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newres
Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 06:40 PM


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Just wondering what people are reading currently and your thoughts? I always have an audiobook on the go that I listen to running, driving and in bed. Currently Iím listening to Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and Iím reading on a recommendation Kolmsky Heights as recommended by a friend. Iím struggling with it to be honest. Iím about 1/3 through. I have a feeling that my head might just be a bit too busy with things and thatís why as Iíve struggled a little with the last couple of books.

Incidentally, one of the authors I missed out was John Updike. The Rabbit books were absolute classics ofcourse. I used to collect first editions and rare modern books and at one time had a signed Franklin Library edition of Witches if Eastwick.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 01:12 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 8 2020, 12:03 PM) *
Just bought Dissolution on Kindle to try, fascinated by this historical period, currently ploughing through George Cavendish's biography of Wolsly.

You'll enjoy it. Coincidentally off to Tintern on Sunday for a walk along the Wye Valley. I'm guessing you've read the Wolfe Hall books. I saw that number 3 is due anytime soon.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:26 AM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Jan 8 2020, 11:01 AM) *
If you define a lie as a deliberate attempt to mislead and/or not tell the truth up front then I am completely in agreement with you. However, if circumstances change then I think that promised actions or stances should also be allowed to change.

Agreed.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:25 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 8 2020, 11:18 AM) *
B.O.O.K.S. !!!

I wasnít the one who randomly brought politics into it.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:24 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 8 2020, 11:13 AM) *
Need I remind you that labour vowed to respect the results of the referendum, then didn't. A lie, I think. All parties lied, cheated and connived, you can't try to take any moral high ground.

They stayed consistent in that they would only support a version that met their 6 tests. Donít forget our current PM voted against the May deal. If you simplify things youíll always get the answer you want, but the truth is more nuanced.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 10:23 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jan 8 2020, 09:37 AM) *
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You laugh but it's here that I think the left differ from the populist/Brexiters/Trumpians. I'd never vote for or support a candidate that lied and cheated. There's nothing in politics that takes precedence over honesty and integrity.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 07:21 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 3 2020, 11:09 AM) *
Me? Let it go? You have been the one going on about stopping Brexit. For 3 years...And then you agree with me about Jo Maugham but say I am "radicalised". You are funny....

Anyway I can't offer much on the subject of books I am afraid. I used to read a lot but only focus on the far right Twitter accounts now. 😂😂😂😂

I agree on Maugham but Iíll bet youíd defend Johnson. For me, Maugham is forever the bloke that battered a defenceless creature and a c**t.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 07:18 AM


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Choosing just three authors is tricky. One and two are easy but three could be one of dozens.

John Irving. The quirky stories, the common themes, the ease of reading. I find his books absorbing.

Ian Rankin. Great yarns and humour. Love the characters. I met Ian Rankin at the Marlborough festival. Very nice man.

C J Sansom. The Shardlake novels. Itís like being there! Great plots too.






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Posted on: Jan 2 2020, 08:37 PM


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To add, I read The Testament a while back and really enjoyed it. I havenít read The Handmaidís Tale, but Iíve read quite a few of hers. Oryx £
& Crake was very good.
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Posted on: Jan 2 2020, 08:33 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 27 2019, 05:45 PM) *
I'm currently reading "Peope once respected me as a QC, but a fox and social media ruined my career" by Jolyon Maugham

Try ďLet it GoĒ.

Actually I was disgusted by that. What decent human being takes a baseball bat to a defenceless and trapped animal. But honestly, I think your online radicalisation should concern you.
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Posted on: Dec 22 2019, 07:00 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 20 2019, 11:16 PM) *
Quite and all the bollox about including labour as remain is just that...a lot of labour leave voters would have still voted labour.

So my guess 52% leave... funny that it's almost like people are not persuaded by tosh on social media... (and newres)

West Berks voted Remain.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 12:05 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 20 2019, 10:45 AM) *
We've just had one! Another one!!
This election was all about Brexit.

Oh well Leave lost then as they had less than 50% of the vote. With Corbyn as leader, the vote could never be just about Brexit. Unfortunately.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 07:02 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 19 2019, 10:50 PM) *
Interesting perspective. You only want an election if the result is what you want? Democracy eh? What a sh1t.... and before you join the "but 52 percent voted for pro remain parties" that is rubbish. 30 percent (or 3 million voters) of pro leave voters voted Labour anyway. It's in the DNA. So as even Verhoftwat admitted it's over.


