|(C) David Tubb|
SUPER MARIO WORLD
I've picked it up again because it is rather simple to control when I'm feeling unwell. It reminds me of Josh, as we'd play it when we were little and I never used to understand how to make Cape Mario fly, so we'd laugh about that. It also reminds me of Phil because he became an expert at it after breaking his leg - he makes Mario leap boldly across the screen, whereas I panic and fall down a gap.
THE CALL OF CTHULHU AND OTHER WEIRD STORIES - DELUXE EDITION
I saw this in Waterstones and found it very attractive, although I was unable to find it for some time later until finally buying it in Toppings. The edges of the pages are cut in a strange frayed way, and the cover includes specialist artwork - other than that, it is the same as the normal Penguin edition and has the interesting notes in the back. Lovecraft's prose is poetic and boldly structured - certainly worth the bedtime read.
I am certainly not one for buying things on a whim, but I saw this and just had to get it because it is the typical kind of thing I would expect of myself. It has a reasonably simple design, and I like that the pin is not in the usual place. The numbers actually rotate on a disc, which completes a rotation every minute. It also includes Pi at 3, e at 8, x at 10, and - personal favourite - i at 1. Very enjoyable to wear and watch.
I enjoy looking out for these - going into the shops and feeling the packets to see if I can locate the ones I want. Having always liked Minifigures the most, I am quite good at feeling for a top hat, say, or bunny ears. I have quite a pleasing collection now.
I really love playing Mario Party with friends (6 being one of my favourites), so we bought this very soft, cuddly star to be passed around whenever someone wins a star in the game. It even says "マリオパーティ Mario Party" on the back. The games are always very cheery and fun, and cause much excitement when it comes to, for example, who can tap A the fastest, or why the CPU Player is using 3 Dice Blocks when he has no coins to buy the star anyway.
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF
For me, The Great British Bake Off is very exciting. This year I was disappointed that Ruby did not win, because I think she was the best of them all (she certainly won "Star Baker" more times than anyone else), and also she was not very confident, so it would have been nice to see her win. If anyone is in any doubt as to her winning, I suggest taking it up with her picture, left. Winner.
I am very pleased to be able to play the Keyboard with some degree of skill because it is certainly nice to hear music played by your own self. I enjoy all sorts, from Ludovico Einaudi to Super Mario Land, with personal favourites being Tenmon's music and Pachelbel's Canon. Although not superb, I do also like to try composing my own pieces - although this is always just a make-up-up-as-we-go thing.
THE GIRL ON THE DOOR
There's a door in my house with a little drop of red paint on it, but to me I think that it looks like something. I see a girl in her red raincoat, peering over into a puddle that the rain has left; she even has red wellington boots, I think. I suppose I point this out because I am rather pleased with my ability to always find faces, patterns and shapes in things - and yet funnily, I am terrible at those puzzles where you have to "find the star" in all sorts of jumbled lines.
I cannot always write much any more, since becoming ill, but when I do I am very proud to find my ability is just as good - my use of language and construction of prose is very pleasing to me in my writing book, even if here it is not as good as it could be. I find my handwriting has gotten worse, due to the everywhere pain, but ultimately I have been working on some very pleasing short stories for a collection I hope to complete and print.
I am currently enjoying "The Shock of the Fall" by Nathan Filer - he writes about small, commonplace elements from family and life, but the style and prose with which he presents these details lifts them far from any mundanity and into a kind of close familiarity. Mainly though, I write because Nathan is also my teacher for the aforementioned collection of short stories I am writing - I very much enjoy his classes as he is helpful and interesting in what people are writing.
David Tubb is a writer with an interest in cryptography, psychology and magic.