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A weird & wonderful collection!

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Alice

Have you ever collected anything? Perhaps you were a secret stamp, coin or football card collector? Well, you won’t be able to beat the collections of Lorraine Ludman, whose been collecting ‘things’ all her life. She’s now got more than 60 collections, including hamburgers (plastic & tin), newspaper cuttings, cats (13 in total!) and other weird and wonderful items.

Lorraine Ludman pops into Dar Al Adaab

One of her collections happens to be article cuttings of funny or amusing stories printed in the UAE’s English newspapers. Now, Lorraine has published some of her collection in ‘The Weird and the Wonderful’.

The Weird and the Wonderful

Inside The Weird and the Wonderful

Lorraine and I will be discussing her ‘Weird and Wonderful’ collections during a session at the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, on Friday 9th March at 1.30, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (get your tickets here).

I’ll be moderating this session and we’ll be discussing all things collectible.

Don’t miss it!

Lorraine’s Bio:

Lorraine Ludman has been a long-term resident of the UAE since 1993, running an events lighting company. Soon after arriving, Lorraine started collecting amusing and interesting articles from all the UAE’s English-language newspapers. A chance meeting with a young college student illustrator, Beth Fenton, at a tea shop in Scotland led to her first book, The Weird and the Wonderful, a compilation of quirky news articles and assorted facts and claims to fame heralding from the UAE. She says ‘I hope everyone can share

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these unusual aspects of the UAE and hope to bring a smile to people’s faces!’

Lorraine Ludman

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2 Responses to “A weird & wonderful collection!”

  1. Jo Barrett says:

    I have chuckled to the Weird and Wonderful Collection time and time again. The cuttings are so varied…some subtly funny, others boldly hilarious! The book sits on my coffee table and has been picked up by friends and family who have all had a laugh. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Ludman and encourage anyone to visit the Literary Festival if only to hear her enthusiasm for her love of collecting, cats and collecting cats!!! Failing that…get a copy of the book…have a giggle!

  2. akmcilvride says:

    How refreshing and fun to see (and read) an honest and happy book by such an honest and happy person!