In other news it's good to see some commie lefty MPs taking it well...

https://mobile.twitter.com/Holbornlolz/stat...118538433433600

I'm actually bored of these conversations hence why I've been absent of late. Let's just hope Johnson doesn't **** the country now.
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Posted on: Dec 19 2019, 10:00 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 19 2019, 04:50 PM) *
Never mind newres. All your predictions about a 2nd referendum and the end of Brexit.. all spot on as usual...😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👍

Ironic really, because it was within the grasp of those who wanted one. They just had to refuse the election. But history now. It's time to move on. We are where we are and we just have to hope Johnson acts responsibly since all Tory MPs swore an oath of allegiance.
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Posted on: Dec 19 2019, 09:58 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 19 2019, 06:28 PM) *
The irony of it probably being down to Labour! tongue.gif

Although I'm not a Labour member or voter.
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Posted on: Dec 19 2019, 08:48 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Dec 18 2019, 07:29 PM) *
So what happened to the 'youth quake'? or all the 'voiced support for the other parties? Look at the candidate Labour put forward, scruffy unshaved kid, shows they didn't even try. But yes, a true blue seat.

A teacher in a local secondary school or a former deb. rolleyes.gif
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Posted on: Nov 14 2019, 11:22 AM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Nov 14 2019, 10:33 AM) *
I'm sure that he will use every trick in the book to obtain that healthy majority as well.

Like this?

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/n...-plan-near-12tn

Lies worked in the referendum so they are obviously using the same tactic.
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Posted on: Nov 14 2019, 07:37 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 13 2019, 07:49 PM) *
It's called parliamentary democracy. Remainers have been banging on about it since the last election. Expect the fire of remoaners will turn to "proportional representation" if he get a majority... oh and another election cos this one was fixed by Russians. 😂😂

I suspect if he inches close to no deal, that healthy majority will disappear. The Tories would take decades to recover it no deal lived up to just about everyone's predictions.
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Posted on: Nov 13 2019, 01:34 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 11 2019, 08:47 PM) *
A remainer that is towing the party line (for now). I understand whty she has been picked and is obviously an intelligent person.

I do hope though that she doesn't change her mind after the vote and becomes a thorn in the side. Here's hoping! A politician that does what they say...

People are allowed to change their mind you know. And if Boris attempts a no deal in 2020 should his deal pass, you'll see it blocked again. The country comes before the party.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:27 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Nov 10 2019, 09:38 AM) *
And that's just the women!! tongue.gif

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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 08:32 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 9 2019, 05:21 PM) *
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50361025

Just the start. The cost of borrowing will spiral. We will become an economic basket case. Spending money you dont have never ends well. Still... who cares Luxury Communism now! **** tomorrow! 👍😂

Under the Tories our credit rating has been downgraded twice and following the Brexit mess faces being downgraded again but donít let things like facts into your narrative.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.u...siness-50361025
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 08:28 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 9 2019, 10:31 PM) *
"thick gammons" so newres and all that is wrong with remainers attitudes. #sad

Tattoos and beer bellies donít generally make for economic experts in my opinion.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2019, 07:42 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 7 2019, 06:17 PM) *
Wouldn't bother me. The company I work for has numerous entities that I can contract with to avoid the dreaded IR35 rules. I just wont PAYE anymore. Simples. Then when JEZZA and Co. cause the country to go tits up. A few years of crazy spending followed by another 15 years of austerity. Happy days.

The problem is that services have been starved for years. There needs to be spending. There isn't a great deal of difference between the spending plans. The Tories have starved the public of policing, education and healthcare and blamed immigrants!
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Posted on: Nov 7 2019, 04:54 PM


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I know Iíd be very worried if I was Johnson. Heís looking like running a worse campaign than May. And was there ever anyone with an inappropriate surname than James Cleverly? The more I think about it, the more convinced I become that Corbyn will be a superb PM. Itíll cost me a bit in dividend tax but I donít mind paying a bit more for our healthcare and education. My son will benefit immediately if tuition fees get scrapped. Go Jezza!
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Posted on: Nov 6 2019, 08:00 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Nov 6 2019, 07:05 PM) *
One of these new 'designer' drugs Newres's generation are on.

I may not be younger than you. Just less of a reactionary old git. laugh.gif
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