Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Chris over at Space To Rant got nominated by Chapati for a Bookworm award. He had to pass on the favor to other people, and I happened to be one of them.

The idea is that you grab the book closest to you (not your favorite one, just the one that's closest) turn to page 56 and write out the 5th sentence on that page (plus another 2 -5 sentences for good measure).

The book that's closest to me is 'Elizabeth and Leicester; power, passion and politics' by Sarah Gristwood (it's non-fiction and is about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester). The 5th sentence on page 56 is:

'At first the five brothers were scattered around the Tower, but as the prison quarters became more crowded than at any time in the palace's history, they were squashed together into the upper room of the Beauchamp Tower, hard by the Lieutenant's lodging, whilst their father was held in what is now known as the Bloody Tower, under conditions of even stricter security.'

It follows thus:

'By the fireplace in their one cramped room is carved an entire four-line verse:

You that these beasts do well behold and see
May deem with ease wherefore here made they be
with borders eke wherein [there may be found?]
4 Brothers names who list to search the ground.

The positions of the various Dudley carvings suggest that they may each have taken a corner, and it is tempting to envisage them each working away.'

As an aside, my maiden family name is carved into the wall of one of the chambers in the Tower of London. One of our ancestors (The Peverill family; we are descended from the illegitimate son of William The Conqueror - making us all a bunch of bastards, har) pissed off the monarch at some point and found themselves locked up at His/Her Majesty's pleasure.

So, that's my book excerpt. Now I have to nominate 5 other people who haven't already been nominated. I choose:

Emily over at Backboards and Bandaids 'cause she's 8 months pregnant, still working, and the last I heard she'd kicked some guy's arse.

Epijunky over at Pink Warm and Dry because she's just awesome. That girl carries more on her shoulders daily than some folks do their whole lives, but she hardly complains about it and just presses on.

Kal at Trauma Queen 'cause he's a fantastic writer and helped me pass my final practical exams, even though he didn't know it at the time.

Marsbarn, just because she rules and she won my winery naming contest.

Blog on, y'all!


Chapati said...

Well done :o)That actually sounds like a very riveting read.

I already nominated Epi, so now she has 2! Hehe

Ninja Medic said...

C: Thanks! Want me to pass it on when I'm done with it?

Oops @ Epi's 2 nominations!

Chapati said...

Thats ok, hopefully she will feel extra-special!

Thanks for the offer, but I shall see if I can find it in my local library to save you posting it half way across the world!

Epijunky said...

First of all, congrats. You deserve it :)

Secondly, how in the heck did I manage to miss this one too. That's what I get for reading blogs late at night. Thank you so much ;)

Ninja Medic said...

Epi: thanks! It's nice to know that people actually read the drivel I turn out.

You rawk, chickie!