at Le Méridien Piccadilly . Which works out well as the hotel is across the road from Waterstones’ flagship store, which closes at 10pm on most…

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Topping and Company Booksellers

The Matilda Project

Topping & Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS

Question: When is a bookshop not just a bookshop?

Answer: When you can eat Spanish tapas courtesy of trendy London restaurant Morito among the shelves of an evening, attend a monthly Reading Group where you actually talk about books, take a guided tour through haunted Bath with a mystery writer or listen to the biggest names in contemporary literature (Will Self, Deborah Levy and David Mitchell are coming up) wax philosophical while you have a glass of red wine.

IMG_2318Topping and Company Booksellers, in the beautiful, elegant and quintessentially English city of Bath, has many different incarnations. At times it’s tense, as when it’s hosting a particularly heated debate. At others, it’s  bursting with excitement, as in the moments before a celebrity walks through the door. But most of the the time, it’s just a lovely bookshop, quiet, civilised, refined and…

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