Tuesday, 29 July 2008

ICLW and Bloggie Giveaways!!

Yesterday was the last day of ICLW and I very very nearly didn't manage to do my last day of commenting, and do you know why?

It was all because of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival, it's huge, so big that I spent most of the evening rummaging around it and entering here there and everywhere!

As my other bloggy persona (the one that's been entering the giveaways!) has very recently had a giveaway, I didn't want to do another one on that website, but neither do I feel that I should be entering giveaways without offering something in return, especially for something as big as this.

So.....this bloggy persona is going to offer a book, it's a rather silly story actually...I'd read this book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I accidentally bought a second copy late last year because the blurb on the back sounded so very good and I couldn't remember whether I'd already got it (admittedly I did take ages trying to remember whether I'd already got it and decided that it wouldn't hurt to buy it anyway as I could always make a present of it!!)


Anyway, without further ado, I offer up London: a social history by Roy Porter - a fabulous book, one that I am willing to post anywhere in the world. It looks a bit dense, but trust me, it is a great book and if you love history and London and social commentaries then this is the book for you, and even if you aren't that much into history then I would still recommend this book as it is quite fascinating.

So, if you would like to win this book, please comment here telling me something about London, whether you've been there and what your favourite place is, or whether you'd love to visit and where you'd like to visit first! (or you can tell me anything you like about London, a quirky fact or story that you know!!)

Oops, nearly forgot, the deadline for this giveaway is midnight (GMT) on the 1st August!

And don't forget that for more giveaways (literally hundreds!) just go and visit the carnival at Bloggy Giveaways!!

Yesterday's (final!) ICLW comments:

And one returned comment to:

My Family and Other Animals

45 comments:

Bunny B said...

I love London! It's such a nice place to talk walks at any time of the day! My fave Japanese restaurant would be Nambu tei on Baker St.
Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

WendyDarling said...

My brother went to London about 12 years ago. He LOVED it. We have always planned to go again, and we would love to just tour the "side streets", especially the little bookstores. :-)

Have you read "84 Charing Cross Road?" Something like that. :-)

Great give-away!! :-)

half pint pixie said...

Oooh I love London, I've only visited there a few times, maybe 5, but I really enjoy it. I love the layers of history there, I love the Jubilee line, I was at the Millenium Dome when it was the Millenium dome (hmm should I be proud of that or not?), been on the big Wheel, and most recently my daughter had a great time playing around the pirate ship in Hyde Park (is it Hyde Park?, the one at the end of Oxford St). And the Lyceum Theatre, I saw the Lion King there years ago, love it! And the foood there, yummmmmm...

Smilingsal said...

I've been to London twice. There are so many favorite spots. My husband loves the tube! He's pretty good at going all over. I just enjoy going to a pub--any pub--for dinner. I feel so local doing that.
smilingsal55[at]yahoo[dot]com

Bobbi said...

I've never been to London, but I would love to go! My middle daughter took a school trip to London about 8 years ago - she brought me back a rock from London Tower (I collect rocks).

I don't know much about London, but I do have a bit of useless trivia ... Barnabas Collins (from the 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows) is rumored to have moved there after he was transformed into a vampire. But really, he was chained in a coffin in a secret room.

Don't say I didn't warn you - it was useless trivia!

Also, the Philippa Gregory books I have been reading take place in or around London.

paryjeja said...

I have never been to London but would love to - the Crown Jewels exhibit would be my first stop and the second an English pub. Thanks for the giveaway

Holly said...

Well, I love to read, but I haven't made it to London yet, but I certainly plan to! I love Rosamund Pilcher's books which are set in WW2 England. So much rich history.

Great giveaway. Thanks!

Yarni Gras! said...

works for me! I love history....
Thanks for hosting.

ikkinlala said...

I've never been to London, but I'd like to go sometime. I'm not sure exactly what I'd want to see while I'm there, but I'd probably stop in to visit my dad's cousin.

Sonya said...

I'd love 2 visit London. When my dd and i went to Paris in Feb, we were sad we didn't have enough time to see London too...

Sue said...

I worked in London (Putney area) as an Au-pair and got to travel all around London and see the sights. I love the sense of history in the old buildings and would love to read this book!

Thanks!
sagirl2(at)gmail(dot)com

Renee G said...

I'd love to read this. I was supposed to visit London a few years back when I went skiing in Austria. However, London was fogged in so I never got there. I'd love to see Buckingham Palace.

samsakara said...

I have always wanted to go to London but never have. This looks like a great book and would love to read it!

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I went to London 2 years ago. The best thing was pub food with tasty beer at lunch. The hardest part was the expense. Really expensive...nearly everything. I would love to take hubs back with me someday since he's never been yet!

mariettaseller(at)yahoo(dot)com

Memarie Lane said...

