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Story tapes

December 5th, 2010

I have listened to audio books since I was in Grade Four. In these olden days we called them story tapes, and sometimes I still do.

Story tapes aren’t a replacement for reading, I listen to them when I’m doing other things. Like cooking, or folding the washing. Mary Poppins was on the money: in every job there is to be done there is an element of fun, and for me that fun is often story tapes. Nothing fires me up for a domestic task like knowing I have an entertaining tape to listen to while I work.

At the moment I am listening to Alexander McCall Smith’s Love over Scotland read by Hilary Neville. It’s the third book in the 44 Scotland Street series. First published as a serial in the Scotsman, the books are episodic by nature and therefore designed to be dipped in and out of, which I think makes them ideal audio book material.

Yesterday I dipped in for a substantially longer period than usual while I worked on a craft project. I am not craftily talented but I enjoy the odd dabble. My sister and I are making a Christmas present for our other sister who is overseas.

As you can see I have done fabrics, nipple adornments and a snazzle crotch. I will now post this to my sister in Sydney who will complete the puff paint work.

I probably spent two hours on this yesterday. I would have been very bored were it not for Love over Scotland, which kept me glued to my craft-gluing seat with its delightful stories of everyday dramatic tensions and thoughtful ruminations on human behaviour and psychology. I also think the Edinburgh setting may have pushed me towards a tartan theme.

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