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But first, I will say that I wasn't very sore at all following my unplanned swimming adventure. Today I had a massage and that has released some of the sore spots I did have - best though, was that my therapist worked on my old lower back injury. For the first time in months, she actually worked at the tight muscles instead of just trying to release the fluid build-up. It has all left me feeling very sleepy, though. I have only been sleeping 4-5 hours a night, which isn't nearly enough.

Tonight I will retire to bed three hours early, with another new book. This one is called Vantage Point, written by Patricia Filteau. She is a local writer, former diplomat and open-water swimmer. Her story combines three of my very favourite things: Canadian content, a murder mystery, and open water swimming (in fact, the crime scene is Meech Lake, where I go most often with my swimmy friends). I'm too tired to read it now, but I will gloat quietly as it rests beside me on the bed.
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This book, by Leonard Wibberley, is now fifty years old. It is a silly, fast read, but with some clever satirical bits. I got it as a discard from the public library in the town where my grandparents lived, so I have probably owned it for nearly 30 years. I keep trying to pitch it out, but then have "one last read" and it ends up back on my shelf.

The character I like best is (unsrprisingly) the Count of Mountjoy, head of government of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, a community of 5,000 souls ucked in along the French/Swiss border. He is a brilliant statesman and diplomat, who cunningly arranges a loan from the USA in order to send a rocket to the moon, install indoor bathrooms in the castle, and buy the Duchess (Gloriana XII, may she live forever) a full length Imperial sable coat.

The book has some great lines.
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