I've never been to London. I read a book recently about Queen Margaret of Anjou, sometime in the 15th century I believe, who was married to a king of England (can't remember his name)in order to smooth the ruffled feathers caused by Joan of Arc. I found it really interesting that London was considered almost a separate nation with its own laws and ways of doing things. Margaret and the king didn't dare enter London for fear of their lives. I'd love to know more about it.

Nancy said...

My sister went to Longon a few years ago, and after seeing pictures and hearing about her adventures I know would really like to go.
My quircky fact, is that the originial London Bridge is now in a small town in Arizona (where I live). Aparantly London needed some money, and the town was willing to buy the bridge. Look it up online- kinda interesting!

Me said...

The book sounds interesting. I was in London in 1991 with my ex 8I had to find the pictures to see was he with us that time!) and my son. We went to Greenwich and have photos of us standing on the meridian line.

Wehaf said...

I've never been to London, but I want to go and see the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum!

Thank you.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Cristina said...

I was London four years ago. We stayed right across the street from Hyde Park, near embassy row. I found out that London proper is only one square mile. And that you can still see the ground markings of where the city walls used to stand. Amazing. So much history. Thanks for the opportunity.

Red said...

I went down to London a few years ago; my favourite memory is of spending an entire afternoon in the V&A's costume wing (one of the best collections in the world--beautiful and wide-ranging). Unfortunately, time was pressing that day, but I'd love to go back and see everything I missed (especially the Italian sculpture!).

Thanks for doing this; I love Roy Porter's work, but I've somehow missed reading this one.

sixthcircler {AT} gmail {DOT} com

Parker Family said...

I have never been to London, and I don't really know much about it, but my ancestors are from there, so I would love to go there sometime. i would probably look up some graveyards and find the headstones of my ancestors. Thanks for the giveaway! trishblack(at)juno(dot)com

cl said...

I spent one day in London during my two week Oxford study-abroad experience. One day is not enough time to see London and I want to go back so I can enjoy it with my husband.

sweetsue said...

Oh, I wish I could see London! I don't know much, but I know it has many tourist attractions.

mom2boys said...

I would love to visit London some day. I hear it's beautiful I would love to learn more about it. Thanks for the giveaway!


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Ebie said...

would so love to go to london, it's on my must see list

Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

Would love to read it and then pass it on to my daughter. She is scheduled to spend a semester in England so . . .

Thanks for having the giveaway!

CanCan said...

I spent a few days in London about 12 years ago. I was so enamored with the English and how it seemed that every thing was mini-sized compared to the US.
I enjoyed drinking strawberry flavored milk, which at the time wasn't on the market in the states.


onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Kathy said...

I'd love to visit London and ride on the London Eye! The book sounds interesting, count me in!
Kathy
bigfamily8(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sweetpeas said...

I've never been to London, but I adore regency novels, I'd love to see some of the historic places from that era.

frugallm said...

I would love to visit London, especially Notting Hill. I've been obsessed every since the movie with the same name came out!

elkmeese at yahoo dot com

Hairline Fracture said...

I would love to go back to London-- and social histories always interest me. Count me in, please!

Tara said...

I have never been to London... yet. But I am intrigued by the bell ringers. I have a friend I went to college with who has been bell ringing in London for 20 years and she loves it... I would love to hear that!

Tina said...

I've never been there but if I do get to go, I'd like to see something at the Lyceum Theatre. the Lyceum Theatre

cmartin0055 said...

I've never been to london but i'd love to go! I want to see the london eye aand big ben!

Karen said...

I know this will sound ultra touristy, but I would LOVE to see Big Ben. Also, Phantom if it is playing there, visit old out of the way bookstores, and there is a very old chapel at a University whose name I cannot remember at the moment (sorry having a migraine!) and I would love to just sit in there for a bit. Thanks!

kpuleski at gmail dot com

Audrey said...

I have never been there :( My daughter was there and loved it.

I've been to the middle east but not to Europe.

I love french food, does that count?

silverhartgirl said...

I would love to take my son to London.He is 13 and wants to go. We would have to see Big Ben

Nicole R.J. said...

Sounds like a fabulous read - I recently read 'The Ghost Map' and highly recommend it... in any case, I've never been to London, but would love to go. My great-grandfather was Birtish and I'd love to explore all ofthe UK!

Alexandra Hancock said...

i'm a history major, well art history, so naturally i would love this!
alexandra dot hancock at gmail dot com

jskell911 said...

I would love to read that book! I have always wanted to be able to go to London!

sarah said...

it has been my life long dream to move to London and I have promised myself that one day I will move there. i would love to have this book to read up and learn more about this amazing city.

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

taysmommy said...

I have never been but would love to go just to try all of teh different and wonderful food.

ry13_2000@yahoo.com

Jinxy and Me said...

I visited London when I was in Jr. High and would like to go back now when I could appreciate it more! Thanks for the giveaway!

dolls123 said...

I would love to visit London one day

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Laura said...

That book looks wonderful! My favorite thing to do in London is to wander around near the Greenwich Observatory - and there's a great pie shop there, too!