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Posted on: Jan 18 2020, 08:25 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 18 2020, 07:55 AM) *
You took a knife to a gunfight???🤣🤣🤣

Priceless....

FTFY.
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Posted on: Jan 15 2020, 11:44 PM


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https://youtu.be/KCGUNpzjD6M
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Posted on: Jan 9 2020, 01:29 PM


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This.
47.3Mbps, whoot!
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 06:56 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 8 2020, 06:40 PM) *
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.

I'm juggling Dissolution with George Cavendish's work. Someone who's work I adore is Marcel Pagnol, he writes about life in Provence before it was discovered, works of charming rural life riven through with drama and tragi comedy.
From a review of Jean de Florette,
"Playwright, filmmaker and novelist Pagnol (1895-1974) affectionately celebrated his native Provence along with the shrewdness and comic foibles of the folk. Jean Cadoret is a hunchback of charm and intelligence who comes from town to settle on his inherited estate where he plans to farm scientifically. His wife Aimee, a former small-time opera singer, and adoring little daughter Manon work by his side. But the jealous Soubeyransthe local patriarch Cesar and his nephew, the clownish Ugolincraftily plug up a spring on Jean's farm and wait for him to fail. When a cruel summer drought drives Jean to despair and eventually death, the Soubeyrans buy his land cheaply and divert the water for their own lucrative carnation farm. In the sequel, Manon appears as a picturesque goat-girl/dryad, scampering over the rocks in cast-off opera gear and playing her pipes. She avenges her parents and falls in love. The end brings astonishing revelations. Pagnol depicts his villagers as post-Roman pagans whose ""natural brutality'' shows through their Christian veneer. As in the author's earlier naturalist novels, the landscape and the willful spring are forces molding human fates. Those who offend nature, here lushly described, pay a penalty."

I have most of his published work, much of it in French although it's almost impossible to read as being Provencal himself he writes in that dialect. But the translated stuff is fascinating. We actually went on a semi pilgrimage to the village where much of his work is set and where he himself is buried.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 04:46 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jan 8 2020, 01:52 PM) *
I'm sure most people are aware but just in case Wolf / Wolfe / Wulfe hall (or rather the site of) is just down the road adjacent to Burbage? On a similar historical note that Hamstead Park was the childhood home of William Marshall, Marshall of all England and the Great House that stood there was visited by Henry VIII.

Indeed, I'm excited about the third in the Mantel trilogy I must say, first two were astounding.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 12:03 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 8 2020, 07:18 AM) *
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.

Just bought Dissolution on Kindle to try, fascinated by this historical period, currently ploughing through George Cavendish's biography of Wolsly.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:18 AM


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B.O.O.K.S. !!!
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:17 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.

A bit like the remainers telling us that if we left the EU we would all catch super gonorrhoea?
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 11:13 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 8 2020, 10:23 AM) *
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.

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.
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Posted on: Jan 8 2020, 09:37 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jan 8 2020, 07:21 AM) *
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 6 2020, 09:41 PM


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Well, this is going well then? All the ambiance of a deserted slaughter house.
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Posted on: Jan 4 2020, 02:42 AM


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I widely choose authors whose book or books I always return to and reread,so:
Cormack McCarthy, generally disregarded at first but in my opinion, No country for old men, the border trilogy and Child of God are masterpieces.

John Steinbeck, mainly for the Grapes of wrath and The old man and the sea.

H. G. Wells, but in this case for his masterful 'The history of Mr Polly' great book.

I would have added Pratchet except for his insistence of the destruction of all his unfinished material.

Honourable mention to Bernard Cornwall for his fantastically well researched historical novels.
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Posted on: Jan 3 2020, 06:11 PM


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This laugh.gif

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/03...s-plane-engine/
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Posted on: Dec 28 2019, 12:48 PM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 27 2019, 09:36 AM) *
I was unable to start reading this book on the train due to various issues but started reading it on Christmas Eve and then couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it because it was so addictive. For those of you who are unaware of the plot of the original, it concerns a dystopian future where a religious theocracy has taken over most of what was the USA due to a falling birth rate amongst other things. One of the key plot points is that certain fertile, unmarried women are now the property of the state and are forced to have children with men in positions of authority and then give up their children to the wives of those men. I would happily give this book 5/5 and say that it is a deserved joint winner of the Booker Prize in 2019.

I'm not sure really, I once tried 'Handmaids Tale' and didn't finish it, I must though give it another try. Mine turned out (as so many of his writings) a bit dark, consisting of the life of the main protagonist (The Kid) as he wanders through the great southwest and into Mexico and later in the book running with the Glanton gang in an orgy of destruction. Dank but beautifully written. Great read.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 12:08 AM


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Quick question, did all those people who have been returning Labour MP'S since the dawn of time suddenly become thick when they voted Tory? Or, were they thick when they were voting labour, just didn't know it. Answers please on a self addressed polling card.
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Posted on: Dec 20 2019, 12:03 AM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 19 2019, 01:41 PM) *
Yes, a dead badger with a Conservative badge would probably have gained approximately the same share of the vote in my opinion.

I quite agree, the irony there of course is that a dead badger would be infinitely more use and infinitely less damaging than a labour candidate.
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Posted on: Dec 18 2019, 07:29 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 18 2019, 06:04 PM) *
Yes.

However, 'she lost' some of her majority, but I think a teddy bear would have polled about the same in Newbury as she did.

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.
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Posted on: Dec 18 2019, 07:26 PM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 18 2019, 03:08 PM) *
I'm planning to start reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale sequel) during a long railway journey on Friday. I'll submit a review once I have finished it if anybody is remotely interested.

Yes please.
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Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 11:35 PM


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Conservatives, winning here.
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Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 10:15 PM


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Just reading Cormack Macarthay's Blood Meridian. Excellent stuff, early but good, you can read a lot of his Border trilogy in it. Highly recommended.
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Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 10:11 PM


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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 17 2019, 08:45 PM) *
Yes, he did exactly the right thing for himself and the Conservatives. He still got off extremely lightly compared to the other party leaders though.

He played a good hand, a better hand. He knew he was onto a loser with the Neil interview, he also knew the others were too so he played to his strengths and let the others get clawed instead. To win anything you need to play to your strengths. I look forward to at least ten years under his leadership.
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Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 06:31 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Dec 16 2019, 09:33 PM) *
Iím not sure he was beaten fair and square; the press were mainly against him, but he was always never going to win over over the electorate; him and his shadow cabinet.

To be fair, I'm sure that for every instance of media bias you can supply I could possibly give you two instances of media giving the opposite view.
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Posted on: Dec 16 2019, 12:50 PM


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Anyhoo, it turns out it wasn't dislike of Corbyn, lack of enthusiasm for living under a Marxist state, fear for the economy or even distrust of their threat to security that caused them to lose. Nope, it was the BBC. J M concluded "we'll have to see what can be done about that". laugh.gif way to go! BBC? It's the gulag for you.
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 12:42 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Aug 6 2018, 06:58 AM) *

Err, no, no it's not.
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 10:40 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 15 2019, 08:45 AM) *
With reference to the long lost title of this thread...............
How's THAT for a second referendum?? laugh.gif

They wanted a people's vote and that's what they got. Labour cast into the political wilderness for a generation.
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