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Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 8:36 pm
Doodling

Dear Blogger,

I've been fascinated by the art journals I've been seeing on Pinterest lately. I've been pinning about it a lot! But somehow, I can't bring myself to do one. The easiest way to start an art journal is to doodle. Sounds easy right? Everybody can doodle right? Not me.

You will never ever see me doodle. Not anywhere. Usually people doodle on textbooks and notebooks right? Nope. Not me. My textbooks and notebooks are free from doodles. Am I weird or what?

For some reason, doodling brings a lot of frustration for me. Simply because doodling has no structure. It's supposed to be free form. I simply can't stand it if I've no measurements or angles or waves with no patterns. It bothers me to no end!

Do I need therapy for this? When have I become so rigid? I can't even draw a circle without a template or compass!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 10:24 pm
Midnight Riot aka Rivers of London

Dear Blogger,

I just finished another book. Yes! 2 books in a month! It's another book by Ben Aaronovitch. This time, it's the first in the Rivers of London series, of course it's "Rivers of London". That's the UK title and the one with the better cover. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the UK version, so I had to be content with the U.S. version, renamed "Midnight Riot". I don't understand why it had to be renamed. Was it a copyright thing?

Anyway, this book introduced us to Peter Grant, Met constable and unlikely wizard apprentice. The story revolved around Covent Garden in which grisly murders had been happening to random people at random times.

This book also introduced us to Nightingale, whom I wasn't quite sure who he was when I read "Foxglove Summer". That's why it's important to read a series in order. Also, there was Leslie May, fellow constable whom Grant had a crush on. Unfortunately, something nasty happened to May in this book. Somehow that led to her being a renegade in "Foxglove Summer".

I'm seriously beginning to enjoy reading this series. I actually managed to finish this book in about 4 days! That's quite something. One thing I struggled with this book is its heavy reference on British culture and history, namely Punch and Judy. I knew it as a famous puppet show but I don't know it's history. I actually Wikipedia Punch and Judy after reading this book.

Nevertheless, it was an entertaining read. Much like the Harry Porter series, but for adults. Not surprisingly, the author had actually written some stories for Dr Who, another British institution.



US version



Much better looking UK cover



Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 10:32 pm
Foxglove Summer

Dear Blogger,

I have just finished reading a book. Yes! It took slightly over a month but yes, I finished it. The book was "Foxglove Summer" by Ben Aaronovitch. I actually picked it up at the library because it was a new book. Didn't really know if it would be interesting to read.

It WAS a GOODY read! It's about a young wizard apprentice, Peter Grant, who went to a countryside outside of London to investigate the possibility of supernatural involvement in the case of 2 missing girls. Not only was Grant a junior wizard, he's also a junior police constable. Apparently, he's in a "special" unit of Britain's police force.

Considering that I've not actually read a book in a while, the first half was a pretty slow read. I had a challenging time visualising the characters and scenes. After the first half, the story got pretty fast and exciting. I still had some difficulty with the visuals and the terminologies of Britain's landscapes, but, it was a can't-put-the-book-down reading pace.

I didn't realise that this book was the fifth in a series ("Rivers of London") until I read the reviews, after I finished reading the book of course. I usually Google the story to get a clearer understanding of what I just read or watched. Most of the reviews mentioned that this was probably the weakest book in the series. So you can imagine how excited I am to get my hands on the other books in the series. Also, since I've OCD (unconfirmed), I just have to start reading the book in series order, starting with "Rivers of London" ("Midnight Riot" in US print). I hope I can get the UK print though.





Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 9:31 pm
Why Complicate Life?

Dear Blogger,





Sincerely,
modgurl.


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Monday, February 02, 2015 @ 11:35 pm
What Do You Mean That Sale Is Not An Offer???

Who knew that Contract and Agency Law could be an interesting subject to learn? When I applied for this module as my elective, I took it because it was non-examinable. I only had to submit an end-of-course assignment paper.

When I saw the textbook, I thought I had made a mistake. That textbook is a sleep-inducer! I only managed to browse through it yesterday because I had an online quiz to do. That quiz was worth a third of 20% of my overall grade ok!

Did you know that a retailer can deny you from buying that much-coveted item even though it's displayed in the store with a price tag AND a SALE sign attached? And you can't sue the retailer for obstruction of sale or deception or against consumer rights or whatever? The retailer could even tell you that it's the wrong price and you can't do anything about it legally even!

I seriously didn't know that. I always thought that if the price tag says x dollars, then the retailer has the obligation to fulfil that promise. Otherwise, it's false advertising isn't it?

Apparently, goods on display isn't an offer but an "invitation to treat". That means the sale item is only an invitation to an offer. Therefore, there's no obligation to proceed with any transaction. On the other hand, an offer has to be firm and clear. It has to have the intention to a "legal relation" by both parties i.e. the buyer and seller.

Hmmm... How not firm and unclear is a product on sale with a price tag??? When you put those information up, don't you have the intention to sell it already??? Maybe if the laws were made by women, this wouldn't be an issue. An offer is an offer. Full stop.

It's still interesting isn't it?

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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