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i recently read this fantastic book, called daily rituals, written by mason curry. this book is about things like how a novel is written, how a masterpiece is painted and how a symphony is composed. they explain the daily routines of interesting people like albert einstein, jackson pollock, george orwell and david lynch.

once i started reading the book i couldn’t put it away. it is a book filled with inspiration and weird facts about people that have achieved big things.

this is probably one of my favourite rituals:
– george gershwin used to compose in his pyjamas and bathrobe.

i love the thought of seeing him sitting there composing! well, now this book can be yours. all you need to do is comment with your mail address, and at the end of the week i will randomly select a winner!

what is your most important daily ritual?

/fredrikke

about: english films

after i moved to lovely stoke-on-trent, i’ve been finding it interesting to watch films about northern england, or at least films where they have accents which are related to cities nearby. the accents round here are sometimes really hard to understand, and watching films makes it more fun to learn.

i’ve found some favourites, they’re not really new, but you might find one you haven’t seen and then be fascinated by english films all over again:

billy elliot;
this is a film you can never get enough of, even if you’ve seen it a thousand times, jamie bell will still break your heart over and over again:

control;
this movie is about ian curtis, the singer of joy division, which i find fascinating, because of his way of thinking, his epilepsy & his rapid life:

driving lessons;
this film has my two loves, rupert grint and edinburgh (yes, i know that it is not in england), so therefore i just had to add it, cause most of the action is in england:

the be all and end all;
i first discovered the film at kristiansands childrens filmfestival, when i worked as a introducer of films, it just has the brilliant liverpool accent and a fatal plot:

withnail and i;
a black comedy about unexpected events which happen when two actors go on a holiday. i’m also adding this, cause of the amazing richard griffiths:

what is your favourite english film?

/fredrikke

ps: i would also like to say thank you to the amazing ola, for drawing me a profile picture for my page. check out his wonderful work!

about: mail

since i was little i’ve loved mail. the feeling of going to the mailbox to see if there was anything for me was one of my favourites. so from an early age i started having pen pals. i put in ads in magazine, like norwegian topp and swedish okej to vary the people that would contact me.

so from when i was like 8-9 years old i had pen pals from both sweden and norway. i also wrote my cousins in the united states.

now, with the internet you can choose to communicate with people all over instantly and there are also many fascinating ways where you can still receive mail. and i thought i would like to share some of those with you.

postcrossing
this might be my favourite type of “receiving mail” at the moment. you send out postcards to people all over the world, and you get postcards back, from other people! in your profile you can ask for a motif, what the people should write about, whatever. and then you just start sending.

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reddit
you might not have thought so. but reddit has a lot of funny gift exchanges a lot of the time for people who are interested in everything/some of the things that goes on at reddit. i’ve participated in two, a secret santa one and a lunch box one. the lunch box one is not over yet, so i’m still really excited for that one. and reddit is also funny for everything else.

you can also write an ad on reddit that you want pen pals. they have an own forum for that.

write a prisoner
i’ve tried this several times, but i think that since i lived in norway the letters didn’t reach always reach me. or the prisoners didn’t have enough money to send me letters that often. well. writing to a prisoner is an interesting experience, cause you always hear about it in american movies. the reason i wanted to try it was for a school project, but then i just kept on going. the website is fascinating by itself, you can look at all the people to write to, their photos and their crimes. (i didn’t know that this was allowed).

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or you can just stay simple, send postcards to your family and friends when you go on holiday. then you might get ones in return. or you can just mail me, i will be sure to answer!

what is your best tips for receiving mail? (other than buying stuff online)

/fredrikke

book-away

i live in england. and i buy a lot of books from norway. i get gifted books and i buy them at my local charity shops. i read them and then i do nothing about them. they just pile up. so this year i was thinking that i was going to do a book-away. i have already started, by re-gifting books that suit my friends and family. i think it is a great idea.

the rules are simple:
– whenever i buy a book i have to give it away when i’ve read it.
– leave a comment with your e-mail adress if you would like to enter this book-away.
– if you’ve won the book-away, i’ll send you an e-mail a week after the post has been posted on my website to confirm your address.
– you’ll receive the book i’ve read in the shape/form that i bought it and used it.

this makes my life more simple, i can do a good deed and people can get to read more books for free.

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so the first book i will be giving away in this book-away is the book: we need to talk about kevin. i’ve just started reading this and i think this is an absolutely fantastic book in terms of mother/son relationships. so if you would like to win this book, pop me a comment with your favourite book of 2013.

/fredrikke