Thursday, April 25, 2013

Booking Through Thursday: No Sporting Chance

This week’s BTT questions from Deb:
1. Do you read books about sports?
2. How about AT sporting events?
(Kid’s soccer practice?)

My answers:

1. No, I don’t read books about sports – unless you count Quidditch. (If anyone has actually managed to miss it, quidditch is a game played flying on broomsticks in the Harry Potter world.)

I have read, and am proud owner of, Quidditch through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp – one of the most popular titles in the Hogwarts school library. No wonder, since it contains lots of useful facts like:

The celebrated annual broom race of Sweden dates from the tenth century. Fliers race from Kopparberg to Arjeplog, a distance of slightly over three hundred miles. The course runs straight through a dragon reservation and the vast silver trophy is shaped like a Swedish Short-Snout.

(The proceeds from the sale of Quidditch of the Ages – © J.K. Rowling 2001 – go to Comic Relief, an organisation for fund raising for projects promoting social justice and helping to tackle poverty, worldwide.)

2. I was going to say I never read at sporting events, because I never attend any, and as I have no kids or grandkids I don’t have to watch soccer practice. But on second thought I have to take that back – as my balcony is only about 20 meters from a kids’ soccer ground! Official team practice and games has not started yet, but in the next few months I’m actually likely to read through lots of that kind… :)

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People not reading while watching soccer.
(Zoomed in from my balcony a couple of years ago.)

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~ 6.30 pm: This may be a Booking Through Friday post before I get it posted, as my internet cable connection is down on Thursday afternoon…

~ 8.00 pm: (skipping much ado about nothing) It seems to be back, giving it a go to send this off!

15 comments:

  1. oh no not cable problems with the new cable. i to do not attend sports and i do read through all the sports hubby watches on TV... had never heard of that Q word or broom races.

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    1. Oh yes cable trouble. The connection went down again shortly after I managed to post... Back on this morning, off again for a while Friday afternoon, but just now working. Don't know what's going on...

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  2. I'd never hear of Quidditch Through The Ages. With facts like that it looks quite entertaining.

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    1. Probably best appreciated if you have also read the first four books in the HP series. But it is a very thin book (55 pages) so I suppose it could be enjoyed even if you've just seen the films.

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  3. I had never heard about Comic Relief. Now that sounds like a very worthy organisation!

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    1. Rowling has also written another small book from which the proceeds also go to Comic Relief: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.

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  4. PS when I think about it, Quidditch and cricket are the only two sport-y type games (as opposed to board games) that I can say I really know the rules for. Oh dear. What does that say about me in this country that is rugby-mad?

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    1. I'm not even sure I remember the rules for table tennis any more. (We used to have a table in the cellar. Back in my teens at my parents' house.)

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  5. You are down even after you went through so much for so long to get the new connections? Oh NO!

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  6. I wonder if it's just me who found SOME of the Quidditch-scenes in the HP books a bit lengthy... very well done, as just about everything in the books, but maybe I am just not such a sporty reader myself. I much rather DO sports than watch others doing it or reading about it.

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    1. No Meike, you're not the only one... I'd rather read about quidditch than try to fly a broomstick, though! (LOL)

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  7. I think I would have loved playing Quidditch for a team....can you tell I'm a huge Harry Potter fan?

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    1. What position would you have played, Virigina?

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  8. Have you ever read P.G. Wodehouse's Golf Stories, they're wonderful.

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    1. I think I have read them way back in the past but can't say I remember them much. The Jeeves and Wooster stories are probably my favourites.

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